Saline Elections 2012: Gretchen Driskell Wins Race for Michigan's 52nd House District

With 100 percent of the precincts counted, Driskell had 26,646 votes and Mark Ouimet had 23,609.

10 a.m. After all of the precincts were counted, Gretchen Driskell wins Michigan's 52nd House District with 26,646 votes, beating Mark Ouimet who had 23,609 votes.

1 a.m. Gretchen Driskell calls the win for Michigan's 52nd House District. With 112 of the 169 precincts counted, Driskell has 14,583 votes and Mark Ouimet has 14,334, according to unofficial results from Washtenaw County.

9:20 p.m. Brian Marl wins the Saline mayoral race. The results from the precincts are: Marl had 1,844 votes and Glenn Law had 1,221. These results are unofficial until they're officially counted by the city's counting board.

Marl said Law called him to concede and congratulate him on winning. 

"I really love Saline," Marl said. "I'm honored and humbled by the results."

Read more about Marl's win here on Saline Patch.

8:01 p.m. The polls have closed. Check back here on Saline Patch throughout the night for the latest news and results.

4 p.m. Paul Thibault, 78, of Lodi Township, said it is probably his last year working on election day. He said he has been a poll worker in Saline for four general elections. Read more about him here.

1:50 p.m. Poll workers are reporting that 844 people have voted from Precinct 3 at First United Methodist Church.  

1 p.m. Brian Marl is greeting voters of Precincts 1 and 2 at Liberty School for most of the day. Marl is running against Glenn Law to replace Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, who is running for State Representative in the 52nd District. Marl is serving his second term on the Saline City Council.

Marl said he is at the precincts to engage and communicate with voters and the reception so far has been great.

"I can't say enough about it," he said. "We've developed a lot of momentum in the last week."

11:55 a.m. In the City of Saline, 560 people have voted so far in Precinct 1 and 475 in Precinct 2.

9:30 a.m. Local voters on Facebook and Twitter report busy polling places in Saline and surrounding areas.

"I have voted in every election that I've been old enough to, and I don't think I've ever seen it that busy," said Heidi McLelland, who was voter number 338 at her precinct.

Christopher Cummngs said he got to his polling place just before polls opened at 7 a.m. and was voter number 46.

Greg Shea (@gshea21) reported via Twitter that he waited 40 minutes at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, while Twitter user @vaniloup2 said she waited just 10 minutes this morning in Lodi Township.

7 a.m. Polls are open

Brian Marl and Glenn Law are in the running to replace Saline Mayor Gretchen Driskell, who is running for State Representative in the 52nd District. Marl is serving his second term on the Saline City Council, and he was the first candidate to officially file a nominating petition for Mayor in June. Law joined the race in July. He served on Saline City Council for eight years before resigning to take a teaching job in Menominee, MI.

Driskell will face incumbent Republican Mark Ouimet of Scio Township in the run for State Representative in the 52nd District. Driskell, who has been Saline mayor since 1999, has been critical of the Republicans' cuts to revenue sharing payments to municipalities since announcing her campaign in March. Driskell faces tough competition against Ouimet since the 52nd District was redrawn in 2010, making it more friendly to Republicans because heavily Democratic areas in Ann Arbor were replaced by more Republican-leaning areas.

Saline Elections 2012: Your Guide to Area Ballots

Saline Area Voting Locations

If you haven't voted yet, click on the PDF attached to the article to study a sample ballot before you go to the polls.

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These will be updated after the polls close at 8 p.m

Saline Mayor
Results Brian D. Marl
Glenn Law

There are three candidates running for three seats on Saline city council: Lee Bourgoin and incumbents David Rhoads and Dean Girbach.

Saline Area Schools Board (2 positions)
Results Diane L. Friese
1,435 Karen Delhey 1,244 Paul Hynek
1,098 Smita Nagpal 984


York Township Supervisor Results John Stanowski, Republican 2,350 Joan Alexander, Democrat 1,572 Trustee (4 positions) Results Brian Iott, Republican 2,433 Jill Hargrove, Republican 2,430 Jane Kartje, Republican 2,332 Dan Pichla, Republican 2,219 Gary Zajac, Democrat  1,704


Lodi Township Trustee (4 positions) Results Donald A. Rentscheler, Republican 2,242
William Lindemann, Republican 2,206 Margaret Canham-Keeley, Republican 2,205 Barbara Giezentaner, Write-In  366

Alan E. D'Agostino, Write-In

Jeffrey Feldkamp, Write-In 107 Larry F. Gakle, Write-In 50 Mark Druckmiller, Write-In 16

Lodi Township Supervisor Jan Godek, Clerk Elaine Masters and Treasurer Michelle Foley are running unopposed. Trustee Byron Staebler's death in October presented the need for write-in candidates. 

Washtenaw County Commissioner, 3rd District
Results Alicia Ping, Republican
Wesley Prater, Democrat


State Representative, 52nd District Results

Gretchen Driskell, Democrat

Mark Ouimet, Republican 23,609

Saline Township candidates are all running unopposed: James C. Marion for supervisor, Kelly Marion for clerk, Judy M. Gordon for treasurer and Robert Julius Marion and Robert L. Prehn for two trustee positions. 

  • Michigan Election 2012: Updates on the 2012 federal and state elections will be posted here throughout the day.
  • Washtenaw County results:
Love All November 07, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Way to go Gretchen!!! It was refreshing to see the truth and honesty overcome the ridiculous attacks and allegations made against you. I sincerely believe that the GOP has lost it's way when misinformation and half-truths are used to excess to scare and intimidate people. You ran on FACTS and made voting for you a very common sense thing to do. We look forward to your leadership and ideas in Lansing.


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