Contested election results will head to trial

Steve WailandJudge Rodney Clark has ordered a full trial after an aldermanic candidate for Macomb’s second ward filed a lawsuit contesting election results.

Judge Clark has granted the city the opportunity to present additional information after Steve Wailand contested the results, saying he should have been declared the winner over incumbent Kay Hill.

In the February election, Wailand received 17 votes, compared to Hill who received 16 votes. Macomb officials say in order to receive the seat, Wailand would have needed 50 percent plus one vote to win the election. He came in just under that number by one-half of a percent.

The results of Tuesday’s supplementary election for the contested race will be sealed until after the trial. If the city does win the trial, the election results will determine the alderman seat.

The trial will start April 26th at 9 a.m. in the county courthouse.