Normally, there would not be elections for township officers this year. However, three trustees and two park commissioners in five townships could not complete their terms and special elections were called to fill the vacancies. In addition, one parks commissioner is running for a trustee position. Primaries for these seats are tomorrow.
Two candidates, Susan Burek and Judy Thornton, are challenging interim trustee Kathleen M. Jackson in the Democratic primary. The winner will face Brian Shelby, who is running unopposed in the Republican primary, in November’s general election.
Jackson was appointed to fill out the term of John McGehee, who resigned in April 2009.
To read the voter information for Augusta Township, click here.
In a game of electoral musical chairs, current Parks Commissioner Andrea Brown-Harrison is running for the trustee seat currently occupied by Ferguson, who decided not to run. Ferguson herself was appointed after the resignation of Tom Sherony in 2009. This leaves Brown-Harrison’s position as Parks Commissioner open. Thus, Pittsfield Township is the only charter township in the county with two special elections tomorrow.
Opposing Brown-Harrison for trustee is Andrea Urda-Thompson, who was a trustee for Pittsfield Township from 2004 to 2008. She also served on the the township’s Planning Commission and Historical Commission.
Two candidates are vying to replace Brown-Harrison as Parks Commissioner, Stanley Young and Karen Zera. Zera is no stranger to the position, having served as Parks Commissioner from 2004 to 2008.
In both races, the winner of the Democratic primary will be unopposed on the November ballot.
Voter information is available on the front page of Pittsfield Township’s website.
Current interim Trustee David S. Read is running unopposed on the Democratic ballot. There are no Republican or independent candidates for the office.
Voter information for Scio Township is available on the home page of the township’s website.
Sandra Lopez and Curtis Lamar Johnson are opposing each other for an open seat on the Parks Commission. Lopez currently sits on the Wetlands Board. Johnson is also running for a Democratic Precinct Delegate position. There are no Republicans or independents contesting the office.
For voter information, click here.
Marsha K. Lathion is running unopposed for an open seat on the Parks Commission on the Democratic ballot. There are no Republicans or independents on the ballot for this office.
Voter information for Ypsilanti Township can be found here.