Macomb Township Board of Trustees primary results

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published August 10, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Residents now have a better understanding of who will represent them on the Macomb Township Board of Trustees.

In the Aug. 4 primary election, residents were tasked with voting for township supervisor, clerk, treasurer and trustee, among other races.

Unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office indicate that in the race for supervisor, political newcomer Republican Frank Viviano received 67.4%, or 8,591 votes. He defeated former supervisor Mark Grabow, who came away with 32.6% of the vote.

“I think the results reflect the residents’ desire to break from the past and move forward with someone who is honest and ready to do the work of the people and move our township forward,” Viviano said.

In the August 2016 primary, Supervisor Janet Dunn topped Grabow by roughly 1,500 votes.     

Viviano said what he wants to see in Macomb Township is the reversal of “embarrassing” behavior related to federal indictments and multiple lawsuits within the township.

“I want Macomb Township and the way our government functions to become the gold standard by which all other townships are going to turn to and say, ‘I wish we were more like Macomb Township,’” Viviano said.

Incumbent Clerk Kristi Pozzi will remain in that position after defeating Francesca Biondo by about 24%. Pozzi received 7,784 votes, with Biondo receiving 4,785 votes, in the Republican race.

Pozzi did not return a request for comment by press time, but took to Facebook, posting “thank you to my family, friends, and supporters that have been with me every step of the way. Your encouragement, love and fight means the world to me and I could not have done it without every single one of you. It is time for a lot of positive changes and I see it coming our way.”

In the 2016 clerk’s race, Pozzi received 2,592 votes, or 38.1%.

For the position of township treasurer, Leon Drolet came away with the most votes in the Republican race, defeating incumbent Karen Goodhue, and Brianna Kirk. Drolet, who currently is a Macomb County commissioner, received 6,675 votes, or 54.3%. Goodhue, who has been treasurer since 2012, placed second with 4,020 votes, while Kirk finished last with 1,595 votes.

“I believe that having a built-up resume of being very involved in tax and budget issues over the years paid off,” Drolet said. “I’ve spent a long time of my life fighting tax increases and I think people got to recognize that is what I’m about.”  

Drolet is the chair of Michigan Taxpayers Alliance and a Macomb County commissioner. He served as a state representative from 2000 to 2006.

“Whether I’ve been at the legislative or county level, my focus has been on broad budget issues and keeping taxes low,” he said. “I want to make sure my campaign message matches my voting record.”

In 2016, Goodhue ran unopposed, securing 5,537 votes.

There were no Democratic candidates running for supervisor, clerk or treasurer.

In the race for trustee, there were 21 candidates on the ballot — 18 Republicans and three Democrats — vying for a shot at four seats come November. The Republican field was whittled down to four, with the top vote-getters facing off against each other and the three Democrats in the Nov. 3 general election trustee race.

The top four vote-getters on the Republican side were Peter Lucido III, Frank Cusumano, Nancy Nevers, and Charlie Oliver. Lucido received 12.4% of the Republican vote with 5,174 votes. Cusumano followed with 11.2%, Nevers with 8.4% and Oliver with 8.2%.  

On the Democratic side of the ballot, Laurita Bledsoe was the top vote-getter with 5,856 votes. Linda Clor and Robert Johnston trailed Bledsoe, with 5,707 and 5,256 votes, respectively.

In the August 2016 primary, 20.4% of registered voters in Macomb Township cast a ballot. This time around, 36.9% of registered voters participated.