Candidates file for local offices 5.21

Written by David Green.

Seneca Township voters will have one choice to make in the August primary election and one additional choice in November.

Two candidates will face off in the primary to determine who will appear on the November ballot for treasurer to replace Becky Metcalf who chose not to seek another term. Joy Simmons and Marie Meinke both filed as Democrats.

Two trustee candidates filed for two open positions. Incumbent Don Emmons will seek another term and Christopher White, who was appointed to fill a vacancy, will run for a full term.

Allison Ott was the only candidate to file for the clerk’s position that will be vacated by Kim Quist.

Republican John Gould and Democrat Johnathan Klumpp will vie for the township supervisor post in November. Kiel Plummer is not seeking another term.

In Medina Township, only the incumbents are seeking additional terms: supervisor James Craig; clerk Suzette Burk; treasurer Ruth Ann Mansfield; and trustees George Cleghorn and Jack Quigley. Burk had been appointed to fill a vacancy created by Ron Merillat’s resignation.

Morenci voters will see only one city candidate on the November ballot. Greg Braun, who was recently appointed to fill a vacancy, filed a petition to remain on council.

The list of Lenawee County Sheriff candidates ended at eight. County jail corrections officer Thomas Popejoy was the final candidate to file. He joins four other Democratic candidates: Morenci police chief Larry Weeks, undersheriff Gail Dotson, community corrections coordinator Al Navarro and probation officer Steven Beaubien.

On the Republican side, retired sheriff’s captain Jack Welsh, lieutenant Cletus Smith and Adrian police officer John Birdwell will face off in August.

 

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