MARQUETTE - Adam Robarge, brewery liaison for the Ore Dock Brewing Co., is one of seven candidates who will be listed on the Aug. 5 primary ballot running for a seat on the Marquette City Commission.
Robarge, 38, who has a bachelor's degree in earth science from Northern Michigan University, was asked three questions by The Mining Journal that have been asked of all the candidates.
Why are you running for city commission?
"In an attempt to find my niche in the role of service toward the greater Marquette community, I have decided to run for city commission," Robarge said. "While not bringing a specific platform to the campaign table at present, my educational background in the sciences and compensatory love for the environment will undoubtedly influence my role as a public servant if elected.
"Rational and logical decisions to complex issues may only be derived out of a commitment toward understanding not just cause and effect, but also the multitude of relationships that exist among all interested parties."
What are the city's strengths?
"I believe the city of Marquette's greatest strength, apart from its geographic location of course, lies in its people," Robarge said.
Both physically and socially, Marquette has an incredibly active population, he said.
"The resulting amount of 'social capital' that exists is evident on a number of levels: from civic engagement and a commitment toward the arts, to urban agriculture and silent sports races, though perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than at any number of events taking place in order to support fellow residents in the greatest of need," he said. "In essence, I am speaking of community."
What are the city's weaknesses?
As with all cities, Marquette is not without its challenges, Robarge said.
"We, too, face obstacles of a social, economic and environmental nature," he said. "I believe that continuing our focus on 'place,' and all that Marquette can offer is important. But we must be cautious and not endeavor to merely fill our space with amenities that attract desirable populations."
Robarge said the city should be cognizant of providing a platform for both economic growth as well as upward mobility.
"We must seek to become both stewards and students of the environment so that we may become better resilient to the regional challenges posed by climate change," Robarge said. "A city thrives best as a community. Here in Marquette, we've got a great head start on that."
Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.