Editorial: Get out and vote Tuesday

The Detroit News

This year’s presidential race has broken many traditional allegiances, and some regular voters may be tempted to stay home on Tuesday. Don’t. This is an important election in Michigan for many races and proposals.

There are plenty of reasons your voice is needed at the ballot box.

For starters, all of Michigan’s14 congressional seats are up for grabs, as are all 110 seats in the state House. Democrats are making a hard charge to take away Republicans’ state House majority and reduce their 9-5 advantage in the congressional delegation. In other races:

■Republican Rep. Candice Miller is retiring from Congress after seven terms and is trying to unseat Democrat Anthony Marocco for public works commissioner. Given the culture of corruption in this office, Miller deserves voter support. County Executive Mark Hackel, a Democrat, is also endorsing Miller.

■Longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson faces his biggest challenge in years. But after 25 years, the Republican executive is still doing good work for the county and has an effective team in place. He deserves another term. Democrat Vicki Barnett of Farmington Hills, who is a former state representative, city council member and mayor, is a formidable opponent, however, and like so many races, this one will depend on voter turnout.

■While there are no statewide ballot proposals this election, there are several local and regional ones that deserve attention. We support the Regional Transit Authority tax proposal in Wayne, Washtenaw, Oakland and Macomb counties because it’s time Metro Detroit has a comprehensive mass transit system to attract jobs and residents. It’s a big ask of voters, bringing in roughly $2.3 billion in tax revenues over 20 years, but the proposal aims to coordinate DDOT, SMART and the Ann Arbor transit system.

■In Wayne County, voters should say no to the county-wide millage proposal for schools. The 2-mill tax hike, which would go for six years, would send $385 per student to districts in the county. But there are no accountability measures attached to this money, and the proposal should be defeated.

■Detroit residents are tasked with choosing a new, seven-member school board for the recently bailed-out Detroit Public Schools Community District. Residents have long called for a return to local control, after seven years of state oversight, and now they need to make sure that this control falls into competent hands. The difficult part will be sorting through 63 names on the ballot. We recommend Leslie Andrews, Penny Bailer, Brandon Brice, Mary Kovari, Ryan Mack, Sonya Mays and Kevin Turman as the most qualified candidates for the board.

■In Detroit, residents face two complicated proposals, which both pose challenges to the city’s comeback and could scare off developers. Proposals A and B are different versions of community benefits agreements with the city and both are bad. We think B is slightly better. But voters are also free to say no to both proposals, and they should.

Back to that unsavory presidential race. We agree that the major party choices are a turn-off. That’s why for the first time in this newspaper’s 123-year history we are endorsing a candidate other than a Republican for president: Libertarian Gary Johnson.

We’ve said Republican Donald Trump is wholly unsuitable for office. And while Democrat Hillary Clinton is qualified to do the job, her ethical corner cutting makes her unappealing as well.

If you’ve missed any of our endorsements, find them at detroitnews.com/opinion. And remember to get out and vote Tuesday.