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Oakland County City Clerks Endorse Bill Bullard

City of Farmington Hills clerk Pam Smith is among those supporting another term for the current county clerk.

To the editor:

There is an important but often overlooked race on your ballot this November. The County Clerk is vitally important to conducting successful elections and providing many services we all rely on.

We hope you will join us in supporting County Clerk Bill Bullard. County Clerk Bill Bullard is working hard for us and has shown some real results. Just this year, the County Clerk’s office won six national awards for excellence in innovation and customer service. 

Clerk Bullard has put a strong emphasis on improving online services, allowing all of us to save gas money and precious time. He has brought his office services to our local communities-even on weekends to try to improve convenience. County Clerk Bill Bullard’s team is well known for their excellence in election administration. Just last month, a redesign of our local ballot saved the taxpayers $275,000 by avoiding the 2 page ballots surrounding counties have.

We work closely with Clerk Bullard’s team to have the best technology and services possible to make our elections process a model for others. We know Bill Bullard; we work with him every day. He cares about our communities and about providing excellent service. Please join us in voting to keep Bill Bullard our County Clerk! 

Holly Brandt, Milford Twp. Clerk
Linda Voll, Keego Harbor City Clerk
Karin S. Winchester, Holly Twp. Clerk
Pam Mazich, Groveland Twp. Clerk
Dan Munro, Commerce Twp. Clerk
Lisa Mayo, Hazel Park Deputy Clerk
Kathleen Lindsey, Waterford Twp. Deputy Clerk
Debbie Miller, Rose Twp. Clerk
Sharon Tischler, Southfield Twp. Clerk
Terrell Tucker, Keego Harbor Deputy Clerk
Terry Lilley, White Lake Twp. Clerk
B. Jean McCreery, Brandon Twp. Clerk
Pauline Bennett, Addison Twp. Clerk
Laura Moreau, Springfield Twp. Clerk
Pam Smith, Farmington Hills Clerk
Janet Roncelli, Bloomfield Twp. Clerk
Michele Cash, Lyon Twp. Clerk
Penny Shults, Orion Twp Clerk
Kelly Richter, City of the Village of Clarkston Clerk
Mary McDonnell, Highland Twp. Clerk

Randy Bruce November 02, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Does anyone see a problem with this? The clerks are the professionals that run elections, and are the gatekeepers for honest and fair elections. To have them officially endorse ANY candidate officially is very troubling. It is basically saying: "We run the elections and we want you to vote for THIS person." The city clerk for Farmington Hills has already stated that she did not give her official endorsement to Mr. Bullard, so this calls into question the other endorsements on the list and the overall honesty of this letter.
Kirk James November 03, 2012 at 03:48 AM
People running elections should not be endorsing in ANY race, period. If they want to tell their friends and family who they're voting for, then fine. But to make a public endorsement like this is disturbing. However, it's also not terribly surprising, considering that over the past few election cycles, the Secretary of State (i.e., the top elections official in Michigan) was chairing or co-chairing presidential campaigns.
DCC November 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Yes, Councilman, this letter is an abomination. I would hope that the clerk would be reprimanded for using such poor judgment, and that an investigation started to find out just how this shameful letter came to be written, by whom it was written, and whether some kind of outside pressure was applied. Finally, Farmington Hills should make this kind of misbehavior grounds for dismissal.
Randy Bruce November 05, 2012 at 03:19 AM
I just want to be clear, our clerk DID NOT give an official endorsement to Mr. Bullard, he took a private conversation and turned it into a a public, official endorsement. Our clerk did not violate policy on this.
Joni Hubred-Golden November 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Pam Smith sent a letter clarifying her position: http://farmington-mi.patch.com/articles/farmington-hills-city-clerk-clarifies-bullard-letter

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