Who's Running for Area School Board, MCC Seats in the November Election?

Macomb Township will vote on Macomb Community College, Chippewa Valley, L'Anse Creuse and New Haven board seats during the Nov. 6 general election.

The primaries are over, which means local, state and national candidates are working full steam-ahead for the November general election.

We know who will be on the ballot for various local and state elections, but Macomb Township's school board races didn't make it onto last week's primary ballot. The deadline for school board candidates to file was 4 p.m. Tuesday, and 10 area residents have entered races for open seats on the school boards of Chippewa Valley Schools, L'Anse Creuse Public Schools and New Haven Community Schools.

Chippewa Valley Schools

One partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016:

  • Grace Caporuscio, Macomb Township
  • Incumbent Euel Kinsey, Clinton Township
  • Elizabeth Pyden, Clinton Township

This is the partial term of former board . Clinton Township resident to serve the remainder of Chiodini's term, which was set to end May 2013 under the state's old system of May school board elections.

However, with the state's Jan. 1 change in election law requring all school board elections be held in November of even-numbered years, the seat must appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Chippewa Valley Schools attempted to postpone the election until November 2014 by filing a lawsuit against the county clerk, but Macomb Circuit Judge Diane Druzinski ruled in July 2012 that Kinsey must run for election this fall.

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools

Two four-year terms:

  • Incumbent Charles Eslinger, Harrison Township
  • Earl Fuller Jr., Harrison Township
  • Mary Hilton, Chesterfield Township
  • Sharon McTavish Ross, Chesterfield Township

One partial term ending Dec. 31, 2014:

  • Incumbent Linda McLatcher, Harrison Township

New Haven Community Schools

Two six-year terms:

  • Incumbent Tracy Bonkowski, New Haven
  • Incumbent Gina Walker, New Haven

In addition, Macomb residents will have to vote for three seats on the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees.

Trustees are elected county-wide and serve six year terms without pay. The board's responsibilities include appointing a president, setting fiscal and operating policy, and making decisions that determine the long and short-range direction of MCC.

Macomb Community College

Two six-year terms:

  • Joseph Backus, St. Clair Shores
  • Kristi Dean, Shelby Township
  • Incumbent Joseph DeSantis, Sterling Heights
  • Incumbent Roseanne DiMaria, Eastpointe
  • Peter Szyszkowski, Macomb Township

One partial term ending Dec. 31, 2014:

  • Frank Cusumano, Macomb Township
  • Eugene Groesbeck, Shelby Township
  • Incumbent Charley Jackson, Eastpointe

Make sure to visit Election Guide 2012: August Primary for a look at who is running to represent Macomb Township in Macomb County, Lansing and Washington D.C.

Jenny Whalen (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Do you think the state was right to move school board elections to November?
HappyVoter August 16, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Yes, seems like too many times school-related elections are held when nothing else is being voted on. Aside from the obvious extra costs incurred to run these elections when they're not coupled with any other votes, the motivation (or information) for people to go to the polls is comparatively lacking, so it ends up being an even smaller minority than usual who decides these issues for the community. Holding them during the election where there is traditionally the largest turnout seems like a no-lose situation for everybody except people who count on sneaking things past the majority of the voting public.
TaterSalad August 28, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Know who your legislators are and what they are doing in Lansing: http://www.michiganvotes.org/


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