Oakland County during the 2016 election


While a majority of the population’s focus may be drawn to Donald Trump’s historic victory in the presidential election, some of the significant victories also came at the local and state levels. The Oakland County area saw some things change and others stay the same this election season.

Starting at the local level, Oakland County as a whole voted on whether to elect a new county executive. The race saw the incumbent, Republican L. Brooks Paterson, win against Democrat Vicki Barnett with 54 percent of the vote.

This is Patterson’s seventh term as Oakland County Executive, and while he may be getting up there in age, he has shown that he is still a strong force when it comes to defending his position.

Elsewhere at the local level, Democrat Jessica Cooper beat Republican Mike Goetz and Libertarian Steve Afton with 51 percent of the vote. Cooper, the first woman to hold the position, was elected to the position of prosecutor in 2008.

For the position of county clerk, Democrat Lisa Brown beat Republican Bill Bullard Jr. with 54 percent of the vote, while for the position of county sheriff, the incumbent, Republican Michael Bouchard, defeated Democrat Craig Covey with about 59 percent of the overall vote.

Lastly, the race for the treasurer was decided when incumbent Andy Meissner, a Democrat, defeated Republican John McCulloch with 54 percent of the vote.

The seat to represent Michigan in the 11th district of the House of Representatives was also up for grabs on Tuesday. This race saw Republican incumbent Dave Trott face off against challenger Anil Kumar, a Bloomfield Hills-based doctor and chief of surgery at Crittenton Hospital. After a hard fought race, which saw Trott outspend Kumar in all forms of advertisement, Trott was eventually able to beat out Kumar with 53 percent of the vote.

A former attorney and businessman, Trott built his fortune in title insurance and foreclosure processing. He is considered to be one of richest members in Congress. Winning re-election, Trott now moves onto his second term in office.

Last but not least, one of the most important issues on the ballot was the Regional Transit Tax Proposal that was up for vote in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. The proposal was shot down in multiple counties, specifically losing 43.27 percent to 56.73 percent in Oakland County.

While there were countless other officials elected Tuesday, these are just a few of the high-profile winners. Click here for a complete list candidates and what positions they won on election night.