2015-09-09 / Front Page

Candidates file for Greenleaf recall election

GREENLEAF TWP. — The recall election against two township trustees will allow citizens to decide between the two current trustees and two challengers for their positions.

The election is Nov. 3. The candidates are running for partial terms that end Nov. 2016.

Trustees Randall Schuette and Ken Brown are trying to avoid being tossed out of office after petitions for their recall were filed in July.

Ronald Brzuchowski, who is running with no party affiliation, is challenging Brown, a Republican.

Brzuchowski, who led the successful recall drive against the former township supervisor, Kirk Winter, in May is a retired DTE employee.

Republican Schuette is being challenged by Kim Toner, who is running without party affiliation. Toner is site supervisor for CAD Engineering of Elkton.

Resident Christina Gibbard filed recall petitions against Schuette and Brown on July 6, forcing the election.

Gibbard claims the trustees supported a violation of the Open Meetings Act by voting in favor of a $230,000 property purchase by the township.

Gibbard also wants Brown ousted because of comments that were published in a Cass City newspaper that were aimed at Rodney Mazure. Brown was quoted as saying he was “having a hard time respecting” anyone that got into office through a recall.

The reference was in connection with the May recall election that saw Kirk recalled and Mazure elected supervisor.

Schuette and Brown have denied the open meetings violation, however Brown has stood by his comments to the newspaper.

Meanwhile, township Clerk Lori Mazure is also the target of a recall petition being circulated by Schuette, who lost to Mazure’s husband, Rodney, for supervisor in the May election.

Schuette’s petition claims Lori Mazure abused her office for personal gain by releasing documents of the zoning administrator without his consent and using the documents in her husband’s campaign for supervisor.

Mazure has denied the allegations.

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