ALMONT TWP. — Supporters of defeated Township Supervisor Gary Groesbeck are mounting a campaign they hope will return him to public office.
Groesbeck was defeated by longtime school board member Paul Bowman in the August primary election, by a margin of 144 votes. It's a difference his supporters hope to make up by the Nov. 4 general election.
The primary results showed 487 votes cast for Bowman and 343 votes for Groesbeck, with about 20 percent of the township's registered voters going to the polls.
Groesbeck said that because of overwhelming support, he intends to run as a write-in candidate on Nov. 4.
Supporters of Gary Groesbeck’s write-in bid assemble for a photo opp.
"I don't want this to sound like sour grapes," said Groesbeck. "I have no problems with Mr. Bowman. There are some issues I would like to see through. I want to retain my seat."
Running on a message of "Good, honest government," Groesbeck said his goals are to help institute a medical First Responder Unit, while working toward improving community relations with senior citizens and the police department.
Township resident Jo Marshall believes the results of the primary election failed to reflect the amount of support Groesbeck has among township residents.
"When something ain't broke, you don't try to fix it," said Marshall. "Gary did a great job and I'm campaigning for him. I want to see him get back in there."
Dennis Sweers, who has served with Groesbeck on the Almont Township Board for several years, supports the write-in effort. He hopes a larger turnout for the general election will result in a reversal of fortune for Groesbeck.
"A lot of us were surprised by the outcome of the primary (election)," said Sweers. "I think Gary has done a lot of good things for the township.
"He moved a lot of issues forward," Sweers continued. "Based on his leadership and performance as supervisor, I support his run."
Bowman admitted surprise to first hearing of Groesbeck's write-in effort.
"He has every right to do it," said Bowman. "It's not my style to be negative. I don't throw darts at people.
"I ran because I wanted to give township residents a choice," Bowman continued. "I'm going to work hard to get elected."
Groesbeck was appointed six years ago, following the resignation of Jim Reinke. He was elected to a four-year term as supervisor in 2004.
Groesbeck's supporters will host a "Meet and Greet" with the write-in candidate Sun., Oct. 12 from 1-3 p.m. at Almont Community Park.