Candidates file for school board elections

By: Maria Allard | C&G Newspapers | Published July 24, 2020


WARREN/CENTER LINE/STERLING HEIGHTS — Several local candidates filed, by the July 21 deadline, to run for school board positions in Macomb County.

The general election is Nov. 3 and will include the school board races. School board elections are not on the Aug. 4 primary election ballot.

In Center Line Public Schools, current board members Karen Pietrzyk, Daniel Snyder and Wendy Jo Watters filed to run for the three 4-year terms. In the same district, incumbent Darrell Vickers and challenger Daniel Taylor filed to run for the one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2022.

In Fitzgerald Public Schools, Khaja Shahab Ahmed, and current board members Kimberly M. Lee and Randel Meisner, filed to run for the three 6-year terms.

In Warren Consolidated Schools, current board members I. Susan Kattula and Carl B. Weckerle filed to run for the two 6-year terms.

In Warren Woods Public Schools, Michael Garcia and incumbent Paul Zannetti filed to run for the two 6-year terms.

In Van Dyke Public Schools, Jecinda T. Jones-Bettie and Ivan M. Thomas — both currently on the board — filed to run for the two 6-year terms. However, no candidates filed to run for the one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2024, in VDPS.

Some candidates filed with the Warren City Clerk’s Office and some with the Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office, depending on the district.

In addition, 10 candidates filed for the three 6-year terms on the Macomb Community College Board of Trustees. They include: Frank Cusumano, Sara Gieleghem, Eugene F. Groesbeck, Maria Mijac, Lance Pittman, Craig Plesco, Cecil D. St. Pierre Jr., Carl Territo, Shelley Vitale and Vince Viviano. Cusumano, Vitale and Viviano currently serve on the board.

Candidates who changed their minds about running for school board could withdraw by 4 p.m. July 24, after the Warren Weekly went to press.

The Macomb County Elections Department confirmed that a write-in candidate could still file to run for the one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2024, in VDPS. The write-in deadline is 4 p.m. Oct. 23. If one person gets at least one vote in that race, he or she wins the seat. If more than one person files as a write-in, the candidate who receives the most votes wins it.

If nobody files as a write-in candidate, the Macomb County Elections Department said that the board will fill the vacancy according to district procedure. While it’s not common for a race not to have enough candidates, it does happen on occasion, according to the Macomb County Elections Department.