Clerk position to be decided by voters

Election called for Nov. 2 to fill vacancy

DAVISON TWP. — After failing to reach a consensus on an appointment to replace Clerk Mary Miller, who resigned June 1 after just six months in office, the Board of Trustees has been unable to fill the position within the designated 45 days – meaning the next clerk will be decided by voters with candidates selected by the political parties.

Genesee County Clerk John Gleason called an election for Nov. 2 after the Davison Township Board of Trustees was unable to reach a consensus over two prospective appointees – residents Travis Howell and Mo Aboneaaj – to fill the open position by the July 15 deadline.

“It’s uncharted territory,” said Supervisor Jim Slezak when asked last week about the matter going to voters. “We really don’t know who the parties are going to name. We hope they make reasonable decisions…and I think they will.”

Miller was elected to the position in November and served until May, when she announced she would be stepping down June 1 to care for her ailing husband.

Since then, the board has met several times, most recently July 12 and 14 during its regular meeting and a special meeting, each time the vote ending 2-2 for the two candidates who were seeking an appointment to fill out the next 16 months of Miller’s term until the position could be decided by voters in the November 2022 election.

The board remained deadlocked as of July 14, just one day before the 45-day limit to appoint a successor, with two votes for Howell and two for Aboneaaj.

Trustees Matthew Karr and Lori Tallman were in favor of Howell, who served previously in an appointed position on the board and who ran unsuccessfully against Miller for the Republican nomination for the clerk’s office in the August 2020 primary election.

Slezak and Treasurer Tim Green remained in favor of Aboneaaj, who ran unsuccessfully for one of the trustee positions in the 2020 general election.

Each political party in Genesee County is now authorized to nominate one candidate from their respective parties. Along with the party nomination, the nominee must file an affidavit of identity and a certificate of acceptance.

Those wishing to appear on the ballot for Davison Township Clerk with no party affiliation may do so by filing qualifying petitions with a minimum of 60 signatures to a maximum of 150 signatures.

Deadline for nominations and qualifying petitions is 4 p.m., Aug. 4 at the Davison Township Clerk’s office, 1280 N. Irish Rd.