FLUSHING — Martin L. Cousineau, who has served as Genesee County Commissioner in the 7th District for four years, will face competition from newcomer Meredith Davis in the Nov. 3 general election.
Cousineau, 67, a Democrat, is a retired chiropractor who ran a successful practice locally for 40 years. His Republican opponent is Davis, 27, a marketing director for a local real estate company.
District 7 represents the township of Flushing, Montrose, Vienna, and Thetford, and the cities of Clio, Montrose and Flushing.
Here is what the candidates had to say in their own words:
Dr. Martin L. Cousineau, Age: 67
Education: Clio High School, graduated 1971; received his undergrad from Michigan State University as a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine in 1976.
Accomplishments: I have run a successful chiropractic office for more than 40 years. I have been giving back to my community as the County Commissioner of District 7 for the last four years. Presently I serve as the Chairman of the County Board. I have been the Chairman of the Public Works, Vice Chair of Finance Committees. I also have sat on the Board of Health and Board of Genesee Health System. I presently sit on the Genesee Metro Planning, KWA, Clio Community Foundation and several other committees.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? While the county has many challenges financially and structurally, I have placed the highest priority of the budget (60 percent) on Public Safety and Health. We have developed a plan moving forward to save retiree health care.
I am seeking re-election so I can continue to lead the county forward with these goals and plans and getting the finances balanced once again. I also want to maintain the highest level of services to the community.
Meredith Davis, Age: 27
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from University of Michigan – Flint; currently completing a dual MBA and MS in Computer Information Systems, U of M – Flint
Accomplishments: I work as marketing director for a top-producing real estate firm in Genesee County, and I bring a wealth of board experience and business savvy to the race for commissioner. I’m a proud member of the Kiwanis Club of Flint as well as a volunteer with the Ennis Center for Children, St Luke N.E.W. Life Center, Special Olympics, the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan, and local elder care and assisted living facilities. I’ve had the privilege of organizing events such as Donations for Education, benefiting 3rd grade students at Flint Community Schools, as well as Caring for Chemo, fundraising for Hurley Medical Center, and the American Cancer Society.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Genesee County residents are concerned for the safety of their families on the roads and in their homes, and they deserve a helpful, responsive county government. As county commissioner, I will be committed to public safety, supporting our police and first responders, maintaining our roads, and greater fiscal restraint in the face of a looming budget shortfall. Taking an all-of-the-above approach to building up our community also means not just keeping residents but attracting more. Working together, we must make Genesee County a place for more families to call home by spurring economic growth and creating more high-wage jobs. If you’d like to learn more about my vision for the Genesee County Commission, feel free to visit ElectMeredith.com. — G.G.