Washington Township Clerk Race at a Glance
Five Candidates duke it out for open seat on Washington Township Board
The only member of the current board running for Clerk, Babinski has served as a Township Trustee for the past four years. Stan, who has lived with his family in Washington Township for more than 25 years, works as a Broker/Owner at Homes and Land Real Estate in Washington Township. Stan says that as Clerk he was able to use his professional skills to benefit the Community, “I have attended Master plan meetings and I have used my real estate knowledge to save the residents and township money on the purchase of property for the new fire station at 28 Mile Rd and Mound Rd.” As Clerk, Stan says he will embrace new technologies to streamline existing processes and he is watching and learning from what is going on during this pandemic from the voters perspective with an eye on the future, “Future elections may need to take place over a period of days to ensure all willing to vote are provided that opportunity. We must uphold the high American standards in which the people of Michigan and America are able to cast their vote.”
After coming up short in his bid for Treasurer in 2016, Joe Fortuna is eyeing the Clerk position this time around. Fortuna has been a Trustee on the Romeo School board and Romeo Library board and thinks that’s the type of experience that will prepare him for success as Clerk. In a video Joe posted on his website, he details the responsibilities of the Clerk and explains how he will approach the position from day one with professionalism and a focus on providing representation for all members of the Community. Fortuna holds seven brokers licenses and is a notary public. He is adamant against raising taxes and ensuring a sound fiscal budget. Fortuna says that he wants to protect the “charm” of Washington Township and increase transparency and access to financial and other records on the Township’s website. “I am the only candidate in this race with the experience, voting record and the relative skills necessary to fulfill the duties of the Clerk’s Office for Washington Township.
With a focus on bringing change and healing to the Community, twelve year Township resident Dawn Bartolomeo hopes to win the race for Clerk in 2020. After eight years as a Precinct delegate, Dawn wants to shift her focus to the board and help move Washington in the direction she feels the residents want it to go. “I’m stepping up to serve because I want to take the Township to the next level.” She sees tackling the water rates and limiting the influence of builders and developers as major parts of the new direction Washington township should head. Among the ideas Bartolomeo has proposed are creating an independent human resources department and creating a program for community Senior Citizens who live on their own or don’t have family nearby so that they can interact with volunteers. Dawn is also working with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessell on a task force to combat elder abuse. Strengthening the Tri-Community is also a focus of the Clerk candidate as she stated, “Everyone is tired of the fighting. I want to bring an element of healing, that’s what we need to do. Romeo and Bruce are struggling and we’re very comfortable, so we need to help our neighbors. When we needed help they were there for us.”
A self-described conservative Republican, Lisa Damon-Brown says she will be a budget hawk as she seeks to upgrade the Township website, improve transparency, communication and ethics and preserve election integrity. A licensed realtor with thirty years of management experience, Lisa has served as a precinct delegate for six years and worked previously as marketing and social media director on political campaigns and as community relations director for state representative Doug Wozniak of Shelby Township. It’s no surprise with that type of public experience that Lisa believes in an open door policy and is eager to hear from the residents of the Township so that she may better serve them. She feels that combination of professionalism and personal touch is what makes her best suited for the job. “I am the most qualified and experienced candidate. I am a small business owner...I will bring professionalism and an outstanding level of customer service, unifying our community.”
John Chaplin did not respond to our requests for an interview nor did he elect to direct us to any other media outlets he had interviewed with. We were unable to find adequate information to accurately describe Mr. Chaplin’s background or campaign platform.
Article by Joe Malburg