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Summerfield Township is set to elect leaders during the Nov. 3 General Election.

Summerfield Township is set to elect leaders during the Nov. 3 General Election.

Republican Dominic Lucarelli is the sole candidate listed on the ballot for the post of township supervisor. Incumbent John Chandler, a Republican who lost a primary race to Lucarelli, is running as an Independent write-in candidate.

Republican Trudy L. Goodin is the only candidate on the ballot for the post of township clerk.

Republican Joan Wiederhold is the sole candidate on the ballot for the post of treasurer.

Three candidates are running for two trustee seats. Residents can vote for up to two candidates. Those on the ballot include Republicans James A Seegert II and Mark. R. Strahan and Independent Daniel K. Curley.

Three candidates are running for the post of township constable. Those on the ballot include Democrat Norman E. Whipple and Republicans Benson Hoffman and Michael Iott.

Candidates were asked to submit biographical information and answer the following questions:

Why should voters in your community elect you to the position you are seeking?

What issue in your community concerns you most? If elected, what would you do to address it?

Answers had word limits. Following are candidates’ responses.

DOMINIC LUCARELLI

Party: Republican

Occupation: Owner, Bob’s Country Market.

Answer 1: Owning a small business in the Township, I’ve heard first hand worries, concerns and grievances from a vast number of residences, fellow business owners and local governing officials alike. I truly have a passion for people and felt a calling to get involved to add a fresh vision for our community.

Answer 2: The issue that concerns me most is the lack of respect the current Supervisor has for residents. I will work tirelessly to bring all residences and elected officials together as one team to accomplish common goals, to advance and make Summerfield township prosperous and take advantage of its full potential. This is what I take very seriously, as I am truly vested in this great community. I will lead by example, treat every fellow official with respect and listen more than speak. I will guide impactful decisions with a true sense of purpose and direction to benefit the community as a whole. The people have spoken, change is needed!

JOHN CHANDLER

Party: Independent; Write-In

Occupation: Summerfield Township supervisor.

Education: Marcoin School of Business; Whitmer High School.

Memberships: Monroe County Farm Bureau; Moose International; River Raisin Watershed Council

Public office held: Summerfield Township supervisor (current).

Answer 1: To continue the tremendous Positive Progress achieved over the past 8 years

Answer 2: I will continue to rebuild our infrastructure, pave roads, protect our local board of review, provide the taxpayer with professional fund management while Not beholden to any special interest groups.

TRUDY GOODIN

Party: Republican

Occupation: Clerk, Summerfield Township clerk; City of Petersburg treasurer

Education: Postsecondary coursework and trade school.

Memberships: Michigan Township Association, Michigan Municipal League, Monroe County Clerk’s & Treasurer’s Association.

Public of offices held: Clerk, Summerfield Township clerk (current); City of Petersburg treasurer (current).

Answer 1: I’m readily available and always willing to help find answers. I believe I have a very good understanding of local government and love our community.

Answer 2: Currently, it’s hard to concentrate on anything but the election. I’m focused on running an honest and efficient election. Rules are changing rapidly so it’s necessary to stay educated. Also, we have more than doubled our absentee ballots since the 2016 general election; therefor my primary focus right now are the voters. Looking forward, the primary concerns are roadwork and trying to attract business to our community. As a board and with the support of our voters, we have accomplished a lot of road improvements in the last eight years. I believe it’s important to continue to improve our roads. Lastly, we are extremely fortunate to have a trained and established volunteer fire department. I will continue to support them in their efforts.

JOAN E. WIEDERHOLD

Party: Republican

Occupation: Summerfield Township treasurer.

Education: Cosmetology courses; additional postsecondary coursework.

Memberships: Michigan Township Association, New Life Church

Public offices held: Summerfield Township treasurer.

Answer 1: I’m looking forward to serving the residents of Summerfield Township. There are always different needs of each person and what they are looking for and also wanting to do. Also being available to them either be home or cell phone, for any tax questions.

MARK R. STRAHAN

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired, superintendent of Public Works, Village of Blissfield; farmer.

Education: Whiteford High School.

Memberships: Ottawa Lake Sportman’s Club, National Rifle Association, American Waterworks Association.

Public offices held: Summerfield Township Zoning Board of Appeals; Summerfield Township trustee.

Answer 1: I will utilize my 30 plus years of experience in budgeting and road maintenance to advance the township. I am a long-time township resident and farmer dedicated to making improvements. I pledge to listen to resident’s concerns and utilize my experience in municipal operations and management to serve the community.

Answer 2: Local governments will be faced with revenue shortfalls and constrained budgets as a result of the pandemic. Addressing these challenging times will require enhanced collaboration between board members and creative budgeting solutions. I will partner with the board members to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely and residents receive needed services. I will work to secure grant funding as a means to supplement the budget. One of my priorities will be infrastructure, including roads and drains which will continue to require maintenance costing tax dollars. My previous work experience will aid me in making knowledgeable decisions that will provide the most benefit to our community. I will support efforts that spend tax dollars effectively and work to keep the Township in a sound financial position.

DANIEL K. CURLEY

Party: Independent

Occupation: Retired, City of Petersburg.

Education: Dundee High School.

Memberships: Dundee United Methodist Church; Dundee Fire Department.

Public offices held: Summerfied Township trustee (current).

Answer 1: I currently am trustee for Summerfield Township. I bring passion and knowledge to the board.I understand the needs and desires of the people. I am understanding of the fire department’s needs and work well with all in the community. I have lived in Summerfield for over 25 years.

Answer 2: One of the needs we have is the roads. Monroe County roads are in dire need of work. We have worked hard to improve ours. Paved roads and gravel both. We will continue to resurface and gravel the ones not done. Second is the growth to our area. We need to concentrate on things to build up our community.



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