ELECTION PREVIEW: Incumbent, newcomer face off for Ionia commission spot

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:31 am on Monday, August 04, 2014

Chad Murphy

Fenwick resident Scott Wirtz is running for his second term as 5th District Ionia County commissioner.

He’s being challenged by fellow Republican Chad Murphy of Orleans as voters go to the polls on Tuesday.

The winning candidate will go on to represent Orleans, Ronald and Ionia townships at the county level, as there is no Democratic challenger for the seat.

Murphy, 43, is the managing partner at the Sears retail stores in Ionia and Comstock Park. A graduate of Montcalm Community College, he is currently pursuing a master’s degree in strategic management from Davenport University.

Murphy said he believes his ability to adapt to difficult situations and overcome obstacles, combined with his years of experience in business, would help lead him to a successful term as a county commissioner.

“I am experienced in the field of business and team building,” he said. “I will use that expertise to help resolve matters facing the county in today’s tough economic climate.”

If elected, Murphy said he would work towards a platform of balancing the budget, working on crime prevention and creating better security for county employees.

Specifically, Murphy said he would strive to achieve goals of ensuring that all measures are in place to enhance the county’s security programs.

“I want to make sure all actions are taking place to prevent crime in our communities,” he said.

Wirtz, age unavailable, who has served as county commissioner since elected in 2012, did not return repeated messages seeking comment for this story.

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