In the following days, Fenton Patch will introduce you to the area candidates running for public office in the upcoming election.
Today, we meet Shaun Shumaker, Fenton Township Trustee candidate who will be running against newcomer Andrew Marko and incumbents Mark Goupil, Robert Kesler and Vince Lorraine.
You can read about other candidates and the latest election news on Fenton Patch.
How long have you lived in the area?
I have lived in the Fenton area for 11 years.
What community and civic organizations are you currently involved in?
Our family has three young boys, so it is not hard to imagine that most of most of my community involvement revolves around them. However, in doing so I have had the pleasure of being involved with the Lake Fenton Little League, Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation, as well as being able to give back to some who have not been so fortunate at Whaley Children’s Center
Why did you want to run for office?
I believe, it is every individual’s responsibility to engage, participate, and give back to his or her community in some way. For some that may mean coaching a soccer team, volunteering at a local senior citizens center, or serving in an official capacity. I have been blessed to coach several of my own children’s teams and had the opportunity to work with many of the resident in our surrounding communities. I now feel it’s time I bring my energy, talents, and fresh perspective to the Fenton Township Board. With support of the voters in Fenton Township, I will be proud to serve our community as their trustee.
What personal and professional experiences make you qualified to hold that position?
Professionally speaking, in addition to my bachelors in business administration, I come from a family who has owned several small businesses over the years. Politically speaking, I have gained a vast knowledge from watching my father, who has been involved with local politics since I was a small boy. I believe both cultivated my love and desire to serve the public.
What is the most important issue and what do you intend to do about it during your term in office?
I think it speaks highly of the current board when I can say that our township does not have any real hot button issues, at the moment. I look forward to serving on a board that will focus on our taxpayer’s needs and concerns.
What is your vision for the area, where do you see the area in 10 or even 20 years, and what does the area need to do now to realize that vision?
In 10 to 20 years, I can visualize our township as an area that remains the safe, quiet, yet blossoming community that it is today. We need to preserve open spaces, agricultural lands, and other rural characteristics of the township. At the same time, we need to market our unique, and highly desirable area to stimulate growth and fill the number developments that have been left stagnant in the past few years.