At the June 27, 2016 “Meet-and-Greet” candidate event that Trustee candidate Lana Mangiapane set up, it was discovered that ALL of the Parks and Recreation Commission and Board candidates that were sponsoring this event are recommending a ‘NO’ vote on the Parks renewal millage. They are running for office as a ‘ticket’ One of their documents states:
“This action will NOT close the Parks, it would simply turn the funding of the parks to the Trustees.”
The candidates who are running as a ‘ticket’ include:
Parks and Recreation Commission
- Ann Marie Rogers
- Beth Markel
- James Clark
- Bryan Cecilio
- Terry Gonser – for Supervisor
- Judy Workings – for Clerk (*)
- Jayson Corey – for Trustee
- Lana Mangiapane – for Trustee
- Jeaneane Landers – for Trustee (*)
- Bob Ricketts – for Trustee (*)
(*) Were not present at event
One of the documents being handed out by the group is ‘illegal’ since it does not identify who authored the document. When questioned who was the source of the document, none of the candidates answered. However, since this document was being handed out at their ‘ticket’ campaign events, they all share in the responsibility for the content and legality of the document.
This illegal document is the same one that was previously reported as being distributed on residents mailboxes along with some candidate campaign literature. See “Fact sheet on Parks and Recreation Commission and millage renewal”.
A second document they were handing out indicates that they all recommend voting ‘NO’ on the parks renewal millage.
Why is this important to the citizens of Oakland Township? There has never been such a clear distinction between the candidates who are running for the Parks and Recreation Commission. The four Parks candidates named above must think that the money for managing the Parks will ‘magically’ come from the Trustees. Where is that money coming from?
As I stated, the choice is clear! If you like the Parks in Oakland Township, please vote ‘yes’ on the millage renewal, and the true ‘Park Protectors‘ shown here:
Hank Van Agen
The choice is also clear regarding the candidates for the Board. Knowing the millage renewal position of the Board candidates mentioned above is one factor the voters should consider. It is also interesting that none (Jeaneane Landers being the exception) of the Board candidates running on this ‘ticket’ have provided their position on the form of governance they recommend for Oakland Township. Jeaneane Landers has stated that she supports changing our structure to what Supervisor Gonser has been trying to do for almost 4 years – Gonser being a full time Supervisor, and elimination of the the full time professional municipal Manager position.
Absentee Ballots are going out this week. It will be an interesting summer!