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Niles resident to run for clerk

Published 3:48pm Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The more Robin Bays finds out about the duties of the Berrien County clerk, the more she thinks it’s the perfect position for her.

When people first approached her about running for the post, Bays was unsure about it.

“I had never thought about it,” she said.

But as she researched the position, she realized she would be a good fit.

Bays, a Niles democrat and political newcomer, officially announced her candidacy last week.

She will run against another Niles resident, Sharon Tyler, who is serving as state representative for the 78th District, in the November election. Current clerk Louise Stine is retiring after more than 20 years at the post.

Bays has worked for Niles for 10 years and serves as an accounts payable clerk. She graduated from Niles High School before attending Southwestern Michigan Community College, receiving a business degree.

She is a member of the South County Democratic Club. Bays also belongs to the United Steelworkers Local 13729, where she serves as the treasurer, civil rights chairwoman, women of steel co-chair and assistant steward.

She has shadowed the clerk in Muskegon County and intends to spend time at the Berrien County clerk’s office to learn its inner workings.

“I am not a politician by any means,” she said. “I’m a normal person trying to make a difference.”

Bays says she’s “very detail-oriented, a hard worker and a very fair person.”

If elected, Bays said her focus would be to encourage higher voter turnout.

“I want people to understand their vote matters. That’s important to me, for them to know their voice matters,” she said.

For more information on Bays’ campaign, visit or She can be reached at

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  • Justine

    Robin Bays will make an excellent County Clerk. She is honest, hard working and detail oriented, all outstanding qualifications for the job. She is a Niles resident, and Berrien County needs some representation from the south part of the county. AND she’s young. We need young blood in the county administration. I would suggest that everyone meet Robin, talk with her,and you will agree with me that Robin Bays is the best woman for the job of Berrien County clerk.

  • p_davidson

    Good Luck Robin on your bid for Berrien County Clerk,,,you will make a fine clerk,,, as you are very people orientated and a strong accounting background,,,and you want what is best for Berrien County. When the people of Berrien County elect you as their clerk,,,I know you will do a wonderful job for them.


    Maybe cut down on the sparkly eye make-up meant for Middle School girls and people will take you seriously. A former Accounts Payable clerk over Sharon Tyler?

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