Posted: Jul 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM [Jul 10, 2012]
I received my Primary Election absentee ballot for Pittsfield Charter Township today and noticed that Ms. Marlene Chockley is the Republican candidate for County Treasurer. I usually vote republican for all elections because I am a conservative and therefore more inline with the republican than the liberal democrat positions. With only one Treasurer candidate on each party’s primary lineup we know that the general election will pit
Ms. Chockley against Ms. Catherine McClary. Under normal circumstances I would vote for Ms. Chockley, however, due to personal interactions with Ms. Chockley during the 2004 election cycle I can not vote in her favor because her lack of consideration and loyalty to co-workers cause me to doubt her ethical mores and trustworthiness especially for the office of Treasurer.
The incident that caused this reaction on my part was; Ms. Chockley was chairperson of the Washtenaw County Republican office since the 2000 election cycle and I was the main office volunteer and had been since 1998. I announced my intention to run for the national convention delegate position for the 15th Congressional District from Washtenaw County early in the 2004 election cycle, this was welcomed by Ms. Chockley and everyone affiliated with the office. Late in the election cycle Ms. Chockley decided to also run for the same position. This, of course, was an indication that Ms. Chockley had no consideration for my efforts and thought that she would be a shoo-in for the position. My wife and I decided that I would continue with the effort and composed an election flyer with a reference letter from Congressman Mike Rogers. At the county convention State Rep. Matt Milosch offered to nominate me during the 15th District caucus at the State Convention.
At the 15th District caucus during the State Convention my wife and I came early and passed out the flyers and talked up my attributes with favorable responses. Ms. Chockley came into the room late saw the flyer, was shocked by it, and then talked to Mr. Milosch to try to get him to not nominate me. When she was told by Mr. Milosch to let it be, she waited until about 3 minutes before the vote and came over to me and pleaded with me to withdraw from the delegate contest and instead enter the alternate delegate contest. This was unethical, but because she was the Chairperson I agreed to withdraw. I should not have done this and have regretted it ever since! The vote should have proceeded with whatever the result was, it should have stood.
For these reasons I cannot vote for Ms. Chockley in either the primary nor the general elections and recommend that everyone follow suit because she cannot be trusted to be for the people.