Tellas Runs Unopposed for York Twp. Supervisor Job

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 08/20/2016 - 20:30

Voters in York Township will have one choice for Township Supervisor On Nov. 8. Republican Charles “Chuck” Tellas is running unopposed for the position.

He ran for Supervisor in the last election, four years ago, and lost narrowly to John Stanowski.

This year, Tellas ran unopposed on the Republican primary ballot. No Democratic candidates appeared on the ballot this year.

Tellas, 69, currently serves as Chairman of the York Township Planning Commission. He was appointed to the Planning Commission two years ago. He also has 18 years of experience serving on the township board as trustee.

He attended the University of Michigan for over two years studying aerospace engineering and education. According to Tellas, his studies were interrupted by the death of his father, as Tellas had to take over the family business, Milan Screw Products on Ash Street in Milan.

In 1997, Tellas moved the business to the Milan Industrial Park. He says he closed the business in 2007. “A major customer sent his work to India,” he comments.

Since then, he says he attended Spring Arbor University. He graduated in 2009 with a degree in Management and Organizational Development.

Tellas and his wife Lorena live at 3121 Judd Road. “It’s an earth sheltered home,” he says. “My wife and I designed it ourselves. It is built for low energy use.”

Tellas and his wife teach firearms safety and suicide awareness classes, as well as providing training for a Michigan Concealed Pistol License.

“My goals are to support the agricultural and rural residential character of the township,” Tellas said in a written statement. “I will practice conservative money management, and improve local roads.”

Others on the ballot in York Township are Helen Neill, Clerk, and Sally B. Louis, treasurer, both incumbents running unopposed.

As for trustees, incumbents Brian Iott and Dan Pichla are running, along with Derek Stern and John Hargrove. Current trustees Jane Kartje and Jill Hargrove are not running.

There are no contested races for York Township board members or officers this year.

Supervisor John Stanowski states that he is retiring. “I’ve done my service, I’ve done my best,” he says. “Plus, we’ve doubled the size of Toyota, and added two new parks—one of them, 17.4 acres,” referring to the Leslee Niethammer Nature Preserve.

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Martha A. Churchill
BA in Journalism and Anthropology at UM in 1973. Law degree at Cooley Law School in 1979. Member of Milan City Council since 2004. Practicing attorney. Genealogist since 2001; local historian since 2006. Free-lance writer.