It's an odd number year, but that does not mean there aren't elections. Many municipalities have November elections.
One race that is starting to heat up some is the Howell mayor race. Phillip Campbell is challenging incumbent Gerri Moen. Campbell has a blog up and it goes much more into detail than most political campaign websites. Campbell is a conservative, while Moen is a Planned Parenthood donor.
The biggest issue there by far is the streetscapes project. This is funded by a property tax increase. The major controversies are the traffic circles, narrow streets/parking reduction which affected balloonfest, and potential roundabouts at Grand River/Michigan Ave.
I don't live in Howell anymore, but Campbell would get my support if I still did. Local elections usually do not have a lot of turnout or a lot of hype. It takes more of an effort to find out where candidates, especially non-incumbents, stand on the issues in the local elections.
Most interaction of individuals with governments are on the local level, either County, Township, City, or School district. For all the hype with national elections, it is at the local level where we make the most impact.