FLINT TWP. — Democrat and non-partisan elected officials do not have challengers in the November 8 election and are therefore essentially shoo-ins.
Three Carman-Ainsworth school board members up for reelection are uncontested and one seat is vacant, while township officials beat back challengers in the August primary to win their seats.
But for the record, here are the candidates who are listed on the ballot.
Flint Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, seeking her third term; Treasurer Lisa Anderson, first term; Clerk, Kathy Funk, an administrative assistant in the clerk’s office, elected to her first term; and incumbent trustees Frank Kasle and Barb Vert and newcomer trustees Carol Pfaff-Dahl and Tom Klee.
After the election, the township board will bid farewell to one-term Treasurer Marsha Binelli, Clerk Kim Courts and longtime trustees Belenda Parker and George Menoutes. Parker and Courts did not seek reelection to the township board.
Balloting is a bit more varied for school board candidates. The board has four seats open. Three are six-year terms and one is a two-year term.
Two board incumbents, Patrice Hatcher and Lonney Jarnigin are running for two of the six-year terms. Gary Cousins, who was just appointed this year to fill a vacancy, is required to run to retain his seat. He is seeking a partial term that expires December 31, 2018.
No candidates are listed on the ballot for the third six-year term but at least one person has thrown his hat into the ring.
Speaking at a recent township board meeting, William Bud Newsom asked for support as a write-in candidate. There will be a blank line on the ballot for write-ins, he said. Newsom was one of seven people who applied back in June for the vacant seat that was filled by Cousins.
At a recent school board meeting, Hatcher, the board president, indicated that she would be contacting all six previous unchosen candidates to encourage them to run as write-ins. It is not known if any besides Newsom followed through. None of them filed by the July 26 deadline which would have made it possible for their names to be placed on the ballot.
Jarnigin, who is now seeking a fullterm, was a successful write-in candidate in the 2014 November election.
To watch election night results, as they unfold, go to the county elections web site at www.gc4me.com/departments/ county_ clerks1/election_ division.php