Troy Elections 2012 Results: Recall Passes with Majority Vote; Howrylak Beats Kerwin

Troy Mayor Janice Daniels was recalled by a 52 percent vote.

Troy Election Results

Recall Question (31 of 31 precincts reporting)

Answer % of Votes Total Votes YES 52.23 20,763 NO 47.77 18,993     39,756


41st District State Representative (36 of 36 precincts reporting)

Candidate % of Votes Total Votes Martin Howrylak (REP) 50.21 23,403 Mary Kerwin (DEM) 49.30 22,977 WRITE-IN 0.49 229     46,609


11th District County Commissioner

Candidate % of Votes Total Votes Robert Gosselin (REP) 57.46 17,798 Louise E. Schilling (DEM) 42.22 13,077 WRITE-IN 0.31


16th District County Commissioner (21 of 21 precincts reporting)

Candidate % of Votes Total Votes Mike Bosnic (REP) 51.61 14,267 Tim Burns (DEM) 47.92 13,247 WRITE-IN 0.47 129     27,643


20th District County Commissioner (23 of 23 precincts reporting)

Candidate % of Votes Total Votes Antoine Delaforterie (REP) 34.15 7,888 Gary R. McGillivray (DEM) 65.09 15,032 WRITE-IN 0.76 175     23,095

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1:40 a.m. – With all 36 Troy and Clawson precints fully reporting, Republican candidate Martin Howrylak has won the race for 41st District State Representative, beating out Democratic candidate Mary Kerwin by a narrow margin.

Howrylak earned 23,403 votes (50.21 percent) while Kerwin earned 22,977 votes (49.30 percent).

1:20 a.m. – With all 31 Troy precincts fully reporting, Troy Mayor Janice Daniels has been recalled.

In all, 52.23 percent (20,763) of Troy voters answered "yes" on the Troy Mayor recall question while 47.77 percent (18,993) answered "no." Unofficial results courtesy of oakgov.com.

Once the election is certified, Daniels will be removed from office and Troy City Council will begin the process of finding a replacement.

12:45 a.m. – With 28 of 31 precincts fully reporting, here are the recall question results:

Answer % of voters Total YES 52.24% 20,121 NO 47.76% 18,398     38,519

12:08 a.m. – With 18 of 31 Troy precincts now fully reporting, the Troy Mayor Recall question is still passing with an even wider margin.

Answer % of vote Total YES 52.05% 18,039 NO 47.95% 16,621     34,660

Midnight – With 16 of 36 precincts reporting, Mary Kerwin (D-Troy) and Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) are in a dead heat for 41st District State Representative. Kerwin leads Howrylak by just 111 votes with 38,432 votes tallied so far.

11:45 p.m. – With 11 of 31 Troy precincts fully reporting, Troy Maor Recall question still passing with even wider margin (1,227 votes).

Answer % of vote Total YES 51.94% 16,407 NO 48.06% 15,180     31,587

11:15 p.m. – Recall supporters at Joe Kool's are watching election results on TV, cheering every time the recall appears and booing the mayor. Still only five of 31 precincts fully reporting; the rest are only partially reporting. 

11 p.m. – Five precincts of 31 now reporting. Here are the latest unofficial results on the recall question:

Answer % of vote Total YES 51.88% 15,002 NO 48.12% 13,916     28,918

10:50 p.m. – Still only four out of 31 precincts reporting. Nothing new to report right now. Stay tuned.

10:20 p.m. – Here are the early, unofficial results for the Troy Mayor recall question. THESE ARE NOT FINAL. Stay tuned as results continue to roll in.

Answer % of vote Total YES 51.86% 14,158 NO 48.14% 13,142     27,300

10:15 p.m. – Here are the early, unofficial results for 41st District State Representative race. THESE ARE NOT FINAL. Stay tuned as results continue to roll in.

Candidate % of vote Total Martin Howrylak (REP) 49.26% 16,795 Mary Kerwin (DEM) 50.17% 17,104 WRITE-IN 0.57% 195

10:05 p.m. – Here are some of the early, unofficial results for the three county commissioner races in Troy. THESE ARE NOT FINAL. Stay tuned as results continue to roll in.

Unofficial early results for 11th District County Commissioner:

Candidate % of vote Total Robert Gosselin (REP) 55.86% 10,939 Louise E. Schilling (DEM) 43.74% 8,567 WRITE-IN 0.40% 78

Unofficial early results for 16th District County Commissioner:

Candidate % of vote Total Mike Bosnic (REP) 50.14% 10,375 Tim Burns (DEM) 49.33% 10,208

Unofficial early results for 20th District County Commissioner:

Candidate % of vot Total Antoine Delaforterie (REP) 33.85% 6,637 Gary R. McGillivray (DEM) 65.36% 12,813 WRITE-IN 0.79% 155

10 p.m. – "Yes" votes now account for 52.01 percent of the vote (13,883) while "No" votes account for 47.99 percent (12,812). So far, 26,695 votes on the recall issue have been unofficially reported to the county.

9:50 p.m. – Presumably still waiting on absentee ballots to be counted. Recall Janice Daniels crowd at Joe Kool's has grown and is spilling over into the main dining area. Louise Schilling is here, as is Mary Kerwin.

Schilling (D-Troy), who faces Bob Gosselin (R-Troy) in the race for 11th District County Commissioner, has 8,400 votes (43.80 percent) so far while Gosselin has 10,704 votes (55.81 percent).

9:20 p.m. – Results from the county are slow to come in and show all 31 Troy precincts as only partially reporting, but the Recall Janice Daniels crowd is already celebrating.

"I'm elated, over the moon," Recall Janice Daniels co-founder John Kulesz said. "It's amazing to do something that the majority of the people of Troy responded to in such a positive way."

Mary Kerwin, who is in a dead heat with Martin Howrylak, just arrived at the Recall Janice Daniels gathering at Joe Kool's.

9 p.m. – Troy Mayor Recall Question still passing with 24,421 votes tallied (unofficially). "Yes" has 12,680 votes (51.92 percent) and "No" has 11,741 votes (48.08 percent). Stay tuned.

8:50 p.m. – With 30,425 votes counted, Mary Kerwin (D-Troy) is ahead of Martin Howrylak (R-Troy) in the race for 41st District State Representative, but only by a handful of votes (15,173 to 15,085, respectively). Results are still very early and unofficial.

8:40 p.m. – Very early, unofficial results with only some precincts partially reporting shows the Troy Mayor Recall Question passing by a narrow margin (52 percent "yes" to 48 percent "no"). If a majority of Troy voters vote "yes," Troy Mayor Janice Daniels will be removed from office.

8:01 p.m. – The polls are closed. Stay tuned to Troy Patch for election results!

7 p.m. – The line stretches down the hallway as dozens of people stand in line to vote at the Troy Community Center. Don't forget – as long as you're in line by 8 p.m., you may vote.

5:40 p.m. – Students at Troy Athens High School voted today to keep President Barack Obama and recall Troy Mayor Janice Daniels in a school-wide mock election. Read the full story here.

5:00 p.m. – Troy City Clerk Aileen Bittner said all issues with the ID card reader and poll books at Precinct 15 (St. Lucy's) have been resolved and are now "running fine."

Bittner said Troy precincts will likely experience a "dinner rush" that will start around 5:30 "and last until 6:30 or 7." She added, "it could take 45 minutes to get through the line."

Overall, Bittner said they've received a handful of complaints about wait time at the polls, but "most people are understanding." She anticipates 80 percent voter turnout for this election, which "is pretty typical for Troy for a presidential election."

Voters who arrive at their precinct by 8 p.m. will be allowed to vote, even if there is a line. Those who arrive after 8 p.m. will be turned away.

3:30 p.m. – According to the Troy City Clerk's Office, 95 percent (13,600) of the 14,200 absentee ballots issued this election have already been returned. On average, only about 90 percent of absentee ballots are returned to the city clerk.

However, fewer absentee ballots were issued for this election than the 2008 presidential election.

2 p.m. – So far, 173 voters have turned out at the Troy Nature Center, which was very quiet at 2 p.m. with no wait time for voters. However, Precinct 6 chairperson Sherill Jackson said they had a "line out the door" at 6 a.m.

1 p.m. – The Troy Police Department is reporting nothing out of the ordinary so far, no election-related calls or complaints.

Voter turnout is in the several hundreds for every precinct we've checked on, with more than 500 total at St. Anastasia as of 1 p.m.

It was "about an hour wait," Stacey Pilut, who was number 500, wrote on Facebook. "Well worth it!"

12:15 p.m. – Did you know you can open carry your pistol in your polling place? You may need to have your CPL, though.

Also, we want to see your "I voted" stickers! Gretchen Bovensiep, a Troy Patch blogger, tweeted us a photo of her "Mama Vote" sticker, saying, "This one is for my female ancestors that were denied the right! I hope I made them proud!"

Text your "I Voted" sticker pics to editor Jen Anesi at 248-202-7375, or email them to jen.anesi@patch.com. Or, upload them directly to this story!

11:30 a.m. – The ID scanner at Precinct 15 (St. Lucy's) is still not working (see below), though voters can still cast their ballot. There may be additional delays as poll workers enter voter information by hand.

The Troy City Clerk's office is reporting no major issues at any of the polling places so far. Lines are expected to be long during peak times, including lunch time.

11 a.m. – Recall Janice Daniels and No Troy Recall supporters are out at many of the polling places, including the Troy Community Center, where Recall Janice Daniels co-founder Matt Binkowski and No Troy Recall supporter Isabella Schaeper flanked the main driveway holding their opposing signs (see attached photo).

"We're getting a lot of positive feedback," Binkowski said as he handed out signs to volunteers in the parking lot. "I'm very optimistic."

"I'm not usually into politics, but this is a power play against the mayor," Schaeper said as she stood in front of the community center holding her sign. "The liberal side is trying to come forth with their agenda."

10:20 a.m. – As of 10:20am, 267 residents had voted at First Presbyterian Church. Mayor Daniels stood outside to greet voters while holding a "No Recall" sign. A Recall Janice Daniels supporter was walking up with a "Yes Recall" sign as Troy Patch was leaving the church. Both sides seem to be maintaining a civil presence at many of Troy's precincts.

9:05 a.m. – Troy Patch readers report waiting 20-45 minutes in line to vote so far this morning.

8:50 a.m. – The City Clerk's Office confirms no major election day problems so far, though they said they have had a few incidents of people campaigning or placing signs within the 100-foot perimeter outside the polling place (which violates state law). They ask that people please respect the 100-foot boundary. 

Note: Wearing political pins, shirts, etc. is also not allowed past the 100-foot mark.

7:50am – Just got a tip that voters are walking away from Precinct 15 (St. Lucy Croatian Catholic Church) due to a broken ID scanner. Spoke to Kim Ball with the Troy City Clerk's office, who confirmed workers are on their way out to fix the problem.

Meanwhile, they are manually entering the information and “You can still vote," Ball said, though there may be minor delays in addition to long lines during peak times.

7 a.m. – The polls are open, and City Clerk Aieen Bittner is telling voters: "The lines will be long at times just due to the volume of voters; but, we will do everything we can to make everyone’s voting experience a quick and pleasant one."

6 a.m. – Polls are opening in Troy in one hour! What time are you heading out, or have you already voted by absentee ballot?

Glenn November 06, 2012 at 01:35 PM
My wife and I cast our votes to recall Daniels at 7:10 this morning in District 13. Lines were fairly long already. It felt so good to fill in that Yes bubble. Goodbye Janice, it's been surreal.
Cathy OGawa November 06, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Why did the sample ballots not include the Oakland County Community College trustees? There was not any information in the papers about this race either.
Kenneth Herman November 06, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I voted this morning while open carrying. This is a perfectly legal even if your polling location is in school if you have a CPL. I always exercise my Second Amendment right, even when I vote. Keep in mind if your polling location is in a Michigan pistol free zone, you MUST have a concealed pistol license and you MUST OPEN CARRY in said location. Anyone with questions to the legality to this please see MSP update number 86 and MCL750.234d linked below; http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/MSP_Legal_Update_No._86_2_336854_7.pdf
John David November 06, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I voted around 10:30 at my precinct and there were no campaign workers for any candidates or issues, except for Prop. 3 whose workers were dropped off as a group in a minivan. My wife and I cast our votes for Romney and for the recall of Janice Daniels.
cookiepro2 November 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Mine that I printed out at SOS page did, but you're right, no endorsements or info in the newspaper. I read the candidates answers & background in the LWV voter guide (online). Ravi Yalamanchi seems like a good candidate, is profiled in Patch, is a current Rochester Hllls council member, and had four or five positive comments in response to his profile. I beleive it is a volunteer, no-pay position so anyone who runs is public-spirited oriented, we're lucky to have citizens like that.
Wiley Coyote November 06, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Bet that made you feel like "Top Gun." Thanks for sharing.
Wiley Coyote November 06, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Sorry John David, that comment was in response to Ken. Thanks for voting!
Kenneth Herman November 06, 2012 at 05:48 PM
No. I always carry. We have many rights in this great country. I just happened to be exercising more than one at a time while having the ability to protect myself and others around me.
John David November 06, 2012 at 06:01 PM
No problem. Can you imagine, gunfight at the O.K. Voting precinct? Might discourage someone from cutting in line :)
Chris P. November 06, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Many, many thanks to the Recall volunteers for making the effort to allow voters in Troy to rectify their voting from last November. Most of us are scared to speak out and take action, so we are grateful you stood up and did so on our behalf. Whatever the result, know that it was the right thing to do and you are very much respected by so many of us. Thank you!
Wiley Coyote November 06, 2012 at 06:07 PM
All right! What caliber weapon?
Kenneth Herman November 06, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Carrie Pittel November 06, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I vote in the 13th precinct and had to wait in line outside in 30 degree weather while only 10 people were admitted inside at one time to wait. In addition, I heard that in other precincts people were fed and given rides. Is there something I'm not understanding? NOT happy!!
Marc Hesse November 06, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Proposal 6? According to the latest polls the uneducated, those without a high school diploma are voting yes 55% to 45% no. Anyone with a high school diploma is voting no on proposal 6, 62% no to 38%yes. College educated 75% no to 25% yes. Those with a degree in economics 95% no to 5% yes.The only question that is left to answer is. "Are there enough stupid people in this state to pass proposal 6?" VOTE NO ON 6! TELL YOUR FRIENDS.
Dave Scillion November 06, 2012 at 07:38 PM
No line at Troy Community Center at 2 pm. Marc...that is just sad!
Glenn November 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Daniels looks so pathetic holding that No Recall sign that I almost feel sorry for her. I said almost. Vote Yes to Recall Janice Daniels!
cookiepro2 November 06, 2012 at 07:55 PM
I decided to vote NO on this a long time ago. The increased mailings with preposterous claims I've been getting (sometimes twice a day) have me afraid that the naive will vote for it. I got the aimed-to-fool "survey" phone call ("What?!!, You're against people's choice?") too. Don't be fooled, Vote NO on Proposal 6.
Rick from Troy November 06, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Virtually no line either at St. Stephen Episcopal on Beach Rd. at 1:45 PM. We were out of there in 20 minutes. Though the ballet registration lady I spoke to said it had been much busier earlier and they expected a big rush later.
John David November 06, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I voted there, too. The design of the church doesn't easily permit waiting inside. While there was a line, things moved smoothly while I was there. The staff were much more efficient than I expected. Polling places in the city vary, and after voting in this precinct for about 20 years, today was a pretty good experience.
cookiepro2 November 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
No waiting for me at 2:30 pm St Nicholas Church (precincts 17 and 20). Be sure not to miss the station that tears the tab off your ballot, otherwise it won't feed into the machine. Several minutes went by while poll workers were trying to figure out this snafu for a voter ahead of me.
Sean November 06, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Voted YES to recall Janice. One year of embarrassing our city is too long. Good riddance!
Jeff November 07, 2012 at 05:26 AM
Yeah Ken, I bet you felt much safer carrying your 9mm inside the school when you voted, especially around all those scary elementary school kids. Seriously? Just because it's legal, doesn't make it right Thanks for sharing that useless information.
Kenneth Herman November 07, 2012 at 07:43 AM
Jeff, many people assume too much or draw conclusions with little information. Your post shows you are no exception. My polling location was not in a school, let alone an elementary school. Perhaps you have seen a story or two about school shootings? A few have happened and many innocent people died. This is largely because no one was able to defend themselves. Seems to me a polling location (gathering of many people) would be a good target for some one wish to do harm to a large number of people. Maybe you have heard of large number of people targeted in Colorado not to long ago? The Second Amendment is a right much like voting. I choose to be able to defend myself and my family. Please respect my right rather than mock it. I will respect your right to be defenseless and not mock it. A helpful hint, start pulling on your thigh, knee then ankle. With sufficient force, you should be able to extricate your foot from your mouth. As for your head, you may need to see a Proctologist for that procedure.
Cathy Fucinari November 07, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Did it make the retirees working in the poll seem less threatening. Ditto Jeff. Just because it's legal, doesn't make it right.
Brian Matico November 07, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Who gives a crap--what does this have to do with anything?
cookiepro2 November 07, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Geez, got a special delivery by the mailman yesterday two hours before the polls closed...another vote yes Prop 6 postcard. Sorry, Matty Maroun, even $33 million won't buy you an election.


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