1.) Why do you think voters should choose you? (150 words)
I’m running for City Commission because I plan on living in Marquette for the rest of my life, and I want to make sure our City has a bright future. Young people and working families will be the foundation of that future, but rising housing costs and a lack of economic opportunity are forcing them out of the City. Left unchecked, this will erode our local tax base and drain our community of its economic and social vitality.
I have a detailed and realistic plan to address rising housing costs, and it won’t cost a single taxpayer dollar. You can read that plan at my website, EvanBonsall.com.
We also need to grow without sacrificing the unique qualities – our public lakeshore, trails, and forests – that make people want to live here in the first place. As a Commissioner, I would help restore that balance and encourage sustainable, inclusive growth.
2.) What would you like voters to know about your background? (75 words)
I was born and raised here in Marquette in a working-class, union household, went to local public schools, and earned a degree in Government at Harvard on a need-based scholarship. I’m young, but I have 4 years of experience serving on 3 different appointed City boards and I work for Marquette County, so I know how local government works. I can provide a fresh perspective, but I also have the experience to get things done.