MARQUETTE - Local entrepreneur Jesse Schramm is one of seven candidates who will be listed on Tuesday's primary ballot seeking a seat on the Marquette City Commission.
Schramm, 34, was asked three questions by The Mining Journal that have been asked of all the candidates.
Why are you running for city commission?
"I am running because as I raise four children in Marquette, I am committed to seeing it succeed in the future," Schramm said. "I am an Upper Peninsula native and Northern Michigan University graduate that had to move away and join the ranks of the U.P.'s greatest export: our youth.
"I want my children to have opportunities to raise their families in a great community. I want other young families to stay or have opportunities to relocate so we don't become like so many other U.P. cities."
To see success in the future, Schramm said the city needs more business-minded commissioners.
"Business is key for economic development, job creation and future growth," he said.
What are the city's strengths?
"The city has a huge talent pool, great place-making opportunities, picturesque landscape and possibly the most momentum of nearly any medium-sized Midwestern city," Schramm said.
The city also has great parks and recreation opportunities, schools, tourism and events, he said.
"I would like to see this momentum continue while being open to new ideas to adapt and continue to draw people here in the future," Schramm said. "I support growth while maintaining these strengths, and not eliminating or tainting any of the great things that bring people here."
What are the city's weaknesses?
"I feel the city needs to improve with communication, ease of use and relations with citizenry," Schramm said. "Most of the controversial issues could have had reduced hostility with better communication. When citizens are blindsided they rightfully react strongly."
Schramm also pointed out the city needs to be less autonomous and communicate with neighboring communities to solve some issues and plan future economic development together.
"When the township and county officials come to city commission meetings speaking about issues they heard through the media, we have a communication problem," he said.
Christie Bleck can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.