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Gov. Rick Snyder makes reappointments to Board of State Canvassers

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the reappointments of Norm Shinkle, of Williamston, and Julie Matuzak, of Mount Clemens, to the Board of State Canvassers.

Created by the State Constitution of 1850, the board oversees the canvassing and certifying of statewide elections, adoption of ballot language for statewide ballot proposals and other tasks. The four-person panel is made up of two representatives from the two major political parties.

"I am confident Norm and Julie will fairly and effectively serve the people of Michigan in these roles," Snyder said.

Shinkle is a property tax consultant and attorney at Tom Fredericks Law Firm and a consultant for the Michigan Freedom Fund. He is a member of the Michigan Republican State Committee, past chair of the County-Grassroots Committee and secretary of the Issues Committee. Shinkle served as chair of the Michigan Tax Tribunal, as deputy director of the Michigan Department of Commerce, and as a State Senator from 1983 - 1990. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo. He was nominated by the Republican Party.

Matuzak recently retired as the political coordinator and editor for AFT Michigan after 17 years of service. She served as campaign coordinator and worked on the congressional staff for former U.S. Rep. Bonior. She is vice president of the Macomb Cultural and Economic Partnership, an executive committee member of the 9th Congressional District Democratic Committee, and an executive member of the Macomb County Democratic Committee. Matuzak earned a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University. She was nominated by the Democratic Party.

Members will serve four-year terms expiring Jan. 31, 2019. Their appointments are subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.