Close finishes and two upsets in primary election

FLINT TWP. — In the race for township supervisor, incumbent Karyn Miller bested opponent David N. Huffman by a 2 to 1 margin but there were tight finishes in the battles for clerk, treasurer and trustees including an upset in the treasurer’s race, according to unofficial election results reported Tuesday night by the Genesee County Clerk Election Division.

With all 15 precincts reporting, Miller handily won her third term with 2,314 votes (67.60 pct) compared to 1,100 (32.14) cast for Huffman. A Democrat, she will likely be unopposed in the November election.

In the race for the open clerk seat, only 29 votes separated top finishers Kathy Funk and Alex Clark with Lavonna Harris polling a strong third and Shawn MacGilivray-Heston trailing. All are Democrats.

Funk, who currently works as an assistant in the clerk’s office, received 930 votes (28.22 pct) compared to Clark who received 901 votes (27.34 pct), Harris with 859 (26.07) and Heston with 594 (18.03). Current clerk Kim Courts did not run for reelection but scored a victory of her own in the Genesee County Commissioner race.

In the treasurer’s race, newcomer Lisa R. Anderson polled 1,428 (44.53 pct) votes to oust incumbent treasurer Marsha Binelli, running for her second term, who received 1,153 (35.95 pct) votes. A third candidate, Donald E. Thompson, making his second try for the job after a narrow loss in 2012, received 610 (19.02 pct) votes.

Two newcomers won seats in the trustee race. In a very close finish for four seats, long-term trustee George Menoutes finished fifth with 1,524 (13.99 pct) votes -only 36 votes shy of the winners circle.

The top four finishers, who if totals stand will move on to the November election unopposed. are incumbent Barbara Vert, 2,007 (18.42 pct) votes and incumbent Frank Kasle with 1.716 (15.75 pct) votes; joined by newcomers Carol Pfaff-Dahl, with 1,616 (14.84 pct) votes and Tom Klee with 1,560 (14.32 pct).

Joanne E. Rhoads received 1,433 votes (13.16 pct) and David DuFresne received 1.017 (9.34 pct). All are Democrats.

In other election results, current township clerk Kim Courts will be moving on to a new position as fourth district County Commissioner. She was the top vote-getter in a three-way race, polling 1,523 (44.53 pct) votes over incumbent John W. Northrup with 1,004 (29.36 votes) and James B. Franklin III with 880 (25.73 pct) votes.

Northrup endorsed Courts last week after announcing that he plans to retire at the end of his term in December.

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