School board race gains a write-in candidate

Days remain to file as write-in for November election

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published October 22, 2014


CLAWSON — What once looked like a shortage of candidates for the Clawson Public Schools Board of Education is now a full slate following the recent filing of one write-in candidate.

Thomas J. Reed Jr. filed the necessary paperwork with the Oakland County Elections Division to run for one of four full-term openings.

Residents will be asked on the Nov. 4 ballot to vote for four school board members to serve out a full term and one candidate for a partial term ending Dec. 31, 2016. One candidate, Kimberley M. Carlesimo, is running for the partial-term seat.

The incumbents running for the four four-year terms are trustee Linda Grossmann, Vice President Ethan McClure and President Kevin Turner. Current board trustees Scott Rieck and Tony Urbanik are not seeking re-election.

Neither Rieck nor Urbanik returned phone calls for comment.

The deadline to file as a school board candidate with the Oakland County Elections Division to appear on the ballot was July 22, but there is still time to run as a write-in candidate.

Any qualified individual wishing to seek election to the board as a write-in candidate may file a declaration of intent with the Oakland County Elections Division no later than 4 p.m. Oct. 24. Qualifications include being a U.S. citizen and a qualified and registered voter who lives in the school district.

If no one had filed as a write-in candidate, Turner said the board would have appointed a fourth member following an application process.