Middleville trustee announces candidacy for county clerk
With elections for Barry County offices coming up later this year, candidates are starting to announce their plans to run for office.
Tuesday night, Middleville Village Trustee Amanda Fisk announced that she will seek the office of county clerk. Fisk, who was elected to the village council in November 2018, will run as a Democrat against Republican incumbent Pam Palmer.
“I chose 2020 to run for a higher office because it felt like the right time,” Fisk posted in a Facebook message Tuesday night. “I have recently completed my master's of public administration and am at a point in my career that I'm able to dedicate the time to a campaign and make a commitment to the full-time job if elected.”
Fisk was the top vote-getter among four candidates in the village election in 2018, receiving 762 votes. She is a 2003 graduate of Thornapple Kellogg High School, and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Michigan State University and a master's in public administration from Walden University.
“It is an honor to serve as trustee in Middleville,” Fisk posted in her message. “I look forward to continuing my work here through the campaign, and, if I am not elected, I have every intention of completing my term, which ends in 2022.”
Palmer, of Irving Township, was appointed to the office of county clerk in December 2014 by a three-member panel of county judges and took office Jan. 1, 2015, replacing Pamela Jarvis, who retired midway through her term. Palmer had been the chief clerk to the circuit court judge for 19 years prior to her appointment.
In August 2016, Palmer defeated then-county board chairman Craig Stolsonburg in a GOP primary election, 6,437-3,779, and did not face Democratic opposition in the November general election that year.
Palmer said Wednesday she had not yet received Fisk's paperwork for the clerk's position.
All seven Barry County commission seats are up for election this year, as well as the positions of sheriff, clerk, prosecutor, treasurer, register of deeds and drain commissioner. The county board seats are two-year terms while the countywide offices are four-year terms.
Candidates who wish to run for county offices must file their nominating petitions by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21.