MARQUETTE - There are four open trustee seats on the Marquette Township Board being sought by seven candidates, including four incumbents, in Tuesday's general election.
The incumbents include Democrats Lyn Durant, Danny Pompo and Dianna Truscott and Republican Jerome "Pete" LaRue. Additional candidates running include Republican David J. Wiegand and independents Daniel R. Everson and former trustee Linda L. Winslow. The term of office for all seats is two years.
The Mining Journal asked the candidates to provide a few details about their backgrounds and why voters should choose them. Word limits were imposed.
Here are the responses:
My votes have always represented what I feel is the best for the township, not what might be best for my business or what I feel personally. I believe the current board has made tremendous strides in the last four years and I would like to see us all continue to represent you. I am extremely honored to represent the township on these boards and I would appreciate your vote on Nov. 6."
I attended Vandenboom Elementary and Marquette Senior High and got my state certifications in firefighting through Marquette Township Fire Department.
As a career firefighter and captain for the past 26 years (now retired), I have talked and listened to the people in our community under some stressful times for them. It has given me a very special insight into their lives. Because of my background, many people have suggested I become involved as a trustee for the township. I have regularly attended township board meetings and am aware of many of the pending problems. We need to work together, to develop well thought out priorities and plans that the public approves of. I have the time and desire to continue to make Marquette Township a great place to live, work and play."
I feel the decisions made by the board concerning our township need to be transparent. I feel residents have every right to be heard and their opinions respected when issues are brought before the board.
The current board has worked hard to encourage all residents to share at numerous work sessions. With their help, a strategic plan was developed. I'm proud to say everything on that plan has been completed. The biggest issue of that plan has been the building of the new township hall and fire hall. Our plan is fiscally sound and will be a proud addition to our township. Our local library is a wonderful resource. I urge residents to vote in favor of the library millage."
While I believe the current composition of the board has been successful moving our township forward over the past few years, it has become apparent that when considering the issue of new township facilities, some of our trustees have chosen personal agendas over the expressed desires of our township's residents, as seen through our most recent survey and strategic agenda.
The township invested considerable resources to complete the 2011 survey and a great deal of time developing our strategic agenda. Those documents should be our guide when making decisions affecting our residents. In short, we need to reintroduce 'commonsense' and 'the will of the people' - that is my ONLY agenda."
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. election day.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.