2 Trenton Candidates to Run Against Brown in August Mayoral Primary

Several positions in Trenton are up for election in November, including the office of mayor.

The upcoming Trenton mayoral race is shaping up to be an interesting event. There are three candidates vying for the position, including incumbent Mayor Gerald Brown.

Brown had that he would not run in November, unless he felt “there were not a candidate that, in my opinion, did not have the commitment or the community’s best interest in mind in their attempt to getting elected to the position.”

Brown has since decided to run for re-election and he faces two competitors in the August primary—Trenton and newcomer Steven McNeely.

Two out of the three candidates will be selected by voters on Aug. 2 and those two will then move on to the general election Nov. 8.

Absentee ballots for the August primary can be obtained at the City Clerk's Office at , 2800 Third St., or by calling 734-675-8600 and an application can be sent for the voter to fill out and return to obtain the ballot.  

Stack said ballots are only issued to the individual, so if a husband brings his wife's application, the wife's ballot needs to be mailed.  

There are three positions opening up on Trenton City Council and four people running for those positions.

Current City Treasurer Randy Schoen announced he will retire.

These are the other positions in Trenton up for election in November and the people running for them:


  • W. Dan Gillespie, 2608 Riverside Dr., Trenton 48183 (incumbent)
  • Robert Howey, 2945 Riverside Dr., Trenton 48183
  • William LeFevre, 4863 Evans Ct., Trenton 48183 (incumbent)
  • MaryEllen McLeod, 1771 Kenwood, Trenton 48183 (incumbent)


  • John P. Dahlquist, 2141 Trenton Drive S., Trenton 48183 (incumbent)


  • Trish Gearhart, 2335 Middlefield Rd., Trenton 48183 (Deputy Clerk)


  • Michael D. McCullough, 1893 Ardmore, Trenton 48183

So far, no petitions have been filed for two Trenton School Board seats that are on the ballot for the general election in November. The seats are for School Board members Mike Hawkins and Cristine Howe.

School Board petitions are due by 4 p.m. Aug. 16 and should be taken to the City Clerk's Office.  

Stack said anyone interested in running for school board should obtain their petitions at the City Clerk's Office.  

A candidate must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, a resident of the state of Michigan for a least 30 days and a resident of the school district on or before the 30th day prior to the election.  

You can either file by petition with at least 40 registered voters' signatures of the school district and a maximum of 100 or you can pay a nonrefundable filing fee of $100 to the City Clerk's Office instead of filing a nominating petition. 

JC July 23, 2011 at 03:06 PM
I want to know when the candidates will debate prior to the primary election. I don't know who the new person, Steven McNeely is and would like to know Kyle Stack better as a possible mayor.


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