Newcomer Joins Incumbents in Grosse Pointe Farms Council Victory

The city council lineup and mayor will stay pretty much the same, with one new face after the election. Write-in candidate Elizabeth Vogel did not receive enough votes to win a seat.

In , the , a resident in the community for five years.

Mayor James Farquhar ran uncontested and received 1,471 votes, according to the Farms unofficial figures released late Tuesday.

Meanwhile, incumbents Therese M. Joseph and Joseph Leonard earned more than 1,000 votes each. Newcomer Lev Wood earned 1,261 votes. Another 576 votes were logged in for write-in candidates.

Presumably most of those write-in votes were for Elizabeth Vogel, a resident who began her campaign for a council seat after the September flooding that affected the inland district, however the write-in votes are not defined specifically by name. 

Generally, Farms City Clerk Matthew Tepper said there are always a handful of write-in candidates but this is the first election he could recall with a candidate that put a concerted effort into a write-in campaign.

The Farms had 3,872 votes entered, which is about 48 percent voter turnout. The council will meet with its newest member, Wood, next week. Wood has been attending the meetings regularly for several months.

Tommy November 09, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Liz, It was great to hear your energetic speech and enthusiasm at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial this past September and I admire your spunk. It is wonderful to see someone like yourself to take an interest in their community and I wish you all the luck in 2013. Tommy
BIll Champion November 09, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Great showing Liz.
LMJ November 09, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Great campaign, LIz. For the little time you had, you made a huge impact. It was great meeting you and I'll look forward to following your campaign in 2013.
James Gerardi November 09, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Liz took the write-in mechanism, often a dump for low-level discontent, and turned it into a platform for hundreds of Farms voters to express their strong wish for change. The wish is not going away and neither is she. We'll all be there to help in 2013, Liz.
Elizabeth M. Vogel November 09, 2011 at 05:50 PM
Thanks Jim, Lynn, Bill, & Tommy. I have already had some very nice and encouraging phone calls and this morning regarding future plans. I am so humbled to have so many people behind me & ready to regroup for another try. This campaign may have not yielded a seat, but it was a success in so many other ways. I am not discouraged, and nor should the residents of Grosse Pointe Farms be discouraged. Let us now turn our focus to supporting, encouraging, and communicating with Councilman Elect Lev Wood--his 1st place victory is further proof that Farms residents have high expectations from their newly elected officials.


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