ELECTION PREVIEW: Greenville councilman, planning commissioner vie for Montcalm County spot

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 10:31 am on Monday, August 04, 2014

Brian Greene

Dale Reyburn

Two Greenville residents will face off against each other for the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners District 1 seat being vacated by Ron Blanding, who will not run for re-election.

Voters will be asked to select between Brian Greene, a Greenville City Council member, and Dale Reyburn, a Greenville Planning Commission member. Both are Republicans. There is no Democratic challenger for the seat.

Greene, 45, is the executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Montcalm County. He has an associate’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in business management.

Greene said his time as a Greenville councilman and also as a Planning Commission member, will help him if elected as county commissioner.

“I have worked closely and personally with community members and leaders in crisis,” he said. “I have found the citizens of Greenville are resilient and they always have been. Yet, as a commissioner, I have to look forward, looking toward options that affect not only the citizens of Greenville, but also all of Montcalm County. Issues need to be thoughtfully weighed and considerably scrutinized. Solutions need to be made, more so in contemplation, than what is expedient to fix our problems in the moment.”

Greene considers economic development as the most important issue facing Montcalm County in the coming years. He said the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners’ recent decision to dedicate $25,000 to the Montcalm Alliance for a contract with The Right Place is a major step in the right direction.

“The Right Place, along with similar opportunities, is what is needed to align ourselves to,” he said. “We will need to work as a team to drive this county into the future with manufacturing and other opportunities, while not forgetting and embracing our agrarian past and present.”

Reyburn, 63, is a member of the Greenville Planning Commission. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and is a self-employed investment adviser representative with Consolidated Financial of Southfield.

“I have been a county commissioner before and enjoyed the experience and the work involved,” he said. “Going to meetings and listening and decided if money should be spent in this or that way is a big part of the job and I think I have the skills of listening and questioning and deciding that will advance our county.”

If elected, Reyburn said he would hope to maintain services offered by the county and also focus on advancing economic development.

“Maintaining the county services we currently enjoy, that benefit our community, like the Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Services, are important to me,” he said. “Continuing to seek economic development with a balance of proportionally making sure that our communities stay in the fine residential places and recreational places they are is important to me. I would continue to back the county connecting with The Right Place for the next three years.”

He said he would also work toward improving the county’s recreational opportunities such as camping, hiking and canoeing.

Reyburn said he feels he is the best candidate because he would make decisions based on what was best for the county.

“When I sat on the commission before, I like to think I voted as much with the Democrat on my left as I did with the Republican on my right,” he said. “I have experience and a level-headed way of perceiving the best path forward, in my opinion.”

Montcalm County Board of Commissioners terms are for two years.

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