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Estes Reelected, Three New City Commissioners

November 6, 2013
Estes Reelected, Three New City Commissioners

Mayor Michael Estes has been elected to serve another term in office and three new commissioners will be sworn into the Traverse City commission, according to last night's unofficial city election results. With all precincts reporting, Estes had 2,108 total votes compared to opponent Rick Buckhalter's 1,369 votes, with write-in candidates earning 215 votes. Of the three winning commission candidates, Ross Richardson took the lead with 2,071 votes, while Tim Werner earned 1,875 votes and Gary Howe claimed 1,832 votes. Incumbent Jody Bergman lost her seat in fifth place just nine votes behind Jan Warren's fourth place 1,500 total.

Traverse City voter turnout was at approximately 34 percent this year, with 4,176 of 12,298 registered voters coming out to the polls. As of press time last night, the city had not yet released vote totals for the Grand Traverse County Road Commission or Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) millage proposals; check The Ticker's Facebook page for updates.


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BillSmith on November 7, 2013 3:12pm

Tom you're right, we the people would have been in more trouble. Lol

Tom E. on November 7, 2013 11:04am

I think that most of you are being too hard on the man. Granted, he screwed up big time, especially since he is an elected official. He needs to get the proper treatment. I personally don't care for him as the mayor of our town and hope that someone else will be selected if he chooses to step down or the governor makes him do it. If this had happened to one of you it wouldn't garner the headlines that it has in his case.

pm on November 7, 2013 10:07am

Hang on folks - Agenda 21 aka Grand Vision will now move forward with a vengeance.

Bill Smith on November 7, 2013 9:52am

Julie if you go to the 86th district court website in the past you could click on courts records and you could type in a persons name and it would give you everything on a person. Fyi! I think that they blocked it though.

Julie on November 7, 2013 7:40am

Estes better go through all the hoops that others do when committing an offence related to substance abuse. He needs to go to AA meetings, do urine screenings and PBT's. His attendance records should be proven to the public as he is an elected official who drives drunk in a bicycle lane.

Dave on November 7, 2013 6:53am

Looks Like Local Government is as big a JOKE as Federal Government !!!!

Ian on November 6, 2013 7:39pm

Guess we better set up a breathalyzer at the entrance of the governmental center.

BillSmith on November 6, 2013 3:17pm

Lol, ok CurtisBlow go to a drug testing place and ask the people that have to do drug tests if the reason that they got into trouble was drug related. You're wrong. trust me. So right back at you. While on bond you have to do drug testing. Unless you're Mr. Estes that knows people.

C on November 6, 2013 10:14am

in many cases a vote for EStes was a vote against his opponent.

Many of us who voted for him are hoping he does the right thing and resigns (or the Gov replaces him).......... Do the right thing Estes....go seek treatment. Let someone else who is qualified hold the office until you're better

CurtisBlow on November 6, 2013 9:35am

To educate folks on how the Court handles alcohol-related offenses (that does NOT involve use of illicit drugs): random breathalyzer screening (for alcohol) is typical for those individuals, and not drug testing. Also Alcohol Anonymous meetings and a substance abuse accessment are typically mandatory.

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