Ionia County commissioner to run for clerk


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:42 am on Thursday, April 12, 2012

James Lower

IONIA — Ionia County Commissioner James Lower has announced his intention to run for Ionia County clerk.

Lower, who resides in Ionia, will be running as a Republican.

“Working with my colleagues on the board, I have ach-ieved most of the goals I set out to accomplish when I ran for commissioner,” Lower said. “At this time I feel I can do more to improve our county by running for the county clerk position.”

Lower said his two biggest priorities as a commissioner have been transparency and a balanced budget.

“Last year we cut $550,000 out of the budget without laying off any full-time employees,” he said. “Also, for the first time ever we had the proposed budget and final budget online for the public to view. This increase in transparency was a major priority of mine and something I will continue to strive for if elected to the clerk’s office.”

If elected, Lower said he will focus on improving customer service, adhering to state election law and finding ways to increase efficiency. As a county commissioner Lower has never missed a meeting and explains every vote he takes via his Facebook page online.

Lower has served as a legislative aide to former Rep. Brian Calley (now lieutenant governor) and as policy director for former Rep. Paul Scott. He currently serves on the county’s Audit Committee, Board of Public Works, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension District 8 Advisory Council, Long Lake Improvement Board and is an alternate to the Mid-South Substance Abuse Commission. Lower also is a member of the Michigan Association of Counties Economic Development and Taxation Committee. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from MSU and is pursuing a master’s of business administration at Grand Valley State University.

An avid hunter, Lower is a member of the National Rifle Association and holds a concealed pistol license.

For more information on Lower’s campaign, visit www.votelower.com, call (616) 902-4946 or email james@votelower.com.

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