Let the races begin.
Twenty Shelby Township residents are vying for the seven spots that make up the Shelby Township Board of Trustees.
Shelby Township Clerk Stanley Grot has verified all candidates nominating petitions, which were due by May 15, and the following petitions have been approved by the Macomb County Elections Department and will appear on the Aug. 7 Primary Elections Ballot.Supervisor Robert Leman Republican Rick Stathakis Republican Clerk
Richard BatchelderRepublican Stanley T. Grot Republican Treasurer Michael Flynn Republican Lisa Manzella Republican Trustee Vincent A. Bernardi Republican Ann Byrd Brown Republican Clarenence Cook Democrat David Curtis Republican Steven H. Fick Republican
Paula Calvaruso FilarRepublican Brent Freeman Republican
John J.HoletonRepublican Gary E. Kopp Republican
Raquel R. MooreRepublican Nick Nightingale Republican Paul Viar Republican Douglas C. Wozniak Republican
The race for supervisor will be between familiar faces. First-term Supervisor Rick Stathakis is running against
Current Trustees Lisa Manzella and Michael Flynn are both vying for treasurer, which is currently held by Paul Viar, who is running as a trustee.
Grot, the current Clerk, is up against Richard Batchedler, who was a Shelby paramedic and has held volunteer positions in the city including Chairman of the Shelby Sidewalk Committee.
During the Aug. 7 Primary, Shelby Township residents will have to choose four republicans and one democrat to advance to the general elections.
Also on the Aug. 7 Primary Ballot, residents be asked to vote for State Representatives, Senators, Macomb County-wide positions, including the Commissioners, Sheriff and Probate Court judges.
"I think the turnout will be very good this year because everyone is working hard to get their voters out," said Grot.