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Banks, Schulte to Vie for 1st District House Seat in November

Harper Woods resident Brian Banks and Grosse Pointe Shores resident Dan Schulte will compete in the November election to become the Michigan Representative for District 1 after Tuesday's primary.

Voters narrowly of the House of Representatives. He earned 2,304 votes, according to final numbers released by the Wayne County Clerk's Elections Division

Banks beat the next highest vote-getter by less than 100 votes. The outcome means Banks will face Grosse Pointe Shores resident and councilman Dan Schulte in the November election.

Schulte was the sole candidate to seek the Republican nomination and garnered 2,961 votes Tuesday--1,919 of which were from Grosse Pointe Woods, Shores and Harper Woods and the remainder from the portion of Detroit that will be represented in the district.

Here are the total votes by candidate from Tuesday's primary:

Democratic Ticket:

Republican Ticket:

The majority of Banks' votes came from Detroit as figures released by the clerk's offices of Grosse Pointe Woods, Shores and Harper Woods show he earned 591 votes from those locations. Meanwhile, Scott Benson earned 750 from the same community.

The 1st District is currently represented by Rep. Tim Bledsoe and includes the five Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods and part of Detroit. The district was split into two .

In redrawing the districts, the Pointes were split into two house districts—the Woods, Shores and Harper Woods into one along with a portion of Detroit and the Farms, City and Park along with a portion of Detroit as the second district.

and Rick Snyder. .

The worry of officials is that representation of the Pointes will be diluted in Lansing by splitting the communities into two districts.

Bill IV August 10, 2012 at 07:21 PM
Let's stop putting lipstick on this pig. This guy is a scum bag. Doesn't pay his bills and is in court like it's a revolving door. Sounds perfect for politics. I'm not sure how this exactly happened but if the moon and stars are aligned just right, none of the Grosse Pointe's will have representation in Lansing. Instead we will be represented by Detoilet and Harper Weeds? What the...
walden schmidt August 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Here's what I found on the senate web site. It might be worth a challenge but I think the 2nd bullet is why he was allowed to run. PROPOSAL 10-2 A proposal to amend the State Constitution to prohibit certain felons from holding elective office and specified types of public employment positions. The proposed constitutional amendment would: Make a person ineligible for election or appointment to any state or local elective office or to hold a position in public employment in this state that is policy-making or has discretionary authority over public assets, if: • within the preceding 20 years, the person was convicted of a felony involving dishonesty, deceit, fraud, or a breach of the public trust; and • the conviction was related to the person's official capacity while holding any elective office or position of employment in local, state, or federal government.
Veronica Paiz August 10, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Hi again, Mr. Garey. Sadly, according to constitutional amendment Article XI, Section 8, "A PERSON IS INELIGIBLE FOR ELECTION OR APPOINTMENT TO ANY STATE OR LOCAL ELECTIVE OFFICE OF THIS STATE AND INELIGIBLE TO HOLD A POSITION IN PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT IN THIS STATE THAT IS POLICY- MAKING OR THAT HAS DISCRETIONARY AUTHORITY OVER PUBLIC ASSETS IF, WITHIN THE IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING 20 YEARS, THE PERSON WAS CONVICTED OF A FELONY INVOLVING DISHONESTY, DECEIT, FRAUD, OR A BREACH OF THE PUBLIC TRUST AND THE CONVICTION WAS RELATED TO THE PERSON'S OFFICIAL CAPACITY WHILE THE PERSON WAS HOLDING ANY ELECTIVE OFFICE OR POSITION OF EMPLOYMENT IN LOCAL, STATE, OR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT." So, the crime (or whatever) must have been committed while in the capacity of public office. It's that silly word "and" in the wording.
Frank Walshingham August 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
So even though Brian Banks spent time behind bars for kiting checks, and is currently mired down in court because of his shady personal financial dealings, he gets to stay on the ballot? As Chris K says, shame on the local and state educational unions and other associations that have endorsed this convicted crook without doing their homework! Brian Banks must run a pretty good scam: state records prove he has taken money from people like perennial Pointe gadfly George McMullan, all the way up to billionaire bridge magnate Manny Maroun and his wife. For a guy who is too broke to pay his mother's rent, Banks sure made a lot of in kind donations to his own campaign! Research the facts at : http://miboecfr.nictusa.com/cgi-bin/cfr/com_det.cgi?com_id=515833
Veronica Paiz August 10, 2012 at 11:26 PM
In all fairness to Mr. McMullin, he was an avid and open supporter of Valerie Kindle as State Rep candidate. He told me (and I believe him) that he attended Mr. Banks' fundraiser to learn his "agenda." For the record, I was also supporting Valerie Kindle's run for State Rep. However, let's be clear that my comments here are in now way endorsed by (or probably even known to) her. My reasoning for following up on this -- as a Democrat -- is that I do not want someone of Mr. Banks' character representing me at any level.
walden schmidt August 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM
I'm surprised that Metropolitan Credit Union didn't file the paperwork to have him served by US Mail to his last known address.
Susan Uhl August 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM
I did not receive the postcard, but I did receive several e-mails and text messages about it. In an effort to be fair, I contacted Mr. Banks about it. He gave me a story about a death in the family and some post dated checks to explain one charge and an "I ran with the wrong people" to explain another. He failed to mention the MULTIPLE charges in Oakland County nor did he mention ANY of the lawsuits in Harper Woods. In my opinion, failing to disclose information is just as dishonest as lying about them. I do not want this man representing me and I will not vote for him. The good people of Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe and Detroit deserve better.
Frank Walshingham August 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Do you know the specifics of the Oakland County charges, Susan? I wonder why Mr. Banks, who has his own blog on the Patch, is not responding to the growing list of allegations.
Susan Uhl August 11, 2012 at 01:36 PM
If you go to the Oakland County website (http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/courtexplorer/) and search for Brian Banks, there are several cases. I believe his middle name is Roderick. You can also go to Ms. Paiz' facebook link above to see the Wayne County records.
Frank Walshingham August 11, 2012 at 02:56 PM
Thanks, Susan! Using that link there appear to be 5 criminal cases in Oakland County involving Brian R. Banks. Looks like he was found guilty of check kiting, uttering & publishing (making & using a forged document), and illegal use or sale of a financial transaction device. Looks like our democratic house candidate was also kept on a tether. The abbreviations used in the records also seem to indicate probation violations in a number of these cases. With this background, I wonder why Mr. Banks needs to run for public office. With his qualifications, it is a wonder he couldn't find a job working for Bob Ficano or Kwame Kilpatrick!
waiting August 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
well this makes my vote interesting, 1 vote for a felon or 2 a jerk who the people of the Shores want to win just to get him off the city council.......I would say the race is now even let's see where they stand on the issues by the way what does this Schulte guy do for a living and don't give me the old media job thing where and for who word out there he may have done videos for big bob
Susan Uhl August 11, 2012 at 06:13 PM
There's always the option of voting for neither. Perhaps a decent write-in candidate will step up (that's my hope). Otherwise, I'm going with The Friendly Giant (anyone remember him?)
Robert Lee August 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM
I would bet if the Editors of the Grosse Patch check the digital fingerprints of the posts submitted by "Don Holman" and "waiting", as well as the post taken down from this article submitted by "here it comes", they would all track to computers owned by a certain Shores resident who lives next door to ex-mayor Cooper. If a person is not willing to sign their name to their inflammatory vitriol or at least link to a legitimate on line identity, the Patch should not post it. Take your hate filled twaddle elsewhere, Harry.
Harry Kurtz August 12, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Here is my digital fingerprint for the Editors to check. I had nothing to do with any anonomous postings and never have. However, I personally have no problem with ordinary citizens who prefer not to use their real names, in order to protect themselves from the possibility of being on the receiving end of diatribes and character assassination efforts they might otherwise be subjected to at council meetings, in bombastic letters to the editors of local newspapers and the online postings/rants of some individuals who consistently seem to have a contrarian point of view, on just about everything imaginable.
George R. McMullen Jr. August 13, 2012 at 10:22 AM
I always heard that any PR is good PR just spell my name right ......looks like the comments above I recieved neither.... well I guss a little sort of good from Veronica..for the record its GEORGE MCMULLEN thanks.
Scott B August 13, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Interesting. Not sure if anyone could muster a serious write in campaign.
Katie August 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
If we don't want this criminal representing us, expose him for what he is - post his big smiling mug with all the criminal intel to every phone poll in the district.
Perplexed in the D August 13, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ummmm....in walks Scott Benson who could serve well in that nifty 'write-in' campaign...what do you all think? I am a primary voter who was dismayed at the outcome of Brian Banks winning over Scott Benson! I received a document in the mail two days before the primary election stating that the recently elected State Representative Brian Banks had a felony record. If that is true, it is clearly hard to understand how someone with a felony record can not only register to run for political office but further end up winning a race over a candidate like Scott Benson who has a strong community and economic development background; responsible for some of the major development currently going on in Midtown Detroit; and a 22 year United States government military service and combat veteran!!! What is going on with the world?? Is the outcome moral, ethical, or legal for that matter?
Veronica Paiz August 13, 2012 at 07:18 PM
You're a good and honorable guy, George.
Veronica Paiz August 13, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I seriously believe that a write-in campaign could work, especially with this recent information about candidate Banks.
Scott B August 13, 2012 at 07:46 PM
QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS Oath of Office. Rule 76. Upon objection by any Representative or Representative-elect, no Representative-elect shall be given the oath of office or be permitted to be seated as a Member if he or she has previously been convicted of any election law violation which contributed to his or her election to the House of Representatives, subversion or has within the preceding 20 years been convicted of a felony involving a breach of public trust. (See Const 1963, Art 4 § 7) Upon a finding by a majority vote of the Members elected and serving in the House that the offense committed by such Representative-elect is within the provisions of this rule, that person shall be declared to be not qualified for membership in the House, and the office shall be declared vacant. The question of a Member’s qualifications shall be presented only by a Member.
Scott B August 13, 2012 at 07:47 PM
This is the rule for qualification of a member for the Michigan House.
Katie August 13, 2012 at 08:11 PM
my edited post: If we don't want a (or any) criminal representing us, expose the facts for what they are ... post his big smiling mug with all verifiable criminal intel to every telephone poll in the district.
Scott B August 14, 2012 at 04:50 PM
A write-in campaign is very difficult and would have to be mounted from the grass roots. The electorate would have to be very angry with their candidate and be willing to go up against the Democratic and Republican parties. Although in this situation it may be viable.
Mr.Q August 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM
That's interesting, Scott B.
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods August 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM
George McWho? I'll never forget what's-his-name...
George R. McMullen Jr. August 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM
I would like to comment on the above comment from Mr. Waldmeir referring to me as "George McWho". Outside of the comment having nothing to do with the discussion and being disempowering I consider it a personal attack against me. I have never said anything publically or privately against Mr. Waldmeir . For the record my name is, (and to jog Mr. Waldmeir’s memory) George McMullen and Mr. Waldmeir was serving on the Grosse Pointe Woods City Council that confirmed my appointment by a vote of 7-0 to the Grosse Pointe Woods Board of review. Mr. Waldmeir I don’t deserve the cheap shot. I’m a lifelong Grosse Pointer and fellow Grosse Pointe Woods resident that wants to see nothing but the best for our city….I have a different opinion from you as to how to get there, but my intensions are honorable. The Grosse Pointes have many tough issues to solve lets get on with the solutions and get out of the name calling game…nuff said
Frank Walshingham August 16, 2012 at 12:25 PM
George: Be a nice guy and cut Pete a little slack. I think he sometimes forgets he is no longer writing for the Detroit News, where he used to get paid to write inflammatory things about people in the hopes of selling a few more newspapers.
George R. McMullen Jr. August 17, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Frank its been an on going issue the comment is not the only one that has been directed my way hope it has come to an end like the end of my statement... Nuff said
Veronica Paiz September 11, 2012 at 11:52 PM
You can add Eaton County AND Grosse Pointe Woods to that list.

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