Source: Sherman Publications

Less than 14% turnout for board election

by Don Rush

May 11, 2011

Voters came out – though not in droves – to elect a new Lake Orion Community School District Board of Education. On May 3, just under 13.5 percent of the registered voters in Orion Township and Lake Orion Village voted to fill five seats of the seven member board.

Come July 13, the top vote getters (Melissa Miller, Connie Meech, Birgit McQuiston, and Deborah Porter, for the four-year term and Steven Drakos for the two year position) will be sworn in at the annual Organizational meeting, starting at 7 p.m. Incumbents seeking re-election, Janet Wolverton and Kelly Weaver, will stay on the board until the July meeting. Board member Tiffany Webber-Phillips did not seek re-election. The board will be rounded out by now president MaryJo Burchart and treasurer Jim Weidman.

According to the Oakland County Clerk’s Department, a total of 3,714 voters turned out in the 14 local districts and the eight districts in Oxford, Addison, Independence and Oakland Townships, and the City of Auburn Hills. Voters were asked to cast ballots for four, 4-year terms and one, partial two-year term.

Here’s how everybody fared:

Mark Brackon, 1,134 votes

Terrie Campbell, 1,215 votes

Nanci Canine, 150, even though she had withdrawn from the race.

Joseph Knight, 588 votes

Terry Lang, 521 votes

Birgit McQuiston, 1,328 votes

Connie Meech, 1,408 votes

John Michalik, 1,086 votes

Melissa Miller, 1,439 votes

Daniel Myslakowski, 712 votes

Deborah Porter, 1,240 votes

Write-In Candidate, 317 votes

For the partial term, Steven Drakos garnered 1,841 votes, the write-in got 1,072 votes.

Below is a list of precincts, the number of registered voters, how many cast ballots, followed by the percentage of voters.

Orion 1 1843 214 11.61%

Orion 2 2276 296 13.01%

Orion 3 1823 281 15.41%

Orion 4 2371 308 12.99%

Orion 5 1494 217 14.52%

Orion 6 1676 291 17.36%

Orion 7 1835 183 9.97%

Orion 8 1639 210 12.81%

Orion 9 2042 237 11.61%

Orion 10 1578 214 13.56%

Orion 11 1350 189 14.00%

Orion 12 1843 204 11.07%

Orion 13 1740 224 12.87%

Orion 14 1122 203 18.09%

Oxford 3 430 50 11.63%

Oxford 4&5 368 115 31.25%

Addison 2 497 48 9.66%

Ind. Twp. 12&15 905 77 8.51%

Oakland 2 802 69 8.60%

Oakland 8 769 82 10.66%

A. Hills 4 10 2 20.00%