By Charles Sercombe
Looking for election results for Hamtramck?
Word is, it could take a few hours (this is of 10 p.m. Tuesday).
The write-in campaign for the school board is gumming up the works.
City Clerk August Gitschlag said the write-ins slowed down the ballot machines, and worse, it’s been a challenge trying to figure out what candidate name many voters wrote in.
There were two school board seats on the ballot, but only one boardmember, Magdalena Srodek, who is the president of the board, filed for re-election.
Boardmember Ataur Khan initially declined to seek another term, and no one else filed to be on the November ballot – leaving one seat open.
But in the last couple of weeks Khan changed his mind and registered as a write-in candidate.
Another person, Jihan Aiyash, also jumped into the race and ran as a write-in candidate. The two top vote-getters will fill the two seats – meaning Srodek could be knocked out of the race.
The only other local race was for 31st District Court Judge. Alexis Krot has been serving in that position for about a year after being appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder after former judge Paul Paruk resigned to take a new job.
She is facing off with challenger John Gorniak, an attorney who moved into the city last year to run for the position.
In the meantime, Hamtramck waits for the local results.
Nov. 6, 2018