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.

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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