FLINT TWP. — Donald Thompson, who was a candidate for township treasurer in the Aug. 7 primary, has filed a petition for a recount.
In final balloting, Thompson trailed Marsha Binelli by only 24 votes. He received 1,285 votes, 39.9 percent, compared to Binelli’s 1,309 votes, 40.7 percent. Nathaniel Olivo, a third candidate, trailed with 605 votes, 18 percent.
They were running for an open seat because five-term treasurer Sandra Wright decided not to seek re-election.
Thompson filed his petition with the Genesee County Clerk’s elections division on Monday.
Noting how close the vote was, Thompson said he decided to ask for a recount.
“I am not suggesting fraud or any kind of trickery,” he said. “It was a very hot day and the likelihood for human error.”
Since the election, supporters have suggested that he seek a recount, he said.
“So I thought ‘what the heck,’ that was five months of work and no results.”
Thompson’s background includes operating 8 restaurant franchises in Genesee County, including four in Flint Township, for 29 years in which he oversaw 25 managers and 160 employees.
He is unsure what the next steps are in the recount process but she said he is expecting a letter with more information within a week.
Asked to comment, Olivo said he was glad to see Thompson request a recount.
“The count was close. There were errors on the absentee ballots,” he said.
“Additionally I was surprised when the voters of Flint Township elected someone with no qualifications to manage the finances of the township. Many questions have been raised.”
Binelli, who worked previously for the township as a deputy supervisor and a code enforcement officer, did not return phone calls or e-mails requesting comment.
Township Clerk Kim Courts said she has been given a tentative date of Aug. 30 for the recount to take place at the township hall. It will be conducted by workers recruited by the Gene see County Board of Canvassers, she said.
If the election results stand, Binelli, a Democrat, will be unopposed in the November general election.