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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
Tim Bledsoe July 06, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If you will be out of town on August 7, absentee ballots are available at your local municipal building. Its a simple process that takes less than ten minutes. You can even vote there and avoid having to mail it in!
Katharine Barr July 08, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Really great article. Thanks for the concise overview. I still cannot believe we do not have a pointer running in the new 1st. Hopefully a solid candidate surfaces for the next election cycle. I am as disappointed as everyone else that GP was split in two, however, with enough campaign power this also means GP could have two reps in the MI House.
Katharine Barr July 08, 2012 at 01:24 PM
That should have read a *democrat* pointer from the 1st as they will likely take the seat.
Ranae Beyerlein, PhD July 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Brian Banks lives on Fleetwood in the Woods. The GPEA and the MEA have endorsed him as their State Representative in the 1st. Thanks for considering him as your candidate of choice in the election.
Brian Banks for State Rep District 1 July 09, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Hello! I am Brian Banks and I am a candidate running for State Representative District 1 and I am a Harper Woods resident. Currently, I am pursuing my PhD in Public Policy & Administration. I graduated with my Juris Doctor in 2010 from Michigan State University College of Law and I hold both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Education from Wayne State University. From a former elementary school teacher to a current adjunct college professor; I'm an advocate for education. Please consider me for your next State Representative District 1. I am endorsed by both The MEA & GPEA. Together we can make a difference!
Vote Now July 09, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Good luck Brian not sure the endorsements by MEA and GPEA will do you any good, you have to remember we here is the Pointes are all for those groups until our kids are out of school then you a a bunch of tax sucking non residents like they have working in Grosse Pointe Woods, anyway can't wait for the debate between you and Dan Schulte.........
Brian Banks for State Rep District 1 July 09, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Thank you very much @Vote Now! Debate between Dan Schulte and I ......LOL!
Frank Walshingham July 12, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Brian: In life those who can do, and those who can't get PhD's and go to law school. What real world experience do you have that qualifies you for representiing the Grosse Pointe in the state house? As far as a debate, Dan Schulte will eat you alive! And he's got a proven track record as somebody who used his government office to fight for transparency and lower taxes. That's what the people of the Pointes need in Lansing. Not some overeducated wannabe.
Brian Banks for State Rep District 1 July 12, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Mr. Walshingham, I bring a vast amount of experience, real life/personal, in which, I will use along with my education, experience, & passion to fight for Education, Safety, Seniors, Jobs, Return of State Revenue Dollars, and Foreclosure Reduction. 1. I am an EDUCATOR - From a former elementary school teacher to a current adjunct professor I am an advocate for education. I have a proven track record of educating our students so they can go out in the real world & make a different. One key to ensuring a bright future for our community is to ensure that our children receive the best education possible. As an advocate for education, I will support our children so that they receive the skills & quality education that they need to compete for jobs. This will be done by (a) Ensuring accountability for all involved in the student’s learning process; (b) Fighting for affordable college tuition to ensure that every student that wants to, attend college; and (c) Fighting for an increase in the per pupil funding, as well as, the adequate funding needed to keep highly qualified teachers in the classroom to help our students succeed. As your next State Representative, I will adamantly fight for our schools to retain local control while supporting the core visions & standards of our school districts. 2. I have experience from General Motors Purchasing Department where I managed a budget of 3.7 Million dollar. I understand dollars & cents, along with, budgets.
Frank Walshingham July 12, 2012 at 03:55 PM
When are you going to debate Dan Schulte?
Frank Walshingham July 12, 2012 at 03:59 PM
The GPEA and the MEA are the root of the problem with our local schools. Their endorsement tells me who to be sure NOT to vote for.
Katie July 12, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Wow. Mr. Banks, What was that? With all due respect, management of a $3.7M budget is chump change and an endorsement by the MEA/GPEA means my taxes will go up to contribute to a new theoretical financial model.
Diane Smith July 12, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Renae: To clarify your comment, Mr. Banks lives on Fleetwood in HARPER Woods. Can't wait for you to start @ South. Maybe all the misinformation will stop soon. Banks bs, Bowen bs, Cross bs, insert teachers name, bs.
Mr.Q July 21, 2012 at 01:26 AM
Valerie Kindle lives on Fleetwood in Harper Woods and in the GP school district. Mr. Banks lives just off Moross, in Harper Woods. Mr. B might consider clarifying that for voters.
Mr.Q July 21, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Your ad on here says you are a "Public Policy Professional." What does that mean?
Greetings Everyone, I would like to introduce myself, my name is Anthony Zander and I am a candidate to represent the 2nd district in the Michigan House of Representatives. I reside in a subdivision on the Detroit/GPPark border. This location gives me the opportunity to fully engage myself in both communities. If you have any question/comments/concerns please leave me a message or email (VoteZander@yahoo.com). Also I hope that you will be able to gauge how I would represent the Grosse Pointes communities by my answers and responses to various article and blogs. In the meantime please take a look at short bio I've provided at my blog entry: http://grossepointe.patch.com/blog_posts/anthony-zander-for-state-rep-2nd-district Thank you, Anthony Zander
Valerie Kindle - for State Rep District 1 July 26, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Hello, Everyone. My name is Valerie Kindle and I am a Democratic candidate for State Rep in the new House District 1. The Grosse Pointe Democratic Club has endorsed my campaign. Just to clear up a few comments that I see above, I do in fact live on Fleetwood in Harper Woods and in the Grosse Pointe school district (I've lived there 10 years), and am a Precinct Delegate in Harper Woods' Precinct 5. I do have a Blog on the GPPatch, which you can find at this link: http://grossepointe.patch.com/blog_posts/district-1-state-rep-democrat-candidate-valerie-kindle#photo-10631538 I hope to talk with you at my meet-and-greet at the Harper Woods Library, this Monday at 7 p.m.
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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