Petitions now available for county and township Aug. 7 primary election

MANISTEE — Manistee County Clerk Jill Nowak confirmed that petitions are now available for county and township candidates wishing to file for the Aug. 7 Primary Election.

Candidates should take note on what office they are running for as the requirements are slightly different for the various positions. Where they will file their information also depends on whether they are running for a county or township office.

“The county offices should be filed here at the county clerk’s office,” said Nowak. “People who are running for township offices like supervisors or clerk positions should file at their township clerk office.”

All the major elected county offices will be coming up in the Aug. 7 Primary because they are coming to the end of their term in 2012. The offices of county clerk, treasurer, sheriff, register of deeds and prosecuting attorney will all be on the ballot. All of those positions are for four-year terms.

“They need to file an affidavit of identity, a nominating petition of signatures (minimum of 50 signatures and maximum of 100 signatures) from people in their district,” said Nowak. “At the county level, if they don’t want to do the petition, they can pay the filing fee of $100. All candidates must be 18 years of age, and residents of the county.”

All candidates have to file a statement of organization if one hasn’t been filed previously, or changes need to be made.

“People also have to declare what party they are running under, and all filings are due to the county clerk’s office on May 15 by 4 p.m.,” said Nowak.

Those who are interested in becoming an independent candidate on the ballot without any party affiliation for the Nov. 6 General Election must follow the same procedure and file their paperwork to the Manistee County Clerk’s office by 4 p.m. on July 19. Their names do not appear on the August Primary ballot.

Nowak said that petitions are also available for all seven Manistee County Commissioner districts at this time, and the deadline is the same as the other county offices. They are two-year terms and the current commissioners and their districts are as follow:

* District 1: Ken Hilliard is present commissioner for all of Arcadia, Bear Lake and Pleasanton townships. The district also includes that portion of Onekama Township, north of Eight Mile Road and Portage Lake except the Village of Onekama.

* District 2: Richard Schmidt is the present commissioner for all of Springdale, Cleon, Maple Grove and Marilla townships.

* District 3: Glenn Lottie is the present commissioner for all of Norman, Dickson and Brown townships.

* District 4: Ervin Kowalski is the present commissioner for all of Stronach and Filer townships and the Village of Eastlake.

* District 5: Duane Anderson is the present commissioner for part of Onekama Township, being the Village of Onekama and all Onekama Township lying south of Eight Mile Road and Portage Lake, and all of Manistee Township except the Village of Eastlake.

* District 6: Jim Krolczyk is the present commissioner for that portion of the City of Manistee lying west of Maple Street, and all of the city north of the Manistee River.

* District 7: Carl Rutske is the present commissioner for that portion of the City of Manistee lying east of Maple Street and south of the Manistee River.

The requirements for filing for a county commissioner position are that candidates must file an affidavit of identity, a nominating petition with a minimum of three signatures and a maximum of 10 signatures. They also have the option of filing a $100 fee if they do not want to seek the signatures for the petition. A statement of organization must also be filed with the clerk if one hasn’t previously been filed, and they have to declare a party affiliation. Candidates must be 18 years of age, and a resident of the district where they are seeking the position.

“They must also be a registered voter in the district where they are running and lived there for at least 30 days,” said Nowak.

Nowak saud those individuals seeking to become a precinct delegate for their party at the August Primary need to file affidavit of identity by 4 p.m. on May 15 with the county clerk’s office to get their name on the August ballot.

People wishing to file for one of the township offices need to file an affidavit of identity, a nominating petition that contains a minimum of three signatures and a maximum of 10 signatures. They also have to file a statement of organization with the county clerk if one hasn’t been filed at this time.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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