Voters reelect treasurer who’s been living in Alaska

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PINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A township treasurer running unopposed in western Michigan was reelected, weeks after she suddenly departed for Alaska.

Rachel Pitcher, a Republican, got more than 600 votes Tuesday in Montcalm County’s Pine Township, easily defeating a write-in candidate. She’s paid $11,500 per year as treasurer.

On Sept. 26, Pitcher said on Facebook that she had moved to Alaska, The Daily News in Greenville reported. She later told the newspaper that she would return in a few weeks. She apparently hasn’t.

Pitcher hasn’t publicly commented.

Her absence has frustrated residents. Some said their September property tax checks weren’t promptly cashed and they were charged with late fees.

The township added another official, Supervisor Edwin Hansen, to the bank account so township bills could be paid.

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