November 15, 2012THE GROSSE POINTES — Hometown candidates went down for the count in the Nov. 6 election.
All lost at county, state and federal levels.
In the contest closest to home, Robert Sheehy was defeated in his second attempt to represent District 1 on the Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
Incumbent Commissioner Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, won 42,074 to 17,467.
Sheehy, a Republican from Grosse Pointe Woods, won the Pointe vote 15,132 to 11,869. He lost by insurmountable margins in heavily-Democrat Harper Woods and Detroit.
"I'm disappointed," Sheehy said.
Killeen also won Grosse Pointe Park 3,653 to 2,937. A majority of Park voters also chose Democrat candidates for state representative, Congress, U.S. Senate and president.
Sheehy's pro-jobs campaign strategy targeted the Pointes and Harper Woods. He hoped to combine a strong suburban base with cross-over voters to forestall Detroit tallies.
"I stood at Harper Woods city hall and talked to people," Sheehy said of Election Day politicking. "They didn't really know who I was. I was surprised."
A Democrat also won the seat for newly-created state House District 1, consisting of Grosse Pointe Shores, Woods, Harper Woods and part of Detroit.
Detroit Democrat Brian Banks beat Shores Republican Dan Schulte 27,808 to 11,459. See story, "Banks: Past is the past."
In state House District 2, also newly drawn, Dan Grano of Grosse Pointe Park lost to Alberta Tinsley-Talabi, of Detroit, 28,990 to 10,459.
The district consists of the Park, City of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms and part of Detroit.
Grano, a Park councilman, won slightly more than 26 percent of the overall vote.
He took the Pointes 9,856 to 5,637 for a ratio of 64 to 36 percent.
Voters turned down Grosse Pointe Woods Republican John Hauler's effort to serve Congressional District 1.
Democrat Gary Peters defeated Hauler 148,269 to 20,019. Hauler won the combined Pointes 15,488 to 12,395.
U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra, a Republican, lost to incumbent Democrat Debbie Stabenow.
As with other Republican candidates, Hoekstra came out of the combined Grosse Pointe with a futile lead, 5,441 to 4,624.
President Barrack Obama won a second term thanks, in part, to 12,283 votes in the Grosse Pointes. Most Pointe voters, 17,178, chose Republican Mitt Romney.
Election turnout was high across the board. Some 80 percent of registered voters in the Farms and Shores cast ballots, according to election results.
"That's pretty much where we were four years ago, with a slight increase in the number of absentee ballots," said Shane Reside, Farms clerk and manager.
Lines at the polls were long in the morning.
"We had lines forming at 6 a.m.," Reeside said. Polls opened at 8 a.m.
"There was a rush of voters through the morning, but by lunch hour and afternoon, the waits were minimal," he said.