MARQUETTE - A Negaunee Township woman who worked as the Upper Peninsula manager for U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, is running for a seat being vacated on the Marquette County Board by veteran Commissioner Paul Arsenault.
Sheri Davie, who moved to Marquette from Kinross in 2001 to work regionally for Stabenow, will run for a two-year term representing District 2. The district is home to about 10,723 residents, according to the county's 2011 reapportionment plan and includes Negaunee, Ishpeming, Champion, Michigamme, Republic, Humboldt and Ely townships.
In March, Arsenault announced he would not seek re-election, after serving on the panel since 1988. All of the county board seats are up for renewal this year and three of the six sitting commissioners are not seeking re-election.
"I would like to use my background and experience at the local, state, and federal level to serve the citizens of Marquette County." Davie said in a news release.
After retiring from her job with Stabenow in 2010, Davie was hired part-time as executive director of the Marquette City Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. She is also an adjunct consultant with the Michigan Association of School Boards, working with school boards to provide superintendent searches and board training.
Davie was previously a trustee on the Kinross Township Board. She also served on the Rudyard School Board, as president and a board member for 12 years. She has served six years on the board of the Intermediate School District of the Eastern Upper Peninsula; two three-year terms on the Michigan Association of School Boards; as vice president of the Educational Support Staff Union at Lake Superior State University, as well as being a union steward for more than nine years.
Davie was also a board member on the Eastern U.P. Mental Health Board for a decade, and three years as chairwoman.
Some of her additional previous work experience includes the University of Michigan, the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, University of Denver, Lake Superior State University and the U.S. Senate. She has also been a partner and co-owner of a multimedia production company, Davie Multimedia producing educational and promotional video programs.
Davie has volunteered as a board member of the Superior Health Foundation and served on the executive committee of the Marquette County Democratic Party. She received a bachelor's degree in political communication from Lake Superior State University and a master's of public administration certificate from Northern Michigan University.
The primary election will be Aug. 5 and the general election will be Nov. 4.
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