Jeff Linderman

Jeff Linderman

OSCODA – There are two contested races so far on the Iosco County Board of Commissioners in the race for the 1st District and the 2nd District Commissioner seat. All commissioner seats are for two year terms.

Commission Chairman Robert Huebel of Oscoda, a Republican, will be on the ticket with Republican challenger Jeffery Linderman, a Greenbush Republican. Commissioner Terry Dutcher, an Oscoda Republican and incumbent, will be on the primary ticket with Oscoda resident Mark Miller, a Republican, for the 2nd District Seat.

All other commissioners, including Commissioner Charles Finley, 3rd District, Hale; Commissioner John Moehring, 4th District, East Tawas; Commissioner Donald Jay O’Farrell, 5th District, Whittemore and Commissioner, are so far uncontested.

 

 

District 1 Candidate profiles, questions 

and answers

 

 

Robert Huebel, 50, Iosco County District No. 1 

incumbent 

commissioner, Republican.

 

Robert Huebel, 50, is an Oscoda resident of 24 years and the incumbent Iosco Commissioner for District No. 1. He is running for his seat in the election as a Republican. He has served as a commissioner since 2012.

Huebel is an Oscoda High School graduate and a 1991 graduate of Northern Michigan University.

He is also the owner/manager Vista Lanes of Oscoda and served as the supervisor of Oscoda Township from 2001-08. He was also on the township’s planning commission from 1995 to 2001.

He also served on numerous committees and with the Oscoda Rotary Club in different capacities.

 

Jeffrey R. Linderman, 57, Iosco County District No. 1 commissioner, Republican

 

Jeffrey R Linderman, 57, is an Oscoda Township resident who has lived in the township since December of 2016 and he is running to become an Iosco County Commissioner for District  No. 1 as a Republican.

He is currently the director of public works for AuSable Township DPW, worked for RepairClinic.com and is a retired sergeant with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. He is also a 1981 graduate of Belleville High School 

He is also president of the Iosco County Humane Society, and was involved in the Belleville DDA,  and was the union vice president of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriff’s Association. He has no endorsements from political action groups.

 

What prompts you to seek election at this time?

 

Huebel: “Re-election would mean I could continue to serve the people of District No. 1 and Iosco County as a whole.”

 

Lindermann: “The Spaceport at the old airbase directly impacts the quality of life. Community, along with local government involvement could really bring in new business to the surrounding townships, and Iosco County. PFAS could as affect our community in a negative way, along with health risks. I believe we need to mitigate the PFAS quickly as possible and enhance our water/sewer in the affected areas.”

 

What do you hope to accomplish if elected?

 

Huebel:  “Due to these troubling times maintaining funding essential services is priority.”

 

Linderman: “Promote tourism in our areas. Update our utility infrastructures and increase First Responders (Police-Fire-EMS) Work with each unit to support them and ensure superior equipment/training.”

 

  What is your top priority, if elected?

 

Huebel: “Same as the previous answer, funding has dropped dramatically, so making large promises is not realistic. Times will get better, but we must watch the bottom line at this time.”

 

Linderman: “Top priority is to work with local, state and federal agencies to secure grants and funding to promote a vibrant community for all residents, and visitors to our area, to include health care options for seniors.”

 

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

 

Huebel: “There is a County Millage on the ballot, and I would hope taxpayers I voters would support it. The millage has not been increased since 1976. Fees have decreased during my time in office.”

 

Linderman: “I would support increased taxation and mandatory fees after an intensive review of the budget and review of possible grant funding.”

 

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.

 

Huebel: “No.”

 

Linderman: “I’m currently president of the Iosco County Humane Society which receives a stipend from Iosco County for animal services. My current term will be expiring January 2021. When elected, I will resign my position to avoid any conflict of interest.”

 

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

 

Huebel: “With all the various topics and decisions that face District No. 1, Iosco County I would always keep their interest as a priority. I would also pursue any opportunities that would benefit Iosco County.

 

Linderman: “Promotion of our natural shoreline for tourism and local businesses. Promote the spaceport and monitor PFAS remediation and additional infrastructure. (Water and Sewer for areas on wells with PFAS).”

 

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

 

Huebel: “We have numerous public comment periods at our public meetings, but I do understand that not everyone can be at our meetings. Most or all phone calls are relayed to me and I promptly respond by way of phone or in person. Please let your voice be heard.”

 

Linderman: “Create a social media page so concerns can be voiced and addressed. Encourage participation in local board meetings, and Iosco County Commissioner bi-weekly meetings. Monthly “coffee hours” withing my district for easy access for information.”

 

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

 

Huebel: “Economics is the fuel that makes any community a better place for young and old. I continually strive to increase the financial opportunities for all, and everyone will prosper.”

 

Linderman: “PFAS contamination within the district and mediation control.”

 

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

 

Huebel: “I have pursed and received many grants for this area. I have traveled around the state of Michigan and the nation looking for opportunities to enhance Iosco county as a whole and will continue to do so if reelected.”

 

Linderman: “Expanded EMS Service and reduce response time withing District #1, as well as all districts.”

 

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

 

Huebel: “I am in continual contact with citizens and business owners to hear all concerns and do my best to respond to them and will continue to do so.”

 

Linderman: “Collaborate with local DDA’s and township officials to secure grant funding and tax incentives for all businesses withing the district, and promote new businesses. Promote activities such as fishing tournaments, canoe race and events to showcase local business.”

 

Is there additional information you wish to share with voters?

 

Huebel: “I have a long track record in this community that is tried and true. I have gained experience and wisdom over the years and would like to continue to serve the people of District #1 and losco County.”

 

Linderman: “I support all first responders. Retired sergeant from law enforcement 25 years of service (Wayne County) and Owner of Linderman Landscape for 30 plus years. Project Manager-established an outdoor power equipment division within a successful e-commerce company for six years.

 

District 2 Candidate profiles, questions 

and answers

 

Terry Dutcher, 66, Iosco County District No. 2 

incumbent commissioner, Republican

 

Terry Dutcher, 66, is an AuSable resident of 31 years who is the incumbent Iosco County District No. 2 commissioner, seeking relection. He is running as a republican. He runs Terry Dutcher Agency of Farmers Insurance, AuSable Tree Maintenance, Terry Dutcher Welding and Fabrication and is a retired journeyman bricklayer.

Dutcher is a graduate of Deckerville High School. He was enrolled at Alpena Community College, Macomb County Community College, Devry University, and holds a degree in Project Management and masters degrees in project management and finance from Keller Graduate School of Management.

He has served as county commissioner for 2.5 years, and three years as a zoning commissioner for AuSable Township.. 

Dutcher has also bee a supporter of Friends of the Auditorium, a supporter of Oscoda High School’s music department and has provided employment opportunities for disadvantaged and disabled persons. He is not endorsed by a political action group.

 

Mark Miller, Iosco County District No. 2 

commissioner, Republican

 

Mark Miller, age not given, is an Oscoda resident of seven years seeking election as an Iosco County District No. 2 commissioner. He is running as a Republican.

Miller has a long history of audit and tax work for various corporations beginning in the late 1970s. His most recent consulting work is with  Rayonier Forest Products, JP Morgan Chase, Sound Transit, Boeing, Quileute Nation and Kalitta Air.

He is a 1974 graduate of Morristown High School, Morristown  N.J. and a 1978 graduate of Wittenberg University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in accounting..

He passed the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exams in Ohio and California, and has numerous certificates in a variety of different classes 

Miller is also the co-author with Arnie Leriche and Connect Michigan of the Iosco County Technology Action Plan published June 2016

His other achievements include volunteer at Oscoda AuSable History Museum and that he attended the Sept. 2019 MAMA Space Symposium and 2016-2019 MTU Midwest Rail Conferences on own dime

He’s the former Northern Chair Michigan Association of Rail and Bus Passengers (Saginaw to Wisconsin and Canada and a former member Develop Iosco.

 

 

What prompts you to seek election at this time? 

 

Dutcher: “I have two and one half years of experience learning the interdepartmental teamwork that makes the county work for the taxpayers. I am committed to providing my constituents the representation they demand and deserve. I would be honored if given the opportunity to continue serving my community as their county commissioner.”

 

Miller: “Lack of transparency of County functions. 2019 Audit uncompleted.  Historically completed in June with Elite Shellenbarger County Commissioners meetings Not broadcast. This is standard practice in other communities across the US.”

 

What to you hope to accomplish, if re-elected? 

 

Dutcher: “The expansion of our emergency medical services is just one of the items on my agenda. Creating a balance between a friendly business climate and increased revenue for capital improvements in the county is imperative.

 

Miller: “Resolve EMS response time. Better communication with municipalities.”

 

What is your top priority, if elected? 

 

Dutcher: “My top priority is to ensure that our new emergency manager has the resources to create an efficient and effective comprehensive emergency coordination plan as is necessary to ensure the safety of our residents in any catastrophic situation. 

 

Miller: “Oscoda Spaceport becomes operational and is preferred vendor site for 45th parallel horizontal LEO, low earth orbit, launch.”

 

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

 

Dutcher: “As a taxpayer I hate tax increases and mandatory fees. As a business owner I hate them even more. Unfortunately, increased financial liabilities are a reality in private, professional, and government accounting. Do we cut services that are essential to our residents or do we ask them for a millage increase? These are tough questions and the answer is not necessarily a yes or no. Each situation requires well informed decision making from us and possibly from our residents.”

 

Miller: “We and Alcona are communities with limited resources and tax payer dollars must be spent efficiently. Before increasing taxes I will examine operations to ensure the county is operating efficiently. Taxpayers will decide if they wish to pay for expanded services. Unfunded mandates by state and federal government, I have no control over.”

 

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? 

 

Dutcher: “None that I am aware of.”

 

Miller: “I am bound by the AICPA Code of Professional Conduct and will abstain from voting if I have a conflict.”

 

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

 

Dutcher: “I will push to make our communities safer for our residents. I will continue the support of educational opportunities. I will defend responsible stewardship of our precious resources.”

 

Miller: “Taxpayers are customers who deserve to be treated with respect, not annoyances that need to be educated. I have a strong background in customer service. The county should efficiently manage the services the residents have tasked them with performing.”