By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck voters came out in droves on Election Day (Nov. 6) Tuesday, and remained firmly in support of Democratic candidates – just as they have done for decades.
Voters here also elected Hamtramck 31st District Court Judge Alexis Krot over her opponent John Gorniak, an attorney who moved here last year to enter the race.
Krot won overwhelmingly with 3,390 votes over Gorniak’s 855 votes.
Krot was appointed to the position a year ago by Gov. Rick Snyder after former judge Paul Paruk resigned to take a new job. She will serve out the remaining two years of Paruk’s term.
That means she will be up for re-election again when the term expires in 2020.
The only other local election was for two seats on the Hamtramck Public School Board.
Incumbent Board President Magdalena Srodek coasted into victory, with 3,105 votes, and write-in candidate Jihan Aiyash pulled an upset over current Boardmember Ataur Khan.
Aiyash beat Khan 542 to 290.
Khan initially decided to not seek re-election, but just a few weeks before Tuesday’s vote he changed his mind and registered as a write-in candidate. No one else registered to be a candidate by the deadline to have their name printed on the November ballot.
Aiyash also jumped into the election as a write-in candidate.
In the three state proposals, Hamtramck voters approved two of them – opening up voter registration (proposal 3) and ending gerrymandering (proposal 2).
But voters here defeated legalizing the recreational use of marijuana (proposal 1) by 2,588 to 2,099 votes. That result is curious considering that 10 years ago voters overwhelmingly approved legalizing medical marijuana.
Statewide, all three proposals passed – including the legalization of marijuana for adults 21 years and older. That means despite a majority of Hamtramck voters rejecting recreational use of pot, it will still be legal here in town.
It’s not clear when exactly you can legally light up. State officials still have to work out the details on how to roll out the new law.
Political observers say it will take several months or more before state legislators figure out how to allow the sale of marijuana.
All of the state Democratic candidates in the top races – including the governor – won their elections. That means for the first time in decades Democrats will fill the position of governor, attorney general and secretary of state.
The weather Tuesday first started out sunny, but blustery. As the morning progressed, cloudy skies came in along with rain. And this being Michigan in the fall, the sun broke out occasionally.
But as the day wore on, the weather grew foul.
Despite it all, the Hamtramck voter turnout was over 5,007.
Nationwide, Democrats took control of the US House of Representatives, but Republicans increased their majority in the Senate.
Nov. 7, 2018
This story was updated on Nov. 9, 2018