Meet the candidates: Cady, Haener vie for partial-term trustee spot on Huron Township board

 

Angela Cady (left) and David Haener are competing for a partial-term trustee spot during the Nov. 6 election.

Editor’s note: As the Nov. 6 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

During the 2016 election, The Huron Hub published a popular column called “meet the candidates,” which gave each candidate running for public office the chance to speak to the residents. 

On Nov. 6, residents will have the chance to vote for two candidates that are vying for a partial trustee term on the township board. 

Those candidates are Angela Cady and David Haener. Both candidates were sent questions to answer, along with the opportunity to write a letter to Huron residents. 


Angela (Mercure) Cady, nickname: Angie

Husband, Mike Cady. Children, Samantha; Sabrina; Jonathan

Occupation: National Sales Manager, WDIV Local 4

Education:   MBA, DePaul University, BBA, Western Michigan University, Honors College Graduate, Western Michigan University

Huron Township Residents,

 My name is Angie (Mercure) Cady and I am asking for your vote on Tuesday, November 6 for Huron Township Trustee.

I grew up not far from here in Rockwood and moved to Huron Township in 2007 when I married my husband, Mike, and became a parent to my three “kids by choice” – Samantha, Sabrina and Jon

I am a parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church and volunteer at their annual festival. I have volunteered as President of the St. Stephen Parent Guild and other school related activities, coached soccer and cheerleading and taught Sunday school.

I was raised with the understanding that being a part of a community means positively participating in that community.

I am running for Trustee because I believe Huron Township is a great place to live and raise a family. As Southeast Michigan continues to see growth and revitalization, I would like to use the skills I have gained through my professional career to help the township be a part of the growth without losing its sense of community. 

I am asking for your support on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Feel free to reach out via my Facebook page: Angie Cady for Huron Township Trustee.

Thank you for your consideration!

Questions and answers:

Q: What fresh, or new ideas do you plan to bring to the township board?

A: I will bring a new perspective, energy and open-minded attitude which all create an idea generating environment.

Q: What will be a goal you’d like to achieve while serving on the board?

A: Communication. There are issues and concerns that Huron Township residents have that we, as a Township, cannot always change due to federal, state and county laws and procedures that must be followed. I will work hard to understand the issues, explore solutions and implement changes and, most importantly, help develop channels to communicate what is happening.

Q: What makes you qualified for this position?

A: My professional career, along with volunteering with various groups and organizations, has given me a skill set that allows me to work together with a team to analyze, problem solve, explore and implement solutions. I have a great work ethic, integrity and a strong desire to make a positive impact.

Q: What are your plans for being open with residents?

A: I believe communication is key!  The Huron Township Department of Public Safety Facebook page is a great example. As a resident, you may not always agree with the decisions made by the department, but their Facebook page is a great resource that lets you know what they are doing in the community and persons or situations that are a threat to your safety. Accessible, timely and accurate information is so important.

Q: Will you be accessible to them for their concerns?

Absolutely!  Technology makes it very easy to stay connected. If elected, I would look forward to and welcome residents to ask questions, give an opinion or a suggestion if they saw me pumping gas at Chapps or a Huron Chiefs basketball game.


David Haener

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself to our fellow residents of Huron Township. I am David Haener and I am a Democrat running for Huron Township Trustee. I was born and raised right here in this great community. I attended grade school here and started volunteering at a very early age. Service above self is something I learned from a large loving family and close friends.

I am a proud graduate of the University of Detroit with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. While in college I also studied Economics and Education and was offered jobs by two of my professors, one to work in economics studying the effects of NAFTA and the other to teach in the math department. After graduating, I secured a position as a software developer with an early internet startup. I worked on projects for the PBA, 1996 Olympics, AirTran, and many others in my early years.

With my 24 years of experience in business and technology, I’ve worked hand in hand with small and large businesses, government entities, and non-profits. I’ve continuously proven my ability to help them grow, prosper and create jobs. I have a keen knowledge of technology and marketing, and an out of the box business acumen. I have been responsible for budgets, contracts, timelines and projects for companies like Xerox, Home Depot, MCI, Roche, IBM, Motorola, as well as small Mom and Pop shops. On occasion, I was able to help those small businesses generate over a million dollars in new revenue.

In 2011 I refocused my career and began volunteering more and working with non-profits. I saw working with non-profits as a way to start giving back to the community and working to make things better. I brought my business and technology background with me to help reduce costs and enhance services. Having new access to research has reminded me of what I learned in education courses while studying in college: education is key to the long-term prosperity and opportunity for individuals and their community.

Born into a family with strong beliefs, I learned about God and service to others very early. I am a member and volunteer with the Sons of The American Legion and the Yankee Air Museum, in honor of my father, who fought in WWII and was a member of both. I currently serve as a member of the parish council at St. Stephen’s in New Boston, where my mother and father were both active members and volunteers. I am a member and volunteer with:

Michigan Democratic Party (Elected precinct delegate)
Southwestern Wayne Democratic Club (VP)
12th Congressional District Democrats (Executive Board)
Huron Township Historical Society
Huron Township Rotary
Sierra Club

These organizations have helped me serve the community and form friendships with community leaders as well as local, state, and federal policymakers. Building these relationships is essential for helping our township move forward. My family has lived in Huron Township since 1918 when my grandparents moved from Detroit to farm, bringing 7 children. It had been a blessing growing up in such a family oriented community and living within a mile of my aunts, uncles and so many cousins. Haeners have been very active in their communities whether in the Military, Church, Politics, Unions, Volunteering or Education. I will bring that kind of service above self to the position of Huron Township Trustee.

In closing, I will make sure our township is living within its means and being fiscally responsible while keeping our residents and visitors safe. I will not allow wasteful spending on projects that are not needed or ill-conceived. I will work hard to stop the deterioration that is going on in our community. I will be your strong voice on the board. I will ask and answer the hard questions our residents want to be answered. I will make myself available when it is good for you! I will not duck out the back because you are my boss and I will be accountable to you!

Questions and answers:

Q: What fresh, or new ideas, do you plan to bring to the township board?

A: I have been studying Ann Arbor’s plan to bypass the railroad in their community and talking with the county, state, and federal officials on an alternative to an overpass. We need to be open to new ideas to solve this serious problem that is crippling our community until we find a solution that works. I also see great opportunities for more recreational spaces and activities in the township. We need to give people a reason to go into our villages and patronize our businesses!

Q: What will be a goal you’d like to achieve while serving on the board?

A: More community involvement! I will be working with residents to come up with new and fun
things we can do as a community. We will develop partnerships to provide more activities in our
township. We are blessed with this beautiful township; let’s start taking advantage of its
splendor!

My long-term goal is to work on train issues; this is not just an inconvenience to residents, this is a health and safety issue. I have built strong relationships with elected officials who can help to resolve this serious problem. We have to be the change that we wish to see in the world and I
am prepared to lead on this!

Q: What makes you qualified for this position?

A: I have 24 years as a business and technology consultant and have been in charge of
multi-million dollar projects for fortune 500 companies as well as small mom and pop stores on a budget. These companies have counted on me to me to solve complex problems with outside of the box solutions. I plan on using this skill set for the residents of Huron Township.
Along with my professional experience, I have done a lot of volunteer work side by side with
members of both parties for the betterment of our community. Huron deserves someone who will work hard and can get things done!

Q: What are your plans for being open with residents?

A: I believe in open government which means the residents deserve to have access to the
documents of the township. Making government information available to the public is a
requirement for an informed citizenry and an accountable government. I will always answer your questions, even the hard questions. If a resident asks a question at a board meeting that cannot be answered on the spot, I will do my research and report back at the next meeting.

Q: Will you be accessible to them and their concerns?

A: Yes! I have breakfast uptown most Saturdays around 9 a.m. and if you know me, you know I
love to visit! You can also catch me at events with the following groups: Rotary Club, 12th
Congressional District, St. Stephen’s Parish Council and the Southwestern Wayne Democratic
Club. You can always call or text me at 734-252-9252. I return calls in the evenings and on
weekends.


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