Candidates begin announcing intent to run for offices

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published March 30, 2016


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Candidates for local elections have begun to announce their intentions to run in the Aug. 2 primary election.

With current U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, Harrison Township, departing from her post this upcoming fall, candidates will be vying for the vacant 10th Congressional District seat. The 10th Congressional District encompasses northeast Macomb County, most of Tuscola County, and all of Huron, Sanilac, Lapeer and St. Clair counties.

Alan Sanborn, R-Richmond, announced through a press release March 24 that he has officially filed to run for Miller’s post. Sanborn served in Michigan’s House of Representatives from 1998 to 2002 and in the state’s Senate for the following eight years.

Other candidates who have filed to run in the 10th District, according to the state elections website, include Tony Forlini, R-Harrison Township; Paul Mitchell, R-Dryden; and Phillip Pavlov, R-St. Clair.

Sanborn has since been working as a probation officer with the Macomb County Circuit Court. Once known as “Michigan’s most conservative legislator,” Sanborn said his campaign will focus on lowering taxes, eliminating spending waste and strengthening the military.

“The people of the 10th Congressional District have it right,” Sanborn said in the press release. “They know we need to chart a course to policies that will restore a strong national economic base, and build a military that will preserve and protect the American way of life. To these things I am committed without hesitation or reservation.”

Meanwhile, Miller has announced her intention to remain busy after leaving Washington, D.C.

Miller announced on March 23 her intention to seek election for Macomb County public works commissioner.

“Throughout my entire life, one of my principal advocacies has always been protecting our water — making sure we have clean, pure, fresh water,” Miller said in a press release. “A big part of that means addressing inadequate, underground infrastructure for both our sewer and our water. That really is what this office is principally responsible for.”

Miller has spent the last 14 years in the U.S. House. Prior to that, she served eight years as Michigan’s secretary of state, two years as Macomb County treasurer and 12 years as Harrison Township supervisor.

“We need to make certain that the water that we drink is pure. We need to stop all of these sewer overflows that for decades have been fouling our waterways and closing our beaches,” Miller said.

Locally, former Macomb Township Supervisor Mark Grabow has announced through an email and social media campaign that he intends to run again for his former position.

Grabow has been a regular at Board of Trustees meetings recently to speak during the public comments portions of the meetings.

Check upcoming editions for more on the candidates and local elections.

Township news and notes
During a Board of Trustees meeting March 23, the board approved a recommendation from the township’s Planning Commission for a 17-unit site condominium plan located on the east side of Romeo Plank and a quarter-mile south of 21 Mile Road.

The development, Hailey’s Ridge, is part of Shelby Township-based Sunset Homes, which is also the developer of the Christenbury Creek and Hall Meadows developments in Macomb Township.