Hamtramck voters have spoken and wisely chose experience in Tuesday’s Primary Election.
Mayor Karen Majewski handily beat her opponents by hundreds of votes, and council incumbents Andrea Karpinski and Ian Perrotta also easily won. Karpinski was the top vote-getter and Perrotta came in third, trailing behind second place-finisher Nayeem Choudhury by a handful of votes.
Majewski will now face-off against Mohammed Hassan in the November General Election.
The top three council candidates will face three other challengers in November in which the top three vote-getters in that election will become councilmembers.
Our immediate impression of Tuesday’s election is that voters did not vote strictly along ethnic lines. There appeared to be a lot of cross voting.
On the downside, there is an air of suspicion that some candidates manipulated absentee ballots because tallying absentee ballots at the end of the day produced some dramatic changes in who finished on top.
There is a good reason to be suspect because in the recent past several people were caught illegally handling absentee ballots and were convicted. City Clerk August Gitschlag is aware of the matter, and let’s hope appropriate steps are taken to clear up this issue.
On the upside, almost 3,000 voters participated in the primary, which is a surprisingly high number of voters compared to previous primary elections.
But we still have a long way to go to get more community involvement. There are about 9,000 voters who are registered, and many of them vote only during a presidential election.
Perhaps that could be something candidates work on in the coming months before the November election.