Ionia County Drain Commissioner: Longtime incumbent challenged

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 2:07 pm on Monday, August 06, 2012

IONIA — Two candidates are competing for Ionia County drain commissioner in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Incumbent John Bush, 68, of Belding, is seeking another term in office against challenger David Daniels, 44, of Lake Odessa. Both candidates are Republicans.

John Bush

Bush, who has served as drain commissioner for more than 23 years, said he has the experience to continue performing the job.
“I farmed for 17 years and worked as an excavating contractor for 10 years before becoming drain commissioner,” he said. “I have a good working relationship with the townships and road commission.”

Bush said concerns by property owners always have been and will continue to be a priority if he is elected for another term.

“I would continue answering property owner concerns and keeping the drains in good working condition and providing new drains and branches of drains as needed,” he said.

Bush said though aging tile drains are expensive to replace and costly to fix in the short-term, he feels that they continue to be the biggest concern for the drain office.

“We have been and will continue to replace as the property owners ask for this to be done,” he said.

Daniels, who has more than 20 years of experience in the excavating industry, said he wants to bring a “fresh look” to the position if elected.

“I would like to bring a new perspective and fresh ideas,” he said. “I bring experience and knowledge pertaining to drains. I bring a willingness to address every task that arises with 110 percent of my effort to find an economical and amicable solution.”

Daniels said despite hard economic times that have fallen on the drain office, Ionia County still needs to properly maintain its drains.

“I will attempt to accomplish to accomplish as much as possible, as cost-effectively as possible without compromising quality,” Daniels said.

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