2012-11-08 / Front Page
Swartz Creek council seats picked by voters
Abrams received the most votes with 1,738 total votes, which made up 29.09 percent of the votes. Krueger received the second most votes with 1,552 total votes, constituting 25.96 percent of the votes. John Gilbert collected the third most votes at 1,326 total votes and 22.18 percent of the votes.
Ronald Schultz fell short in his bid to be a Swartz Creek City Council member as he received 1,313 total votes, which made up 21.96 percent of the votes.
Overall, 5,978 votes were cast, with 49 write-in votes.
Abrams, 83, is retired from General Motors and has served on the Swartz Creek City Council for 28 consecutive years. In a recent View Newspapers questionnaire, he said a critical issue facing the city is a lack of sufficient funds to provide fully the necessary services such as police, fire, roads, sewer and water infrastructure. He added that until the economy recovers, this will be an issue for years to come.
Krueger, 65, has been the pastor at Hope Evangelical Lutheran Church in Swartz Creek for 35 years and has served one term on the Swartz Creek City Council. In a recent View Newspapers questionnaire, he said a critical issue facing the city is a falling tax base coupled with constantly decreasing revenue sharing from Lansing which have cost the city about $11 million in income in the past ten years. He added that solutions would be to increase the tax base by bringing new businesses into the city as well as sharing services with neighboring communities to cut costs.
Gilbert, 65, is a Swartz Creek High School graduate and a retired clerk from General Motors. In a recent View Newspapers questionnaire, he said issues facing the city are rising sewer and water rates, vacant properties, including homes and businesses, and street maintenance.
Schultz, who has been married for 55 years and has three children, is retired from General Motors and the owner of a small business. In a recent View Newspapers questionnaire, he said his goal is too see many small business locate in Swartz Creek especially around the new Meijer’s store.
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