Republican Incumbent George Kullis is seeking reelection as the Holly Township supervisor and is facing Democrat challenger Sherlynn Everly in the Nov. 3 general election.
Clerk Karin S. Winchester and Treasurer Mark C. Freeman are running unopposed.
Steve Ruth is seeking reelection for Holly Township trustee and is facing Robert Mask and Derek Burton. The top two vote-getters will be elected as trustee.
Residency: Holly Township
Occupation: Holly Township supervisor
I have proven I can get the job done. In four years, I have worked to make Holly Township a better, safer place to live. Initiated a $265,000 road graveling project, the first in over 20 years and a 500-foot culvert system to relieve water over N. Holly Road in my first year. A $3,000,000 Tiger grant through the Road Commission of Oakland County to rebuild N. Holly Road. A master plan for the farmstead property the township owned for 15 years. I’ve been instrumental in bringing over $3,100,000 in Grant money to Holly Township. My focus will be on continuing the road graveling project, water drainage in the township, sewers for the Dixie Hwy corridor/ Holly Rec./ Grange Hall Road-I75 district, along with the implementation of the master plan for the farmstead.
Taxpayers deserve a return on their investment and that’s what I work hard to give them.
Occupation: Retired administrator
I’m a former director of the Michigan Renaissance Festival, Crim Festival of Races and IMA Recreation Association. I led these organizations through major transformations resulting in their long-term prosperity and stability. Prior experience: 20+ years with Michigan Departments of Public Health, Mental Health (MORC) and Social Services. Communication: Hearing from constituents is critical. Regular office hours, round table discussions and formal surveys are tools I will use to learn what Hollyites need and want. Environmental Concern: Working together with Holly Village, Rose, Springfield and Groveland townships will best protect our natural resources and recreational features. I will seek cooperation between Holly Township and Village parks to better utilize limited resources. Honesty: You will always know where I stand and where I’m coming from.
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Occupation: Retired, engineering
I have been a township board member for 16 years. However, I do not feel a small town like Holly needs politicians, but could benefit more from individuals with experiences such as — running a business, responsible for budget planning and setting goals and measuring the successes. For example, dealing with the needs of the residents of the township is similar to understanding a customer’s needs in a business environment. My career as an engineer has trained me to go by the saying that, “In God we trust, all others must bring data.” I am certain that my integrity and the desire to demand accurate information before making decisions in my engineering career has and will continue to benefit Holly Township in making decisions as a board member as well.
Derek D Burton
Occupation: Director of Finance and Administrative Services
I am seeking your vote as the next township trustee because I am the best choice when it comes to preserving our tax dollars and ensuring they are being spent wisely and transparently. I have a vast track record of decreasing expenses and increasing revenue throughout my career ensuring that the taxes to the township should never rise even during the current pandemic. I look to hold informal meetings to inform the public on where their money is being spent as well as discuss any current issues. As a taxpayer myself, you can always count on me to make rational financial decisions. With all that is going on around us, I believe one thing is for certain, Holly needs Derek D Burton.
Robert Mask did not respond to the Times’ request for information
Current Holly Township Board of Trustees
Karin S. Winchester
Mark C. Freeman