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August Primary: Grosse Pointe Election Guide

There are many familiar names on the list of candidates seeking votes in the August primary and many newcomers, offering a variety of backgrounds and experience.

More and more political campaigning signs are popping up on the lawns of Grosse Pointers each day as the Aug. 7 primary election draws closer.

There are a variety of races in the Grosse Pointes, including U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, Michigan Representative and Wayne County Commissioner. There are also several seats being sought that serve all of Wayne County, including prosecutor, sheriff, clerk and more.

In August, voters will narrow the field for the Nov. 6 general election, which includes the presidential race. The last day to register for the August Primary is July 9.

Due to redistricting last year for the Michigan House of Representatives, the Grosse Pointes are now divided into two districts rather than one, meaning Pointers will be voting on different candidates.

The first district includes: Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Shores, Harper Woods and part of Detroit. The second district includes: the City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park and part of Detroit.

Despite strong opposition of splitting up the Grosse Pointes, the re-districting was approved by the governor and some officials are concerned that it dilutes resprentation for the Pointes in Lansing.

Here are the positions and those seeking the election. Candidates with campaign websites have been hyperlinked to their website for more information:

U.S. Senator

Democratic Ticket:

Republican Ticket:

U.S. Representative -- 14th District

Democratic Ticket:

Republican Ticket:

Michigan State Representative -- 1st DISTRICT (Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods and part of Detroit)

Democratic Ticket:

Republican Ticket:

Michigan State Representative -- 2nd DISTRICT (Grosse Pointe Farms, City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Park and part of Detroit)

Democratic Ticket:

  • Tim Bledsoe, of the City of Grosse Pointe
  • Alberta Tinsley Talabi, of Detroit
  • Anthony Zander, of Detroit

Republican Ticket:

  • Daniel Corrigan Grano, of Grosse Pointe Park

Wayne County Commissioner -- 1st District

Democratic Ticket:

  • Frank Accavitti, Jr., of Grosse Pointe Shores
  • Tim Killeen, of Detroit

Republican Ticket:

  • Shirley Hanna Nagel, of Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Robert Sheehy, of Grosse Pointe Woods
Mr.Q July 29, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I just read the Free Press' Voter Guide. You didn't answer any policy questions and you admit to having criminal convictions as an adult. Would you further explain these?
Veronica Paiz August 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Greetings, Mr. Banks. Perhaps you could direct your readers to this link, where we are discussing your felonies in Wayne and Oakland Counties (for check fraud, I think), and also your recent civil cases in 32A District court: http://grossepointe.patch.com/articles/michigan-state-representative-1st-district Or perhaps you could better explain here how your felonies for check fraud will affect your job as the new House District 1 State Rep.
Frank Walshingham September 25, 2012 at 04:48 PM
Mr.Banks: When are you going to address your extensive criminal record?
Veronica Paiz September 30, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The League of Women Voters is hosting a candidate forum on Wednesday 10-03-12 @ 7:15-9:00, Grosse Pointe Woods City Council chambers. Maybe Mr. Banks can answer questions there, maybe not.
Mark September 30, 2012 at 10:32 PM
I have seen the BS response you can expect from Mr. Banks. He we assert these are the mistakes of his past and he now wishes to look towards the future as he has learned the error of his ways. He will also claim they were the mistakes of his youth. The problem with both arguments is it took 8 felony convictions to realize he was doing wrong and the last conviction he was something like 26 years old. Not exactly a child. Sadlly he's in a district that votes 70% democrat so everyone should prepare themselves to have an eight time felon representing them in Congress who cares little and less about the Pointes.

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