Wayne: Curran wins GOP race to take on Evans
Republican Denis Curran easily won a primary Tuesday for the right to challenge Wayne County Executive Warren Evans in the November election.
Final results from Tuesday night show Curran beat Adam Adamski, 87 percent to 12 percent. Around 1 percent of votes were write-ins.
Evans, a Democrat who is seeking a second term, was unopposed in his party's primary. He received 99 percent of the vote, with around 1 percent of the votes for write-in candidates.
Curran, 61, of Livonia, had said his ideals are "pretty laid out in the Republican platform."
"Basically constitutional, you know, straight up," Curran said. "Not going with the socialist-type collectivist approach and (instead) going with the American constitutional, traditional principles."
Adamski, 73, is a Dearborn resident who was formerly known as Mario Nesr Fundarski. He ran for the same office in 2010 under his previous name as a Republican.
He also ran for county executive in 2014 as a Democrat because "Wayne County is a Democrat county" and he "wanted to switch just to see if it would make much difference." It didn't: He received less than 1 percent of the vote in that year's primary.
Evans, 69, said he is running for re-election because he enjoys public service and believes the county is making progress.
Evans said he "inherited a mess" four years ago, with the county facing cash flow problems, accumulated budget deficits and unfunded retirement and healthcare liabilities. He said he staved off bankruptcy and fixed the county's finances, pointing to three straight years of budget surpluses.
In addition to narrowing down the GOP executive candidates, Wayne County residents also voted on various bond and millage proposals.
A $60 million sewer system improvements bond proposal in Dearborn was easily approved, with 72.1 percent voting yes.
In the Romulus Community Schools, voters approved a 3-mill, 10-year sinking fund forland purchases, building construction and repair, and security and technology upgrades. With all precincts reporting, the tax passed with 55 percent voting yes.
The tax will raise an estimated $2.3 million its first year.