EVERETT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Though the name of the Everett Township clerk will be on next week’s ballot, she has abandoned her bid for re-election after being charged with perjury.
In the affidavit submitted when she filed to run, Roshelle Wright wrote that she lived in Everett Township, which borders White Cloud in Newaygo County. However, Michigan State Police got a tip and then determined that she actually lives in Ottawa County. As a result, she was charged with a felony election law violation for filing a false affidavit.
Wright’s trial started Tuesday. Wednesday, she pleaded no contest. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the prosecutor’s office said it would recommend probation when she is sentenced on Dec. 27. If she completes that probation, the charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Also as part of the plea deal, Wright, a Democrat, agreed to withdraw from the election. It’s too late to take her off the ballot, so voters will still have the option to fill in the bubble next to her name when they go to the polls on Nov. 8. But because she dropped out of the race, those votes essentially won’t count.
Wright’s Republican challenger, Pamela Chaffee, will effectively win by default and become the next township clerk.