Burton View

Smith announces candidacy for Davison Township clerk


Matthew Smith Photo provided

Matthew Smith Photo provided

DAVISON TWP. — From the classroom to the boardroom, the voters of the Davison Community Schools district sent Matt Smith to the Board of Education shortly after graduating from Davison High School.

Since being elected nearly six years ago, Smith said he has been a strong voice for students, parents and taxpayers. Now, he’s looking to expand his public service to the township level as the next clerk.

“It has been an honor to fight on your behalf in the boardroom as the leading voice for transparency, accountability and freedom,” he said. “With God’s blessing and your continued support, I’d like to take that same passion, heart and spirit to township hall.”

Smith joins the race for Davison Township Clerk as the previous deputy clerk. Halfway through his term on the school board, he was appointed to the position by then Clerk Mary Miller.

“Four years ago, an average Davison Township resident named Mary Miller read an editorial in this very paper that was criticizing me. It fired her up. She stopped at my house looking for a Trump yard sign and asked me how to secure our elections. So, she ran for this position at 86 years old on election integrity and cutting wasteful spending.” Smith said. “I was honored to serve in her administration, where we obtained all the clerk certifications.”

Smith said finishing what was started includes: being a strong advocate for taxpayers; election integrity; public transparency; fast and efficient customer service; advanced record keeping; and looking for ways to lessen the tax burden on residents, while keeping existing services.

“Since Mary’s resignation, we have gone through two more clerks and another one of them passed away suddenly,” Smith said. “It is important for the public to know what’s going on and that the current clerk was hand selected by the current board with no input from voters.”

In addition to serving as acting clerk and township signatory, Smith was elected secretary and treasurer of the ELGA Credit Union Board, overlooking budgets and records of nearly 100,000 members.

Smith said he will also utilize his business experience, working for his local family flooring company, Smith & Smith Carpet, to run the office efficiently and effectively.

“My record on the school board speaks for itself. We have an award winning district. From banning CRT, to stopping the government mandates, I have strived to be a voice for we the people.” Smith said.

Smith will face sitting clerk Michael Leffler and candidate Jeffrey Leitch for the clerk’s seat in the Aug. 6 primary.

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