OSCODA – In Oscoda Township incumbent Supervisor Aaron Weed will not appear in the race, instead Democrat Robert Taisor appears. Weed is running on the ballot for the township treasurer position against incumbent Jaimie McGuire.

In the 11 races for township clerk in Iosco County, all but one is an incumbent who has filed to be on the primary ballot. That race is for Oscoda Township clerk. Republican and township resident Joshua Sutton filed for the position. Incumbent John Nordeen did not file, but could file at a later date as an independent.

 

Robert Tasior, 66, 

Candidate for Supervisor, Democrat

 

Tasior has been a continuous resident of the township for seven years, but has lived here a total of nine years and previously lived in Bridgeport. He is married to his wife, Devon, and has two sons and two grandchildren.

He is a retiree from GM/Delphi and a graduate of Saginaw High School’s Class of 1972. He is not endorsed by any political action committee.

Tasior also served as a member of the Oscoda Township Planning Commission for five years, was vice chairman of that committee for four years, and chairmen of the ordinance/zoning review sub-committee. He is a primary member of the Restoration Advisory Board, Iosco County Housing Commission members, past president of the Oscoda Lions Club, and many other organizations.

 

Questions and 

Answers

 

What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

 

Tasior: “I hope to get the contamination issues with the Air Force resolved. I hope to get clean water to our residence. I will focus on job growth, education, affordable housing and a viable walkable business district. I will continue to stress the importance of good zoning practices for a viable future and will work for the entire  township not just certain areas.”

 

What is your top priority, if elected?

 

Tasior: “My top priority is to make sure we are financial security for the future. That our accounting and budget concerns are addressed and any issues are resolved. That our infrastructure is prioritized and sound and that our administration will work as a team for the township.”

 

Would you support increased taxation and mandatory fees? If so, under what circumstances?

 

Tasior: “Yes I would support increases to our taxes and mandatory fees if necessary! I wouldn’t be doing my job if I answered any other way! But any increases must be justified with costs! If revenues aren’t increasing with inflation that means cuts to services. Our township has great potential because of the services we provide. Development, safe neighborhoods and lower insurance cost because of our services will offset any increase that would be necessary to provide these things.” 

 

If elected, would you face conflicts of interest which might preclude you from participating in all functions of the elected office due to personal relationships, contracts, employment, et cetera? If so, please describe the conflict and how you would address it.

 

Tasior: “I don’t believe I would have any conflict of interest and if one does come up in the future I have no problem stepping away from it.”

 

What would you do to make your township a better place for its residents?

 

Tasior: “I believe with my planning background I would have to say a continuation of zoning and ordinance review and updates along with Redevelopment Ready Certification will have an immediate impact in our community. Continuing the process of involving our community and stakeholders in town hall meetings and giving the whole community a voice in the process will resolve many of the issues we face.”

 

How would you address the perception by many residents that their voices are not being heard by county,  state and federal officials?

 

Tasior: “I would challenge our elected officials to come to Oscoda Township to attend regular town hall meetings not just in election years but every year! I have for several years been involved with our state and federal agencies and the offices of our elected representatives. I have made several connections with these offices and will continue to use those connections to bring attention to and help resolve issues in our community.”

 

 

What do you see as the most pressing issue facing your township?

 

Tasior: “Right now with the issues  our country has been faced with during a pandemic and other social issues I am concerned about a loss in revenue that will impact small communities like ours. Unemployment, the loss of grant availability, local businesses suffering, high water levels on the Great Lakes and the effects of lost revenue because of tourism dollars. These will all affect our community now and for several years.”

 

What plans do you have, if elected, to add and/or expand upon the services provided by your township?

 

Tasior: “I will work diligently to retain services during these crucial times. At no time in recent history have we been hit with so much in such a short amount of time. I believe with sound practices and a township board that is willing to work together to bring solutions we will be able to resolve issues instead of complaining about issues.”

 

What would you do, if elected, to help attract and retain business and industry?

 

Tasior: “I will continue to stress RRC and best practices including updating the Master Plan and our 165 ordinances, working in partnership with employers and businesses with sound practices is the key to retention and growth. True commitment and dedication to sound practices is the key. We want community, not just our resources and move on.”

 

Is there additional information you wish to share with voters?

 

Tasior: “I have been involved in my community since retiring to Oscoda seven years ago. Attending board of trustee meetings and becoming familiar with issues that concern our community. I was asked to become a member of the Oscoda Planning Commission by Mr. Baier shortly after settling into the area. I have spent countless hours going to training through the Michigan Township Association and Michigan Association of Planning. I have become certified in several areas of training such as site plan review, resilient coastal community programs, planning and zoning essentials, master planning, managing risk, affordable housing, form based code training, I have attended several MEDC certification classes and researched what other communities like ours have done successfully in the areas of best practices. I have been instrumental in brining training to our community for our appointees and our board members. I was instrumental in our  township to join the Michigan Association of Planning and I am proud of the fact that we offer our surrounding communities the opportunity to attend these sessions. I have proven that I can get things done. We have all heard it said ‘Why can’t Oscoda put on events like our neighbors do?’ Well I was asked that question also I said we can. I was challenged to do just that. Well that’s how Oscoda Rock Fest came about. People said Bob you are crazy people won’t support that kind of thing here. They spelled out every obstacle on why it wouldn’t work but we overcame every single obstacle that was put in front of us and we made it work. I don’t claim to have all the answers to the problems facing Oscoda township. I don’t even know what all those problems are. I can only say that I will dedicate myself to making sound decisions based on facts. I will work toward a bright future for Oscoda Township and not dwell on what Oscoda once was but on what we can be.”

Candidate 

Profile

 

Joshua Sutton, 38, Oscoda Township Clerk, Republican

 

Joshua Sutton, 38, Oscoda, is a 25 year resident of the community and is vying for the position of Oscoda Township clerk. He has two children and is works as a State Farm Insurance- Agent Aspirant for more than three years.

He’s also worked as the Oscoda Township Police Department – Code Enforcement Officer, Oscoda Township- Code Enforcement, Mikado Township Code Enforcement Officer and Zoning Administrator, Greenbush Township Code Enforcement Officer and Zoning Administrator

Sutton is also a 2000 graduate of Oscoda High School 2000 and 2010 and 2017 graduate of Kaplan University.

“I am Regional Commissioner for Oscoda AYSO, 10 year coach with AYSO, member of the Oscoda Lions Club, member of Au Sable Lodge # 243 of Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of Alcona Eastern Stars.”

Sutton is also endorsed by the committee to Elect Joshua Sutton and Endorsed by Sue Allor for conservative values and economic growth.

Questions and 

Answers

 

What prompts you to seek election at this time?

 

Sutton: “I have served the community in many ways and at many levels over time to improve our township. In doing this I have heard many residents hopes and aspirations for our community and its future as well as their issues with current situations.”

 

What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

 

Sutton: “To uphold our community’s conservative values, strive for economic growth to provide all residents the opportunity of a successful future, ensuring that all laws are followed, and making sure we have checks and balances are in place for the use of tax dollars in our community.”

 

What is your top priority, if elected?

 

Sutton: “To make sure that we are following all laws and regulations in our township and ensure that the people have a voice.

 

Would you support increased taxation and mandatory fees? If so, under what circumstances?

 

Sutton: “No increased taxation or mandatory fees.”

 

If elected, would you face conflicts of interest which might preclude you from participating in all functions of the elected office due to personal relationships, contracts, employment, et cetera? If so, please describe the conflict and how you would address it.

 

Sutton: “If elected I would have no conflicts of interest.”

 

What would you do to make your township a better place for its residents?

 

Sutton: “To make our community better I would support continued growth so that we have as many opportunities to be successful as possible.”

 

How would you address the perception by many residents that their voices are not being heard by county,  state and federal officials?

 

Sutton: I would agree with the residents as I feel this way as well. It is one of the biggest reasons I am running. “Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.” - Grover Cleveland

 

What do you see as the most pressing issue facing your township?

 

Sutton: “The most pressing issue I see facing the community is water contamination and its effects on the residents.”

 

What plans do you have, if elected, to add and/or expand upon the services provided by your township? 

 

Sutton: “If elected I intend to keep pushing for all those without access to city water in contaminated area’s to get access as soon as possible for their health.”

 

What would you do, if elected, to help attract and retain business and industry?

 

Sutton: “To attract and retain business and industry I would continue to support our economic development committee and attract more businesses in the aerospace industry.”