STANTON — Five people are competing for three seats on the Stanton City Commission.
Incumbents Krista King and Donald Smucker are running for re-election while newcomers Jennifer Blum, Tresia Stearns and Karl Yoder are also vying for a seat.
Each of the three positions is a two-year term.
Blum did not return several messages from The Daily News seeking comment.
King, 31, was appointed to the city commission in January. She is a kindergarten teacher for Central Montcalm Public Schools and has lived in Stanton all her life.
King said her main goal for her hometown is to make sure the city returns to the way it once was — ”a thriving, beautiful, populous city.”
“I think that the economy has taken its toll in our little city and I would like to help restore it,” she said. “This means that we need to make way for new business and continue to improve city assets. We need to forge ahead and ensure that the new generation grows up feeling the pride about our city that we all felt growing up here.”
King said she loves Stanton and the city’s small town feel.
“Because of my great admiration of the city of Stanton, I want to serve its people,” she said. “I want to help make important decisions that aid in continuing to make this the wonderful city that it is.”
Smucker, 69, has been a city commissioner for five years. He is retired from Michigan State University Montcalm Extension.
If re-elected, Smucker wants to continue dealing with the city’s infrastructure needs.
“Our water system and sewer system both need some attention and I think we need to continue to pursue that and do what we need to to bring them up to the condition that they need to be,” he said. “I think we’ve done some good things in improving our park system and I think it’s important to continue to work there, maybe involve some of our neighboring jurisdictions.”
Stearns, 45, is a waitress at Morning Lori Diner & Bakery in Stanton and a lifelong resident of the city.
She has no local government experience, but started attending city commission meetings this year and became interested in the process.
“I thought it would be nice to join our Stanton committee and get involved,” she said.
If elected, Stearns wants to re-examine the water and sewer increase the city commission unanimously approved in June.
“I think it’s hurting a lot of the elderly people and they can’t afford it,” she said.
Yoder, 58, previously served as both council member and mayor of the small village of Potsdam in Miami County, Ohio. He also was pastor of Potsdam Missionary Church in that same town.
Yoder currently works for Chemical Bank and teaches business classes at Montcalm Community College. He also works in business management and was formerly a managing director of investment groups for churches.
“I want to be of service to the people in Stanton,” Yoder said. “I think what’s important is basic service for the community.”
Yoder said city infrastructure has been neglected in the past and now the city and its citizens have been forced to play catch-up to get where the city needs to be.
“I want to make sure what has happened in the past in Stanton doesn’t happen again,” he said. “We have gone to a new way of bookkeeping more in line with the auditor’s standards. Hopefully it will be easier to track actual costs for different departments.”