ATTICA TWP. — There’s a two-way race to become the township’s next clerk. Republicans Valerie Schultz and Mary Tullio are both vying for the job and a four-year term on the Attica Township board. Whoever is successful will succeed fellow Republican Nancy Herpolsheimer who will retire from her post after 28 years in office.
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Valerie Schultz is Attica’s current deputy clerk, a position she’s held for the last 12 years.
“I chose to run for Attica Township clerk because I enjoy serving the members of our community as the deputy clerk and would like to continue serving my community as clerk,” Schultz said.
She started working for the township has a receptionist in 2001 and, for the past five years, has been Attica’s co-zoning coordinator. Schultz serves as recording secretary for the township board, planning commission and zoning board of appeals. She has also been an election inspector in the township for 22 years, eight of those as the election chairperson.
“My goal is to make voting accessible to all eligible residents. I want voters to feel comfortable when they cast their ballot whether it is in person or by absentee,” she said.
Continued improvements to the township park would also be a important issue to her if elected.
“I hope to make all our township residents feel heard and work together to solve any issues that may occur,” Schultz said.
“I am committed to working for the people of Attica Township and will always be available for input from our residents.”
Aside from her work at the township, Schultz has given of her time to Imlay City School PTA groups and the Imlay City Athletic Boosters.
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Mary Tullio is a current member of the Attica Township Planning Commission.
“I would like to make the board more open, friendly and inviting to the public,” she said of her reason for seeking office.
Tullio has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from Wayne State University and has owned several businesses in the past 30 years that involved working with township, county and state officials.
“I have worked as an IT Business Analyst focusing on financial and purchasing systems working with organizations on improving their processes and systems,” she said.
“I bring to the position strong computer, time management and organizational skills.”
If elected, Tullio said she would work to make the township more responsive to residents and better communicate with them while meeting the township’s fiscal responsibilities.
“I’d like to find ways to reach out to the community using new technology and processes. Everyone should be treated equally and fairly,” she said.
“Flexible work schedules with some later office hours would be more convenient for many residents. Another area that can benefit the community is reliable and affordable high-speed internet.”
Tullio said she gives of her time to help provide food and shelter to people in need.