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See who's running as a write-in candidate for Norton Shores City Council

See who's running as a write-in candidate for Norton Shores City Council

NORTON SHORES, MI (KGO) -- Some Norton Shores voters will next week elect a candidate to fill neoconstitutional term on their city council.

But to vote for Michael Kasher, Ward I voters will have to put his name on the ballot.

Because the seat became open mid-term and after the filing deadline for Augusts primary election, his is a write-in race.

Kasher, who was appointed by the council to fill the seat until the general election, is the only valid candidate for the position because he was the first to file an intent to run as a write-in candidate by Oct. 22. The partial term ends in November 2023.

Other names may be written on the ballot, but votes for them will not count, according to Norton Shores City Clerk Shelly Stibitz.

The following are the names of the people who are in charge of this site. Seven candidates are running for four at-large seats on Norton Shores City Council.

The election of a Norton Shores mayor and four at-large council members will be held on Nov. 2. The names of those candidates will be listed on the ballot.

Only those in Ward I, i.e., the area south of Porter Road and east of Martin Road, will have the write-in election. The city has two wards.

The municipal election is non-partisan.

The following is a list of events that have occurred in recent years. Norton Shores mayor facing a challenge in the upcoming general election

Following the death of Marilyn Kay Beecham, Kasher, 53, was appointed by the city council to represent Ward I. He is the associate director of campus safety operations at Hope College. Since 2005, he has been an adjunct professor at Ferris State University as well.

Kasher previously worked for the Norton Shores Police Department for 28 years, retiring in 2019 with the rank of lieutenant. Kasher worked as a patrol officer, sergeant, and lieutenant; detective sergent; undercover narcotics detective; firearms instructor, as well as field training officer.

He has also been a volunteer girls and boys soccer coach, girls basketball coach and baseball coach as well as assisted in football coaching.

Kasher answered questions from MLive about his candidacy in the following paragraphs. Seine Antworten have not been edited.

Why should voters elect you?

Michael Kasher is a retired police officer from the Norton Shores Police Department. He was born in Norton Township and attended the Mona Shore School system before graduating from Mon A Shore in 1986. He worked part time for the Norton Shores Parks and Recreation Department for 8 years before becoming a police officer. Kasher has lived in Norton Shores for the last 45 years and has been living in WARD I for 13 years, where he still lives today. From my experience, I am convinced that I've got a good understanding of the city and how its departments work: budgets, policies, and ordinances; this has given me credibility with residents and city workers. Being a long time resident has given me the ability to identify problems and work to resolve them. Listening to the residents on the services they need and working with the people from different departments to discuss how we can improve things.

What are your top three priorities if you are elected?

1.Identify problems and send them to the right departments where the supervisors or heads of the departments have a plan to address the needs and ensure we can assist them by having the proper people and equipment to do the job. Ensure that departments are up to date with training and policies.

2.Setting budgets that address the needs of the residents while also balancing it, so that we're looking after the employees who do serve the city. This includes recruiting, training, and retaining employees.

3.Continue to work with Muskegon area departments and cities that would assist in the creation of jobs, small businesses, and residential construction that will benefit Norton Shores and the Muskogee area.

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