Royal Oak Tribune

Walsh elected supervisor; Democrats control board

- By Anne Runkle arunkle@medianewsg­roup.com @annerunkle­1 on Twitter

Walsh, a current trustee on the board, received 15,054 votes. Devine, a former township treasurer, garnered 14,623 votes, losing by a margin of 431.

Four Democrats were elected to the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees Tuesday, where they will now hold a majority on the township’s governing board, traditiona­lly a Republican stronghold.

Democrat Dani Walsh won a close race for township supervisor over Republican Dan Devine.

Walsh, a current trustee on the board, received 15,054 votes. Devine, a former township treasurer, garnered 14,623 votes, losing by a margin of 431.

In another close race, Democrat Martin Brook won the township clerk’s contest. Brook, an attorney and former member of the Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education, received 14,769 votes.

Brook’s Republican opponent, Tomy Smyly, a township police officer, received 14,512 votes, losing by 257 votes.

Two Democrats and two incumbent Republican­s won election as trustees on the board:

• Republican Michael Schostak: 14,560 votes

• Democrat Stephanie Fakih: 14,405 votes

• Republican Neal Barnett: 14,324 votes

• Democrat Val Murray: 14,124 votes

Rounding out the trustees’ race were four unsuccessf­ul candidates:

• Democrat Linda Ulrey: 13,828 votes

• Republican Don Valente: 13,348 votes

• Republican Timothy Meyer: 13,297

• Democrat Mitsuaki Murashige: 12,351 votes

Walsh, Brook, Schostak, Fakih, Barnett and Murray will join current township Treasurer Brian Kepes on the board. Kepes, a Republican, ran unopposed and was re- elected Tuesday, receiving 18,391 votes.

Current Republican Supervisor Leo Savoie lost in the primary election to Devine.

Current Republican Clerk Jan Roncelli did not seek reelection.

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