Former supervisor faces incumbent in Eureka Township race

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 12:38 pm on Monday, November 05, 2012

Laura Shears

Les Lillie

EUREKA TOWNSHIP — The Eureka Township supervisor and her predecessor are reuniting for an election face-off on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Republican Les Lillie, who was Eureka Township supervisor from 2004 to 2008, is running against incumbent Laura Shears, a Democrat.

Shears strongly believes it is important for township residents to know their opinions and thoughts are heard.

“Residents of the township should really be the ones to make the choices,” Shears said.

If re-elected, she would like to continue to utilize all of the committees the township has, such as the Planning Commission, Board of Review and more.

“(Committee members) are not there for the money, but to help the residents,” she said.

However, Shears said there is always room for improvement and she plans to look for ways to improve the township more. She said it is important for her to run as supervisor again because residents need a leader who will make sure residents want to stay in the township.

“I want people to say they like it here,” Shears said. “I want them to say the same thing about the township as they do the city of Greenville.”

When it comes to the ongoing issue of the proposed Mersen USA annexation between the city and the township, Shears said the township is not the only party not budging on the issue, noting city officials will not consider Public Act 425.

“People put me in office to look out for the land and the township,” Shears said. “That’s what I am doing.”

In June 2000, Lillie joined the Eureka Township Board when he filled an empty seat. He remained on the board for eight and a half years, serving as supervisor the last four years of his term.

“I felt, in 2008 when I was defeated (in the election), my work wasn’t done,” Lillie said.

While in office, Lillie began working on projects like installing dry hydrants and the expansion of the township hall. If elected supervisor, he said he would like to continue looking into those types of projects. He would also like to restore the positive relationship with the city of Greenville that he said existed when he was in office.

“I had to try to run and get things back on track with the help of the board,” Lillie said.

While in office, Lillie said he worked to develop strong communication with Greenville, which he said has gone downhill since then.

“One of my goals is to restore that,” he said, stressing the importance of making decisions as a board and working together. “Anything that is approved is by the board,” he said. “There is no one person in the township that has that authority.”

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