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Tinsley-Talabi Narrowly Defeats Bledsoe in 2nd District

According to the most recent figures released by the Wayne County Clerk's Elections Division, Alberta Tinsley-Talabi edged out Tim Bledsoe for the Democratic nomination for state representative in the 2nd District.

Although Rep. Tim Bledsoe was leading the way in votes from three Grosse Pointes his competitor Alberta Tinsley-Talabi received 573 more votes—winning the nomination for the Democratic seat for the .

This is based on the most recent figures released by the Wayne County Clerk's Elections Division, which were released sometime after 6 a.m. Wednesday with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

However, figures released about 3 a.m. Wednesday showing Wayne County had tallied 100 percent of the precincts for the 2nd District race are inconsistent with the final numbers and inconsistent with results from the clerks offices in the City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe Park.

At 3 a.m., the Wayne County Clerk's office was showing Bledsoe had 1,320 votes while Tinsley-Talabi had 1,829. However, according to the three clerks' offices from the Pointes, the final numbers released Tuesday shortly after the polls closed at 8 p.m. revealed Bledsoe received 3,522 votes collectively from the three communities and Tinsley-Talabi had 261 votes collectively.

Voters from some precincts in Detroit that will be included in the redrawn district also weighed in on the race, which is why the Wayne County Clerk's results are important.

The final results released after 6 a.m. Wednesday show the following vote totals for the candidates:

Democratic Ticket

  • Tim Bledsoe, of the City of Grosse Pointe —4,699
  • Alberta Tinsley Talabi, of Detroit —5,272
  • Anthony Zander, of Detroit —374

Republican Ticket

  • Daniel Corrigan Grano, of Grosse Pointe Park —  (ran unopposed) 2,939

Patch is seeking additional information from the Wayne County Clerk's Office regarding the discrepancy in the figures and has left a message with Bledsoe seeking comment.

Bledsoe has represented the five Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods and east Detroit as one district for the last four years. .

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.

The results of Tuesday's election, if they are indeed final and correct, mean Tinsley-Talabi will face Daniel Grano in the November general election for the second district seat.

Grano is a councilman in Grosse Pointe Park.

Beth Martin August 08, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Can't believe how redistricting has hurt the Pointes. GPWoods has its preliminary results up on its website, and they show 2023 dem ballots cast. Rep Bledsoe only needed 600 or so of those to win, yet they went to a different race/district. :(
GpGr67 August 08, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Losing Bledsoe as our representative will definitely hurt the Pointes. He was a huge advocate for the Pointes in the fight against schools of choice. Do you really think Tinsley-Talabi is going to fight as hard (or at all) for Grosse Pointe? Don't be surprised if schools of choice resurfaces and we lose out this time.....
Diane Smith August 08, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Switch parties then and vote for Grano.
Bob Carr August 08, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Gerrymandering of districts has disenfranchised the Pointes. The penalty for electing a Democrat was to be dismembered and buried in a district dominated by a larger Detroit population. Not only does this deprive Grosse Pointe of neighborhood Democratic representation, but it realisticly eliminates also the possibility of return to Republican representation. Without authentic representation, it will be up to us to raise our voices directly and loudly for the issues dear to our community. It will be a challenge but there is little alternative until the next redistricting.
GpGr67 August 08, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Why would I, or anyone, vote for a Republican if we were worried about schools of choice affecting GP? That party is behind this whole schools of choice drive because they think the only way to improve education is by creating competition, where students can go anywhere they want if their own school district doesn't improve. If Grano wins and tries to fight the ideological rigidity of the GOP on schools of choice or other matters, he'll be marginalized just like every other one who doesn't step in line with the demented goals of that party. Tinsley-Talabi will probably win, but she won't be as good as Bledsoe. Another victim of the GOP's partisan redistricting. Too bad some of the GOP big-money GPer's didn't try to fight spitting the Pointes between 2 districts, but they fall in line just like all the other insiders controlled by that party.
GP For Life August 08, 2012 at 07:22 PM
I worry about Grano's commitment to the GP way. His stance of duck hunting in state waters kind of swayed me.
Bob Carr August 08, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Frankly, I agree that, generally speaking, competition can improve education. In most cases a monopoly is no more desirable in education than in steel or utilities or transportation. One has to look no further than Detroit to see the product that an unfettered monopoly on education can produce! In our instance, general theory needs to yield to specific reality. GPPSS produces an outstanding educational product. GPPSS cannot benefit in any sense from competition with DPS; nor can DPS benefit from competing with GPPSS! GPPSS is simply too small. Moreover, "success" in the educational market place, defined as "winning customers" from DPS, would be destructive to the successful GPPSS business model. The essence of the GPPSS "brand" includes intense community involvement and ownership. Not only are the taught members of that community, but so are many of the teaching! School choice for DPS needs to include charter schools, parochial schools and other private schools. This kind of targeted competition has potential to do good for education in Detroit. School choice needs to exclude neighboring school systems, except possibly as "coalitions of the willing." To do otherwise is to sacrifice the educational excellence of our youth as collateral damage on the alter of misbegotten political dogma.
Hunter Douglas August 08, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Bob Carr seems to be groping toward a fact, his "specific reality," that no one wants to acknowledge: You cannot apply business models uniformly to education, because an education is not a car or a cell phone or a carpet-cleaning service. Anyway, Detroit Public Schools hasn't had a monopoly on public education in the city for years and years. Most of the state's charter schools are already in that single district, with more set to arrive with the state's uncapping of charters last year. To say a student in Detroit has no choice but the dropout factory on the corner simply isn't true. But the governor, obviously in debt to the state's boosters of the for-profit charter model of school choice, isn't interested in "specific reality." He has bills to pay, and Grosse Pointe is just collateral damage. Bledsoe understood this. Too many of his GOP constituents don't.
darylatchison August 09, 2012 at 05:53 AM
To Bill, your comments are dumb just like fox news..
Bob Carr August 09, 2012 at 12:53 PM
No, Hunter, I am not "groping toward a fact." Although education is "not a car or a cell phone or a carpet cleaning service," many of the same principles do need to apply. Customers need to receive a quality service and receive value for money. In too many parts of the nation, these are not the services provided. In too many parts of the country, education is well short of global leadership or even competitiveness. The OECD publishes the PISA study on a regular basis to provide comparisons of outcomes. I encourage anyone concerned about education to read the executive summary, available at http://www.oecd.org/pisa/ .
Bradley Coopersmith August 09, 2012 at 01:42 PM
I don't know if the rain today but i really am feeling negative about the Pointes. Between redistricting and school of choice it just seems like its only a matter of time before our schools and home values go down the drain. What is stopping it from happening? Nothing that i can see. Representatives from Detroit don't care about the Pointes because they are so small compared to the city. GPS wants to move to Macomb. Maybe the pointes need to drop their labels and merge into one city so that we can truly govern ourselves and our best interests and not be so fragmented.
GP For Life August 09, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Bradley, I am going to say it is because of the rain and give you a pass here. None. None of these things are final or beyond some modicum of our control. This attitude that you've displayed is as disturbing as it is defeatist. What if Winston Churchill gave up? Did Leonidas just roll over and take it? No. They stood up and fought for their way of life. They drew a line and stood a post then when on to write history. We will hold the line. Will you help?
Shrrbrrr August 09, 2012 at 04:26 PM
The one thing said here is from Bradley "maybe" the Pointes should merge together...seriously why haven't we. Look at other communities that we can't hold a candle to because of our divisions. There is so much wasted monies on duplication it is ridiculous, not to mention the fact that we don't have one voice to make a difference in anything Statewide. and btw you don't have to switch parties to vote for a republican...
down and out August 09, 2012 at 05:38 PM
the 5 Pointe's coming together for something good.....dream on to many ego's to deal with.....they all think they are back in the big dollar day's.....they have no idea that they are just a falling middle class community anymore.......keep the 5 apart it will be more fun to watch them sink one by one....
Interested Bystander August 09, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Do you suppose Bledsoe would represent Detroit had he been elected?
Pete Waldmeir, GP Woods August 09, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Bradley, GP for Life, Shrrbrrr - Schools of choice aren't the only threat to property values in Grosse Pointe Woods. Instead of cutting waste from their bloated budget, the Woods mayor and council are begging taxpayers to pass two tax proposals on Nov. 6 that will produce the 5 Pointe's first official Headlee Override (4 mills) over the state-mandated property tax limit. You may or may not be able to stop schools of choice legislation. But you can vote NO NEW TAXES, NO BLANK CHECK override on Nov. 6. Overrides are contagious. If the Woods falls, the dominoes fall - and higher taxes help real estate prices fall, too.
GP For Life August 09, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Shrrbrr do not the let these phantom savings sway you. These savings won't materialize and we will lose a large part of our charm and access to our officials. I could see some sort of Grosse Pointe Congress, but honestly don't start merging. Just because a merger looks good on paper doesn't mean it will be good. See: Chrsyler, AOL/Time Warner, and a countless number of failed marriages. Just like marriages, mergers are easy to get into and hard to get out of. Please people, mergers are like the nuclear option here.
Mark August 09, 2012 at 06:40 PM
GP For Life is speaking truth here Bradley. Who do you think brought down Schools of Choice the first time around? It wasn't Bledsoe it was influential citizens who wouldn't stand for it. Keep fighting the good fight. Redistricting has rendered us ineffectual in a voting process and having an elected official represent us for the time being but that doesn't mean you let your voice get drowned out. You just yell louder.
Frank Walshingham August 10, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Residents of the 5 Pointes can come together, whether they are either democrat or republican, and vote for Dan Schulte as our state representative. Especially now that the facts have come out that Brian Banks spent time behind bars for check fraud and is currently embroiled in other shady fiscal dealings: http://grossepointe.patch.com/articles/michigan-state-representative-1st-district?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001
off he goes August 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Good idea Frank, but only the Shores, Woods, Harper Woods and part of Detroit can vote to unload Schulte onto the sate of Mi. and get him out of the Shores his fellow council members will be glad to help him leave as will most "thinking" people in the Shores, he is a first class jerk....in the Sate he can just not show up when does not like what is going on, like he has done in the Shores but this time he will get paid for it which is the real reason he is running he needs a job. Hope he goes for pay cuts for all state employees and reduced health care like he did in the Shores or maybe even a part time legislator and you can bet he will be at Mourn's house if he hasn't all ready with both hands out

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