Five running for four seats on Clayton Township board, Nov. 3



CLAYTON TWP. — Incumbent trustees Greg Childers, Mike Crockett, Tamara Kapraun and Shelley Thompson are seeking re-election to the Clayton Township Board of Trustees, but they will face opposition from resident Brad Anthony in the Nov. 3 election.

Childers, Crockett and Kapraun are running as Democrats, while Thompson and Anthony are Republicans.

Here is what the candidates had to say:

Greg Childers, Age: 55

Education: Graduated from Carman High school and attended Mott college.

Accomplishments: I own Motor City Builders. I have been a trustee in Clayton Township for 16 years. I am the longest serving board member. I have been on the fire board and I am currently on the ZBA board.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? If re-elected I will continue to work for the residents of Clayton Township.

Mike Crockett, Age: 62

Education: Bachelor’s degree Saginaw Valley State University

Accomplishments: Retired General Motors 30 years of service. Married 29 years. Flushing Senior center board member.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Continue supporting Clayton Township in all budgetary matters including but not limited to police and fire.

Tamara Kapraun, Age: 54

Education: Swartz Creek High School, University of Michigan – Flint Bachelor of Arts, Saginaw Valley State University – Master of Arts

Accomplishments: I have been a teacher in Flushing Community Schools for over 20 years. I am a lifelong area resident. I have been on the Clayton Township Board of Trustees for 10 years. I am a member of the SCAFD Fire Board, the Clayton Township Personnel Committee, Policy and Procedure Committee. As a Township Board, we have become more transparent in the dealings of the township.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Transparency and accountability are foremost of importance. We are accountable to our residents. We need to attend our meetings and be available to answer to our residents. I have a 91 percent attendance rate for board meeting attendance in the last 10 years, missing a few when they conflicted with my full-time job. I will continue to be transparent and accountable to our residents. I will continue to be fiscally responsible and will try to make our revenues stretch, while still meeting the needs of our residents.

Shelley M. Thompson, Age: 48

Education: No response

Accomplishments: I believe my background and community involvement makes me an effective trustee. I have served our community in this position for the past four years. I am familiar with the daily workings of the township office and understand the importance of being connected with the residents. I also understand the importance of the position in regard to township policies and resolutions, as well as being instrumental with the budgeting of the township. I hope to continue working with our first responders to support their departments in every way necessary to maintain our current level of excellent protections. I believe our community is best served when we have a Board made up of diverse backgrounds. I hope to continue being a voice for the residents of Clayton Township

I have worked in the financial industry for over 20 years. I am incredibly familiar with budgeting and financial forecasting. I have served as a township representative for the Metro Alliance Committee for the past 4 years. I also served as secretary for the Board of Review. I am involved with the community projects hosted by the Clayton Township Police Department and the SCAFD as well as being very involved with the Greater Federation of Women’s Club – Swartz Creek. I am also a member of the Swartz Creek Area School’s Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? I am deeply committed to our community and its residents and would be honored to be able to continue to serve our community as Trustee.

Brad Anthony: Did not respond to our questionnaire.