CARO – At least one new member will be on the Tuscola County Board of Commissioners after November’s election – one of several possible changes that could come about around the county as a result of 143 people filing to run for county and/or township offices by Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline.
Kim Vaughan, 60, Fremont Township, and owner of both Vaughan’s RV Center in Caro and Krystal Lake Campground in near Vassar – along with John Sauber – will vie for the seat currently occupied by Christine Trisch and representing district 3. The district covers Dayton, Fremont, Indianfields, Koylton, and Wells townships.
Trisch filed the necessary paperwork to run for clerk in Indianfields Township.
Other races are shaping up around the county, too, from the supervisor’s job in Wisner Township and a race among three people for the same position in Watertown Township to 10 people running for five seats on the Ellington Township board. (See the full list of everyone running with this story at TuscolaToday.com) “I see things going on at the county level that I think we can change a little bit,” Vaughan said.
Tuscola County Clerk Jodi Fetting said it was important to note clerks around the county have until April 25 to get their paperwork to her, even though those running had to file by 4 p.m. Tuesday.
In district 1, incumbent Thomas Young will face Nancy Barrios, current member of the Cass City Village Council. Barrios did not return a message left by The Advertiser.
The list of 143 who filed to run include current Tuscola County Undersheriff Glen Skrent who is running for sheriff along with Tuscola County incumbents seeking re-election: Prosecutor Mark Reene, Clerk Jodi Fetting, Treasurer Patricia Donovan-Gray, Drain Commissioner Robert Mantey, and Road Commissioners Mike Zwerk and Julie Matuszak.
Current Tuscola County Register of Deeds John Bishop will face Dan Grimshaw, who filed to run mid-afternoon Tuesday. Grimshaw did not want to comment when reached by The Advertiser.
Voters in several townships will have plenty of candidates to choose from, especially in Ellington Township, where 10 people have filed to run for five positions on the township board.
Russell Speirs is challenging Duane Lockwood for the position of township supervisor. Bobbie Mozden is taking on incumbent Joddy Ehrenberg for the clerk’s position while Gregg Campbell and incumbents Patrick Price and Mike Wagner will battle for two trustee seats.
Carmell Pattullo and Jodi Beecher each are vying for the treasurer’s position in Ellington Township currently held by Diane Wilder, who seeks reelection.
Pattullo said she seeks election to the board to not only assist in crafting ordinances related to wind turbines, but also create more modernization and transparency.
“We need things like a website and to bring things out in the public more so the public can be involved,” she said.
Other township supervisors who face challengers include Dayton Township’s Robert Cook who is being challenged by Leo Schafke, Fremont Township’s Henry Wymore who faces Robert DeCoe and Soleiman Seghatoleslami, Indianfields Township’s Ray Rendon up against Robert Keilitz, and Wisner Township’s James MacFarlane who will face Jamie Lyn Wark.
Those who plan to run for elected positions with city councils, school boards and village offices, among others, still have time to file.
Fetting provided the following guide for reference:
City mayor and city council candidates will appear on the Nov. 8 general election. The filing deadline is 4 p.m., July 26. The nominating petition and the affidavit of identity will be filed at the following locations:
- City of Caro – 2-year term – City of Caro Clerk, Karen Snider
- City of Caro Council – 3 seats available 4- year term – City of Caro Clerk, Karen Snider
- City of Vassar Council – Two 2-year and two 4-year seats available – City of Vassar Clerk, Merri Lemcke
School board candidates will appear on the Nov. 8 general election. The filing deadline is 4 p.m. July 26.
The following school board candidates will file at the nominating petition (or pay a filing fee if applicable) and the affidavit of identity at the following locations:
- Akron-Fairgrove School District – Fairgrove Township Clerk, Karen Goodchild
- Caro School District – Tuscola County Clerk, Jodi Fetting
- Cass City School District – Elkland Township Clerk, Ed LaBelle
- Kingston School District – Kingston Township Clerk, Carrie Gilley
- Mayville School District – Fremont Township Clerk, Amy Holbrook
- Millington School District – Millington Township Clerk, Sheila Hebner
- Reese School District – Denmark Township Clerk Nancy Heinlein
- Vassar School District – City of Vassar Clerk, Merri Lemcke
The following School Board Candidates will file the proper paperwork with the local Clerk according to the school district’s election coordinating agreement. An interested party can check with the listed County Clerk for further direction.
- Frankenmuth School District –
- Marlette School District – Sanilac County
- Owendale-Gagetown School District –
- Unionville-Sebewaing Area School District – Huron County
Village candidates will appear on the Nov. 8 general election. The nominating petition and the affidavit of identity need to be filed with the following local clerks by 4 p.m., July 26:
- Village of Akron – Akron Township Clerk, Ann Allen
- Village of Cass City – Elkland Township Clerk, Ed LaBelle
- Village of Fairgrove – Fairgrove Township Clerk, Karen Goodchild
- Village of Gagetown – Elmwood Township Clerk, Connie McNaughton
- Village of Kingston – Kingston Township Clerk, Carrie Gilley
- Village of Mayville – Fremont Township Clerk, Amy Holbrook
- Village of Millington – Millington Township Clerk, Sheila Hebner
- Village of Reese – Denmark Township Clerk, Nancy Heinlein
- Village of Unionville – Columbia Township Clerk, Christine Kolar
Library Board Candidates will appear on the Nov. 8 general election. Candidates will file the nominating petition (or pay a filing fee if applicable) and the affidavit of identity with the Tuscola County Clerk, Jodi Fetting by 4 p.m., July 21
- Caro Library Board – 3 seats available – 4-year term
- Millington-Arbela Library Board – 3 seats available – 4-year term
Precinct delegate candidates will appear on the Aug. 2 primary election. Candidates need to file a precinct delegate affidavit of identity with the Tuscola County Clerk, Jodi Fetting, by 4 p.m., May 3, in order to have their name appear on the August ballot. After this date, an individual would need to file a declaration of intent to be a write-in candidate for precinct delegate with their local clerk.
August Election – Ballot wording needs to be filed by May 10
November Election – Ballot wording needs to be filed by Aug. 16
The nominating petition and affidavit of identity forms can be picked up at the Tuscola County Clerk’s Office or any local Clerk’s Office. A listing of Township and City Clerks can be found at: www.tuscolacounty.org/localgov, Township Officials’ Contact Information.
The last day to register to vote for the August primary election is on July 5 and for the November general election is Oct. 11. The Michigan Voter Registration Form can be found at: www.tuscolacounty.org/clerk.
If you have further questions, please contact Fetting at 989-672-3780 or your local township or city clerk.