ADRIAN — Two members of the Lenawee County Democrats introduced late final month that they have been difficult two incumbent Republicans for seats on the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners.
Juanita Kelley, chairperson of the Lenawee Democrats, introduced that she was going problem incumbent commissioner Terry Collins, R-Adrian, for the District 6 fee seat. Lenawee Democrats vice chairperson Invoice Swift introduced a problem to fee chairman David Stimpson, R-Tecumseh, for the District 1 fee seat.
District 6 covers the west aspect of Adrian — voting precincts four, 5 and 6. District 1 covers Tecumseh and Tecumseh Township.
Kelley mentioned the campaigns are a part of an effort to get extra Democrats in consultant positions throughout the county and to point out residents they’ve Democratic choices. Additionally, with their positions within the Lenawee Democrats the place they encourage folks to run for workplace, Kelley and Swift felt it obligatory to realize firsthand expertise within the course of.
“I used to be election information and I feel that District 6 … may very well be a winnable Democratic district,” Kelley mentioned in a cellphone interview Monday.
Kelley mentioned that her main concern is environmental stewardship, particularly recycling.
“That is in all probability considered one of my important focuses is attempting to get that expanded and get some extra bins in there hopefully,” Kelley mentioned. “Each time I’m going, there’s folks there. That is clearly a service that individuals use loads and that they need. I do not assume I’ve ever been there and there hasn’t been at the very least one different particular person.
“The surroundings is essential to me. It is at all times been vital to me. And I feel we should be good stewards of the world during which we stay and in addition the planet as an entire,” she mentioned. “We have to attempt to reuse and recycle issues that may be reused and recycled like glass, plastic and metallic.”
Kelley was born within the county and raised in Medina Township. She briefly attended Siena Heights College and Jackson Faculty however didn’t obtain a level as a result of funds. She and her husband moved to Adrian in June 2009 after briefly residing in Jackson.
“I feel I’ve a good suggestion of what folks within the county care about and what their points are, whether or not or not I at all times agree utterly with their views is the opposite matter,” Kelley mentioned. “I at all times assume that we may be higher.”
Swift, a Tecumseh resident since 2005, mentioned in a information launch that he’s an outspoken critic of the conservative Republican ideology, which he believes is liable for an “assault on the American bedrock rules of honesty, integrity and justice,” and was motivated to run by the present “disaster” confronted by the nation which he wrote, “has been led to by the unceasing and relentless assault by conservative Republicans on behalf of the highly effective and the rich.”
“These left behind by the 1%, the employees and the center class, anticipate and deserve honesty, integrity and justice of their consultant authorities,” Swift wrote. “Standing-up for folks and rules and preventing for progressive, frequent sense options which embrace our American heritage of shared sacrifice is our responsibility.”
Swift is a graduate of Japanese Michigan College.
The one different contested race for county fee is to fill the District 7 seat of commissioner Bob Knoblauch, R-Riga Twp., who is just not in search of one other time period. District 7 covers Blissfield, Deerfield, Palmyra, Ogden, Riga and Ridgeway townships. James Goetz of Blissfield, and Ken Lake of Riga are each operating for the seat as Republicans and can face one another in a main Aug. four.