Commerce Township Clerk Dan Munro will be one of two candidates on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, but the incumbent Republican is urging voters to elect Janet Bushey instead.
Munro, who was appointed to the clerk’s position last year, failed to withdraw from the race by the deadline to remove his name from the ballot.
“I made a decision, unfortunately past the deadline, to return to the private sector as chief information officer for Community Choice Credit Union. Even though my name is on the ballot, I would resign if elected,” Munro said.
Bushey, the township’s human resources and finance director, was recruited to run for the clerk position as an independent candidate. Munro said Bushey is well-qualified for the clerk job because she is well-versed in Commerce Township issues. Further, he said Deputy Clerk Vanessa Magner is planning to stay in her current position and would provide exceptional support to the new clerk.
Despite months of supporting Bushey, there remains a strong possibility that voters casting straight Republican ballots could elect Munro. If that happens, Munro said he would resign effective Jan. 1, 2013 and recommend that the township Board of Trustees appoint Bushey to the job.
He said an appointment by the board could end up saving the township between $60,000 and $70,000 since Bushey could fill the clerk’s position, as well as maintain her current duties as human resources and finance director.
However, it isn’t certain that the board would select Bushey.
“With the slate of candidates selected for the township board going into next year, it’s not certain what they would choose to do,” Munro said. “There’s no guarantee.
“I encourage fully for people to vote directly for Janet Bushey. That puts the decision directly in the voters’ hands, instead of the township board’s.”