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City Clerk Marentette Receives Making Democracy Work Award

by Colleen Paveglio
Thursday, June 3, 2021

June 3, 2021 - The League of Women Voters of the Grand Traverse Area has honored City Clerk Benjamin Marentette with the Making Democracy Work Award!  "I appreciate the recognition given to Traverse City for our excellence in running elections.   Powering democracy, whether it be through elections, best practices in governance, is at the center of my professional heart.  It is an honor to lead the election team in Traverse City and this award is a credit to the entire team, from the colleagues in my office to team leads in our polling places and absent voter counting boards to the poll workers who are here, for you, for the right reasons," says City Clerk Benjamin Marentette.

"Benjamin's commitment to democracy spans far beyond the City of Traverse City. He has contributed his knowledge statewide and his dedication to fair and just elections for all is admirable," says City Manager Marty Colburn.

The City Clerk's Office serves as the legislative and corporate office for the City of Traverse City, with many operational responsibilities, serving in accordance with and upholding the Michigan Constitution. In addition to elections, the department is responsible for areas including licensing, communications, governance, risk management, and financial oversight. 

"City voters benefit from having a Clerk's Office that is dedicated to democracy. Under Benjamin's leadership, voting responsibilities are handled with careful diligence. This award is a well deserved testament to our team at the City," says Mayor Jim Carruthers.

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