Races for township boards gearing up

DAVISON AREA — Voters will go to the polls Aug. 4 to pick candidates who will go on to the general election in November for local races in Davison and Richfield townships.

Here are the races to be decided in the primary election:

Davison Township Board of Trustees

With the decision by Clerk Cindy Shields not to seek another 4-year term, Democrats Bobby Bingley and Noble Hart III will run against each other in the Aug. 4 primary, the winner will be on the November ballot for clerk facing Republican Travis Howell, who is currently a trustee on the board.

In the race for trustee, there are two open seats on the board. Two Democrats, Mo Aboneaaj and Dave Humphrey, will be on the November ballot, while three Republicans will square off in the Aug. 4 primary.

Those candidates are incumbent Matthew Karr, attorney Lori Tallman and Bentley schools administrator Scott Bednarski. One of the three will be eliminated in the primary, the two highest voter-getters going on to run against Aboneaaj and Humphrey in the general election, Nov. 3.

Richfield Township Board of Trustees

Incumbent Supervisor Joseph Madore will face challenger Adam Thrash in the Aug. 4 primary. The winner of the match-up will go on to face Republican Tim Candela for a 4-year term as supervisor in the November general election.

After Richfield Township treasurer Debbie Buterakos decided earlier this year not to seek another term on the board, three candidates announced they would be running for the position. In the primary, Democratic voters will decide between Bill Brandon, former Davison Police Chief, and accountant Kimberly Dowrie. The winner of that match-up will face Republican Matt Morris in the November election.

While there isn’t a primary race in Richfield Township for the two trustee positions, there will be a race in November between incumbent Democrats Gerald Masters and Keith Pyles and Republican challengers Sherry Marden and Scott Natzke.

For the primary, Masters name was left off the ballot because he filed his paperwork improperly, so he is conducting a write-in campaign. Masters asks voters to please write-in his name (as Gerald Masters) on the Aug. 4 primary ballot when voting, allowing him to appear on the November ballot, if he receives enough votes. Be sure to check the box beside the name after writing it in.