PETOSKEY -- Republican voters in Resort Township's Tuesday, Aug. 7, primary election, will be asked to narrow their party's field of township trustee candidates from three to two.
Incumbent township trustees Don Caird and Dean Carper are vying along with fellow Republican Jim Daunter for the two available candidate slots. The two top vote-getters will appear as GOP candidates for the trustee slots on November's general election ballot -- without any Democratic opposition.
Retired from work with the Social Security Administration, Caird believes he has the time necessary to dedicate to township responsibilities.
"I like to think that I can work well with fellow board members," he added. "We seem to have done so in the past."
Caird believes it's important for the township to continue exploring its building needs and possible needs for facility upgrades, and to continue with upgrade efforts for township parks as well.
"Road maintenance is always an issue, and we'd like to continue to upgrade the township roads as best we can," he said.
Caird obtained a bachelor's degree from the University of St. Thomas in Texas. He's married to Judith and has three children and one grandchild.
Carper, 74, was first elected a trustee in 2008. He has also filled appointed positions on various boards that focus on economic development, brownfield redevelopment and veterans' issues.
"I make sound judgements," he said. "I study and analyze and look at the facts of where we should be five years from now when I make a decision."
Prior to retirement, Carper worked in the propane and oil industry. He said he's found it important to be active in each of the communities where he's lived.
"I always have a philosophy that one should do more than just pay taxes and run their mouths," he said. "They should perform."
If elected to another trustee term, Carper said he wants to continue supporting the local fire department and see it stay current with state and federal requirements. He'd also like to see Resort continue its efforts to maintain roads and enhance its park inventory.
"I intend to retain the township's rural setting and follow the master plan that we keep current," Carper added.
Carper believes it would be beneficial for Resort to go through a goal-setting process, and then "live" the priorities identified for the township.
Carper attended Michigan State University and the University of Virginia, as well as some professional schools. He's married to Jackie and had one son, who is now deceased.
Daunter, 65, unsuccessfully sought a Resort trustee position as a Democrat in 2004. He noted that some other community members encouraged him to pursue this year's run for office.
"I've lived in the township for a long time (since 1976)," he said. "I have the interest. I have the time."
Daunter worked for the Petoskey school district from 1971 until 1998, serving as a culinary arts instructor, and is now employed by Boyne Resorts.
When asked about priorities he'd like to see the township pursue, Daunter said "safety and sanitation are really big on my mind."
The candidate said he'd like to see the township address some blight issues, while acknowledging that rules against blight can be challenging to enforce.
While Resort offers vouchers to property owners allowing them to dispose of some rubbish at no charge, Daunter noted that some local residents don't have the vehicles needed to haul unwanted items to the disposal site. He'd like to see a system in which community members with the proper vehicles could step forward to offer hauling assistance.
Daunter hopes to see the township work with the Emmet County Road Commission and contractors to improve on the quality of road construction. He said he'd be supportive of the Resort-Bear Creek Fire Department's operations, and would like to explore options for enhancing police presence in the township.
Daunter added that he has a basic interest in how public money is spent.
"I'm quite conservative on the dollars and cents issue," he said.
Daunter obtained a bachelor's degree from Ferris State University and a master's from Central Michigan University, along with teaching certification. He's married to M. Teri Daunter and has two grown children and four grandchildren.
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