Shelby Township Election Results: Stathakis Wins GOP Supervisor's Race

The Shelby Township elections have been tallied and Rick Stathakis has won the GOP primary in the supervisor's race.

The results from Tuesday's Primary election race are in.

Here's a look at who won spots on the Shelby Township Board of Trustees, according to unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk Tuesday night, with 100 percent precints reporting.


Incumbent Republican candidate has won the Republican primary. Stathakis finished the race with 56.1% or 5,859 votes over his opponent,, 43.9% or 4,588 votes. Stathakis will face David Erickson, who is running as an independent, on the Nov. 6 general elections.


Republican —who was appointed by the Board of Trustees in the winter to fill the remainder of former Clerk Terri Kowal's term—will be the clerk for the next four years. Grot garnered 52.1% or 5,102 votes over former Shelby Township firefigther who got 4,682 votes or 47.9%. Batchelder also ran as a Republican.


Current Trustee and Republican will be the new treasurer, beating out trustee and fellow Republican . Flynn earned 5,351 or 53.6% of the votes over Manzella's 5,351 votes or 46.3%. 

Shelby Township Trustees

Four Republicans and one Democrat will vie for the four spots on the Board of Trustees during the Nov. 6 General Elections:  and current treasurer , and newcomers . Wozniak was the top vote-getter with 11.9% of the votes; Filar garnered 11.7%; and Viar had 11.2% and Nightingale finished with 10.4%. All the winners were Republicans. the only Democrat in the race also will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Cook earned 1,855 votes during the primary race. 

As early race results poured in Tuesday night and Leman's numbers were down, he told Patch that he was happy with his campaign because he beleived it was fair.

"If the voters didn't educate themselves on the past four years, than that's something they have to live with," he said.

Shelby Township resident Kim Daniels told Patch after she voted Tuesday that she voted for Stathakis and all of the incuments because she was pleased with business thus far. 

"We (Daniels and her husband) voted for the ones in there now because we think Shelby Township is booming," she said. "I am so glad we moved here 13 years ago."


Patch.com erroneously reported that candidate for Shelby Township Trustee, Gary E. Kopp, advanced to the Nov. 6 elections to vie for one of four open seats. Kopp was the fifth highest Republican vote getter during the primary elections Tuesday. However, only the top four Republican candidates advanced. Five names, including, Democrat Clarence Cook, will appear on the general elections ballot.

Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 01:37 PM
@Pat Suits, I am the moderator of the forum. Every comment is pending approval until I can physically get through the comments that stream in day and night in between reporting, editing and meetings. I assure you there are no outside influences on the comments other than the pure volume, amount of time and workload. Thank you for participating in a positive manner. Marina
Marina Cracchiolo (Editor) August 14, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Also, the reason the comments are on moderate in the first place is because people have repeatedly violated the terms of use that I can't trust many commenters to post their opinions automatically without adding something nasty such as an insult or slanderous material. Thanks. Marina
Chris, a Shelby Twp Resident August 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
For the record, my first name is Chris. And I am not involved in Shelby Twp politics, nor do I desire to be. To those who bash me for not using my full name (according to some supposed God-given rule that says a person must comment on Shelby-UticaPatch.com using their given name - a rule that you have in reality made up in your own head), your accusations of bias are unfounded. I protect my full name because I don't want the physically confrontational Shelby malcontents to show up at my door and bully and get into physical shoving matches and yelling in my face because they have the mentality of school children. In case you didn't realize, it's too easy today to look up where someone lives using just their name. So I'd just rather keep my involvement to armchair comments, rather than be the subject of a house egging or a car keying (because I know from experience that some people here in Shelby Twp are like that - they think that their feelings justify any and all behavior, whether or not it is morally right or wrong.) The fight outside the Shelby Township polling place is just the kind of confrontation I wish to avoid. So I make my comments known online. Bottom line, when one of you wishes to stick to the subject and give a rationally thought-out response containing reasons behind your opinion, then I invite you to abandon your ad-hominem types of responses - responses that indicate to me that you have nothing to base your opinions on.
SharonP August 14, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Stathakis has shown ZERO leadership. All he does is 'kick the can on down the road,' while hoping no one realizes he is just a former Pepsi salesman, who is absolutely clueless as to how the government works. How absolutely clueless must an candidate be to run a campaign around something that is completely illegal? How utterly embarrassing is it to have the County Clerk threaten the Township with legal action over Sthathakis' illegal Court-house voting scheme. Stathakis literally does not understand how representative democracy works. This is the same guy who 4 years ago, while campaigning as a citizen during a board meeting, ranted and raved about how long Skip's Board was taking to come to a decision about Smart Meters. How ironic, four years have passed and Stathakis has kicked the Smart meter issue down the road yet again. These major township issues that have been kicked down the road-- Court House, Pensions, Smart Meters, etc. -- could be resolved in a single board meeting. The "Golden Five (plus 1)" have the votes to do whatever they want. They just refuse to rock the boat so they can get reelected. They claim to love the private business sector, but every single one of them would rather earn taxpayer salaries than succeed in the real world.
judy Martin August 14, 2012 at 03:46 PM
It would be nice if we could have thumbs up or thumps down on these posts,what does flag as inappropriate mean?Lot more comments coming before Nov.
Sarah Franklin August 14, 2012 at 06:56 PM
The primary is over and 54% of the voters of Shelby voted to have Stahakis get at least to the main election... not to mention that all five of the "golden five" have been re-elected (subject to final 4 of 6 Trustee votes in November) . So, did the thought cross your mind that just perhaps the majority of the people who live in Shelby got it right and your point of view is ... shall I say a bit out of touch with the real world?
rick August 15, 2012 at 12:59 AM
PLEASE...if any one thinks that all of the voters studied the people running and really looked into them, they are wrong....The person with the most signs wins Period....I am not going to act like I know the exact percentage of voters compared to the population, but I am going to guess that only 10% of the Township voted...and of those 10% most voted for a name the recognized and not a candidate they know....and the rest of them are split between voting a party and knowing who they voted for....Person with the most signs wins!
rick August 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Oh and By the way....I see the supporters and "friends" of the supervisor use the word "Malcontents"...that seems to be the Regurgitated favorite new word of the week....That is the same POMPOUS attitude YOUR supervisor has.....why the heck should ANYONE be Content with some one that is not their choice....you show your SHEEP mentality when you make statements like that....enjoy the company of your herd!
Shelby Young Adult August 15, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Sarah, AKA Matt Guariani, did it ever cross your mind that not all of Shelby Twp voted for the primary election? Did it cross your mind that it was a CLOSE race and maybe your "Golden Five" got re-elected because of the threats that they make to the residents and business owners in Shelby Twp? You need a hobby and a white room with padded walls. Pat, I completely agree with you. I've posted comments that have been denied because I called Stathakis "Staph Infection". I've heard much worse name calling on here where the comments have been approved. Personally, it sickens me that this site is so bias. It's an editor's job DUTY to portray accurate information. I have rarely seen that on this site as I've come across multiple errors in the articles. May God Bless Shelby Twp. and it's residents and all of the people without brains that just decided to re-vote in the incumbents.
Katy J August 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
54% isn't a huge majority. It shows that 46% of those that voted in Shelby are very unhappy with what's going on. Yes, the majority voted to have Stathakis return, but there is a pretty large minority that did not. And just because Stathakis won the primary, doesn't mean that anyone's point of view is "out of touch." It just means that it falls into the minority. I think this race was a lot closer than the Supervisor should be happy with. It does show that there are a lot of citizens that are very unhappy with the job he has done in the past 4 years. And a lot of the other races were pretty close as well. Hopefully, those that are voted in in November will consider that fact and maybe find a way to help more of the citizens of Shelby Township be happy with the job that they are doing.
Pat Suits August 15, 2012 at 02:40 PM
rick and Shelby Young Adult you both go tit right. Stathakis is evil. The others did not ahve a chance, The name calling has been discusting. I have to sign on in Face Book as they say I have wrong password and etc. Not true. I have a password book.Now hope this goes through. Hope a lot are happy with who they vored for. The next 4 years will be a mess. Yes- god Bless Shelby Township as they need it.
Pat Suits August 15, 2012 at 02:42 PM
rick you got it right for sure. The whole thing was one big mess. Now we are stuck for four more years.
bill webber August 15, 2012 at 03:09 PM
rick, I thought you were moving ?
bill webber August 15, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Wrong again rick... how quick some forget about prior elections.. Do you remember Macarone and Bottcher? they “PEPPERED” the township with signs and LOST .... thank god !
bill webber August 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Michael - The debate is over ... you lost- PERIOD the good news : There will be another debate in four years! have a nice day
bill webber August 15, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Katy J , there is an old proverb that I follow... “fight fire with fire “ As far as: “Most of your responses to people on here aren't to continue any educated or respectful discussion, but instead to try to make people look stupid, and that's completely uncalled for.” Where have you been ? ( a different alias? ) Perhaps you are truly “ new here” so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. I started responding on the patch because every post I read (against the current board) was something derogatory , untrue, spiteful , or down right mean. These “unfair comments” were done by the “leman, Nightingale and Manzilla supporters. They are entitled to their opinions , just as I am. I suggest you go back and read. FYI : I can pick apart every response on this message board and find something that someone could be offended by. so please don’t go there. However, rest assured, I have and will continue to use my name for EVERY post I make- unlike some. To finish with : Michael Pikora makes a similar statements as yours, yet he is continues to make false statements and accusations. Then in the next post he claims “the high horse” UNBELIEVABLE ! have a nice day
bill webber August 15, 2012 at 03:45 PM
rick , Do you need a good realtor ? let me know, I can highly recommend my neighbor.
Sarah Franklin August 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
bottomline..... 50.01% wins... the rest of you can whine for the next four years. Maybe your life revolves around that. Personally, I want my life to move forward.
SharonP August 15, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sarah Franklin-- what do you mean my "point-of-view"? Do you mean the FACTs I stated? You should know that facts don't change with perspective. And Adolf Hitler was voted into office, Sarah. Winning an election does not mean a candidate is qualified or competent. I'm certain you feel the same way about Obama.
Katy J August 15, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Bill- I am "new here" as you stated. I use my name (maybe not my full last name, but I noticed how some liked to "stalk" other commenters, so felt using part would suffice). I apologize for not having researched ALL of your posts before posting myself, but I don't have the time nor the patience to do so, that is why I said "most." So I will clarify just a bit further. Most of your posts that I have read (better?). As for aliases, etc... just because my opinion differs from yours or because I feel that some (there, clarified that too) of what you say doesn't seem to progress any discussion (and yes there are many others on here who do the same), doesn't mean that I am not who I say I am. I do not doubt that both sides have expressed their opinions in ways that are defamatory, spiteful or mean, I never said that it was one-sided. And you have every right to defend those you support (that's what supporters do). But you refer to people having great comebacks and other such responses. Is that what this is about? Having comebacks? I guess I was mislead to believe that people actually debate a bit in their comments. It shouldn't be about having a "great comeback." As for your FYI-- I never said you need to be careful not to offend people (so I didn't go there). People get offended way to easily as it is. If someone is offended by your opinion, then that's their problem and shouldn't be debating issues anyways. There's a difference between being offensive and being disrespectful
Katy J August 15, 2012 at 04:39 PM
If you have some specific postings you have made that you would like me to look at that better represent your opinions, I would be more than happy to do so. But if it's comments (other than is one), like the majority of the ones you have made on the stories that I have read (or comments I have made), then I will pass as it would be a waste of good time. I have no issue debating differences. I actually enjoy it, life would be boring if everyone felt the same way about things, and my issue isn't with your opinion. Again, I think you are very passionate about your community and are obviously a very passionate supporter. But on the other end of it, it's really hard to learn anything from a differing opinion when the response back is "of course you do." How does that get anywhere? To be honest, and just speaking for myself, I would like to know both sides, as I was really struggling in this election. It's frustrating to feel like you have to vote for the "lesser of two evils." And just like I struggled in the primaries, I will be struggling in November. It would be really nice to be able to read comments that don't seem to continuously be attacking the other "side." And I apologize if I gave off the impression that I felt it was just you, I know that's not the case.
Sarah Franklin August 15, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Tammy... your comment of 8/9 has been eating at me for several days now. For the record I totally support the police and fir department employees for everything the do... and as a taxpayer I contribute to a fiar salary for their work. And not a penny too little at that. However, for any of these folks to retire at 45 and expect my family (who has to work until 66 or so) to pay for a full salary with benefits retirement starting at that young age... is most definitely where I draw the line for my support. Retire fine... but get a pension in your 60's like everyone else and find another job in the interim. This alleged benefit that some idiot working for this Township agreed to yeqars ago (without taxpayer knowledge) is what will bring SHelby and every other City in this country to their knees in the very immediate future. Change has to be initiated now. Defined benefit programs for life is not how the real world works anymore. Great idea if you don't mind going down the path of Greece...Spain... closer to home California and now even Detorit. It is NOT sustainable!
Sarah Franklin August 15, 2012 at 04:42 PM
sorry for typos in entry below... was too emotional as I was typing and hit send to quick :-)
Sarah Franklin August 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
To Shelby Young Adult... Really??? "No that epiphany never crossed my mind". But thank you so much for your enlightenment. It is such a great revelation to learn that 54% of the good folks in Shelby Township (according to your comment) have 'no brains'. I am sure glad I brought up my kids to not only be more respectful in public but to also think with the right part of their anatomy.
Shelby Young Adult August 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Matt (Sarah Franklin), maybe OUR lives revolve around whining? All you have done for the past four years is constantly badger and ridicule Lisa Manzella. You have made it your personal goal to not only stalk her, but try to deface a good woman's name in our community. Any "man" that does that does not get my respect. You have dug your own grave on this entire website which I'm guessing is why you're trying to fool people into thinking you are Sarah Franklin. PATHETIC. Personally, I want your life to move forward too. IN ANOTHER TOWN.
Pat Suits August 16, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Were did what I just wrote go. I don't see it ! I just came back to see if it was here and its not. I said nothing wrong. Shelby Young Adult I like what you wrote.
Pat Suits August 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I will try again. I agree that Sarah sounds like Matt and you don't see him on here. But then he already did his damage before. When you that voted the old ones in and things don't go right remember you voted for them. Hope you can all sleep at night. Nov. will be here before you know it and a lot can vote for the new guy.
Pat Suits August 16, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I will try again. I see the Patch wrote today that the Brawls at the polls are under investigation. Well I hope they can clearly see the person who was wrong and take care of it. Hope you all got your Patch news today.
David Erickson September 26, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Paula: Split your ticket and vote for a No Party Affiliation candidate for Supervisor. You will not be disappointed.
David Erickson September 26, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Judy: Take a quick look at how the new trash haulers thanked one Shelby Township candidate. At least $2,500 worth of thanks.


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