Several local candidates spoke at a public forum Wednesday night. It was sponsored by Mason County Press in Scottville.
Dr. Lewis Squires and teacher Jennifer Doggett are both running for a seat on the Mason County Board of Commissioners. Squires spoke of a need to streamline county board committees, zoning changes and working with townships. Ms. Doggett said that she was qualified through volunteerism, customer service and being a teacher at West shore Community College. Both agreed that more jobs are needed in Mason County.
Mary Alway is challenging Mason County Clerk Cheryl Kelly. Ms. Kelly was appointed when Jim Rifle left to become the drain commissioner. She proposes to have the county office go paperless and is making plans to speed the efficiency of the office.
Alway denied a rumor that she would replace the staff at the Mason County clerk’s office if she were elected. She cited her experience in customer service as a qualification for the job of county clerk.
Curt VanderWal is running for the 101st state representative seat. He said his business ownership experience qualifies him for the job. He has worked in food distribution and operates a local lawn care company.
The entire forum is posted on the Mason County Press Facebook page.