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Vacant Mount Clemens seat secured by 34 votes

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 5, 2020


MOUNT CLEMENS — Voters have spoken, and Wanda Goodnough will fill a vacant spot on the Mount Clemens City Commission.

In the Aug. 4 primary, Goodnough came away with the most votes.

Results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office indicate Goodnough received 25.9%, or 804 votes. She defeated Gina Palazzolo New by 34 votes. Troy Mitchell, Denise Pike Guzman and Kathleen Kelchner rounded out the voting.

Goodnough’s partial term ends in November 2021.

“I want to tell the voters thank you, and I’m extremely grateful,” Goodnough said. “I’m going to continue working in the community and will work extremely hard to help revitalize the city of Mount Clemens.”

Goodnough was set to be sworn in as commissioner Aug. 10, after press time.

“We need to look at bringing some new businesses to Mount Clemens so we can get some return on investment,” she said. “At some point, there has to be some kind of avenue to go down where we can talk with building owners and see what their intentions are moving forward.”

The commission seat became open in September following the death of Bill “Sonny” Ford. In December, after four votes on whom to appoint, the Mount Clemens City Commission agreed to vote again at a January meeting, which came away with similar results. At that point, the commission agreed for a special election to happen.

Goodnough has an associate degree in food management, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in health care administration, and a doctorate in organizational development and leadership, with concentrations in corporate training, e-learning and organizational diversity.

In the August 2016 primary,18.7% of registered voters in Mount Clemens cast a ballot. This time around, 32% of registered voters in the city voted.