Category: Community Written by Fox 2 News
DETROIT (WJBK) -
"This is not about me and my work, but rather, this is about Wayne County and their board of canvassers. As far as I am concerned our work ended August 6th," says Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey.
Watch Taryn Asher's full video report above.
On Wednesday, Winfrey called a press conference to respond to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers failure to certify Detroit's primary election results from August 6th.
County canvassers refused to certify the election because tallies for write-in ballots from 179 precincts were done numerically and not with hash marks.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:41
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
Wayne County Canvassers forwarded the decision to certify the city of Detroit mayoral primary election to the state. Now according to Fox 2 news the state will have to recount each ballot.
WJBK - Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas says Wednesday that state canvassers may meet next week in Detroit and that it would take a day or so to count the ballots.
County canvassers refused to certify the election because tallies for write-in ballots from 179 precincts were done numerically and not with hash marks. Thomas says county canvassers should have tabulated those ballots on their own.
Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 03:38
Category: Community Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers issued an unprecedented ruling this afternoon declaring victory for mayoral candidate and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon in the hotly contested Aug. 6 primary election. Napoleon, according to the board, finished first in the mayor’s race with his challenger and former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan coming in second.
Initially the Detroit Department of Elections had declared Duggan winner of the election at 46 percent to Napoleon’s 30 percent. But now the political fortunes have turned and Napoleon, according to the election panel, netted 28, 391 votes or 41 percent while Duggan received 23,970 votes or 34 percent. Napoleon leading now sets the stage for a real election showdown even as it exposes problems with the Detroit Department of Elections. Napoleon alluded to that in a statement released this afternoon.
“This is no small margin of error. This is very troubling, and I believe it is cause for Detroit’s General Election to be overseen by the highest authority — either the Federal Elections Commission or the Department of Justice,” Napoleon said.
“Detroiters need to know their votes count and is not predicated on someone’s actions or inactions. We must protect our most sacred right at all costs.”
Meanwhile Duggan’s campaign manager Bryan Barnhill issued this statement. “We're confident the State Elections Division will certify the results of the election properly and make certain that all votes are counted,” Barnhill said.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 17:41
Category: Community Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
Winner to be announced at Hatch Off event on Aug. 29
Batch Brewing Company
In its third year, the Comerica Hatch Detroit Contest doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The competition calls on Detroit’s best and brightest entrepreneurs for their take on what the city’s next best retail destination should be. This year’s competitors have raised the bar with the quality and presentation of their business proposals, from barber shops and beauty products to beer, bras and bakery treats.
“We’ve received nearly 200 applications, from recent college grads to experienced entrepreneurs, all with a passion for reinvigorating Detroit’s urban retail environment,” said Nick Gorga, co-founder of Hatch Detroit. “The entries this year have exceeded our expectations, and I can honestly say the quality was unmatched in previous years.”
The 2013 Contest
The 2013 contest again boasts a $50,000 grand prize provided by Comerica Bank. In addition to the cash prize, the winner also receives a package of services including legal, marketing, accounting and IT support from Hatch Detroit and its partners.
Comerica Bank and Hatch Detroit put out a call-for-entries in May and received nearly 200 applications by the mid-July submission deadline.
“Now more than ever, it’s clear that entrepreneurs and small businesses are the lifeblood of Detroit,” said Michael Cope, senior vice president of Business Banking at Comerica Bank–Michigan. “As a bank founded in Detroit, we are especially proud to be a part of this competition, offering support from the ground-up.”
For the hopefuls, the challenge was developing a retail concept that would resonate with the Detroit community. For the judges, consisting of Hatch board members and advisors, the challenge was narrowing down the field to the top 10 semi-finalists. The semi-finalists then spent a week campaigning for public votes to make it into the top four, which is where the competition stands.
The Top Four
Batch Brewing Company aims to become Detroit’s first nano-brewing company, adding their own beer to Detroit’s ranks while seeking to help other small breweries develop their brand through their “Brewery Incubator” program.
Corktown Cinema is the reincarnation of the Burton Theater: an eclectic independent cinema that will feature arthouse, independent, LGBT, foreign, second-run mainstream, local and cult films and aims to help Detroit be a center for independent film.
HenriettaHaus Coffee Roasters is a coffee roaster and cafe looking to open in Hamtramck. Their menu will include homemade favorites that people drive miles to purchase at their pop-up location in Ferndale’s Rust Belt Market
Spielhaus Toys will be an independent specialty toy store serving the families of Detroit and its visitors. Fond memories of Hudson’s children’s store fuel the shop’s vision, which aims to bring similar happy experiences to Detroit children.
The Final Round
A final round of public voting runs through Wednesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at www.hatchdetroit.com. The winner will be announced at the Hatch Off on Thursday, Aug. 29 where the final four will present their business pitch one last time to a panel of judges at the
M@dison Building in Detroit. The $50,000 grand prize will be awarded based on public votes and votes from Hatch Detroit’s panel of judges.
“The Hatch Off is an opportunity for our entrepreneurs to show off the months of planning and development and truly put their hearts on the table as they make that final pitch to our judges,” said Gorga.
Don’t forget to cast your vote before Aug. 28 at www.hatchdetroit.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 10:22
Category: Community Written by AJ Williams, Chronicle Web Editor
7 homes in 7 days! That is the goal for Habitat for Humanity Detroit. Homes will be built for low-income families in the Morningside Commons community on Detroit’s eastside.
Habitat for Humanity Detroit kicked-off its 2013 Fall Blitz this pass Monday. Over a thousand volunteers are estimated to help with the efforts.
However, help is still needed for Friday, August 23rd & Saturday, August 24th.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 August 2013 09:40
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