Category Archives: Meet the Candidates

Meet the candidates: Jamie Grant running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 23, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Jamie Grant:

Hello, my name is Jamie Grant, and I am running for the Huron School Board.  I currently live in the District with my wife Krissy and my two sons Connor, a freshman at Huron and Zennon, a 7th grader at Renton.  I am a proud graduate from Huron High School, Class of ’92.  After graduation I:

Attended Grand Valley State University

Bachelor’s Degree in Education and Sports Medicine

Captain of the Hockey team

Founding Father of Alpha Sigma Phi

President, Service chair, Alumni relations, many more positions

Served as an Undergraduate Rep to the Grand Council (National Board)

Member of Phi Epsilon Kappa (Professional Fraternity for Physical Education and Sports Medicine)

President, Service Chair

Attended Wayne State University

Master’s in Education

Guest speaker for Undergraduate classes

Treasurer Advisor to Alpha Sigma Phi Chapter (2 years)

Leonard Elementary (Troy School District)

20 years as the Physical Education for K-5

10 years as the Elementary Department Head for Physical Education

3 years as the Character Education Chair

2 years on the Elementary Task force District wide committee

Attended and Presented at many local and national conferences for Physical Education and Character Education

In the past I have served:

6 years on Leonard Leadership team; 3 years as the Leader

Elementary report card District wide committee

I have been part of many teams in my life, but no matter if I am leading them or serving on them, I know that it is not about me but about the team.  It is about Huron School District.  If elected to the School Board I will help make Huron a world class district.  I will take what the school board is doing now and help improve it.  I plan on visiting the schools to listen to the students, teachers, administrators, and parents to see how I can help improve the district.  Some of the areas that I do think need work are:

Communication.  The district needs to be more transparent to teachers, parents, and students.  These stakeholders need to be more informed on what the district is doing and the vision on where the district is going.  I would like to see the school board come up with a Vision plan on where the district plans on going for the next 5 years.  The board needs to make that plan public so the community can hold them accountable for it.

Curriculum.  The district curriculum needs to help empower students so they can connect their learning to their world around them and prepare our students for higher education after high school.  I would like to see the district create a teaching and learning team that would evaluate our current curriculum but explore new options.  I would like to see this teaching and learning team be responsible for educating our teachers on the best practices of the curriculum.  This team would be responsible for the constant Professional Development and support of our teachers, so our teachers could increase their teaching knowledge and in turn help our students increase their education.

Character of Students.  The district needs to attend to students’ social and emotional well-being, so students are prepared to deal with this ever-changing world.  I believe during this pandemic we have learned about the importance of being able to cope with our ever-changing world.  I believe as educators; it is our responsibility to help our youth to create coping mechanisms to help them relate to the world around them.

These are only a few changes that I can see that would benefit our district.  Going into the buildings would help me further understand what is still needed to make this district world class.  Listening to the people on the front lines and in our community is the best way of understanding how I can help you.  If elected to the school board, I am willing to do what it takes to help this district move forward in a positive way.

To learn more about me please go to michiganedjustice.org where I answer many questions about running for a School Board position.


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20 local candidates participate in The Huron Hub’s ‘meet the candidates’ campaign

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By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
ScottBolthouse@HuronHub.com

Posted Oct. 15, 2020

Two months ago, every person running for office on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard.

20 candidates wrote letters to the community — this is really a great turnout.

I would like to thank all of the candidates who took the time to write these letters, each are free of personal attacks and are focused on what they will bring to the community if they are elected or reelected.

With the election coming up fast, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Readers can access meet the candidate articles on a special tab on HuronHub.com at this link.

Letters were published in the order they were received. Because of the amount of candidates that participated, readers should scroll through the entire meet the candidates tab to view every letter.

To see what’s on the ballot, visit the Michigan Voter Information Center website here: https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/PublicBallot/Index


Meet the candidates: Lisa Martin running for 34th District Court judge

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 15, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Lisa Martin:

My name is Lisa Martin and I am a candidate for 34th District Court Judge.  The 34th District Court serves Belleville, Huron Township, Romulus, Sumpter and Van Buren Township.  I am running to be the next 34th District Court Judge because I believe that every person who comes before the court should have equal access to our justice system.

I grew up in Detroit and graduated from Cass Technical High School before attending Harvard University, where I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology. After college graduation, I returned to Michigan to attend the University of Michigan Law School, where I received my Juris Doctor.  My first job after law school found me working as a law clerk for Judge John F. Foley in the Kalamazoo County Circuit Court where I prepared Judge Foley’s sentencing memorandums in criminal cases and provided research briefs on issues in civil cases.  While working in Kalamazoo, I received my admissions to the State Bar of Michigan and the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan.  I next worked for the Legal Aid and Defenders Association of Detroit, representing indigent clients in hearings with the Social Security Administration and the State of Michigan and in all phases of civil cases in the district courts in Wayne County.  From 2001 until 2018, I worked at four different law firms where I made regular appearances in district courts throughout the state, representing business clients in litigation files from the filing of cases through closing of the matter.  Over this period of time, my clients included regional medical centers, property owners, national banks, car finance companies and attorneys’ offices.  From June 2018 through February 2020, I served as the appointed Attorney Magistrate of the 34th District Court where my duties included conducting arraignments in misdemeanor and felony cases, conducting in-house mediations in civil files and hearing and issuing rulings in small claims cases and civil infraction cases. In addition to being a candidate, I am a full-time staff attorney with Lakeshore Legal Aid where I am representing tenants in district court.

I currently volunteer with Healthy Kidz, Inc. which operates a recreation center in Detroit, Operation Refuge which operates a client-choice food pantry and a Summer STEM program for young girls, State Bar of Michigan Character & Fitness Committee, State Bar of Michigan Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the United Methodist Union of Greater Detroit.

I am married to Kevin Martin, who is a native of Romulus, a Navy veteran, a 43 year employee of General Motors and a trustee in Van Buren Township.

I offer my thanks to The Huron Hub for this opportunity to reach the residents of Huron Township, its readers and social media followers. I hope that this brief statement and the information at www.lisamartinforjudge.com demonstrate that I have the experience and temperament to fulfill every requirement to serve the community as a 34th District Court Judge and I ask for your support and vote in the November 3, 2020 General Election.

Sincerely,

Lisa Martin


 

Meet the candidates: Jeremy Cady running unopposed as clerk in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 14, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Jeremy Cady:

Hello Huron Residents,

I’m Jeremy Cady, your Township Clerk. As a fourth generation Huron Township resident, I am very humbled and appreciative to have been elected in 2016 at 29 years old to serve on the Board as a Trustee. I am now 33, married with 2 children — a 5-year old son and 2-month old daughter. After graduating in 2004 from Huron High School, I began my career as a mechanic and eventually served our community as a Deputy Sheriff for Wayne County. I served there until I began to serve full time as your Township Clerk in 2018. 

I treat all situations and decisions as an impartial individual. I am open minded as I enter into a thought process regarding my job, duties and the Oath that I took. I do not take the political party designation past the election and when at work, I work for you, not a party. The tasks and duties I perform as the Clerk are done by following our Laws, Township Ordinances, and Policies. I believe firmly that local government is closest to the people and that’s why I enjoy working for you. 

My Deputy Clerk, Julie Martin and I take pride in serving the Township where our families live and spend most of our time. Deputy Clerk Martin and her husband have raised their 4 children in Huron Township, all attending and graduating from Huron High School. 

Some of my Goals for my next term are:

-Continue to tackle pension funding to ensure the Township keeps our commitment to fiscal responsibility and our employees

-Improve maintenance to our township cemeteries, which I plan to start in the spring. 

-Replacing the Township website is already in the works, I plan to finish that transition in the next few months.

Digitizing more of the Township forms and records. 

– Secure more storage space for critical election equipment infrastructure. Our current space is almost at capacity.

– Technology upgrades Township wide. 

-Replace/upgrade Fire Equipment, Vehicles, and Stations that are beyond their useful period. 

-Replace/upgrade the police vehicle fleet as they are aging and reaching high mileage for daily use.

-Review staffing needs to ensure we are delivering the best services possible to our Community. 

I hope to earn your support in this election, and I look forward to continuing to serve you. 

Below are some very useful bits of information that hopefully assist the community and should be a good resource for all residents. If you want to stay in touch with me, you can follow my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JeremyRCady), send me an email (jcady@hurontownship-mi.gov) or stop in the Township Hall and say hello. 

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Need to get in contact with the Township? 

http://www.hurontownship-mi.gov/ContactInformation.aspx

Need to contact the Huron Township Police or Fire Department for a non-emergency? 

36500 S. Huron Rd New Boston, Michigan 48164

Phone: 734.753.4400 or 734.753.4411 Fax: 734-753-2219

Huron Township Senior Center and Activities

http://hurontownship-mi.gov/SeniorCitizens.aspx

28245 Mineral Spring Road, New Boston, MI (just south of Waltz Road)

Phone: (734) 654-9281

Township Meetings and Minutes are available online at:

https://hurontownshipmi.civicweb.net/Portal/MeetingSchedule.aspx

Township Board and Commission meetings can be watched live and replayed here:

https://hurontownship.viebit.

Township Ordinances are available online at:

https://ecode360.com/HU3584

Want some information about you piece of property? View some information here on Wayne County’s Parcel Viewer:https://wayne.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=4e75960fbf28455c9acf115e97a3c7c0

Did you know that even though our Township name is Huron Charter Township that we don’t actually have a charter? We follow the Michigan Charter Township Act. Read more on that at the two links here: https://www.michigantownships.org/mi_twps.asp , https://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(p5p2f0qc1t3cc4epwiiycdu5))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-Act-359-of-1947

Do you have a complaint or concern regarding any road in the Township? If so, Wayne County is the authority responsible and the one you pay taxes to for maintenance of all roads in the Township: https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/publicservices/roads/road-hazard-form.aspx

Same for ditches and drains too! 

https://www.waynecounty.com/departments/environmental/facilities/county-drains.aspx

Our County Commissioner’s Contact information:

https://www.waynecounty.com/elected/commission/district11.aspx

County Government and Elected Officials

https://www.waynecounty.com/

Our State Representative’s Contact Information

https://housedems.com/darrin-camilleri/

Our State Senator’s Contact Information

https://senatedems.com/geiss/

Here is a link for Election related information from the Michigan Secretary of State:

https://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-1633-49313–,00.html

Township Legal Publications are published via the News Herald paper. 

I thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope that some of the resources I provided above help you. Stay safe and enjoy your fall! 

Respectfully, 

Jeremy R. Cady

Clerk


 

Meet the candidates: Patrick Coll running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 14, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Patrick Coll:

Hello, my name is Patrick Coll and I am asking for your vote for election to the school board of Huron Schools.

I grew up in Warren, Michigan and chose to move to Huron Township with my wife, Rebecca, a veterinarian, in 2002 to raise our family.  My daughter, Emily, is currently a sophomore at Grand Valley State University studying to be a doctor and Luke, a sophomore at Huron High School, is studying to be a Major League Baseball pitcher.

I recently retired from Allen Park Public Schools where I taught science for twenty- eight years.  I also coached football, basketball and track at Allen Park High School until it was time to coach/drive our kids to their activities. I had the pleasure of coaching several years for the Huron Junior Chiefs and Huron Youth Basketball Association.

I received my teaching degree from Central Michigan University and my Master degree from Marygrove College.  I am a parishioner at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Waltz.  I have been a school board member and basketball coach for St. John’s as well as being involved with the men’s club.

I am interested in the school board position to use the skills I obtained from 28 years as a classroom teacher and time as a school board member to help the Huron School District continue to have the BEST teachers/schools in the area. I also want to make sure that Huron Schools continue to prepare your students  for whatever road they choose to take, whether that be college, the work force, armed forces or trades.  I am asking for your support in the election to the Huron School Board.

Thank you,

Patrick Coll


 

Meet the candidates: Jamie Craig running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 13, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Jamie Craig:

Dear Fellow Huron Residents,

Thank you for taking the opportunity to get to know your Huron School Board Candidate’s. I’m honored to introduce myself, my personal and professional backgrounds as well as my priorities as a potential board member.
My name is Jamie Craig. I have been married to my husband for 24 years and we have four beautiful children and one amazing granddaughter. We have been in Huron for almost six years. After our two adult children graduated, from another district, we knew the educational path of our two younger children needed change and Huron was our choice. Fortunately, I have witnessed the impact a board can have on the outcome of a school district, both positively and negatively. I can attest that it truly takes dedication, vision and a team mentality to ensure success. A true leadership team empowers others to build and maintain success and this will be my expectation as a board member.
My professional background includes two careers, the most current – virtual kindergarten teacher. I have been in the field of education for nine years. I have my BS degree in Elementary Education, my Master’s Degree in TESOL and my Educational Specialist degree in Leadership. I also have my K-12 Administration certificate. Prior to education, I spent many years with Citigroup, as a Branch Manager in the Consumer Finance division.
I’m confident, that the blending of both careers have allowed me a plethora of experiences that will compliment the success and future of the Board of Education.
When elected, I will focus on the following areas:
  • Building relationships with all stakeholders, as a Board team (Administration, educators, community members and students)
  • Making decisions that are best for our students, while assuring transparency and fiscal responsibility
  • Always putting the needs of our students first
The passion I have for education goes beyond what I can express in words. I hope that you will trust me to be a part of the Board of Education team, to ensure continued success of the Huron School District.

Meet the candidates: Kelly Trombly running for supervisor in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 13, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates had until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Kelly Trombly:

I am Kelly Trombly and I am running for Huron Township Supervisor as an Independent.  I have lived in the township for over 23 years.  My husband is a lifelong resident.  I am running because I am deeply passionate about our township and know that I can make a long lasting contribution.  We made a choice to raise our family here and send our children to Huron Schools.  I love this Huron and want all to be an integral part in this Township moving forward but maintaining the quaint, rural home town feel that we all love and embrace in this community.

We need:

-unification of all entities housed within our township, including all three towns (Willow, Waltz and New Boston)

-to keep our money local

-more small business development

-accountability upheld on our roads, sidewalks, train tracks of all three towns

-to use our townships resources such as local trades

-to complete development and use land where substantial amounts of money were spent in the past; Waltz ball field

-improved communication and teamwork across all infrastructures of our township organization

-more family inspired activism

 There has been a decrease in the townships trust and support of its residents.  Reinstating the integrity back into our community and gaining back the trust and support of the residents will be one of the first items on my agenda.  It is time for driven action, expansion and it is time for us to unite.  This can only be done with strong, cooperative, and transparent leadership.

 My background and small business ownership makes me uniquely qualified for this position.  Below my resume demonstrates my extensive credentials. 

  • United States Navy Veteran (1992 -1997)

-Received a (NAM) Navy Achievement Medal for my leadership skills and job performance.

-Received a Letter of Accommodation from the Master of Chief of NNMC for revitalizing our Physical Readiness Testing and Health Promotion Office Remedial and Staying Active Program for over 12,000 personnel; managing 80+ PRT coordinators, 25 fitness instructors.

  • Grad Certificate in Educational Leadership, CMU (2018) Summa cumlaude
  • Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration with an emphasis in Communication, Concordia University Wisconsin (2016) Summa cumlaude
  • Bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Administration, Concordia University Ann Arbor (2001)
  • Franklin Covey Self-Improvement, Leadership and Business Classes (2013)
  • NRA lifetime member
  • NRA Certified CPL Instructor (since 2012)
  • Member of the American Legion and our local Post 231
  • Member of Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa tribe
  • Entrepreneur since 1997
  • Advocate and mentor for youth within the Huron school district for over 23 years.
  • 5 years of experience in the Juvenile Intervention Program at the 34th District Court.
  • Possess great respect for our military and public safety officers that protect and serve our local communities at many levels.
  • Recently filed a Michigan based non-profit F.O.C.U.S. COACH INC.  This non-profit is a youth based intervention program designed to instill leadership, importance of choices and consequences and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
  • Operated our small businesses during an economic downturn (2005 thru 2013) and current pandemic.

 

Huron Township residents you will be putting the township in good hands when voting for me.  I have the education and experience to make difficult decision that have to be made for the betterment of our township.  As your next Huron Township Supervisor, I will always remain FOCUSED ON OUR FUTURE!!!

 For more information “Getting to Know Me” please visit my Campaign Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Kellytromblyhuron or email me with questions or concerns at Kellytrombly@charter.net.


 

Meet the candidates: John Chont running for reelection as trustee in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 12, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by John Chont:

I, John Chont, am seeking re-election to the Huron Township Board of Trustees. Our family roots have been here for over 80 years with a family farm known as Waltz Green Acre Sod Farm. We are one of the few large family owned parcels left in the township and most of you move here because of the rural setting. I attended Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University studying engineering but did not complete due to the passing of dad leaving my mother with 6 kids and me being the oldest at 20. I came back home to keep the failing business afloat and thriving.

I have served on the rotary on multiple terms as it’s president and secretary. I have served on the LDFA commission. I am involved with the good fellows, Willow Run Air Museum and the Air Show as a volunteer.

There has been many changes that have happened within the township over the last four years with the original 4 now 5 freshman trustees setting a tone that was hard to accept by incumbents. All changes, to the best of our ability, has cleaned up a mess left by the previous board eg. race track. All, over due labor contracts have been resolved. Transparency is better now then it has ever been by the televising of all board and commission meetings making them available to you on the cable network or by streaming through the township website. This was a rough one to pass with some uncomfortable of their meetings being able to be viewed by public with some saying “they don’t need to know what happens here”.

In closing you have your vote and no matter how you vote I respect you and your choice. I feel that the township is on the right path and is in better shape than it has been in years. You as voters demonstrated your confidence in us by the recent passing of the school bond for the kids and the increased in millage for our fire department. Thank you for your support. It now up to us to spend the funds to your benefit.

If you like what has happened for the last 4 years keep the same freshman now that we have a feel for what we are doing. If you want to go back to the old ways, don’t vote for us. It’s your vote, your choice. No matter how you vote I have the deepest respect for your choice and your voting rights.

Regards, John Chont


 

Meet the candidates: David Patterson running for reelection as trustee in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 12, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by David Patterson:

My name is David Patterson, I am running for reelection for Township Trustee. I have been a residence of Huron Township since 1971. I retired from the Huron Township Police department after 29 year as a Lieutenant. I was instrumental in forming the dare program in the Huron School District.

Education: I have a Bachelor of Arts an Associate Arts from Madonna University. I am a graduate of the Northwestern University Staff and Command school. I have also earned credits in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan. Attended the United States Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)  two week program.

Military: I am a United States Air Force Veteran Vietnam Era

Future: As a Huron Township Trustee I will continue to focus on conscientious economics and sustainable community development throughout the Township. I presently serve on the LDFA, Local Development Finance Authority and the Township election commission.

Please support me in the upcoming election: Thank You.


 

Meet the candidates: Linda Spangler running for treasurer in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 10, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Linda Spangler:

My name is Linda Spangler; I am a third generation Huron Township resident, proud Huron High School graduate. I attended Wayne County Community College. I’ve been married 19 years to Daniel Spangler. I am a proud mother of two wonderful young adults; Katie and Sean, both Huron Graduates. Also I am a proud grandmother to Lincoln, Evangeline and Coraline. I have been working as a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator. In 2017 and again in 2019 I began working at Melvindale North Allen Park School District as a Reading Specialist, Paraprofessional and a Testing Proctor. Currently due to Covid-19 my position has been put on hold as the district is offering only on-line schooling.

I served as your Huron Township Trustee from 2004 to 2008 and as your Treasurer from 2008 to 2016. I was a 4 year member of the Association of Public Treasurer’s United States and Canada, I attended the Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association from 2008-2016 where I received my Accreditation through Michigan Treasurer’s Institute (Central Michigan University), served on the Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association Education Committee. I also received my Certification in the Michigan Government Financial Officer’s Association. I attended the three year program at the Michigan Township Governance Academy 2005-2008. I received my certification with the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association, former member of the Michigan Citizen Corps and the Huron Township Community Response Team (CERT).  I hold my Certification from the Crisis Preventative Institute.

While serving our community I was appointed on several committees; I was Chair of the Heath Care and Policy Committees, member of the Negotiation/Grievance Committee, Park and Recreation Commission Board Liaison, Alliance of Downriver Watershed Liaison, Huron River Watershed Municipal-Advisory Liaison, Elections Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, Recycling Commission and the Downriver Community Conference alternate. I have experience and knowledge of the statuary duties and responsibilities of the office of Treasurer, internal controls, cash managements, legal limitations on investments, budgeting and the uniform chart of accounts.

Some of my most proud accomplishments while serving our community;

-One of 4 board members who proudly supported the hiring of our current Police Chief and Public Safety Director; Everette Robbins. Through his leadership and experience our Police Department has become one of the best and most respected departments in southeast Michigan.

-Supported the hiring our first full time Fire Chief; Jamie Hinojosa. As a lifelong resident he knows our community and takes pride in serving the residents and building a better department that will give us the absolute best service we all desire.

-Reorganized the Treasurers Department staff which included cross training, reducing overtime and utilizing part time payroll staff to lessen employee legacy costs to the tax payers.

-Along with area Treasurer’s I worked with County officials to streamline and support state legislation that “disallowed” delinquent landbank owners to fall through the delinquent tax loop holes, allowing them to over step common tax laws.

-Spearheaded the acquisition of 80 acres and an adjacent parcel of 22 acres to be developed into a future sports and nature park.

-Received the award of $75,000 to enhance Lajko Park and build the townships first regulation Little League field located at the Joseph Waltz Park.

-Led the development the township’s first Policy Manual.

-Led the development of the township’s first web site. Hurontownship-mi.gov

-During the Recessions of 2008 and 2012; I along with my fellow board members and employees implemented strategies to increase the township’s fund balance for all government funds.

-Creatively utilizing Community Development Block Grant funds to build the nation’s first Senior Citizens Park and the Senior Citizen Community Center known as “The Senior Barn.”

 I worked hard every day, successfully staying solvent during 2 recessions. We did not go without injury as we were forced to privatize our ambulance service and lose several fine full time firefighters/EMS employees. I am confident under the direction of Public Safety Director Robbins and Chief Hinojosa they will continue to build the public safety departments we all desire.

During my campaign I have been out visiting residents who love our small town charm but want services that can better suit their busy lifestyles. I will promote our community as an ideal location to attract the right businesses, while supporting our small businesses to ensure our small town charm remains as it should. I am proud to have worked alongside with fellow board members to attract companies like Inergy/Plastic Omnium and Brose to locate in our community and I will continue to work hard at bringing the right businesses here. This will allow an increased tax base to build a better community that serves us all.

I do my research and review all the facts before making a decision, a decision that affects us all. You can review my voting record on the Huron Township Web site. I am proud of many accomplishments and believe I have more to offer our community. My door will always be open.

With the political world we now live in we must be even more transparent and we must work together to unite us all as one community. I would appreciate your support in the upcoming election. Please VOTE November 3rd General Election or by your requested Absentee Ballot.

If you’d like more information or have any questions please feel free to contact me at 734-753-4170.

Thank you!