Special election ballot in Beaver Township has 1 name

Associated Press

Beaver Township — Only one name will appear on the ballot for a special election to fill the vacant supervisor’s seat.

The deadlocked township board in Beaver Township failed with at least three tie votes on three candidates to appoint a replacement for Supervisor Ronald Robbins, who died Dec. 15 at age 72, The Bay City Times reported.

If the township board had appointed an interim supervisor within 45 days, a special election wouldn’t have been necessary, but now the decision will be made by voters in the next regularly scheduled election in accordance with state law, Bay County Clerk Cynthia A. Luczak said.

The Bay County Republican Party nominated William Retzloff, who filed for election to the township supervisor post by the Feb. 16 deadline, and will appear on the ballot, Luczak said.

But the county’s Democratic Party couldn’t muster a quorum, so it will be represented by a write-in candidate, township Trustee Steven J. Gray, who served as township supervisor from 1996 to 2000. Since his name won’t appear on the ballot, voters who want to vote for Gray must write his name on the ballot, plus color in the oval printed on the ballot next to the space for writing in a name, Luczak said.

Luczak told township officials the special election, which will be held May 3, would cost between $5,000 and $7,000, Gray said. But the township clerk believes it will cost “significantly less” than that estimate, he said.

“I am very understanding that a lot of residents will be very unhappy with the cost of this,” Gray said.

This year, voters must also pick a supervisor for a four-year term in the regular elections.

The filing deadline for the regular August and November elections is April 19.