Editor’s note: As the primary and general elections draw near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.
Any person running in Huron is invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard.
If you’re a candidate running for office, submit your proposal to:
Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE.
My name is Donna (Puskar) Mendrysa. I am a current Huron Township Trustee running for re-election on the Democratic ticket. I have been a resident of the township for 50 years. My husband Joe and I raised our three sons (Joey, Jeff and Eric) here. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Psychology. I’ve worked as a Senior Manager in the automotive Industry for over 25 years where I managed a global team and budget for more than 150 employees. I’m proud to be following in my father John Puskar’s footsteps. I was raised to believe that people should give back to the community that they live in. I served the residents of Huron Township for over 25 years. I was School Board President for 18 years and a Township Trustee for the past 8 years. I am currently the Liaison for the Fire Department, Planning and Zoning Commissioner and alternate for the CWW (Conference of Western Wayne).
My number one priority for Huron Township is public safety. I am very proud of the accomplishments we have made. We now have one of the finest Police Departments we have ever had. We are at higher staffing levels with more investigative Officers and we are growing our fund balance. Chief Everette Robbins has implemented several new programs that greatly enhance the healthy partnership between the Police Department and our Community:
•School Liaison Officer
•FBI Task Force Officer (Specializing in crimes against children)
•Officer trained in Honor Guard
•Neighborhood Liaison Officer (Assigned to specific neighborhoods to focus on needs)
•Implemented a completely Volunteer Mounted and Reserve Unit. These units are the most highly respected and requested units in the State of MIchigan.
•Explorer Program – In an effort to focus on the youth and future leaders of our community, the Police Department has implemented an Explorer Program where these young men and women learn from experienced Police Officers and provide a valuable community service.
•Implemented a Public Safety Director position to oversee both the Police and Fire Departments.
•Implemented a full-time Fire Chief. We have some of the best trained and professional fire fighters in the downriver area. We are working on restructuring the Fire Department to ensure we have staffing available to respond to our resident’s needs. As the mother of a First Responder, I understand the importance of adequate staffing not only for our residents, but also for our Fire Fighter’s safety.
•As the alternate for the Conference of Western Wayne, I am working with our state and local representatives on options for reducing the time CSX can block our roads.
•We have joined forces with 18 local Communities (Cities & Townships) who share our concerns regarding CSX train blockages.
•I am working with our local public safety leaders on alternative plans that we can use moving forward to keep our residents safe.
Huron Township is a beautiful place to live and raise a family. We have beautiful parks, great schools and a tremendous opportunity for positive growth. As commissioner on Planning and Zoning, we have brought many developments that are beneficial to our township, increasing tax base and job opportunities: Peterbilt sales office and repair facility, Load One Headquarters, Brose, Inergy, new general stores, restaurants, Michigan Memorial and Set Enterprise expansions to name a few.
The leaders in our community need to work together and have open communication with each other and the residents to ensure Huron Township remains the best place to be! I am asking for your support on November 8th so that I can continue to serve as your Township Trustee. I will continue to research every issue and make decisions that are in the best interest of the residents of Huron Township.
Donna (Puskar) Mendrysa