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Voter Guide: Holyoke Town Clerk

 

October 2, 2020

Rosanne Haynes

Background

I am a retired school teacher. My husband, George, and I raised 3 daughters in Holyoke and have five grandchildren. I enjoy riding bicycle, taking walks, watching birds and wildlife, solving puzzles, reading, and traveling.

What made you decide to run for township office this year?

I am running for re-election this year after serving my community as township clerk for nine years. I have enjoyed being an active participant in the township, and part of the collaboration with others that serve on the town board.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing the township and how would you like to see it resolved?

The most important issue at the present time is bringing better internet service to our area. The impact of COVID-19 on our families who are working and schooling from home has put a spotlight on our poor internet access. As clerk, I will support town board and county efforts in that area by helping to write a plan of action, making phone calls, or other such things.

Why should people vote for you?

There is a lot of responsibility in being township clerk. I feel that each year of experience has enhanced my ability to carry out the job. I’m proud to live in our township and have worked hard to keep the books and township business in order.

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LeeAnne Gibson

Background

I come from a working class family and we own a small logging company. I work three jobs to make ends meet, so I understand when times are hard.

What made you decide to run for township office this year?

Holyoke is a very small community and I feel like it gets a little bit left out. I don’t want to just talk about things, I want to be a part of solving issues.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing the township and how would you like to see it resolved?

We are such a small community but we have so much out of town traffic due to the recreation out there. I don’t want to see that stop, but I think there should be more consideration for the smaller townships and the hardships that come from that. Whether it’s funding to compensate for the stuff we have to do or more actual realization that (these townships) are affected and how. I do believe recreational stuff is important but I feel there has to be a little more balance as well.

Why should people vote for you?

Because I’m willing to listen and try to make things better.

 
 

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