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Posted on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 5:58 a.m.

Ypsilanti Township's administration defeats challengers by a wide margin

By Tom Perkins

Ypsilanti’s three full-time elected officials retained their seats by wide margins against their challengers.

Supervisor Brenda Stumbo won a second term with 76.7 percent of the vote against Y-Town Future candidate John Hoops and challenger Brenda Meadows. She previously defeated Ruth Ann Jamnick for the office four years ago.

Jamnick, also a Y-Town candidate, lost in her bid to unseat incumbent Clerk Karen Lovejoy-Roe. Like Stumbo, Lovejoy-Roe also won all of the township’s 20 precincts. The final vote count was 3,025-1,490, with Lovejoy-Roe winning 66.9 percent of the vote.

In the treasurer’s race, incumbent Larry Doe defeated challenger and Y-Town Future candidate Larry Davis Jr with 60.5 percent of the votes. The final tally was 2,678-1,737.

With the exception of Meadows, the challengers were part of the Y-Town Future, a slate of 10 candidates running on the same message for Ypsilanti Township's administrative, trustee and park commission seats. None of Y-Town's trustee candidates or those seeking full-time office won seats.

All incumbent trustees in Ypsilanti Township also held onto their seats.


Brenda Stumbo hugs a supporter at a post-election celebration.

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Throughout the campaign, incumbents highlighted that they had balanced the township's budget, despite a drop in revenues from the loss of General Motors Powertrain plant, and Stumbo said she thought fiscal responsibility played into voters’ decision.

“We got the message across that we’re conservative with taxpayers' dollars … and we see our residents as stakeholders,” said Stumbo, who has served as an elected official in Ypsilanti Township for 24 years. “We’re responsible to them and to provide services to them, and I think we’ve done that.

“This shows that our residents are satisfied with the services that they are provided and the management of their tax dollars.”

Y-Town Future’s message to voters was that the township leadership could have done more to attract new business to the area over the last four years and should have prevented the blight issues it now faces.

But incumbents touted their neighborhood stabilization program and pointed to the businesses that have expanded in or moved to Ypsilanti Township over the last four years.

Stumbo said there were never any specific issues brought to her or the Board of Trustees by residents or Y-Town Future candidates throughout the campaign.

“There was never anything specific,” she said. “I think that, based on results, residents agree that we’ve done a good job the last four years.”

Hoops, who was running for office for the first time, was appointed to the Ypsilanti Township Park Commission in 2011 and the Belleville DDA, of which he is now chair, in 2006. Hoops applied to be appointed to the township board of trustees to fill a vacancy in 2011, but he wasn't selected.

Stumbo also defeated Meadows, who is currently serving a term on the Willow Run Community Schools Board of the Education. Little was heard from Meadows' campaign in recent months.

Hoops said he and Y-Town Future worked hard and they were proud of what they had accomplished despite the defeat.

“It’s not an easy job to go out there and go up against incumbents who have had a hardline tie to the community for so long,” he said. “It was worth fighting for.”

He said he thinks a lot of people don't know how the township's leadership operates and he was unaware until he started serving on the park commission.

“I think (residents are) fed a story and a line that they believe, and until they get inside and see numbers and the truth of what’s going on, they refuse to believe it. And it’s a sad state,” Hoops said.

Roe was elected to a third term and defeated Jamnick, who was the only Y-Town Future candidate with any significant political experience. She served as township treasurer from 1976 to 1998 before representing the 54th district in the State House of Representatives from 1994 to 2004. She then served as Ypsilanti Township supervisor for four years.

Doe was elected to his fourth term by defeating Davis, who is a business owner in the City of Ypsilanti. It was Davis's first run at public office.

Hoops said the Y-Town Future candidates will continue to monitor the current leadership.

"We will be on guard and be watching the decisions made in the township - we're not walking away," he said.


Monica R-W

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 4:41 p.m.

Thanks Tom for this article but, its' a bit incomplete. Debbie Swanson and I (both incumbent Park Commissioners) were able to retain our seats. Gail Boyd-Palmer will be added onto this governmental body, along with six incoming Park Commissioners whom the Township Administration officials supported. I personally look forward to working with each of our newest officials on the Park Commission for continued improvement of Ypsilanti Township Parks System. It's highly important to maintain and cultivate our jewels in Ypsilanti Township via the Parks, along with advance "Quality of Life" activities for our residents. Congratulations each candidate, whether elected or not, who ran their individual willingness to see Ypsilanti Township maintain and grown into a top notch community in Southeastern Michigan!


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 4:04 p.m.

Stimbo did a lot to help revitalize the neighborhood watch programs. We fought a good battle to get speeders out of our neighborhood and to get speed bumps installed. Still get the speeders from Russell Anderson but at least the owners there are working with the townhip to help reduce the numbers. Glad to see she will be with us for another term. Now, can we get that Tim Hortons?


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

I now live in the southwest, but if I were still living in Ypsi Twp. I would have voted for the incumbents who've done a splendid job! Congratulations!


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

There is something to be said about the voters in Y-Town, they did vote for President Obama in 2008 and continue to be mind numb robots who only vote for people with a (D) after their name! " he blames his loss on residents being ignorant."

Rod Johnson

Thu, Aug 9, 2012 : 4:22 a.m.

C'mon guys, it's xmo, he's a hater-bot who can't post without somehow mentioning his contempt for Obama and his disdain for everyone to the left of Jim DeMint. Just roll your eyes and move on.

Earl Johnston

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 6:50 p.m.

LOL, mind numb? Show me a person that earns less than $200,000.00 as an individual or less than $250k as a couple that votes for anyone with an R after their name and I will show you a chicken voting for colonel Sanders! Let it not be lost in all of the smoke and mirrors that the dismal economy is the result of supply side trickle down economics promoted by the Rs they gave away our industrial base and blame the evil unions, (roughly 10% of America's workforce), that 10% sure wields so much power, NOT! Both sides are now bought and paid for many times over however the Ds at least throw working people a bone now and then as the Rs are pushing austerity (look it up), same remedy Herbert Hoover embraced that caused the first republican Great Depression!

Monica R-W

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 4:46 p.m.

....."Continue to be mind "numb robots" who only vote for people with a (D) after their name!" The people of Ypsilanti Township are not "numb robots" by any sense of those words. With such, do you have anything else to add for this article of substance?


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 1:07 p.m.

Congrats to the did a great job and well deserve the vickory.....keep up the good work.

Rod Johnson

Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 1:04 p.m.

Proud of what they accomplished? What they accomplished was to lose, big.


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 11:09 a.m.

It speaks a lot to me about Hoop's character that he blames his loss on residents being ignorant.

K Thompson

Thu, Aug 9, 2012 : 11:13 a.m.

It would be helpful to know Before the election what "numbers" and "sad state" Hoops is talking about. As a voter I neither heard, read, or received any information about it. All candidates are responsible to get information, facts, policies, specific intentions out to the voters.


Wed, Aug 8, 2012 : 2:03 p.m.

YES. This should be on a billboard.