FLINT TWP. — There will be at least two new faces on the township board come November, based on the unofficial list of candidates who filed by the April 19 deadline with the Genesee County Clerk election division.
The biggest race will be for the township clerk job being vacated by Kim Courts who will be running for county commissioner. Candidates for clerk include Alex Clark, who challenged Courts for the job in the 2012 election; Kathy Funk, who is currently an assistant in the clerk’s office; LaVonna Harris, who headed a recall attempt last year against township supervisor Karyn Miller; and Shawn MacGillivray- Heston. All are Democrats which means that only one will emerge the winner in the August 2 state primary and move on possibly uncontested to the general election in November.
Township Supervisor Karyn Miller is seeking her third term and will face one challenger in August. He is David Huffman, a member of the township Road Advisory Committee and the son of former long-time township trustee James Huffman.
More information about the candidates and their biographies will be published at a later date. But a first chance to meet many of the them is during a Candidates Forum from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21 during the meeting of the West Flint Business Association.
Township Treasurer Marsha Binelli is also seeking re-election and faces two opponents in the August election. They are Lisa R. Anderson and Donald E. Thompson, who lost to Binelli in the 2012 election by about 24 votes.
Six candidates, all Democrats, have filed for the four trustee spots. They include incumbents George Menoutes, Frank Kasle and Barb Vert. Trustee Belenda Parker’s name is not included on the list but it is not known at publication time whether she filed late or does not plan to run for election.
Newcomers for the trustee seats include David DuFresne, Carol Pfaff Dahl and Joanne E. Rhoads. Four of the six candidates, the top vote-getters in August, will move on to the general election in November.
The deadline is at 4 p.m. on July 26 for anyone interested in running for a seat on the Carman-Ainsworth Board of Education. There are three expiring terms up for election in November.