Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Don Parker and Mike Tipton file for Commissioner vacancy

We'll have a May/August special election to fill the position by Jay Drick's promotion to magistrate.

From the Argus:

The race to fill an unexpired Livingston County Commission term is set.
Republican Don Parker, who was recently appointed to the seat, and Democrat Michael Tipton, a newly-elected Howell Township trustee, were the only candidates to filed Tuesday for the District 5 commission seat.

That means we probably won't have a real contest in the primary barring an unexpectedly strong write-in. There will be a contested special general election in August. We're going to need to be ready for that as Tipton did win his last race (unopposed). Parker's been there before, so he's not a stranger to elections. Parker was my commissioner when I lived in Howell and I thought he did a good job there.

The Special Primary is MAY 7th. The Special General is AUGUST 6th. Throw out most of the conventional rules with special elections. They are always about turnout. We can not beat ourselves this August.

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