A look at who has filed for the Aug. 7 township primary elections - so far
As the May 15 deadline to file as a partisan candidate nears for the Aug. 7 primary election, township incumbents and newcomers are beginning to file petitions and announce their intentions.
For the first time in many years in Lima Township, more than one candidate has filed to run for supervisor. Incumbent Supervisor Ken Unterbrink, a Republican, will be challenged by Craig Maier, another Republican, for the 4-year term in the primary. And, there is a possibility that another unannounced candidate may enter the supervisor’s race as well. In addition, a new face has filed for one of the four trustee positions, Republican Lawrence Risner.
In Webster Township, Robert Mitzel, a current planning commissioner, has added his name to the list of trustee candidates. He’s running as a Republican, and joins two Republican trustee incumbents Charles Estleman and Gary Koch, who have also already filed for the four seats. In addition, incumbent Treasurer Carol Whitney, a Republican, has filed for re-election.
Staying in Western Washtenaw, no one has filed for office in Sylvan Township, where a large tax increase looms over township residents, but a slate of newcomers from a group called Free Sylvan is expected to file petitions, as are several of the incumbents. In addition to the supervisor, clerk and treasurer’s seats, there are two trustee seats up for grabs.
No one has yet to file for seats in Dexter Township or Lyndon Township according to county records, which were updated May 1. For a complete list of who has filed petitions for office thus far, click here.
Several of the current Democrats in office in Scio Township have filed for re-election. They are Spaulding Clark for supervisor, Nancy Hedberg for clerk, and Dick DeLong and David Read for trustee positions. There are four trustee seats open.
No one has filed yet in Lodi Township, but the entire current Republican slate of elected officials in Saline Township has decided to run - Supervisor James Marion, Clerk Kelly L. Marion, Treasurer Judy Gordon and Trustees Robert Prehn and Robert J. Marion.
In York Township, Republican Supervisor Joe Zurawski, who is finishing his second four-year term, has a challenger in Planning Commission Chairman Joan Alexander, who recently announced her candidacy.
Zurawski served as a township trustee for four years, took four years off, and then ran for supervisor in 2004. Alexander has 12 years of experience in York Township government, having served as assistant to the township clerk, deputy clerk and has six years on the Planning Commission.
In Pittsfield Township, all but one of the incumbents is running for re-election as the Pittsfield Promise team.
Meanwhile, in Northfield Township, incumbent Republican Supervisor Deb Mozurkewich has filed for re-election, as has Robert Erickson, a Democrat, who has tossed his hat in the ring for one of the four trustee seats.
And, in Augusta Township, incumbent Supervisor Pete Hafler, a Democrat, will seek reelection and Democrat Judy Thornton has entered the race as one of the four trustee candidates.
At this point, four Democratic incumbents have filed for re-election in Ypsilanti Township. They are Supervisor Brenda Stumbo, Clerk Karen Lovejoy Roe, Treasurer Larry Doe and Trustee Jean Hall Curry. There are four trustee seats up for election.
In Salem Township, two newcomers have filed petitions to run for the four available trustee spots, Patrick Curley, a Republican and Doug Shepherd, a Democrat.
Candidates who plan to run with a party affiliation have until 4 p.m. on May 15 to file their petitions for the Aug. 7 primary election. They have until May 18 at 4 p.m. to withdraw their names from the ballot.
Those who plan to run as independents in the general election have until July 19, and they have until July 23 at 4 p.m. to change their minds. Here's a list of important dates for candidates. ED-12_2012_Elec-Dates-Booklet_Web_365476_7.pdf
In addition, residents in several townships will be asked to vote on ballot proposals. Click here for what’s on the primary ballot so far.
Lisa Allmendinger is a regional reporter for AnnArbor.com. She can be reached at email@example.com.