Thursday, July 2, 2020

Primary election will reduce field of candidates

Several communities will vote for local municipal officials on the upcoming Aug. 4 ballot.
In Van Buren Township, filing for seats on the township board of trustees by the April 21 deadline were incumbent Supervisor Kevin McNamara; incumbent clerk Leon Wright, and incumbent treasurer Sharry Budd, all Democrats, seeking four-year terms.
Filing nominating petitions for the office of township trustee were incumbents Sherry Frazier, Kevin Martin, Reggie Miller and Paul White. Also filing for election to a trustee term were Don Boynton, Jr. and Walter Rochowiak.

They will be joined on the ballot by a lone Republican candidate, Cameron Porzondek.
In Sumpter Township, incumbent Supervisor John Morgan filed a reelection petition. He will be challenged by Nelson Po, Antoine Jordan and Denise Komora, all Democrats, Republican Tim Bowman will also appear on the August ballot.
Seeking the office of township clerk in Sumpter are incumbent Esther Hurst who will be challenged by Sherry Olds.
For Sumpter Township Treasurer, petitions were filed by James Clark and Vincent Warren, both Democrats.
Seeking election to four year terms on the board of trustees, were incumbents Don LaPorte, Matthew Oddy and Don Swinson, all Democrats. Also seeking trustee seats are Sheena Barnes, Ken Myers, Peggy Morgan, and Eric Partridge. Incumbent Tim Rush will be the lone Republican candidate for township trustee on the ballot,
Filing petitions seeking a two-year term as 21st District Representative in the State Legislature were Democrats Than Petzold and Ranjeev Puri, both of Canton Township. Republican candidates will be Laurel Hess and James Nangle, both of Canton Township and Jessica Sohoza of Van Buren Township.
Candidates for a two-year term as 12th District Representative in the State Legislature were Democrats Alex Garza, Derrick A. Gyorkos, both of Taylor  and Ed Martell of Romulus. Republican Michelle Bailey of Taylor also filed for the state Legislature term. The August ballot is a primary election which will limit the number of candidates who will appear on the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
Clerks throughout the area said they expect light turnout for the primary election in August but a heavy involvement of voters in November which will also be the Presidential election.