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Davison Republican leader pleads guilty to harassing call

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DAVISON, Mich. (AP) - The leader of the Flint-area Republican Party has pleaded guilty to making a harassing phone call to a Democratic county official in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Matthew Smith says his actions were “totally inappropriate.”

Smith is chairman of the Genesee County Republican Party and a member of the Davison school board. He is facing a recall campaign in Davison.

Matthew Smith

Davison school board member Matthew Smith

Jennifer Kelly, the elected clerk in Houghton County, says the caller threatened to poison her dogs during a phone call in the wee hours in March 2020. Smith says a friend was running for office against Kelly.

Kelly was subsequently reelected in Houghton County.