GRAND BLANC TWP. — Following the abrupt dismissal of Superintendent Dennis Liimatta in June, some Grand Blanc Township residents called for a shakeup in the local government.
Whether their influence or some other factor motivated voters, it appears that some big changes are in store.
As of press time, incumbent Clerk Cathy Lane, who has served 30 years on the Board of Trustees, was trailing Republican challenger David B. Robertson in the Republican primary. The vote was 1,364 for Lane; 2,190 for Robertson.
There were 164 undervotes, five overvotes and 585 invalid votes, plus three write-ins.
No Democrats filed nominating petitions for the clerk’s office before the deadline, but Democrat Shannon Elena Polk has mounted a write-in campaign.
With Treasurer Earl Guzak not seeking re-election, two Republican candidates faced off in the primary for the right to go up against Democrat Mark W. Kilmer in the November general election.
Larry Anderson was in the lead with 2,370 votes to Lonnie Adkins’ 805. Adkins currently serves as a trustee.
There were 3,175 votes cast, with 545 undervotes, three overvotes, 362 invalid votes and three write-ins.
The race for four available trustee seats drew a lot of interest from both the Republicans and Democrats. The top four vote-getters on each side will square off in November.
In the Democratic primary, the leading contender was Sarah Hugo with 4,161 votes. Other top vote-getters were Paul J. White with 2,981, Jude Rariden with 2,798, and incumbent Trustee Joe Massey with 2,795. Incumbent Trustee Ken Thomas was trailing with 2,591.
Of the 15,326 votes cast, there were 7,810 undervotes and 10 overvotes, plus 378 invalid votes and 28 write-in votes.
In the Republican primary, Joel Feick was in the lead with 2,634 votes, followed by Ryan Thompson with 2,329, Christopher Estes with 2,253, Jay Johnson with 2,142 and incumbent Trustee Al Mansour with 1,381.
There were 10,739 votes cast with 4,132 undervotes, five overvotes, 445 invalid votes and 13 write-ins.
Supervisor Scott Bennett, a Republican, is unopposed in his bid for re-election.
Results listed here were not finalized at press time. Updated results from the Tuesday, Aug. 4 Primary Election will be posted online at www.mihomepaper.com. As results are posted, an e-newsletter will also be sent to e-newsletter subscribers. An e-newsletter subscription is free. Sign up at grandblancview.mihomepaper.com/get-news-updates/