Five candidates will compete for four seats on Flint Township Board of Trustees


FLINT TWP. — Three incumbents and two newcomers will face-off Nov. 3 in the general election for four, four-year terms on the Flint Township Board of Trustees.

Incumbents Carol Pfaff- Dahl, Barbara Vert and Tom Klee will face challengers Debbe Campbell and David Huffman for four seats on the board.

Here is what the candidates

Carol Pfaff Dahl, Age: 64

Education: Master of Science in Administration – MSA Central Michigan University; Concentration: Business Administration, December 1989; and Bachelor of Arts – BSA Spring Arbor College. Concentration: Management of Human Resources, May 1984

Accomplishments: During the last four years as a Trustee, I have been appointed to the following Flint Township boards: Economic Development Corporation, Pre-Planning and Planning Commission, and the Bristol Road Corridor Improvement Authority. I recently obtained a Certified Tourism Ambassador Certificate (CTA) though the Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce.

I am also the Chairperson for Community Events in Flint Township. During my tenure, we were able to create an Annual Easter Egg Hunt, Food Trucks last summer at Harley Davidson, Trunk-or-Treats & Haunted House for Halloween, and we welcomed Santa to the Genesee Valley Mall.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My goal is for Flint Township to be a leader in public safety and provide excellent customer service to the citizens of the Township. I encourage residents to form/join community neighborhood watch programs. As a township, we need to continue to work on blight issues and provide ordinances that are fair and apply to all residents and businesses and hold them accountable for the upkeep of their property.

I would like to continue to focus on budget planning and spending and seek out more grants to offset the expenditures. I believe as a community, we need to support our local businesses and continue to work on beautifying the area to retain and attract new businesses.

As a caring trustee that has lived in Flint Township for 54 years and graduated from Carman High School, I will continue to work on strengthening the unity and positive experiences for all residents. My goal is to ensure the residents that our community is a safe place where people like to live, work and play.

Barbara Vert, Age: 64

Education: Mott Community College

Accomplishments: Elected Flint Township Trustee since 2008, recently appointed Deputy Supervisor by Supervisor Karyn Miller, Member of the following: Flint Township Election Commission, Economic Development Corp, Liaison, volunteer and member of Carman Ainsworth Senior Center. Past member of Flint Township Park and Recreation committee, who was awarded the grant for the Genesee Valley Trail.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Moving forward during this pandemic will be challenging, my hope is by working together we can be committed to improving Flint Township to be a vibrant community.

Tom Klee, Age: No response

Education: High School – Ainsworth High School; Bachelor’s Degree – Eastern Michigan University; Teaching Certifications – Ferris State University & Master’s Degree – Marygrove College

Accomplishments: Business Education- Marketing & Personal Finance Instructor, Carman Ainsworth School District, 1998 – to present.

I have greatly enjoyed and respected this my 4-year term and the service to the Flint Township community. Having sat on the negotiations committees and acting as the Fire- Commissioner Liaison to the Board for these 4-years, I am excited to continue to support the township and all the residents and businesses to help us move forward and work through after all of the issues over the past months.

I have been actively involved in several areas outside classroom activities. These have included; Student Council Support, Homecoming Festivities, ABC-12 Spirit Cup Co-Advisor, Varsity Athletic Announcer for multiple sports and years at C.A.H.S., Voted the Best P.A. Announcer in Genesee County on M-Live. I am always an active part of the Flint Township National Night Out and have been for multiple years. I previously was on the E-Board of Easter Seals of Genesee County while employed by Gannett Outdoor in the 80’s. I have volunteered and assisted for multiple organizations when asked by members and volunteers when able.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Support of our fire and police services. Maintain and upgrade when possible our infrastructure here within the township, to insure we are encouraging and maintaining the quality of life that we who live in this great township expect. Manage and maintain a working budget for the township and its residents and businesses. To maintain and continue an open line of communication with all the residents, township employees, elected officials, all those that the township impacts on a daily basis.

Debbe Campbell, Age: 65

Education: Bachelor of Business Administration

Accomplishments: Worked at HealthPlus for 13 years as an Account Executive. Met or exceeded sales goals 11 of 13 years. Made sure I researched answers thoroughly before I shared information with potential companies and employees. I am currently working at Sloan Museum and Longway Planetarium as Development Director. Have been on several community committees. Past-President of West Flint Business Association in Flint Township. I am the proud mom of two daughters, Kristina Campbell and Laura Loewen. Thrilled Laura and Jason have moved back to Flint Township with their 3 children.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? As a single mom for years, I needed to be frugal and manage my finances carefully. I will do the same for Flint Township by researching topics that need to be considered before voting. Proud to have grown up in Flint Township. With contacts I have made over the years, I am confident I will be to help with Business Development for the betterment of the township, including adding additional job opportunities.

David Huffman did not respond to our questionnaire.