Candidate filing deadlines for 2016 election

FLINT TWP. — The filing deadline for candidates for the township Board of Trustees is just over a month away.

Nominating petitions and an Affidavit of Identity are due to the township clerk’s office by 4 p.m. April 19.

Also a Statement of Organization (Campaign Finance Act) must be filed at the Genesee County Clerk’s office. Contact township clerk Kim Courts for more information.

All seven seats for four-year terms on the township board are up for re-election this year. Partisan candidates will face off in the August 2 state primary election. Winners move on to the November 8 general election.

Also for anyone interested in running for the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education, the filing deadline is 4 p.m. July 26 for the November ballot. There are two seats for six-year terms up for election on the seven-member board. See the county clerk for filing instructions.

Eligible citizens should also note that July 5 is the last day to register to vote in the August primary and October the last day to register for the November election.

Last week, Michigan voters cast their first ballots for president of the United States. The Genesee County Clerk’s Office reported a voter turnout of 101,171 – about 31 percent of the county’s total 324,745 registered voters.

Donald J. Trump was the top Republican vote-getter with 16,757 nods – about 41.75 percent of 40,141votes cast by county voters.

Ted Cruz finished second with 9,828 (24.48 pct.), John R. Kasich netted 7,730 (19.26 pct.) and Marco Rubio had 3,630 (9.04). There were 683 uncommitted voters and also more than 1,000 votes cast for candidates who have withdrawn from the race. Trump was the statewide winner. Among 60,634 votes cast for Democratic candidates, Hillary Clinton finished first with 31,366 (51.73 pct.) and Bernie Sanders drew 28,171 (46.46 pct.) but Sanders finished first in statewide voting. In Genesee County, there were 946 uncommitted voters and about 124 cast for other qualified candidates.

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