OUR VIEW: Raines for Montcalm County drain commissioner

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:30 am on Wednesday, October 31, 2012

When it comes to electing a drain commissioner for Montcalm County, experience is key.

Shane Jacobs, a Democrat from Howard City, is running against Sandy Raines, a Republican from Sidney Township, for the drain commissioner position the wake of longtime Drain Commissioner Donald Cooper’s pending retirement.

Mr. Jacobs has owned a small landscaping business for 20 years. He is concerned with alleged nepotism and political campaign work in the drain commissioner’s office and wants to create a more transparent service to increase customer satisfaction.

Ms. Raines has been chief deputy drain commissioner for 15 years and has worked in the drain commissioner’s office for 34 years. She is certified in soil erosion through the state of Michigan, a graduate of Leadership Montcalm and has participated in numerous professional training seminars.

Ms. Raines explained her knowledge of the county drain system at a recent candidate forum in Greenville. She talked about how the drain commissioner’s office maintains 260 drains and discussed numerous aspects of her department’s duties.

Mr. Jacobs did not attend the candidate forum, so we did not get to hear a response from him.

Ms. Raines said her time at the drain commissioner’s office has provided her with invaluable experience that’s given her intricate knowledge of drain laws and procedures, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality regulations, financial and bonding concerns, countywide lake improvement boards and public sewer systems and established working relationships with farmers, engineers, contractors, townships, lake improvement boards and county departments.

Being drain commissioner responsible for an entire county is no small job. Ms. Raines believes she is the only qualified candidate who’s running. We agree.

Ms. Raines has our endorsement for Montcalm County drain commissioner.

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

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