Beauchamp seeks to regain a seat on Esky council

ESCANABA — Ronald J. Beauchamp is seeking regain a seat on the Escanaba City Council in the Nov. 2 election.

The Friends to Elect Ronald J. Beauchamp released the following statement:

“Having been raised in Escanaba and graduated from Escanaba High School, Ron is familiar with the many changes and challenges Escanaba has experienced since the late 1960s. After graduating from Michigan Tech University with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, Ron relocated to the Chicago area where he devoted 10 years to working and traveling worldwide for an international engineering laboratory. Upon returning to Escanaba in 2000, Ron quickly became involved in several local civic organizations.

“This led to his interest in serving on the city’s Electrical Advisory Committee in 2005. During his five years as the committee’s chair, he had the honor of presiding over several city town hall meetings as the community discussed the future of the city’s electrical power plant. In 2011 Ron was elected to his first term on the Escanaba City Council. Several months later, the city began it’s dark store legal battle — a case which is still ongoing. Due in part to his leadership following the February 2015 power plant failure, the city was able to bring power back online in less than 48 hours, despite sub-zero temperatures. Beginning with his second term on council in 2015, Ron served as the city’s Mayor Pro-Tem. For four years he was one of the most outspoken members on the city council. He continuously provided the city administration and council with his in-depth assessment of every issue the city faced.

“During this time, the city also welcomed many new business partners to our community. Ron has been the engineering manager for Cal Grinding, Inc. since returning to Escanaba. He is a registered, licensed, professional engineer in Michigan and Illinois. His wife Janice owns and operates Kivioja & Van Effen CPAs of Escanaba. Together they have seven grown children and two grandchildren living in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. In addition to spending time with their family and friends, both have been involved in many charitable and church organizations. They also enjoy traveling, kayaking, fishing, and camping.

A “Meet and Greet” with Ron is scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Northern Screen Printing, 1001 Ludington Street, Escanaba. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided. No campaign contributions will be accepted.

“It has sincerely been my honor and pleasure to have served our community in the past, and with your support, I look forward to being your voice on city council once again. Thank you,” Beauchamp said.


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