Republicans sweep Macomb Township trustee seats

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published November 10, 2020


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — At one point earlier this year, over 20 candidates were vying to be one of four elected to serve as Macomb Township trustee.

Now, four Republicans have been elected to serve on the board.

Unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, as of 8:40 a.m. Nov. 4, with 100% of Macomb Township precincts reporting, show that Frank Cusumano, Peter Lucido III, and incumbents Nancy Nevers and Charlie Oliver, have the most votes to serve as Macomb Township trustees.

Cusumano received the most votes, with 31,772, followed by Lucido (31,292), Oliver (29,480) and Nevers (29,407).

In the August primary election, 21 names appeared on the ballot for trustee. That was narrowed down to seven for the general election.

Democrat candidates Linda Clor, Laurita Bledsoe and Robert Johnston finished in fifth, sixth, and seventh place for the most votes, respectively.

Cusumano, an attorney, said he thinks residents want competent and professional board members.

“They thought enough of me to elect me as the No. 1 vote getter,” he said. “I’m humbled by that and intend to get to work almost immediately.”

Cusumano said he wants the township growth to be consistent with the master plan and the demands that are placed on infrastructure.

Previously, Cusumano said he wants to use his experience, knowledge and skill sets to provide sound local governance to residents.

Lucido’s initial reaction to the results was that he is happy that residents are giving him a chance.

The 38-year-old insurance agent said Macomb Township is a very conservative area so Republicans winning wasn’t a surprise.

“I also think people wanted change, there’s no question about that,” he said. “In the short term, I want to bring trust back to the township to the way it should be and we can all move forward.”

One of the first issues he wants the board to initially address is the township’s parks situation to ensure there is enough money to maintain new township parks.

Nevers, who has been a trustee for 16 years, said she’s happy to serve the residents and looks forward to working with the new board members.

“Macomb County is very Republican, and I think people liked our campaign literature and what we stand for,” she said. “People might have gone in and voted straight Republican.”

Nevers said her top goals are to continue to contribute to the township in positive ways.

Oliver works as a sod farmer and has served on the board for 16 years. He was appointed to fill the seat of the late Roger Krzeminski in January.

“I’m so happy all my supporters came out, and I think we have a major turning point in Macomb Township,” he said. “Frank Viviano is bright and we have so much talent. I think good things will start happening with Macomb Township and hopefully the cloud has moved away.”

Oliver believes one of the biggest issues the new board has to address is the combination of the human resources director and legal counsel positions, currently held by Tom Esordi.

“It’s been unsuccessful,” he said.

The positions of Macomb Township supervisor, clerk and treasurer were uncontested. Those seats will be filled by Frank Viviano, incumbent Kristi Pozzi and Leon Drolet, respectively.

The new board is set to be sworn in Nov. 20.