OUR VIEW: It’s Ron for Districts 1, 5 and 7 in Montcalm County

By Daily News • Last Updated 9:40 am on Thursday, October 25, 2012

Three of nine positions on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners are being contested in the Nov. 6 election.

 District 1

Democrat Ronald Blanding, 84, and Republican Dale Reyburn, 62, are facing off for the District 1 position, which covers precincts 1, 2 and 4 in the city of Greenville.

Both men have previously served on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners so they both have knowledge about what the job involves. Both men currently serve on the Greenville Planning Commission.

Mr. Blanding’s resume of community involvement made an impression on us. He previously served as councilman and mayor of Greenville. He is currently on the Greenville Board of Review, Greater Greenville Transportation Committee and the West Michigan Regional Planning Commission.

We also appreciate Mr. Blanding’s passion for animal welfare at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter — an issue he was previously vocal about when he was a commissioner.

Mr. Blanding has our endorsement for District 1 commissioner.

 District 5

Democrat Jerome Duran, 82, and Republican Ronald Retzloff, 69, are facing off for the District 5 position, which covers all of Day Township and Home Township, the northern half of Evergreen Township and the city of Stanton.

Mr. Duran previously taught at Montabella Community Schools and to our knowledge he is the only commissioner who, if elected, has volunteered to donate his salary to a scholarship fund for local students focused on careers in health or teaching.

Mr. Retzloff has been a Montcalm County commissioner for 14 years now. He has an intimate knowledge of the county’s challenging financial situation. He wants to continue to focus on providing law enforcement protection to residents, as well as make improvements to Animal Control.

Mr. Retzloff has our endorsement for District 5 commissioner.

 District 7

Republican Ron Baker, 67, and Democrat Marjorie Morgan, 78, are facing off for the District 7 position, which covers Reynolds Township and the western half of Winfield Township.

Mr. Baker is a longtime Montcalm County commissioner with years of experience on committees dealing with economic development, physical resources, finance and personnel, collective bargaining, motor vehicle accident investigation, address appeals and the housing commission. He has long been involved with the Howard City Village Council, Downtown Development Authority and zoning department.

Mr. Baker’s goals include adding personnel to Animal Control and the Sheriff’s Department, as well as keeping county offices open during lunch hour to give residents better service.

Mr. Baker has our endorsement for District 7 commissioner.

 Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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