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Posted: 11/14/12

Ray Twp voters choose
incumbent officials

Observer Staff Writer
      The incumbent Ray Township Board of Trustees will remain in place for another four years.
       Following the results of the Nov. 6 election, all elected officials of the five-member board will retain their seats for another four years.
       According to the Macomb County Elections Department, Supervisor Charlie Bohm collected 1,515 votes (100 percent) during the election. He ran unopposed on the ballot.
       "I'm glad to have been re-elected and will continue to serve in the best interests of Ray Township residents as I have in the past," Bohm said.
       Clerk Paula Artman retains her seat with 1,342 (100 percent) of the votes. She ran unopposed on the ballot.
       "I feel that I'm the voice for this community and I hope it remains that way," she said.
       Two candidates ran as write-in candidates during the election. Joe Jarcyna challenged Bohm for the supervisor position, while Tina Morceri ran for the clerk position. The total number of write-in votes for supervisor was 95, while the total number of write-in votes for clerk was 255. These votes, however, must be verified by the county before they are validated.
       Treasurer Doug Stier defeated Democratic opponent Susan Brown, collecting 1,246 votes (65.1 percent) to Brown's 667 votes (34.9 percent).
       "The amount of votes I received was a true indication of how the residents of Ray feel about me," Stier said. "I plan to keep working together with the board to continue to keep things moving forward."
       Incumbent Trustees Betty Grader and John Zoccola ran unopposed on the ballot, gathering 1,339 votes (51.1 percent) and 1,280 votes (48.9 percent), respectively.
       The board members said one of the upcoming issues they will face is an incoming four-star development that is looking to utilize sewer services that could cause difficulties for the township.
       "If we can't get it hooked up to a neighboring sewer project, they have received the discharge to build a plant," Bohm said.
       A total of 2,063 Ray Township voters submitted ballots during the election for a 70.5 percent turnout.

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