OUR VIEW: Bach, Murphy, Greene for commissioners


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:11 am on Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Several Board of Commissioners races will be on the Aug. 5 primary election ballot affecting our readers in three local districts.

Debra Bach of Otisco Township and David Hodges of Belding are vying for the Republican win for the District 1 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

Chad Murphy of Orleans Township and Scott Wirtz of Fenwick are vying for the Republican win for the District 5 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

Brian Greene and Dale Reyburn, both of Greenville, are vying for the Republican win for the District 1 seat on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

 

Ionia County District 1

Bach and Hodges are both actively involved in their community, which speaks volumes about their care and concern for their neighbors.

Bach has served three consecutive terms as an elected member of the Belding Area Schools Board of Education, including three years as president.

She has expressed concern about Ionia County’s economic future, citing declining revenue and increased utilization of services. She says Ionia County does not have a long-term strategic plan and she believes initiating a move in that direction would be a significant accomplishment.

Bach’s recommendations for Ionia County include a budget analysis with a focus on reducing expenditures while maintaining public safety, implementing a multi-year budget, focusing on service efficiency of services and communicating and collaborating with interested parties during the budget process. We agree with Bach that government runs more efficiently when long-term plans are clearly identified and everyone is working toward the same goals.

Our support goes to Bach for the Republican nomination for the District 1 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

 

Ionia County District 5

Wirtz declined to respond to our primary election questionnaire, as well as additional attempts to contact him, which we think speaks poorly of Wirtz as a current elected member of the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

Murphy’s goals for Ionia County include ensuring that measures are in place to enhance the county’s security programs, maintain a safe environment for citizens and make the county a safer place for people to work, like and enjoy. If elected, Murphy plans to study areas where the county can potentially save money, prioritize spending and raise any needed funds, which he believes is crucial amid the county’s tough economic climate. He says he would then share his findings with the people of Ionia County.

Our support goes to Murphy for the Republican nomination for the District 5 seat on the Ionia County Board of Commissioners.

 

Montcalm County District 1

We think both Greene and Reyburn are strong candidates with admirable ties to the Greenville community.

As an elected member of the Greenville City Council, an appointed member of Greenville Planning Commission and the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Montcalm County, we think Greene would be able to offer a unique perspective as a county commissioner. Greene believes economic development is one of the most important issues facing Montcalm County today and he supports the move by Greenville and the county as a whole toward The Right Place and proactive economic development.

We think Greene’s energy and experience would bring additional strength to the Board of Commissioners at a crucial time, as Montcalm County attempts to move forward in fulfilling its goals of strengthening the job base and reinforcing the local economy.

Our support goes to Greene for the Republican nomination for the District 1 seat on the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

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

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