Former clerk candidate announces write-in trustee candidacy

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 2, 2016

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A former candidate for Macomb Township clerk has announced his candidacy as a write-in for a Board of Trustees spot in the general election.

Charles Missig, 56, filed to run for trustee with the Macomb County Clerk’s Office the morning of Oct. 27, just before the filing deadline.

“It’s a long shot because the absentee ballots are out there already, but I thought I’d give the township residents another option for trustee,” said Missig, who previously ran for public office in the township in 2008 and 2012, in addition to clerk this past summer.

Missig cited the recent arrest of Trustee Clifford Freitas and lawsuit filed against Trustee Dino Bucci as a key reason for his filing to run.

“We’re talking about our township board and it’s supposed to be honest and transparent. We expect these guys have integrity,” Missig said. “I’ve always tried to get on the board for all of the right reasons.”

Freitas was arrested by the FBI Oct. 25 on a bribery charge in connection with the township’s waste hauling contract with Rizzo Environmental.

Gianna Investments filed a lawsuit against Bucci Oct. 21 for extortion.

Missig is retired after a 31-year career with the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, where he was a deputy for 26 years.

Missig has lived in Macomb Township for 25 years.

He stated in a candidate profile questionnaire for the Chronicle prior to the August primary that his top priority would be ensuring the safety of township residents.

“The Fire Department manpower shortage situation must be corrected, and corrected soon,” Missig wrote.  “If the current committee formed to address this problem doesn’t act in a timely manner, I have many friends in command positions in neighboring fire departments that want to assist with this process.  They have systems in place that work, and are cost effective to their communities.”

Missig also mentioned he would want to increase transparency for the board and upgrade machinery for elections.

Missig holds an associate degree in law enforcement and criminalistics, and he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Oakland University.