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Two candidates vie for Macomb Township clerk spot

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 7, 2020

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MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A pair of Republicans are running for Macomb Township clerk, a four-year term.

Incumbent Kristi Pozzi will be on the Aug. 4 primary ballot against Francesca Biondo.  

The 47-year-old Pozzi was first elected township clerk in 2016 and is the president of the Macomb County Clerks Association, and a Chippewa Valley Educational Foundation trustee.

She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Central Michigan University and said her top goals are to continue to make Macomb Township vibrant and desirable for generations to come.

“We are in the process of updating the master plan and my goal and vision includes a vibrant downtown business environment,” Pozzi said. “Macomb Township needs a family-friendly atmosphere where they can enjoy dining and entertainment in their community.  I also plan to explore options to reduce or hold the line on water and sewer rates.”

What makes her the best candidate, Pozzi said, is her education and experience, both of which “are essential for municipal clerks to provide informed, quality leadership for our community.”

She goes on to say that “the statutory duties of the clerk’s office are numerous, technical and legally essential to the proper operation of municipal government. The clerk’s office is the official keeper of the township records, the administer of elections and oversees the finance department, purchasing, and accounts payable.”

Pozzi indicated that she has administered six successful elections, implemented purchasing policies, and hired a purchasing specialist.

“I am extremely passionate about public service and ensuring every voter has the ability to vote,” she said. “I have made great strides to deliver a better, stronger, and more responsive township to service our community but more needs to be done. I take the challenges elections can bring head on and want to continue to improve the voting experience with new technology and processes.”

Biondo, 37, was appointed Macomb Township deputy supervisor in September, a position she held through January.

Prior to accepting the job, Biondo said she was an office manager for 17 years and also worked as a legal secretary.

Biondo, who possesses a high school diploma, said she wants to streamline township services to provide for the long-term benefit of all while protecting township homeowners and businesses from any proposed tax increases.

“Elected officials must lead by example by immediately eliminating lifetime medical benefits for elected officials,” she said.

Biondo goes on to say that she experienced the American dream by being the daughter of parents who came from working-class families and together built a family, a business, and a good reputation.

“I grew up working for them and will never forget how they taught me to rely on faith, family and hard work to succeed in life,” she said. “I will set the same example for my children while restoring integrity to Macomb Township.”

In her time working with Macomb Township, Biondo said she observed a great deal of how Macomb Township is being run.

She indicated that what she experienced in her time at the township has motivated her to file as a candidate for township clerk.

In addition to the clerk’s race, Macomb Township voters will elect a supervisor, treasurer, and four trustees.

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