Shelby board to see some new faces following Aug. 4 primary

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 10, 2020


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The August 4 primary election results are in, and Shelby Township is set to see some new faces on the Board of Trustees. A total of 14 candidates were on the primary ballot for various offices with a seat on the board, and eight candidates will make the cut for November.

The race included the township supervisor’s seat, the township clerk’s seat, the township treasurer’s seat and four seats as trustees on the Township Board. All candidates on the ballot had filed as Republicans; there were no Democrats on the ballot Aug.4. There will be one Democrat for trustee on the November ballot, Alisa Diez.

For the Shelby Township supervisor position, incumbent Rick Stathakis likely won his fourth term Aug. 4. Stathakis received 8,416 votes, which was 67.1% of the votes. Grant Golasa ran against Stathakis and received 4,129 votes, which was 32.9% of the votes.

Stathakis said it is an honor to be able to serve Shelby Township for another four years.

“I am incredibly humbled and grateful that my neighbors saw fit to elect me to serve a fourth term as township supervisor. I hold this honor and responsibility in the highest possible regard, and my commitment to meet and exceed the township’s expectations and needs remains as firm as it was my first day on the job in 2008,” he said.

In 2008, the world was facing the Great Recession.

“As we did then with the Great Recession, we face historic challenges today with the COVID-19 crisis. We will meet these challenges with our conservative principles and experiences to ensure we survive the crisis and move forward together and better than ever,” he said.

Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot ran unopposed in the primary and received 10,846 votes. He will have an opponent on the ballot in November, as Kate DiLiddo has filed to run with no party affiliation.

For Shelby Township treasurer, James L. Carabelli and incumbent Michael Flynn ran against each other. Carabelli won the election with 6,632 votes, which was 54.4% of the total. Flynn received 5,567 votes, which was 45.6% of the total.

For the four trustee seats on the Shelby Township board, there were nine Republican candidates in the race. The candidates who ran and prevailed were incumbent Vince Viviano, who received the most votes with 6,829, which was 17.1% of the votes cast; incumbent Lisa Casali, who received 6,686 votes, which was 16.7% of the total;  incumbent John Vermeulen, who received 5,419 votes, which was 13.5%; and Lucia DiCicco, who received 5,190 votes, which was 13%.

The other candidates were incumbent Lynn Wilhelm, who received 4,249 votes; David B. Viar, who received 3,905 votes; Ronald L. Campbell Jr., who received 3,110 votes; Judy Guzzardo, who received 2,834 votes; and Darlene J. Doetzel, who received 1,794 votes.

DiCicco, said she is looking forward to working with the other board members to improve Shelby Township and turn the page to a new chapter for the township.

“I am honored that my relentlessly positive and upbeat campaign resonated with so many voters and am humbled by the support I have received and truly appreciate the opportunity to work on behalf of our community. I am campaigning for trustee because Shelby Township is my home and I am invested in our shared future success. I believe that our community is eager to turn the page and focus on what makes Shelby Township really the best place to live, work and play in Macomb County. I look forward to collaborating with the rest of the Board of Trustees to represent the interests of our neighbors in Shelby Township,” said DiCicco.    

Viviano is looking forward to continuing to shape Shelby Township’s future.

“I want to thank the residents of Shelby Township for their continued support. I have the great fortune of helping shape the future of our community, and this is a task that I hold dear to my heart,” he said.

Diez said she was able to secure 220 valid write-in votes guaranteeing her the Democratic nomination.

“Thank you to every single voter who believed (in) me enough to write my name in for trustee. ... This victory isn’t for me, this victory is for all of the Shelby Township Democrats who have been written off for too long. With your help, we will win in November,” said Diez.

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