Libertarian Elected to Troy City Council
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Contact: Tim O'Brien
DEARBORN. Libertarian Party of
Michigan member, Martin Howrylak, was elected to one of two Troy city council
seats up for election yesterday. Garnering over two-thirds of the vote in the
non-partisan race, Howrylak won by a nearly two to one margin over the next
highest vote-getter, 28-year incumbent, Anthony Pallotta.
"The voters have put the council
on notice," said the 25-year-old small business owner and lifetime Troy
resident whose upstart campaign rocked Michigan's 11th largest city.
Howrylak initially campaigned on
his opposition to both the special tax treatment given the Delphi Automotive
Systems world headquarters and the new municipal complex that had originally
been bonded for $18 million but ballooned to a potentially quarter of a billion
dollar "Metroplex," as he dubbed it.
then the incumbents handed their Libertarian challenger a gold gilded issue on
a silver platter. A mere six weeks before the election the part-time city
council voted unanimously (without even debate, much less dissent) to give
themselves a lifetime pension -- to be generously provided by
his mailing to absentee voters Howrylak made a point of this pocketlining,
observing that the pension formula would provide a more than $14,000 annual
benefit to Pallotta -- should he be reelected.
Meanwhile, a coalition of
unhappy Troy taxpayer/residents and Libertarians outside of the Howrylak
campaign created and distributed a piece of literature done in the style of an
old west "Wanted" poster that featured drawings of the two incumbents,
described the pension scheme, and labeled the pair as "Troy's most
Howrylak buried the field in a
landslide victory, garnering 3,871 votes. His archrival, Anthony Pallotta
finished a way distant second in the race with 2,288, edging out the other
challenger (who had no organized campaign) by barely 100 votes. The other
incumbent in the race finished last.