Meet the Candidates for Macomb's Top Spots: Supervisor, Clerk and Treasurer
Patch recently interviewed the seven candidates running for Macomb Township supervisor, clerk and treasurer to ask about their community involvement, qualifications for their chosen post and outside interests.
With 14 Republicans, and no Democrats, running for Macomb Township's seven board seats, the Aug. 7 primary could very well decide the outcome of the general election.
Typically, if a candidate wins their primary, that means they have been nominated to represent their party in the general election. But if there is no opponent in the general election, their race in uncontested and they win by default. That is currently the case in Macomb Township.
Prior to the primary, Macomb Patch intends to interview all 14 candidates. Meet the seven residents running for Macomb's three full-time positions by clicking on their names in bold below.
Role: The supervisor is responsible for the day to day oversight of all township operations. The supervisor serves as chairman for the Board of Trustees and acts as the primary legal agent and negotiator for the township. This position manages all township departments, with the exception of the clerk and treasurer's offices, and prepares and administers the township budget.
- Age: 44
- Focus: Business and senior services
- Age: 70
- Focus: Park development and Clinton-Macomb Public Library
- Age: 51
- Focus: Business and changing the township's "culture of litigation"
Role: The clerk is the official keeper of the township records and acts as the Freedom of Information Coordinator. In addition to those items required by law, the clerk’s office prepares the agendas for all regular board meetings and any special board meetings and further prepares the minutes of each board meeting. Some of the duties and responsibilities also include conducting elections, and planning and zoning.
- Age: 62
- Focus: Customer service and financial stability
- Age: 60
- Focus: Customer service, new technology and implementing a "code of ethics"
Role: The rreasurer’s office is solely responsible for the receipt, deposit, control and disbursement of all receipts (taxes and all other revenues) of the Township on a daily basis. The treasurer collects taxes for all taxing units within the township, such as the Chippewa Valley, L’Anse Creuse, Utica, and New Haven Schools. This office is also responsible for investing available township funds and billing, collecting and maintaining all township special assessments for water, sewer and pavement.
- Age: 62
- Focus: Financial stability and customer service
- Age: 61
- Focus: Adopting a 3-year budget process and applying business-type analysis to each issue
Come back Monday as we begin our candidate interviews for the township's four trustee positions. Sign up for the Patch newsletter and we'll send the interviews straight to your inbox.
Macomb Patch intends to interview all candidates with ties to, or oversight of Macomb Township. Q&A interviews with the candidates will be posted in alphabetical order. Find more election information on our Election 2012 topic page.