Republican Nancy Cassis of Novi said Friday on public television’s “Off the Record” that she may withdraw as a candidate to avoid the $650,000 cost of a special election to fill the last six or seven weeks of former Republican Thad McCotter’s Oakland-Wayne congressional seat. If no more than one Democrat and one Republican file for the Sept. 5 special primary election, the special election – which county, city and township clerks say presents an unnecessary financial burden – would be canceled.
Both Cassis, a former Oakland County legislator from Novi, and Kerry Bentivolio, a teacher from Milford, said this week they would run in the special election. Both are also running for the regular two-year term for the new seat. Cassis said this morning that she may withdraw from the special election if only two candidates file the necessary 1,000 signatures on nominating petitions by next Friday. No Democrats have said they plan to run in the special election.