July 22, 2014 at 1:00 am

Candidate seeking seat on Macomb Co. board of commissioners dies

St. Clair Shores — A Macomb County Republican running for a seat on the board of commissioners has died, the second time in nearly two months a candidate for a seat on the board has died.

Joe Peters Jr., 55, of Warren was running for Macomb County commissioner in District 1 (Warren). The Macomb County clerk’s website shows Peters’ name, listed as one of the candidates running for the commission seat, crossed off. The word “Deceased” was next to his name.

According to an obituary on A.H. Peters Funeral Home’s website, Peters died Saturday. He ran for the Warren City Council in 2007 and 2011, the obituary said.

Peters was a married father of four, according to the obituary. He was the owner of Dairy Boy Ice Cream, which has locations in St. Clair Shores, Eastpointe and Marysville, the obituary said.

The Macomb County Republican Party also carried news of his death on its Facebook page on Sunday.

“It is with sadness that we share the passing of another GOP candidate, Joe Peters Jr. for Macomb County Commissioner District 1,” according to the post. “Joe passed away suddenly last night and we are still waiting on additional details. Tragedies like this must put everything in perspective in our lives. Please keep the Peters family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”

On his campaign website www.joepetersjr.com, Peters said he was vested in the success and growth of Warren and the county.

“I will work to support the safety and welfare of all residents. I promise accountability and integrity that the people of the City of Warren and Macomb County expect and deserve.”

Peters’ family could not be reached. St. Clair Shores police and the Macomb County Medical Examiner’s Office did not release information on the death.

“I did not know Joe Peters Jr. personally. However, I did note that he was an outspoken critic of Warren City Hall,” said Joseph G. Kozar, the other Republican running for Macomb County commissioner in District 1. “I know it is a sad time for his family and community. He will be missed.”

Bill Barnwell, a Democrat also running for the District 1 commission seat, said Peters was a generous and kind man.

“In 2012, I withdrew from the county commission race on the filing deadline, deciding not to run. Mr. Peters asked me why I had withdrawn and I explained that my wife's pregnancy had become complicated, according to her doctor,” said Barnwell.

“Mr. Peters volunteered to help my family and even offered to watch my son once he was born if we ever needed anything. It was an extremely kind gesture and one I won’t forget.”

Mark Czerwinski, who was running as a Republican candidate for county commissioner in District 10, died June 2. He was 26.

According to the Dignity Memorial website, Czerwinski was the owner of Premier Landscaping.

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