Candidates Step Forward To Replace Current Saugatuck Township Officials If They Are Stripped Of Their Jobs In November Recall Vote; Paperwork Filed With County Wednesday
Candidates running against recall targets of four members of the Saugatuck Township Board filed the necessary paper work with the Allegan County Clerk on Wednesday.
Circulators of the recall petitions Kathy Sturm and Cindy Osman were successful in getting the petition language approved by the Allegan County Elections Commission and collected more than enough signatures to recall Clerk Brad Rudich, Treasurer Lori Babinski, Trustee Roy McIlwaine and Trustee Douglas Lane.
The following township residents are throwing their hats into the ring for the November election:
Bill Wester is a former Saugatuck Township Supervisor and a small business owner. His history with the township inner workings is extensive, and extremely valuable. Bill will be running for Clerk.
Jon Helmrich brings 25 years of experience in financial planning and budget control for both companies and nonprofit groups.
Helmrich has a proven record in fiscal responsibility and has been an involved and strong advocate of our community for the 14 years he has lived in the Township. Jon will be running for Treasurer.
Stacey Aldrich has been running her own business for the last 30 years, and earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do at age 55. She has lived in the Saugatuck/Douglas area most of her life with her husband of 43 years. Her community engagement and knowledge of the history of the area serve her well.
She is excited to give back to the community that she loves so dearly. Stacy will be running for Trustee.
Abby Bigford happily calls Saugatuck Township home. She and her husband are proud parents of three wonderful sons.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Grand Valley State University and worked at the Allegan County Circuit Court, Family Division for 15 years. She is qualified and has a strong desire to serve. Abby will be running for Trustee.
“We are delighted that these four candidates, with their experience and qualifications have stepped forward to serve on the Township Board” said Osman.
“The backgrounds and experience that these four bring to the table is unmatched,” said Sturm.
“They have what it takes to get the job done.”