DAVISON — Mayor Tim Bishop is seeking a third term in the Nov. 3 election, but he’ll face a challenge by former councilman and local business owner James Hansen.
Bishop and Hansen are both running for a four-year term as mayor. Here is what the candidates had to say, in their own words:
Tim Bishop, Age: 49
Education: High school graduate, two years at Mott Community College.
Accomplishments: Eight years as current mayor of Davison, four years as a city council member, eight years on the Davison Downtown Development Authority, Level 2 Michigan Municipal League Certified.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? When elected mayor, I will continue to keep making the best decisions for the residents that elected me. This includes working with current and new incoming council members, as well as the city staff to ensure only good financial, safety and quality of living decisions are made.
During my two terms, I have been a part of hiring the current team of department heads within the city. I am very proud of this group as they all perform at a high level for the residents.
I think moving forward it will be important to make sure the citizens are engaged and involved more in what we need to do as a city. We need to find people’s passions and interests and get them involved.
Over my current terms, we as a city for the first time developed a Capital Improvement Plan. It’s a working document, available to the public, that shows current and proposed projects for all aspects of the city. We’ve seen things come of that list as accomplished in just a few years already. It’s important to keep on task and utilize this plan.
James Hansen, Age: 67
Education: Graduate of Davison High School, Degree Mott College, graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.
Accomplishments: Served Davison City Council, Davison Senior Board, Past President and Board member Davison Chamber of Commerce, Past President and Board member of Davison Rotary, Former Board member Davison Parks & Recreation, Past Board Member of Michigan Funeral Directors Association, President of Michigan Funeral Directors District 7, Licensed Funeral Director for more than 40 years. Former Columbiaville Firefighter, more than 25 years in EMS including owning and operating EMS Service in Genesee County, Member of St. John Catholic Church and former member of St. John Cemetery Board, active volunteer in many community activities.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My community goals are to continue to bring better working relationships with surrounding governmental agencies, look at joint cost saving programs that mutually benefit all parties, facilitate working relationship between council, city employees, and community. Work to maintain quality living in our community within the bounds of our budgets. And basically, be available to our citizens to research their concerns within the guidelines of our city charter.
The Genesee County View will run more candidate profiles over the coming weeks for the various races through the county.