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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.

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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