DAVISON TWP. — Former businesswoman, and General Motors record-keeper, Mary Miller, has announced she will be seeking the Republican nomination for Davison Township Clerk in the August primary.
Miller, a lifelong Michigan resident has lived in Davison Township more than 20 years.
She spent her early career working as a record-keeper for General Motors sales engineering office for their electrical division.
“I was instrumental in revising an inefficient office procedural system into a well-run operation. Our manager and sales engineers were delighted,” said Miller. “Personally, I kept all the sales and electrical engineering records for the Chevrolet passenger cars and trucks. Each time the price of copper changed, the price of all the wiring parts had to be revised.”
She said her record keeping experience fits hand and hand with the job of Davison Township clerk.
In addition to working for GM, Miller obtained a broker’s license and worked in real estate as a sales associate. During that time, Mary and her husband, Tom, purchased a small manufacturing business.
“As a business owner, I had the opportunity to live the American dream and manage my own office procedures, government requirements and people,” said Miller. “We were very successful.”
Miller said she thinks how the township government is run “leaves a lot to be desired.”
“In most areas, I feel that efficiency can be improved. And with improvement, lower cost should follow,” she said. “And with lower cost, lower taxes should follow.”
Miller said she thinks starting with change at the local level, it might move up the ladder. She said she thinks the community would be happy to see better value received for its tax dollars, and maybe a reduction in the amount residents have to pay to keep the community a great place to live.
“It is my goal to take my extensive record keeping experience, combined with my business experience and run the clerk’s office honestly and efficiently,” said Miller. “I am not a politician, and I’m not beholden to anyone except the hard-working taxpayers of Davison Township.”
Miller said she understands one of the most important jobs of the clerk, besides keeping vital records, is running elections.
“I will make sure one person equals one vote and every election is run with integrity and honesty,” said Miller.
Miller will be opposed in the Aug. 4 primary by Travis Howell, currently a trustee on the board, who is running for the Republican nomination for township clerk. The winner of that race will face-off with the Democratic nominee in the November election.
The sitting clerk, Cindy Shields, is not seeking another term on the board.