Wednesday, November 02, 2011

President/Chairman Parker, Longtime Crony of Detroit Gambling Promoter Michael Malik, Tossed Out by Bay Mills Indian Community Voters

Jeff Parker held the Presidency of the Bay Mills Executive Committee for a total of 20 years coinciding with Detroit gambling promoter Michael Malik's influence over the Bay Mills Indian Community (Brimley, MI). In an election held today among Bay Mills voters, Parker was tossed out of office losing his re-election bid to newcomer Kurt Perron, 54% to 46%.

Parker and Malik had pursued failed schemes to develop an off-reservation casino in Port Huron (MI) for a generation. Malik's various syndicated affiliates (Blue Water Resorts, etc.) have spent millions lobbying in Lansing and Washington, D.C. and attempting to buy influence with key politicians.  Recently they opened a small slots casino in Vanderbilt (MI) which was subsequently ordered closed by court order.

They had announced an intent, albeit hollow, to similarly open a casino in Flint Township. Attempting to shore up credibility with Bay Mills voters, Parker had made several high-profile PR appearances in Flint Township suggesting he was on the verge of opening the casino there and as such, bringing increased economic prosperity to both Flint and the Bay Mills Indian Community.

Perron defeats Parker for chairman's seat
BAY MILLS — A new face will head up Bay Mills Executive Council as a result of the Nov. 2 General Election. Kurt Perron defeated incumbent Jeff Parker 321 [54%] - 273 [46%]. Perron will be joined by another fresh face on the council, as Joe LeBlanc defeated Allyn Cameron 313-280 for the vice chairman's seat. Incumbents Richard LeBlanc, John Paul Lufkins, and Dwight "Bucko" Teeple will remain on the council.

Another upset this election was the seat of chief judge. Incumbent Shelly Deuman lost to Levi Carrick, Sr.

Taking seats as appellate judges will be Shannon (Lufkins) Belk and Justin Teeple.

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