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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce announces August primary endorsements for Meridian Township

Wednesday, July 20, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) has announced its endorsements in the August 2, 2016 Primary Election in Meridian Township. Endorsed candidates are:

  • Township Supervisor – Milton Scales
  • Treasurer – Julie Brixie
  • Clerk – Gayelord Mankowski
  • Trustee  Dan Opsommer
  • Trustee – Phil Deschaine
  • Trustee – Patricia Jackson

“We feel very confident that this group of candidates will move Meridian Township forward in a positive direction,” said Tim Daman, president and chief executive officer of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). “Each of these candidates is focused on creating an environment for businesses to grow and invest in Meridian Township.”

There are a number of key issues in Meridian Township that candidates receiving the LRC-PAC endorsement were asked to address including: the financial health of the township, specifically dealing with legacy costs, prioritizing infrastructure investment focused on fixing local roads and sidewalks, creating a business friendly environment and demonstrating civility and professionalism towards each other, businesses and residents.

Current Township Trustee Milton Scales was cited as the best candidate to serve as the next Township Supervisor. “We believe Milton Scales is the right leader at the right time for Meridian Township,” said Steve Japinga, LRCC director of government relations. “Milton possesses the grasp of the key issues facing the township. Milton’s leadership and consensus-building skills are needed to guide the township during this important time.”

Milton Scales currently serves as a Township Trustee and prior to that, he served on the Township Planning Commission as well as the Ingham County Road Commission. He has over 30 years of law enforcement service and is endorsed by the Meridian Township Police Officers Association.

Julie Brixie currently serves as the Township Treasurer and has served on the Township board for the past 16 years.  She is the former president of the Haslett-Okemos Rotary Club.

Gayelord Mankowski served as a police officer for 31years.  During his 25 years as an officer in Meridian Township, he took the time to get to know residents and serve those in need in the community.

Dan Opsommer serves on the Township Planning Commission and as the chief of staff to State Rep. Jim Townsend.  He is a member of the Haslett Beautification Association.

Phil Deschaine serves on the Township Parks Commission and is president-elect of the Haslett Kiwanis Club. Phil created the Township’s ‘Love A Park Day’ and ‘Flags Over Meridian’

Patricia Jackson serves on the Township Planning Commission and Zoning Board of appeals.  She was awarded the Meridian Leadership award for her dedicated service.

LRC-PAC is the non-partisan political action committee of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, representing more than 100 businesses in Meridian Township and over 1,100 businesses in the tri-county region. The objective of LRC-PAC is to endorse candidates committed to the principles of free enterprise, economic growth and a pro-business philosophy.


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