What voters face in Lincoln Park, Southgate, Taylor and Trenton

By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers

When Downriver voters head to the polls Nov. 8, among national, state and county races, they will be asked to seat local city council and board of education members as well as vote on a school millage.

In Lincoln Park, seven people are seeking six available positions on the City Council.

Chris Dardzinski, 48; Mario DiSanto; Michael Higgins, 53; Larry F. Kelsey, 65; Thomas A. Murphy, 68; Thomas Parkinson, 63; and Maureen Tobin are seeking council seats. The open positions will replace incumbents Mark Kandes and Elliott Zelenak, who aren’t seeking re-election.

Voters are also being asked to choose two people for six-year terms on the Lincoln Park Public Schools Board of Education. Candidates are Susan Amorose, 61 Charles Kaminski, 72 and Holly Szor, 56.

Southgate Community School District voters will choose three school board candidates to serve for six years. The candidates are: Timothy O. Estheimer, 47; Neil J. Freitas, 46; Andrew A. Green, 46; Paul C. Knott, 56; Mark Joseph Kremer, 51 and Jason Kupser, 41.

Voters also will be asked to elect one candidate from among Selden Green, 36; Melissa McDaniel-Bishop, 39; and Patrick Owen, 55, who will serve a partial school board term ending Dec. 31, 2018. Green, an incumbent, was appointed to the seat in April after W. Kirk Hayhurst resigned.

Taylor School District voters are being asked to approve a proposal for 0.96 mills over six years for technology and facility improvements. The millage is expected to raise $5.9 million in the six years.

Items addressed by the tax will include:
• Acquiring and installing technology equipment and technology infrastructure in school buildings and other facilities.
• Remodeling, equipping or furnishing school buildings and other facilities and preparing, developing and improving sites at athletic fields and other facilities; and possible purchase of school buses.

The owner of a house with a $50,000 taxable value would pay an additional $48 in taxes annually over the six years.

In Trenton, four are vying for two seats on the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education. Four people are vying for two six-year seats. Voters will see Alexander J. Drysdale, Kellee S. Howey and incumbents Michael J. Hawkins and Cristine F. Howe on the ballot.

Hawkins, 39, was first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2012. Howe, 68, has been a board member since July 1995. Drysdale, 18, and Howey, 49, would be newcomers if elected. Drysdale is a recent Trenton High School graduate.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at dstreporter@gmail.com.)