State Primary – August 2020 | News for Fenton, Linden, Holly MI | #predators | #childpredators | #kids

 Registered voters will vote on numerous local races and millage proposals in the State Primary on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic concerns and the fact that the Secretary of State sent absentee voter applications to all registered voters, local clerks are seeing several times the number of absentee voter ballots (AVB) being requested and returned.

 Polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Election workers will begin processing returned absentee voter ballots at 7 a.m.

 In this State Primary, voters can only vote one political party in partisan races. Winners will advance to the General Election in November. Voters can vote both parties in November

 Thomas Broecker, operations manager/deputy clerk for Fenton Township, said that voters need to remember that they need to vote either Republican or Democrat candidates.

 Broecker said this written reminder is included with every absentee voter ballot, with the wording, “When voting your absentee ballot, please remember that this is an open primary. Although there are both Republican and Democratic candidates on the ballot, you can only vote in one of those party columns. This means you may vote for only Democratic candidates or you may vote for only Republican candidates for the entire ballot.

 “For example: you cannot vote for a Democratic candidate for County Sheriff, and then vote for a Republican candidate for County Commissioner. Casting votes in both columns will result in a ‘split ticket,’ which will invalidate the entire partisan section of the ballot, and none of those votes will count. Votes in the non-partisan section of the ballot, (judicial and proposals), will still be valid, even if your partisan votes result in a split ticket.”

 When election workers insert the AVB into the tabulator, it will notify the workers that cross voting has occurred. The worker at that point in the voting process only has the option of selecting “cast as is” on the tabulator. If residents realize they have made an error on their AVB, they need to contact their local clerk prior to election day, so that new AVB can be filled out.

 Because of the governor’s latest executive order requiring face coverings in any public building, polling stations also are requiring face coverings. Broecker said they do have a limited number of facemasks if someone needs one to vote in person.


n Gary Peters – incumbent – Democrat

n John James – Republican

These two candidates are running unopposed in the State Primary and both will advance to the General Election in November


n Elissa Slotkin – Democrat – incumbent

n Mike Detmer – Republican

n Alan Hoover – Republican

Occupation: Military Veteran, Engineer, Business Owner

While attending the University of Michigan, as a lead organizer for student veteran advocates I assembled a team of Veterans and members of Student Veterans of America (SVA), which became a catalyst for Congress to pass H.R.3230 — changing in-state tuition policy for all student veterans in the US. In this bill, veterans and dependents are now “in-state” tuition-based students instead of the more expensive “out-of-state”. The result? Taxpayers and the Veterans Affairs (VA) saved millions of dollars on education. Governmental service is a passion.

n Paul Junge – Republican

n Kristina Lyke – Republican

Residency: Livingston County

 As a career litigator, I have always lived in this district and served in Michigan’s 8th District; I have represented veterans pro-bono, victims of domestic violence, advocated for children and someone who deserved a second chance at life, and defended our Constitution. I am sick and tired of the attempts to tear down our country and chip away our freedoms. Instead, I will place America first, stand up for your Second Amendment rights, protect the unborn, support border security/first responders, our economy, and fight for common sense solutions such as infrastructure, ceasing manufacturing of drugs from China and bringing jobs to Michigan, and equal justice. Please vote for Lyke, a vote for Lyke is a vote for the People.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November


n Haley Stevens – incumbent – Democrat

n Frank Acosta – Republican

n Kerry Bentivolio – Republican

n Eric Esshaki – Republican

n Carmelita Greco – Republican

n Whittney Williams – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Jessica Cooper – incumbent – Democrat

n Karen McDonald – Democrat

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Michael J. Bouchard – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: Oakland County Sheriff 

 With over 33 years in law enforcement.  I am astutely aware of and continue to respond to the needs of Oakland County residents. We have implemented innovative programming and reforms to improve hiring, training, community relations, and the way we respond to those with substance abuse and mental health issues. I am involved with policy issues in Washington, D.C. and in Lansing to ensure this profession gets better and has the funding needed to invest in our deputies who protect and serve the community. As a result of my leadership, I was named National Sheriff of the Year in 2016 by the National Sheriffs’ Association and in 2019, I was named Distinguished Sheriff by the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association. Please keep a great team together.

n Vincent Gregory – Democrat

Residency: Lathrup Village

Occupation: Volunteer/ Judson Center Executive Board

 I am an experienced leader and I have always stood for integrity, accountability in a manner that reflects inclusivity and respect for all citizens that I have served. As a U.S. Marine, Vietnam Veteran, former County Commissioner, former State Representative, former State Senator, and 30-year law enforcement officer, I’ve been elected to and held leadership positions that have afforded me public trust for decades. I am running for Oakland County Sheriff because there are some areas that have not been addressed during the tenure of our current sheriff. Some of these changes include deputies being a visible presence throughout Oakland County, encouraging the advancement of qualified women and minorities and increased community policing. As your next Sheriff I will make sure these changes happen.

n Barnett Jones – Democrat

n Randy Maloney – Democrat

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November


n Lisa Brown – incumbent – Democrat

n Tina Barton – Republican

n Patrick Wilson – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Robert Corbett Jr – Democrat

n Robert Wittenberg – Democrat

n Susan Anderson – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November


n Bob Hoffman – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: business owner and farmer

 I love being a county commissioner. It allows you to be in a position to actually help the citizens of Oakland County. We are the conduit between the residents, the county and other levels of government, including the Road Commission of Oakland County. I have 50 years of gaining experience and building relationships. I am a small business owner, contractor and farmer. I will continue to fight for open, honest and transparent government. I will continue to represent the citizens of my district first, then Oakland County second. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.

n Jim Williams – Democrat

n William Vailliencourt – incumbent – Republican

n David Reader – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Mike Murphy – incumbent – Republican

Mike Murphy is running unopposed and will automatically advance to the General Election in November

n Jennifer Gehringer – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Brandon Denby – incumbent – Republican

n Julie Hargenrader – Democrat

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November


n Brian Jonckheere – incumbent – Republican

n Andrew R. Nowicki – Democrat

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

COMMISSIONER – 3rd District

n Wes Nakagiri – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Hartland Township

Occupation: Engineering Management – retired

 I am a constitutionalist who treasures Livingston County’s conservative values. During my first term, I sponsored a resolution stopping taxpayer-funded abortions in our county, and another terminating an appointed committee that could raise your taxes. I also supported keeping your county taxes the lowest in Michigan, and strengthened your Second Amendment rights. Additionally, I received national recognition for stopping our Governor from storing your medical records in a Democrat-controlled voter database. My investigative skills prevented your legally protected information from being used for her political gain.  I humbly ask for your vote on August 4th.

n John Pallister – Democrat

Residency: Tyrone Township

 I support transportation services for seniors, fixing roads, fixing environmental issues, and rural broadband internet.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November.

Deerfield Township – Renewal of Dust Control and Road Maintenance Millage Proposal to renew a millage to provide funds for dust Control and road maintenance in Deerfield Township

Shall the previously voted millage of 1.000 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 SEV) upon taxable real and personal property within Deerfield Township be renewed? This levy is for funding dust control and maintenance of public roads in Deerfield Township, Livingston County, State of Michigan, for a period of four years beginning December 1, 2020 thru December 31, 2023. This levy will raise an estimated $199,687 in the first year of such levy, which is an increase of $14,648.00 from last year. (This is a renewal of millage, which expired on the 2019 tax levy).


n Daniel Kildee – incumbent – Democrat

n Christina Fitchett-Hickson – Republican

n Earl Lackie – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

STATE REP – 51ST District

n Mike Mueller – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Fenton Township

Occupation: State Representative – 51st House District, owner/operator of Mueller’s Orchard and Birchview Outdoor Wedding and Event Center, retired deputy, Navy veteran.

 In my first term as state representative, I fought for meaningful reforms on many different issues, and I believe my background in criminal justice and mental health will especially go a long way in addressing some of the current issues our state and country is facing. This is highlighted by my appointment to the Governor’s Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration. I also take a great deal of pride in working across the aisle to get things done in Lansing, and this has been illustrated by the fact that all of my bills have received bipartisan support. I believe we have made great progress in the last two years, and I hope the voters will give me another opportunity to continue the momentum.

Occupation: Masters level clinician/substance abuse and general mental health therapist. I also run a small painting company part-time.

 The reason I believe voters should choose me is that I want to help people, whether it be to improve a person’s opportunities, facilitate better access to health care, or any other area in one’s life that has been restricted due to circumstances beyond his or her control. I have taken zero dollars in donations/contributions. I have no special interests to answer to. I am a father, a Christian, and a Michigander. I believe we need to see change in Lansing and I would like to be part of that change. Vote for me if you want to take your voice back!

n Conner Wallace – Democrat

Occupation: Software engineer

 I’m a young individual looking to create real change in politics. I have grown up to see all major politicians fail to even promise meaningful changes to help working people. I am fighting for the justice of every single person of every sexuality, gender identity, and race. I stand opposed to measures, such as exclusionary laws and over policing, designed to erode any one of our rights. Michigan can pay for roads, but people like my opponent, Mike Mueller, feel it is more important to pay for the cops’ assault rifles and tear gas. Michigan can pay teachers and every individual a living wage. Instead, our leaders chose to give tax cuts to billionaires. I am a working person fighting for working people, plain and simple.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n David Leyton – incumbent – Democrat

Occupation: Genesee County Prosecutor

 I remain proud to represent the people of Flint and Genesee County each and every day. The dedicated prosecutors and support staff in our office work extraordinarily long hours, ensuring public safety along with placing victim’s rights at the forefront. Engagement with our community partners is paramount, and as your prosecutor, I have expanded this vital communication and transparency, as we work to ensure equitable outcomes for each person who interacts within our justice system. Our office has also never shied away from the difficult cases, and getting the tough conviction. From the serial stabber case, to high profile elder abuse and sexual assault cases, to crimes that never make the news but have just as much impact on those involved, our track record for putting violent offenders behind bars has become a model for other communities.

n Trachelle C. Young – Democrat

 I’m asking for your support so I have the opportunity to bring real criminal justice reform and 21st Century progressive ideas to the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office.  As a U.S. Army Airborne Veteran, I understand service and sacrifice.  With over 24 years of experience, I am ready to implement new policies, practices and procedures that bring equal justice for all people regardless of race or economic status and ensure all people will be held accountable for their actions.  Justice reform is sweeping across the country and now is the time for change in Genesee County. 2020 is the year of Perfect Vision! I will be firm but fair and I’m asking for your Vote on August 4, 2020 for Genesee County Prosecutor.  

The winning Democrat and winning Republican (there are none in this race) will advance to the General Election in November

n Christopher R. Swanson – incumbent – Democrat            

Residency: Fenton Township

Occupation:  Genesee County Sheriff

 I’ve been honored to serve the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office for the past 27 years, working in a multitude of roles from corrections, patrol, paramedic, investigations, over a decade as undersheriff, and now as your sheriff. My focus has always been protecting our most vulnerable. Combating elder abuse, financial exploitation of seniors, animal cruelty, opioid addiction among our youth, and sex trafficking here in Genesee County are top action items.  The G.H.O.S.T. task force, which identifies and apprehends child predators who target children online, is just one example of our proactive approach. Above all else, a sheriff’s office must be a community partner, listening to the needs and concerns of residents, and giving each person we interact with the dignity and respect they have earned.    

Occupation: Flint Police Chief

 I will bring honesty, integrity and transparency to the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office. I am a 37-year veteran of law enforcement with 27 of those years with the Michigan State Police. The Sheriff represents the entire county and our citizens deserve a dedicated leader with high morals and an ability to work with other agencies. If elected, I will work to save the taxpayers the exorbitant fees they have been paying out in lawsuits because of improper treatment of inmates.  I will do this by leading the change for proper/respectful treatment for everyone with whom the Sheriff’s Office has contact.

n Timothy Johnson – Democrat

n Stephen Sanford – Republican

Occupation: reserve police officer, and medically retired from the U.S. Army.  I am an author, a firearms instructor.

 If elected, I plan better training for deputies; enrolling in the FBI’s Use of Force Reporting Study; addressing violent crime; putting more sheriff’s deputies on the streets by streamlining and reorganizing; obtaining several trained therapy dogs; developing a standardized case file format; offering CPR training to inmates in the county jail — CPR saves lives — and adhering to Sir Robert Peel’s Nine Principles of Policing. I don’t like no-knock warrants. I have done dynamic entries against some of the most violent people on earth. I know the dangers, risks, and process better than most.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n John Gleason – incumbent – Democrat

n Jesse Couch – Republican

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Renee Watson – Democrat

Occupation: Grand Blanc Bordine’s Greenhouse Team Leader

 I am a resident of Grand Blanc, Genesee County for over 20 years. I have a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and family science from Central Michigan University. I have extensive experience in public service, education, government, and supporting residents and business of Genesee County. It is time for a fresh approach. As your Genesee County clerk/register of deeds, the integrity of records and providing excellent customer service is a priority. For many years, I have expanded my knowledge and understanding of fair and equitable elections and efficiently improving systems. I’m a staunch advocate of public service for the collective, advocating on policy, exchanging ideas and being a transformational and competent leader.

n Jeff Wright – incumbent – Democrat

Occupation: Genesee County Drain Commissioner

 I remain dedicated to delivering the highest quality services possible to the residents of Genesee County, while keeping costs stabilized, and providing continued responsiveness and transparency to those we serve.

n Travis R Wines – Democrat

Occupation: Water/waste treatment operator

 Since being honorably discharged from the Navy six years ago, I’ve spent my time working in this field and becoming licensed. I believe, after 20 years, it’s time to move in a new direction. I will fight for everyone, and be a voice for all residents. As a union man, I believe in core family values and hard work. Floods have become too common, and we need a leader that will ensure all drains are properly maintained. The KWA has maintained our rates, but that is a small percent of our bills. We need to update our aging infrastructure. I will always put the residents of Genesee County first.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican (there are none) will advance to the General Election in November

n Deborah Cherry – incumbent – Democrat

n Deborah Hoss – Republican

 I would like to bring needed change to the treasurer’s office by pushing for upgrades in technology to make tax and fee collections easier for county residents. In addition, I would like to create new opportunities for investment by eliminating blight and vacant homes from the land bank. I will treat the position full-time and actually be in the office to answer calls and be attentive to my constituents.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November

n Shaun Shumaker – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: Small business owner

 With so much uncertainty going on right now within our country, state, and county, Genesee County needs someone who brings a common sense approach to the Board of Commissioners while representing the needs and values of the residents in the 6th district. Through my six years as a trustee in Fenton Township and the last year and a half as the current county commissioner, I feel as though I have responded to the needs of the residents and have represented their values. With such a short term it is difficult to accomplish long-term goals, I would love the opportunity to continue to represent the 6th district for another two years. I look forward to having that privilege and ask for your vote.

Shaun Shumaker is running unopposed and will advance to the General Election

n Brian Saad – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: Medical Oncology Biotechnology

 Maximum freedom, disaster preparedness and fiscal responsibility allowed my first term to culminate in a grant-funded pathway. We purchased our police station rather than renting it from an out-of-state company. Engaged with Shiawassee River groups to bring tourism and recreation opportunities to the area supporting our local businesses in southwest Genesee County. My plan is to make this the best quiet bedroom community within one hour of Detroit, to live, work and play. We are hyper-focused on the pandemic response and will guide our delivery of safety services going forward. We need to prepare and equip our public safety departments with the training and resources we need when we call them, they will be there quickly and professionally.

n Joe Graves – Republican

 I’m experienced in local and state governments and have a great deal of knowledge on the new election laws passed by the voter on the 2018 ballot proposal and can ensure they are properly followed. I have a great deal of love for this township and want to continue the direction my wife and current board have started.

n Norman Schmidt – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Argentine Township

 I have enjoyed my time as Argentine Township treasurer and have been able to provide the community with sound fiscal leadership. I would like to continue to offer the residents of Argentine my commitment to helping make Argentine Township a great place to live. I am committed to family and community. I am committed to public service and the job. I believe that over the past 16 years as treasurer I have shown the residents of Argentine Township that I am accountable, available, dependable and committed. The position of treasurer in any community is one with a high degree of responsibility and trust for the residents of their community. A vote for me will continue that level of responsibility and trust.

n Scott Conner – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: Police officer

 The residents should re-elect me because I continue to stand up for their best interests, while supporting the safety and well-being of our community. During my time as a trustee, I have been instrumental in developing and implementing modern and economical methods of conducting business that allows all departments of our Township to continue to stay efficient and well organized. I plan to continue to push for a more accessible township and its board or trustees to make information easier to access to our residents. My career as a police officer has given me first-hand knowledge of the issues facing our public safety departments. Our Fire & Rescue Department and Police Department need to be provided with the tools and training so that when a resident calls 911 in their time of need, they can rest assured they’re being sent a professional. I look forward to continuing to serve our thriving community.

n Gwynne James – Republican

Residency: Argentine Township

Occupation: Our family owns a small business in Linden, The Stain Shop

 Our family has had the privilege of living in Argentine Township for over 15 years. I believe in the good- natured citizens of our town and care about preserving our community for future generations. In addition to working for our family owned business, I have worked in Linden schools and for Argentine Township. I have served on many local committees, boards and organizations from co- chair of PALS (Parents Active in Linden Schools) to member of Argentine Township Board of Review. I am excited for this new opportunity and look forward to serving our community as a township trustee!

n Vince Lorraine – Republican

Residency:  Fenton Township

Occupation:  Publisher/business owner

 As a Fenton Township and Lake Fenton resident for 33 years and township trustee for 12, I understand riparian rights and have intimate knowledge of the township’s needs and necessary changes. I held a seat on the township planning commission for over eight years and currently sit on the Zoning Board of Appeals. I have a broad knowledge of the township’s master plan that was updated in 2019. Other public service includes sitting on and chairing multiple boards in the Flint Cultural Center. Four decades as a successful, multi-business owner have given me extensive staff management experience, which is among my strongest qualifications. I look forward to sharing my expertise through continued service to Fenton Township residents as Supervisor.

Vince Lorraine is running unopposed and will advance automatically to the November General Election.

n Robert Krug – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: Retired from Delphi after 39 years.

 I have been the township clerk for 18 years and have accumulated the experience and knowledge to conduct elections and the duties of the clerk. My experience and desires allows me to represent the people and their desires as best possible.

Robert Krug is running unopposed and will advance automatically to the November General Election.

n John R. Tucker – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Fenton Township

 I have been the Fenton Township treasurer for the last 14 years now.  I try to treat the residents’ money in the same prudent, value-oriented manner as I treat my own money.  We have had nothing but perfect audits while I have been treasurer, which is a tribute the great support staff that we have at the Township.  I also feel that my 36 years of professional experience as a business law attorney offers a great benefit to the township’s residents.  I promise to continue working hard to provide great, value-driven benefits for the Fenton Township community.

John Tucker is running unopposed and will advance automatically to the November General Election.

n Mark Goupil – incumbent – Republican

n Rob Kesler – incumbent – Republican

n Christine Reid – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Fenton Township

Occupation: Corporate governance officer

 I am passionate and proud of this area that is our home. I bring corporate governance experience and leadership gained throughout my professional life, and years of experience from service on several boards, including the Zoning Board of Appeals and as a Trustee since January 2019. I am an analytical thinker and problem solver. My goals are to: thoughtfully represent the needs, ideals and beliefs of residents; make decisions that support the health, safety and wellbeing of residents; support social diversity, inclusion and economic progress, while maintaining the culture, values, fiscal responsibility and small-town charm of our community; support education and programs to keep young and elderly residents engaged while nurturing growth and development and support collaboration with leaders, businesses, churches, schools and associations in neighboring communities.

TRUSTEE OPEN SEAT – possible write- in candidates – deadline to file as write-in candidate is July 24.

These candidates, as well as any possible write-in candidates will advance to the General Election in November.

Shall the Mass Transportation Authority (MTA) replace the 0.40 millage approved by the voters Aug. 5, 2014 and the 0.425 millage approved by the voters Nov. 4, 2014 and the 0.40 millage approved by voters Aug. 7, 2018 with a new millage of 1.225 mills for a period of five years, 202-2024, inclusive, for the purpose of providing mass transportation services including demand response (Your Ride) and other related services for the elderly, persons with disabilities, the disadvantaged and other members of the public throughout Genesee County. The new levy of 1.225 mills would be $1.225 per $1,000 on the taxable value of property in Genesee County. It is estimated that $1.225 mills would raise $11,885,622 in the first year of this replacement levy. If his proposal is approved, the MTA would no longer levy the previously approved millages.

Shall there be a renewal of the previously approved authorization of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners to levy a tax of 0.1994 ($0.1994 per $1,000 of taxable property valuation), less any reduction computed in 2020 pursuant to Michigan Compiled Laws section 211.34d, upon the taxable valuation of the property within Genesee County, as finally equalized, for each of the seven years from 2021 t0 2027, inclusive, for the purpose of supplementing and supporting operations and modernization of the Genesee County Animal Control Shelter? This is a renewal of the Genesee County Animal Control Shelter Millage that expires after the 2020 levy. The estimated revenue that will be collected during the first year this millage is authorized and levied is $1,889,419. In Genesee County, there are local authorities that capture and use for authorized purposes tax increment revenues from property taxes levied by the county. Such captured revenue would include a portion of the proposed millage levy. The total amount of captured tax increment revenues from the proposed millage levy in the first calendar year of the levy is estimated to be $57,095. Locally, local authorities include city of Fenton Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA), and the city of Linden DDA.

Lake Fenton Community Schools SINKING FUND

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes, which may be assessed against all property in Lake Fenton Community Schools, Genesee County, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of three years, 2020 to 2022, inclusive, to create a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction of repair of, school buildings, for school security improvements, for the acquisition or upgrading of technology and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approve and levied in 2020 is approximately $612,630?

n George Kullis – Incumbent – Republican

n Sherlynn Everly – Democrat

Occupation: Retired administrator

 I’m a former director of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, Crim Festival of Races and IMA Recreation Association. I led these organizations through major transformations resulting in their long-term prosperity and stability. Prior experience: 20+ years with Michigan Departments of Public Health, Mental Health (MORC) and Social Services. Communication: Hearing from constituents is critical. Regular office hours, round table discussions and formal surveys are tools I will use to learn what Hollyites need and want. Environmental Concern: Working together with Holly Village, Rose, Springfield and Groveland townships will best protect our natural resources and recreational features. I will seek cooperation between Holly Township and Village parks to better utilize limited resources. Honesty: You will always know where I stand, and where I’m coming from.

The winning Democrat and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November.

n Karin Winchester – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Holly Township

 Our residents should vote for me because I am a Certified Master Municipal Clerk with a 21-year proven record.  The clerk’s position is a pivotal role in local government that requires years of education and dedication to career and community.  My extensive experience has allowed me to successfully fulfill my position as clerk and zoning administrator while keeping taxes at the same 1 mil they have been since 1965.  One of my most notable achievements is taking on the planning, zoning, and building department saving taxpayers approximately $660,000 to date.  I have had my builder’s license since 1992 giving me the expertise to lead the building department.

n Katy Golden – Republican

Residency: Holly Township

Occupation: Holly Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Director

 I am an experienced administrative professional with a demonstrated history of working in the government sector.  I am enthusiastic, experienced, and competent, and I’m an incredibly active volunteer in the Holly community.  I truly have a passion for public service!  If elected, I will improve communication between the local government and Holly residents, create a more efficient and modernized office by updating processes, critically examine the budget and explore ways to enhance services while curtailing expenses, offer an exceptional customer experience every time, and advocate for protecting Holly Township’s natural resources.  Holly residents have a golden opportunity for change. Vote for Katy Golden, Republican for Holly Township Clerk, in the August 4th Primary Election.

The winning Democrat (there are none in this race) and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November.

n Mark Freeman – incumbent – Republican

Residency:  Holly Township

Occupation:  Holly Township treasurer

 I have served as the Holly Township treasurer for the past 12 years.  I have the most experience and this is not a job for beginners.

n Dave Cruickshank – Republican

 There has not been any significant change in decades. The current treasurer does the bare minimum with no measures in place or accountability other than its yearly required audit. It’s time to have someone who is involved with the community with a track record of results and accountability. I bring years of experience whether through work or community involvement with a proactive mindset to make meaningful changes that benefit the lives of township residents while saving money and improving efficiency.

n Richard Kinnamon – Republican

Occupation:  Holly Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, and Holly Area Schools director of the Karl Richter Center and Community Connection and substitute teacher.

 I have managed finances as a district level accounting office manager for a major retailer, 20 years serving as a pastor, and have upgraded financial systems for the Chamber of Commerce and Holly Dickens Festival.  I serve as Holly Village Councilperson, Holly Dickens Festival Treasurer, Holly Area Arts Council chair, Washington Club president, on the Committee to Restore the Holly Depot, volunteer for the Holly High School Band and Theatre Department and Oakland County Fair judging art. I value working with people of varying backgrounds and positions, developing connections with all levels of government and organizations, and working hard to see the Holly Area continues to be the best place to live, work, and visit, and will continue these ideals as your Holly Township treasurer.

The winning Democrat (there are none in this race) and winning Republican will advance to the General Election in November.

n Patrick Feeney – incumbent – Republican

Steve Ruth – incumbent – Republican

Occupation: Retired, engineering

 I have been a township board member for 16 years. However, I do not feel a small town like Holly needs politicians, but could benefit more from individuals with experiences such as — running a business, responsible for budget planning and setting goals and measuring the successes. For example, dealing with the needs of the residents of the township is similar to understanding a customers’ needs in a business environment. My career as an engineer has trained me to go by the saying that, “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” I am certain that my integrity and the desire to demand accurate information before making decisions in my engineering career has and will continue to benefit Holly Township in making decisions as a board member as well.

n Derek D Burton – Republican

Occupation: Director of Finance and Administrative Services

 I am seeking your vote as the next township trustee because I am the best choice when it comes to preserving our tax dollars and ensuring they are being spent wisely and transparently. I have a vast track record of decreasing expenses and increasing revenue throughout my career ensuring that the taxes to the township should never rise even during the current pandemic. I look to hold informal meetings to inform the public on where their money is being spent as well as discuss any current issues. As a taxpayer myself you can always count on me to make rational financial decisions. With all that is going on around us I believe one thing is for certain, Holly needs Derek D Burton.

n Robert Mask – Democrat

n Tim Terpening – Republican

n Robert DePalma – incumbent – Republican

n Stephanie Nicholson – Republican

n Kevin R. Scramlin – Republican

n Patti Back – incumbent – Republican

Nichole Tolliver – Republican

n Shelly Kidd – incumbent – Republican

n Therese Bills – Republican

n Jim Christopher – incumbent – Republican

n Gina Muzzarelli – incumbent – Republican

n Susan Taylor – Republican

The top two trustee winners will advance to the General Election in November.

n Holly Township – Renewal of One (1) Mill for the Support and Maintenance of the Holly Township Public Library

Shall the previously vote in the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all real and personal property in the Township of Holly, Oakland County, Michigan which resulted in a levy of 1.000 mill ($1.00 per $1000 taxable value) and reduced to .9557 ($.9557 per $1000 taxable value) as a result of Headlee Amendment millage reductions, be renewed and restored back to one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1000 taxable value) for a period of 5 years beginning in 2021, for all library purposes permitted by law for the support and maintenance of a free public library in Holly Township, Oakland Township, Oakland County, Michigan; and shall the Township levy such a millage for said purpose, thereby raising in the first year an estimated $317,815.85.

n Holly Township – Renewal of One Half (.5) Mill for Support and Maintenance of Holly Township Parks

Shall the previously voted increase in the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all real and personal property in the Township of Holly, Oakland County, Michigan; which resulted in a levy of .4777 mill ($0.4777 per $1,000 of taxable value) in 2019, be renewed and increased back to .5 mill ($0.50 per one thousand dollars of taxable value) for a period of 5 years, starting in 2022, for the purpose of acquiring, developing, operating, and maintaining of parks and recreation areas in Holly Township, Oakland County, Michigan; and shall the Township levy such renewal in millage for said purpose, thereby raising in the first year an estimated $145,695.22. The revenue from this millage shall be disbursed to Holly Township.

n Dianne Scheib-Snider – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Rose Township for 29 years

Occupation: Rose Township supervisor

 As the current Rose Township supervisor, I come from a place of accomplishment. I will continue to serve Rose Township in the best possible manner going forward. I have served as an elected official for 12 years and prior to that I served six years as a local firefighter/EMT. I serve the Oakland County Michigan Township Association as President, the NOCFA Board and several other boards and committees. I have gone to Lansing, used my voice, and written our legislatures. I successfully prevented tax increases in our community for services our residents would never receive. Our taxes remain the lowest in Oakland County. I have successfully worked to improve our energy infrastructure, our emergency medical services and our local roads.

n Linda Dagenhardt – Republican

Occupation: President of a 501 (c) 3, researcher, historian and volunteer

 I am 100 percent committed to see Rose Township prosper and ensure that residents receive full measure for the taxes they pay. My priority is to preserve the rural atmosphere of Rose Township through quality administration, increase transparency, encourage better public communication, improve the use of township assets, and properly maintain existing township properties. My plan would provide more services to residents, security/police protection, improved road care at less cost, revise hours of operation to be more assessable to resident’s needs, and the ability to pay for township services with credit cards. As supervisor, I would appoint a fair geographical representation of residents to boards and committees. My business skills, knowledge and an ethical, common sense approach will enhance Rose Township government.

n Debbie Miller – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Rose Township resident for 52 years

Occupation: Clerk of Rose Township

 I love my job as the Rose Township clerk for the past 12 years. I would be honored to continue to serve Rose Township with honesty and integrity working to provide accountability and transparency in township government and addressing the issues that are most important to the residents. I hold a Master of Business Administration in Management. I am a Master Municipal Clerk with the experience and training like no other candidate.

n Linda Stouffer – Republican

n Paul J Gambka – incumbent – Republican

Residency: 27 years Rose township resident

Occupation: Rose Township treasurer

 Over the eight years that I have been Rose Township treasurer and supervisor, I have put the citizens of the township as my first priority. I have attended 100 percent of the Rose Township meetings from 2012 to present. I have used my experience as a certified public accountant for 43 years to perform my Job as treasurer in a professional manner. I have invested the money of the township in a safe and secure manner. Property tax rates have not gone up during the last eight years. As a member of the Fire Board, I have worked to keep the fire department up to date and efficient. I work with individuals of the township to secure property tax relief for hardship cases.

n Tim Cole – Republican

n Jill Stern – Republican

n Glen Noble – incumbent – Republican

Residency:  Rose Township

Occupation: Retired civil/structural engineer

 As a 21-year resident of Rose Township, I have been involved in numerous issues impacting the Township land owners:  defeat of mobile home park development; review of pipelines, planning and zoning issues; planning and zoning activities to protect existing landowners; maintain agriculture and rural conditions and limit low-density developments; improve gravel road intersections at  paved county roads and control expansion of Township operations.

n Tim Claus – Republican

n Ron Mann – Republican

n Frazer Wadenstorer – Republican

n Patricia Walls – Republican

Residency: Rose Township resident 45 years

 I have lived in Rose Township for 45 years where I worked as recording secretary and deputy clerk from early ‘80s until 2008. As I have attended all meetings, it gives me a vast knowledge of the history of the township. I am well respected among my peers and am known for my level head and generous nature. Deputy clerk duties included the Qualified Voter File, payroll, accounts payable and records. I currently serve as the recording secretary of NOCFA and Board of Review. Volunteer work includes roadside clean up, cleanup day, park projects and historical endeavors. I would be honored to work with Ms. Sheib-Snider, Mrs. Stouffer, Mr. Gambka and Mr. Mann to better serve our community.

n Linda Watson-Call – Republican

Occupation: Horseback riding instructor and guest teacher in Holly Area Schools

 I am a successful, experienced business person and have served on several non-profit boards. I believe that strong lines of communication and transparency are essential for our community. Technology needs to be used effectively to keep our residents aware of news and events that could have an impact on their lives. Good stewardship of our land is also important to this community. I have always promoted education of both native and invasive species. As a MAEAP Environmentally Verified farm, I can help residents who want to preserve their land, while avoiding of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

n Michael Cunningham – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Tyrone Township

 I have served as Tyrone Township Supervisor for the past 10 years. During that time, I worked diligently to get the township financially stable and remain stable. We have had budget surpluses every year since I have been supervisor. During my time, I have also worked to improve gravel and paved roads by partnering with the Livingston County Road Commission. I was also instrumental in the purchase of the new township hall. It was purchased with cash and without a special assessment or raising the millage rate. 

Michael Cunningham is running unopposed and will advance to the General Election in November.

n Marcella Husted – incumbent – Republican

Marcella Husted is running unopposed and will advance to the General Election in November.

n Jennifer Eden – incumbent – Republican

Residency: Tyrone Township

Occupation: Tyrone Township treasurer

 I am campaigning for re-election as Tyrone Township Treasurer. I have faithfully served in this roll since 2017. I am honest, trustworthy, dedicated and committed to serving the residents of Tyrone Township. I have attended the training and classes needed to property execute and perform the duties of Treasurer. This December I will receive my MiCPT certification. I am a member of Michigan Treasurers Association, Michigan Municipal Treasurers Association and currently the Treasurer of the Livingston County Treasurer Association. I have worked diligently since in office to improve efficiencies. This is my full time job!  My family and I have made Tyrone Township our home and I respectfully ask for your vote on Aug. 4.

n Joseph Trollman – Republican

The winning Republican and Democrat (there are none in this race) will advance to the General Election in November.

n David Walker – incumbent – Republican

Residency:  Fent    President, Hartland Insurance Agency Inc.

 I have served on the board for the last eight years and thoroughly enjoy the challenges and problem solving that are required for the position.   I come to the role with over 25 years of serving on various boards, both for profit and non-profit, so I believe that I come with a different set of skill sets.  Additionally I have been an active business owner in the community for over 30 years and bring, I believe, a business sensibility to job.  It would be my honor and pleasure to continue to serve the residents of Tyrone Township.

n Kurt Schulze – incumbent – Republican

n Laurie Halbritter – Democrat

n Greg Nastwold – Democrat

Residency: Tyrone Township for 26 years.

Occupation: Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker member of Sheet Metal Workers Local 80  

 I will work to make sure the township board makes decisions that are financially prudent, equitable, and transparent. Taxpayers should make decisions that directly impact them. He also believes that government should respect the intelligence of taxpayers and provide open communications, so they can make informed decisions and so elected officials can honestly represent them. With all of the media available now, there is no reason why residents should not be well informed about all decisions that impact them.

n Herman Ferguson – Republican

Residency: Tyrone Township

Occupation: Owner of Ferguson Lawn & Tree Service 36 years

 The reason I think people should vote for me is because Tyrone Township has been my home for 41 years. I want to make it better than it already is by keeping open communication with citizens, listening to their concerns and ideas. Voting on issues that is best for the township and my fellow residents.

n Perry Green – Republican

n Zachary R. Tucker – Republican

Residency: Tyrone Township

 As an attorney, my role as an advisor to businesses across the state has given me firsthand experience in dealing with many of the situations faced by the township board. I have significant knowledge gained from representing clients on both sides of real property disputes, tax disputes, zoning issues, and other matters, which relate directly to Township business. I will use this experience to help guide the Board to decisions, which are crafted to best protect the interests of all involved while avoiding future problems and unintended consequences. My wife and I are lucky to call Tyrone Township home, and I couldn’t ask for a better place to raise our three children. I’m looking forward to giving back to the community as a Trustee.

The top four Republican and top four Democratic candidates will move on to the November ballot; however there only two Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Hartland Consolidated Schools Bonding

 Shall Hartland Consolidated Schools borrow the sum of not to exceed $45,000,000 and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefore, in one or more series, for the purpose of:

• remodeling, equipping and re-equipping and furnishing and refurnishing school buildings, including STEM/collaboration centers and safety and security improvements;

• acquiring, installing, and equipping or re-equipping school buildings for instructional technology;

• purchasing school buses;

• erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to school buildings;

• erecting, furnishing and equipping athletic support structures at the middle school and high school; and

• preparing, developing, improving and equipping athletic fields and facilities and sites?

 The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2020, under current law, is 1.44 mills ($1.44 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds of any series may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is 25 years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.25 mills ($1.25 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $122,095,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is approximately $48,696. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances. Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.

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