GENESEE COUNTY -—In a late breaking announcement dated July 27, just six days before the August 2 primary, County Commissioner John W. Northrup announced that he has decided not to run for re-election.
“After more than 45 years of public service I have decided to step down as the 4th District County Commissioner effective December 31, 2016 to spend more time with family and friends,” Northrup said in a press release.
“Although my name will be on the August ballot seeking re-election for the next term, I am asking that you not vote for me. At this time, I am endorsing Kim Courts, current Flint Township Clerk for my seat,”: he said.
Kim Courts is currently the clerk for Flint Township, who announced last year that she would not seek another term. Courts was one of two Democratic candidates running against Northrup in the primary. James Franklin III was the other. Primary election results were not known at the press time.
“It’s been an honor to serve the people of Genesee County as County Commissioner for 19 years, as well as serving the City of Flint as City Councilman for 26 years,” Northrup said. “We have accomplished many great things together and I wish my constituents and other citizens of Genesee County the very best.”