Local election slate set for June

Debra Moore
Staff Writer


All incumbent county office holders, as well as two challengers for District 5 supervisor, met the March 7 deadline to file nomination papers and declarations of candidacy for the June election.

Clio residents Jeff Engle and Jim Judd are challenging incumbent Supervisor Jon Kennedy to represent Graeagle, Mohawk Valley and East Quincy.

Another Clio resident, Mark Dougan, also had announced his intention to run, but decided against it just hours before the deadline.

Dougan said he bowed out for family reasons. He has four sons: one in medical school, two in college studying premed and a fourth in high school.

“My family has to be the priority at this time,” said Dougan, who couldn’t justify mounting a costly campaign at the expense of college tuition.

As a former grand jury member, Dougan said he “saw a huge need for someone who knew what was going on” to be on the board.

Dougan thought his grand jury experience combined with his background in planning and management, as well as a master’s degree in business, could benefit the board.

The county officials who will appear on the ballot unopposed are as follows:

District 3 Supervisor Sherrie Thrall

Sheriff Greg Hagwood

District Attorney David Hollister

Clerk/Recorder Kathy Williams

Treasurer Julie White

Assessor Chuck Leonhardt

Auditor Roberta Allen

County Superintendent of Schools Micheline Miglis

It has been a long time since all seven countywide elected officials have not been challenged. As far back as 1990 at least one — and up to five — has faced opposition.

Election Day is June 3. The elections office will send out vote-by-mail ballots May 5.

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