As previously reported, current Oakland Township Board Trustee, Mike Bailey, has announced his candidacy for Township Supervisor. His campaign kick-off – “Meet the Candidate Open House” – is scheduled for Sunday March 13, 2016 at the Cranberry Lake Farm. Light refreshments will be provided.
The informal get together will be between 2 and 5 PM. Please drop in to meet Mike and discuss any concerns you may have about our Township.
The specifics on the event are::
SUNDAY March 13th between 2:00 TO 5:00 PM
384 West Predmore Road
Oakland Township, MI 48363
If you have not had the opportunity to visit the Cranberry Lake Farm facilities, it would be a great opportunity to do so and meet Mike.
Here is the brochure on the event (click on brochure to enlarge):
EDITORIAL COMMENT by Richard Michalski
Mike has decided to put his many years of experience (gained while serving our community for 28 years on various Township Commissions and Boards) to greater use by running for Township Supervisor.
As you may know, the Township has been plagued by many issues since current Supervisor Terry Gonser was elected in 2012. Many were a result of his own actions. Many people who supported him in 2012 now acknowledge that he was not properly ‘vetted’, and they no longer support him.
Supervisor Gonser’s repeated attempts to change the structure of our Township’s governance, by making himself a ‘Strong Supervisor’, was a major reason for the trauma our Township has suffered. He had no experience in our Township’s governance or understanding of its structure, yet he wanted to make himself the main decision maker on all matters that affect the Township. The other Board members finally recognized this, and have recently ‘pulled in the reigns’. Since he is running for office again, Gonser will likely continue to attempt to change our Township’s structure, resulting in ongoing conflict at the Board level, and a lack of progress on Township issues.
The citizens of Oakland Township can avoid this by electing Mike Bailey as our Supervisor. Mike brings with him:
- many years of Township experience, especially in Township planning
- the knowledge of how our Township works,
- an understanding of the issues we are facing,
- personal involvement in resolving many of them,
- no desire to change our form of governance and
- no desire to use the Supervisor position as a jumping point for higher political positions.
Neither of the other two announced candidates for Supervisor possess this collection of attributes. So please come and meet Mike on Sunday, and consider supporting him for the August election.
WE KNOW WHAT WE HAVE WITH MIKE BAILEY!
He is an honorable person who will focus on serving the community – not looking for something that is ‘in it for himself’.
One only need visit the following recent post to understand why Mike Bailey must replace Terry Gonser:
If you are appalled by this behavior, and want to see a change for the good, please come out and meet Mike on Sunday, and consider giving him your support for August.