The 2016 Meridian Township election saw yet another train of dominance from the Democratic Party, as all eight local level openings were filled with the party’s candidates. Democrats continue to hold each of the seven Township Board positions in a one-sided township government. Meridian had been a predominantly Republican area through the 1980s, but Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus said the change started to occur in the 1990s. “People can try to guess why that is and what the factors are, one argument is how the community started to get younger and more diversity started occurring,” said Dreyfus, who was reelected as Clerk for his second term. “People started being unhappy with the Republican-dominated mindset and started thinking we need to change something.