The candidates are: Chad Culver, 1035 Lakeview Dr.; incumbent Ron Grunch, 400 Silver St.; Sally Page, 817 E. Main St.; Andy Smith, 6 W. Main St.; and Dean Solomon, 859 Deer Run Dr. Incumbents Laura Sansom and Gene Towne are not running for reelection, so there will be at least two new commissioners. We asked each candidate to provide us with some brief background information:
> CHAD CULVER - I am excited with the opportunity to serve the people of Boyne City. I have lived in Boyne City for 20 years with two children going through our school system and two more currently in high school and middle school. My main goal is to find a way to help our citizens by supporting your voice as our community continues to grow and evolve. After over 20 years in public education, I now own and operate a car wash in town as well as work for Bluegreen Resorts at Boyne Mountain. My family and I love Boyne City and want only the best for our beautiful small town and those visiting our city. I would be proud to serve as City Commissioner and am interested in hearing the concerns of residents.
> RON GRUNCH is the only incumbent running for reelection. He has served on the City Commission for 18 years, include a period as mayor. "My motivation is to 'keep the dream alive. We have a great team working for you - city staff and management, City Commission, Team Boyne, and the greatest group of volunteers in Northern Michigan. Boyne City has a great business model. And I would like to, God willing, continue as a member."
> SALLY PAGE - "My roots in northern Michigan go back to 1962 and after a career in the legal world, from court reporter in Washington DC, to office administrator for law firms in California and New Mexico, my husband and I moved to northern Michigan in 1987. I managed the Emmet County Prosecutor's Office for 25 years. To supplement my income I also played piano for the Presbyterian Church in Harbor Springs, the Northern Michigan Chorale and for several musicals at the Little Traverse Civic Theater and in area high schools.
"Being widowed in 1996, I eventually moved to Boyne City in 2004 to be closer to my children and grandchildren. At 62, I bought my first home, a little cottage up the hill on Main Street. My son Josh and his family live nearby in Charlevoix, and my daughter Liz is a co-owner of Lake Street Market.
"Since entering the race for a seat on the Board of Commissioners, I have met with many of my fellow citizens to learn their concerns – everything from preserving our town's history, to providing more affordable housing, to protecting the open space park on the waterfront for the enjoyment of everyone. We live in a vibrant, relatively young, and growing resort community with a strong and creative community spirit. My goal as a commissioner would be to continue in that spirit and to listen to and serve all the citizens, from the youngest to the oldest; from those who have lived here for generations and those who are new to Boyne City.
"It would be an honor to serve as a commissioner, and to I look forward to the chance of giving back to the community as we go forward."
> ANDY SMITH - " I have been living year-round in Northern Michigan for three years, but have been spending portions of my years in Boyne City since 1999. My career in Northern Michigan began with Boyne Resorts. I currently work in marketing for Boyne Resorts. I see serving as a commissioner as a great opportunity to get involved in the community and help share my ideas and opinions on how we can all work together to grow the community in sustainable and successful ways. I would like to work with the community to find ways to facilitate sustainable growth as one of the premier cities in Northern Michigan. Boyne City is not just a beautiful vacation destination, it is an incredible place to call home and offers a multitude of recreational pursuits of wellness. I will work with the community to further develop these healthy outlets for people, young and old alike."
> DEAN SOLOMON is the recently retired head of the Boyne City MSU Extension office. "Since moving to Boyne City in 2006, my family and I have grown to love the area - its beauty, friendly people, and can-do attitude. We truly live in a special place. Two of our three children graduated from Boyne City High School. I recently retired from Michigan State University Extension after a 35-year career. Eleven of those were in the Boyne City office as the Charlevoix County Extension Director, then as a natural resources and local government educator. Over the years, I’ve really enjoyed serving on the Boyne City Farmers Market Committee, facilitating the Boyne City biennial community goal-setting meetings, organizing and guiding the Boyne City to US 31 trail steering committee, working with local organizations to protect Lake Charlevoix and helping the Boyne Area Chamber during their annual planning sessions. I was also a member of the Charlevoix County Planning Commission for four years.
As city commissioner, I will work hard to expand housing choices for Boyne City residents, protect our wonderful natural resources, promote Boyne City as a great place to live and do business, create more ways for residents to have a voice in Boyne City’s direction, and seek funds to complete the Veteran’s Park Pavilion renovation and improvements to the new Open Space.
I'd be honored to serve on the City Commission and help Boyne City continue to grow and meet our future challenges. Learn more about me at facebook.com/DeanBCcommission.