About 6% of the registered voters in the City of Belleville and Van Buren Township came out to cast ballots on Sept. 5 in the special primary election.
The ballot held the names of five Republicans and one Democrat who were vying to fill about two weeks of the term of U.S. Representative Thaddeus McCotter, who resigned past the deadline to get on the August primary.
Kerry Bentivolio of Milford won on the Republican side and David A. Curson of Van Buren Township was unopposed on the Democratic side of the ticket. The vote was throughout areas of Wayne and Oakland counties.
In Van Buren Township, which has 21,796 registered voters, 1,263 voted, making a voter turnout of 5.79%.
Total Republican votes in VBT were: Bentivolio, 215; Nancy Cassis, 140; Carolyn Kavanagh, 105; Kenneth Crider, 63; Steve King, 54; and write-ins, 4.
Democrat Curson pulled in 674 votes and there was one write-in.
In the City of Belleville there were 3,066 registered voters and 198 cast ballots, making a voter turnout of 6%.
Republican Bentiviolo earned 35 votes; Nancy Cassis, 32; Carolyn Kavanagh, 21; Kenneth Crider, 11; and Steve King, 8.
Democrat Curson earned 89 votes.
It will be Bentivolio and Curson on the November ballot for the 6-week remainder of McCotter’s term, which ends in January. This will be voted on in the old 11th District, which includes Van Buren Township and Belleville.
The new two-year term for McCotter’s former seat will be voted on in the new 11th District, which does not include Van Buren Township and Belleville.
That ballot will contain Bentivolio on the Republican side and Syed Taj of Canton on the Democratic side.