A decision will be made next week regarding a lawsuit filed by a local candidate for alderman.
Steve Wailand, candidate for Ward Two, appeared in court Thursday morning. His legal counsel says Wailand should have been declared the winner in Macomb’s February election over his opponent Kay Hill.
Wailand won with 17 votes to Hill’s 16, but city and county officials say he didn’t have enough votes.
Officials say he needed 50 percent of the vote plus one to be declared winner, and he came up just half a vote shy.
However, city code doesn’t specify candidates must have 50 percent plus one to win, and Wailand is now contesting the results.
Wailand’s court appearance Thursday morning was shorter than expected, lasting less than 30 minutes.
Judge Rodney Clark questioned both the plaintiff and defendant in the courtroom, asking whether incumbent Kay Hill should be present while hearing the case.
Judge Clark presented a Supreme Court case along with several appellate cases that required the opponent be present at court hearings. The case will continue Monday when Kay Hill appears in court as a defendant.
The hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m.
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