Former supervisor announces write-in candidacy

By: Thomas Franz | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published September 6, 2016

 Mark Grabow

Mark Grabow


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — After failing to advance to the general election as the Republican candidate for township supervisor, Mark Grabow has announced that he will run a write-in campaign in an attempt to secure the supervisor post this November.

In the Republican primary election Aug. 2, incumbent Supervisor Janet Dunn defeated Grabow with 60.5 percent of the vote.

“I truly believe that the people of this community in the township truly want a change, and the opportunity did not prevail well with the amount of people who came out (to vote),” Grabow said. “The primaries are typically lower turnouts, but I’m going to work hard so the people have an opportunity to voice their opinion clearly.”

Grabow, 48, is the CEO of a limousine company. He was township supervisor from 2008 to 2012.

After falling in the August primary, Grabow said he recognizes the uphill battle he he faces for the general election, but used the example of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign as one way to victory.

“I understand a write-in candidacy is a very hard avenue to approach, but this community definitely needs a change,” Grabow said. “What I stand for is something right for the Macomb Township community. It will be very difficult, but I believe I can pull it off.”

During the summer election cycle, Grabow frequently appeared at Macomb Township Board of Trustees meetings to voice his concerns over board actions and to campaign against Dunn.

However, Grabow found himself on the defensive toward the end of June, as he pleaded no contest to a charge of election law, failure to perform duty. The charge stemmed from an unpaid campaign fee of $150 from 2014.

To go back on the offensive, Grabow criticized board members for health care policies granted to elected officials in the township, as well as alleging that he board violated the township’s purchasing policy on multiple occasions.

If elected, Grabow said that adding firefighters and law enforcement personnel will be a top priority.

“We see it every day — we’re not getting the proper police and fire protection that we truly need for the township,” Grabow said. “The (Macomb County) Sheriff’s Department does a tremendous job, but we need to support them and add some manpower to it. We don’t have to raise taxes to do that.”

Four Board of Trustees positions will also be contested in the general election. Incumbent Clifford Freitas was ousted in the primary, as newcomer Tim Bussineau and incumbents Roger Krzeminski, Nancy Nevers and Dino Bucci all advanced. Michael O’Lear, the lone Democratic candidate in the primary, will also challenge for a seat.

The general election occurs Nov. 8. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 11.