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Your Guide to the Troy Mayor May 7 Special Election

Voters will decide between six candidates to fill one partial term.

Troy residents will decide between six candidates running for one partial term as Mayor in the May 7 special election.

Incumbent Mayor Dane Slater, who was appointed on Nov. 26 following the Nov. 7 ouster of Mayor Janice Daniels, is among the candidates vying to serve the term, expiring Nov. 9, 2015.

The five other candidates include former State Representative Marty Knollenberg, David Elsas, Jon Desjardins, Faris Alami, and Scott T. Welborn.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Am I qualified to vote? 

In order to vote, you must:

  • be 18 years or older on or before Election Day
  • be a citizen of the U.S.
  • have lived in Michigan for at least 30 days
  • be registered on or before the close of registration (which was April 8 for this election)

A newly-passed law places new language on the ballot application that states that the voter is a U.S. citizen and is qualified to vote, and the voter certifies this by signing the application. 

Where do I vote? 

The state of Michigan's Web site has a form to help you figure that out.

You can either search by name, birthday and ZIP code or using your driver's license number. To check it out, visit the Secretary of State office online.

How can I vote by absentee ballot?

The last date to apply for an absent voter ballot by mail is May 4. After that, you can pick up an application at your township or city hall and vote before election day. There's an absent voter application posted on the city's website (PDF). 

Where can I learn more about the candidates? 

Click here to see what happened when the public asked the questions earlier this month at the League of Women Voters Troy Area (LWVTA) forum. Check out the forum on demand at video.cmntv.org

LWVTA Voter Guides are at the Community Center, Library, City Hall and online at lwvtroyarea.org.

Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 10:47 AM
More information about other mayoral candidates can be found at their Facebook pages and websites from links in these articles, which have answers to questions not asked at the League of Women Voters forum: http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/scott-welborn-candidate-profile http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/david-elsas-candidate-profile http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/faris-alami-candidate-profile http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/marty-knollenberg-candidate-profile-answers-to-questions Jon Desjardins is on the ballot but does not appear to be campaigning. So far Dane Slater has not responded to this survey or the additional question of what “non-partisan” means to him from this set of questions posed to all candidates: http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/troy-mayoral-race-profile-three-on-time-responders Maybe Slater has done triage and figured he has enough support from his many endorsements, incumbent status, name recognition and the negative campaigning from the Keep Troy Strong PAC and commenters on the Troy Patch.
Brad May 02, 2013 at 12:21 PM
I see no reason to make a change. Slater should not be removed: http://vimeo.com/64106866 Dale's link to Knollenberg's answers says a lot. The question of Knollenberg staying the entire term continues. http://www.keeptroystrong.com/2013/04/marty-knollenberg-has-no-intention-of.html#comment-form Gosselin and his team use the council seats for political gain for the next seat in Lansing. it really looks like that's what Marty is doing with this seat. His mailers don't even reflect reality here in Troy. I don't like his ties to Tietz at all.
Jeff S. May 02, 2013 at 12:33 PM
Keep Troy Strong is a PAC now? Could you provide a link to their organizational and/or financial disclosure statements? KThxbai.
Cathy Fucinari May 02, 2013 at 12:52 PM
After the last council meeting, Mr. Knollenberg was asked about whether he would stay the entire term. I saw and heard his response: "I don't know what the future will bring," with a smile.
Daffy Noodnicks May 02, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Interesting that Dale has been negatively campaigning against Mayor Slater, but has a problem with someone else presenting real factual evidence (something Dale almost never does). It is in no way surprising that Mayor Slater has not responded to Dale because he has been extremely biased against him and unfair toward him. Dale is in bed with the radical antitax extremists led by Bob Gosselin that have brought such strife to local politics. Mayor Slater owes nothing to him, his obnoxious and belligerant posting/writing, or his poorly informed, biased questions.
John David May 02, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Read the responses to the League of Women Voter's Guide. http://lwvtroyarea.org/files/mayor_vg_2013_pdf.pdf Slater has already brought stability to the city, ended the devisive state of the council before Knollenberg decided to run, and is promoting the already existing best practices that Dale is so obsessed about. Slater doesn't need to answer Dale's questions. He's already the proven leader. Knollenberg won't commit to serving out the term and clearly wants to run for another, higher office before the mayor's term ends. He is not the choice for mayor, Slater is.
Aviva May 02, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Troy residents would make a big mistake if they don't keep Mayor Slater in office. Dale is brainwashed by ideology. Why would the Mayor even entertain the thought of answering Dale's obviously pointed questions? Dale is not a journalist. He doesn't have an objective bone is his body. I would like to see the correspondence he used to get the others to answer his questions. Did he identify himself as being "from the Patch?" Hey, I had a letter to the editor published in the Freep once. That doesn't make me "from the Free Press." Dale is just ever-increasing the divisiveness in Troy. It's ideologues like him that make Troy an embarrassment. People laugh when I say I am from Troy. Mayor Slater is bringing normalcy and respectability back to our city. Cue Dale's next letter, accusing me of being a left-wing, commie, godless, baby killer. When if fact, I am a woman who lived in a respectable town, that is, until the reactionaries got their claws into it. The question remains: Is there an endgame?
John David May 02, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Aviva, there is no endgame. Even if Slater wins, citizens who want a good city, good city services, good city amenities for residents to enjoy, good schools, good housing values, and a city that grows and attracts young people and new businesses for its future, those citizens need to keep participating, keep watching out for the subversive, radicals who improperly call themselves "conservatives". Those radicals only want the lowest taxes at any cost, lowest services, and care for only a few citizens, primarily themselves and people who resemble them. Voters made a huge mistake in November 2011, which has been partially corrected. Tietz has continued to show his radical ideology and lack of concern for Troy. Based on his votes and comments, Dave Henderson has shown growth and is not rigidly entrenched as is Tietz. There will be council elections in November. People who are radicals are still lurking and will be ready to fight for those seats. It will take vigilance to make sure candidates who are for Troy and not outside interests are elected.
Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Aviva – I posted the actual emails I sent (condensed to save readers eyestrain) in the first blog post. http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/troy-mayoral-race-profile-three-on-time-responders No deceit, just extending equal opportunity to all to get free visibility for their campaign. Probably Mayor Slater doesn’t need it, especially on the Troy Patch. I asked the same fair questions to all candidates, then picked questions 3A, 3B & 3C, the most pointed objection from Patch skeptics, to ask each candidate. They’re only unfair if you don’t want to set goals or post comparisons to other cities. And no, you’re a very reasonable, polite lady with a different point of view. I used to be pro-choice until my mid-twenties, never having heard the pro-life point of view: http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/mass-murder-trial-ignored-wonder-why We need to find common ground, that’s all. I’m appalled at hearing people carry water for Kermit Gosnell and also for procedures that are legal but immoral.
Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 09:35 PM
I know personally about a third of the “reactionaries” in Troy. They’re all kind, generous people once you get to know them. A few have crabby temperaments. Don’t know as many on the left, but I expect it’s no different. People are people. America has been a good mix of capitalism and socialism. Socialism has its advantages, just like capitalism. I promote free market economics because I don’t like our recent slide towards collectivism and groupthink. We have to fix our debt problem soon – whatever your views, it’s immoral to pass this 40% overspending debt burden on to future generations. There’s the endgame America needs.
Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 09:36 PM
You're usually reasonable, if argumentative. This latest comment sounds like radical leftist, Saul Alinsky type thinking.
Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM
You’ve got to be kidding, ZZ. We don’t even know your name! Why don’t you disclose that? You could be anybody - John Kulesz, Matt Goodman, or Matt Binkowski, although it’s doubtful. Like many other commenters who use pseudonyms, we have no idea who you are. At least Colt gave his name and has a reasonable opinion. Daffy Noodnicks also does not hide his identity and has reasonable comments (sometimes angry and attacking) most of the time. I’ve disclosed more than any one of you on my Patch bio, yet I’m accused of being redundant in my prolific writing and not answering questions (anyone see the irony here?). Sharon has again deliberately missed my main point, ripping a paragraph out of context once again for her left-wing political blog with my Purgatroy comment – both sides are to blame! – I blame the left more than the right for not giving us a chance to govern. I’ve told what I can remember about Bob Gosselin’s emails from last year (which there is nothing wrong with – plenty of others besides me are critical of Dane Slater’s behavior on council. I prefer others like Robin Beltramini and Maureen McGinnis who have similar views but are more open and willing to listen to all sides than him). Your team has the FOIA results and knows the answers, but refuses to disclose them.
Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 09:37 PM
It’s called defense, Daffy. In response to the offensive negative campaign tactics employed by your side. The majority of what I write is positive, unless provoked or outnumbered. I just have a different point of view than you. Try to read all of my stuff from a neutral point of view and you will have to agree.
Dale Murrish May 02, 2013 at 09:38 PM
So Keep Troy Strong is not a PAC, since it has no financial statements and no expenditures. It’s a loosely affiliated group of like-minded people who write opinions – some reasonable, some downright nasty, all from the same provincial political perspective that anyone with aspirations beyond Troy is suspect – any “right-wing extremists,” that is, because they consider themselves solid fiscal conservatives. Sorry I used a shorthand abbreviation you didn’t like. Next time I’ll use the extra key strokes to call it a group of left-wing bloggers, closely associated with the sweet, innocent, often sarcastic Sharon MacDonell, who routinely twists others’ words while serving as the award-winning editor-in-chief, I believe. Of course, a good-hearted Democrat can run for higher office after serving on the Troy city council because thaaat’s OK. (sarcasm intended here). It’s all for the common good, after all. But a good-hearted Republican or conservative – is there such a thing?
John David May 02, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Hardly. I am no leftist. You think it's provincialism, but we need to care about where we live. Ideological far right wing thinking, radical anti-tax positions, and destruction of valued cultural assets, including schools, are not good for us now or in the future.
Daffy Noodnicks May 02, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Nobody but you knows what is outside the scope of a FOIA request.
Daffy Noodnicks May 02, 2013 at 10:07 PM
Dale you are the one who is attacking and that is what I respond to: your unreasonabile illogical attacks and flat out wrong statements. My point of view is the truth. It is neutral. You should try it sometime and you would agree. Most of your comments and posts are directed negatively toward people who you think believe differently than you. That is the truth, and it why you are so belligerent.
Daffy Noodnicks May 02, 2013 at 10:10 PM
I won't vote for anyone who isn't a solid fiscal conservative. I will never vote for a radical ideologe. That is the problem, these radical ideologes have tried to cast themselves as "fiscal conservatives" and got away with it when people weren't paying attention. A lot of us are paying attention now and the extremists, and those like Dale who carry water for them, may not like the result.
Daffy Noodnicks May 02, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Dale you are using yor illogical sweeping generalizations again (no surprise). Just because people don't appreciate what Bob Gosselin's group (you included) have brought to city politics does not mean they are "liberal" or "left leaning". You are just calling people names because you can't argue facts. It is a lazy ad hominem attack and very typical of you.
Sue Martin May 02, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Dale, what is Colt's real name? Are you mistakenly referring to the letter by James Werpetinski that Colt quoted, thinking THAT is his/her name? Do you EVER seek truth or verify facts before you lob out some random detail, hoping it will stick? Dale, you are one of the most divisive, superficial and disingenuous individuals I've ever had the opportunity to discover. It really is quite astounding.
Sharon May 02, 2013 at 11:55 PM
I started KTS but don't write everything on it. I quote Dale there, which always makes him cry foul. In your purgatroy quote you were justifying the idea that Marty Knollenberg should feel free to leave the job of mayor early if he wins because people are mean. You fake fiscal conservatives pushed the state to sue Troy to give a conservative (Knollenberg) the chance to become mayor at a cost of $50,000!!!! And now you dont mind if he leaves early because people are mean??? That is stupid!
Daffy Noodnicks May 03, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Your questions are extremely biased, like almost everything you have ever written on the Patch. It is ridiculous and comletely misplaced for you to be raising the horrifying story of the disgusting criminal Kermit Gosnell, and imply it has anyting to do with Troy politics. I am appalled you would bring it up in this context. Implying anyone who disagrees with is a socialist or doesn't care about the national debt is less offensive, but still completely ridiculous.
Daffy Noodnicks May 03, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I am on no side. I have stated support for no candidate. I have only taken issue with the stuff YOU have written.
Lynn Hodorek May 03, 2013 at 03:03 AM
This point about endorsements is so important. On one of Knollenberg's mailings I noticed his endorsement section included "Previously endorsed by". He can't get enough legitimate endorsements to put on a mailer, so he has to go fishing in his political past to try to make himself look adequate. So pathetic.
Dale Murrish May 03, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Thanks for the insult, Sue: "Dale, you are one of the most divisive, superficial and disingenuous individuals I've ever had the opportunity to discover." My mistake, Sue. I thought Colt was his “handle” and he was identifying himself at the bottom. That’s why I dislike pseudonyms. Colt, whoever he is, has reasonable opinions so far. As do you, most of the time. Unlike Sharon, who misrepresented what I said at least three times in her latest short post. I don’t have time to explain what I meant again, since it should have been clear on first reading for those who aren’t seeing things through distorted glasses. Sharon is too smart a lady for it to be confusion about what I meant, and it’s too consistent. So she can have her deliberate misinterpretations of me and other “fake fiscal conservatives.” If being a real fiscal conservative is blithely transferring our 40% overspending debt to the next generation, I’m glad to be a fake one.
Frank Laurinec May 05, 2013 at 06:39 PM
This comment is in regards to the mailing I received on Saturday, May 4th from Troy Citizens United. It was a two sided mailer that challenged current Mayor Dane Slater on a number of issues. I have no problem whatsoever with the challenging of Mayor Slater on the issues... this is a legitimate part of the political process. However, the tone of the mailer and the clearly racist and demeaning illustrations used, go beyond the modern accepted norm, even in this day and age. The cartoonish images of young Middle Eastern looking women, one bearing a strong resemblance to the Disney character Jasmine in the Disney movie, Aladin, using a Hookah and another using what some might see as an opium pipe, near a bottle of Lebanese liquor is an outlandish stereotyping of Middle Eastern culture and practices, reminiscent of our former Mayor, Janice Daniels. Whether you agree with the politics of Mayor Slater or not, this type of campaign imagery is unconscionable and must be denounced by the good people of Troy. Any candidate for mayor who embraces this type of racist campaigning is not worthy of consideration for the office. And as for Citizens United of Troy, I will quote Joseph Welch; "Have you no sense of decency, Sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?" Frank J. Laurinec, Jr. Troy resident for 21 years
Lynn Hodorek May 05, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Totally agree. From what I remember seeing on that mailing the cartoons were Jasmine and Pocahontas. Really racist and inappropriate.
Kevin May 07, 2013 at 12:49 AM
How can all of you support Dane when the lady he treated so poorly at one of the City council meetings is now suing the city because of HIS actions? She wanted to know something about money that disappeared? Not sure what this is all about, someone explain to me.
Dale Murrish May 07, 2013 at 01:40 AM
He's treated plenty of other conservatives with disrespect over the years, from Martin Howrylak to Janice Daniels to people at his first meeting as mayor who raised complaints about the hit piece on Howrylak's wife: http://troy.patch.com/blog_posts/best-wishes-to-mayor-slater He turns a deaf ear to those who have a different point of view, listening only to his own McCoy faction. Scott Welborn has the players identified well here. It's no wonder the three conservatives on council voted for him and Fleming after conferring with each other during the break. The three liberals all voted for Maureen McGinnis and Slater. He elbowed a more qualified candidate with much less baggage out of the way, and now he's paying the price. Maureen McGinnis votes pretty much the same way, but she listens and treats everyone with respect. He's my fifth choice for mayor of Troy, right ahead of Jon Desjardins, who does not appear to be campaigning. There were four other good candidates running, one with some baggage. But you can't be in politics very long without picking up some, unless you are squeaky clean and taking no prisoners about it from your supporters. America hasn't seen that since Abe Lincoln, perhaps. Even he was criticized for using bad tactics, but he was following a higher call. History proved him right.
John David May 07, 2013 at 01:47 AM
I haven't seen the mailer. Do these have anything to do with the new assistant to the city manager?

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