GOODRICH — Five residents will vie for three seats on the Goodrich Village Council in the Nov. 3 general election.
The candidates are Melissa Schuentz, Sherry Ann Moore, Keith Walworth, Jim Moore and Edmond Simeone. Here is what they had to say about their candidacies in their own words:
Melissa Schluentz, Age: 37
Education: Associates Degree in Business Management
Accomplishments: Fondest accomplishment is the creation of an organization for a small charity, Girlfriends Giving Back. Now entering our fifth year, we provide gift bags to elderly, parents of sick children in the hospital and supplies to animal shelters around the holidays.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Community goals include sidewalks on 1/4 mile stretch east of M-15 on Hegel for subdivision resident use, and implementing an electronic form of the monthly newsletter.
Sherry Ann Moore, Age: 44
Education: High school and some college
Accomplishments: I’ve been a resident in The Village of Goodrich for 26 years. I’m the wife of Jim Moore for 25 years and mother of five. I’m a member of the Goodrich/Atlas Historical Society and was also a member of the Goodrich Parks and Recreation.
I’ve volunteered in Goodrich Area Schools throughout my residence in Goodrich, mostly when my kids were in elementary school. I also have experience in sales/marketing and the medical field.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? If elected, my goals for the community would revolve around bringing our community more together. One of the goals being making sure all Village of Goodrich meetings are recorded and making them accessible to our community, along with all necessary documents and records. I want to work with our small businesses to help them grow, focus on fixing our roads and trying to eliminate any negativity within our village. I plan to grow the relationships I have made with the people in our community and am more than willing to listen to all questions and concerns within our village. I plan on keeping our small village atmosphere while helping Goodrich thrive to be the best it can be. You can contact me at email@example.com. Thank you for your time and I look forward to seeing you Nov. 3 on election day.
Keith Walworth, Age: 55
Education: Associate of Science — Mott Community College; Bachelor of Computer Science — UofM
Accomplishments: I have lived in Goodrich for the past 28 years. I previously served 9 years on the Village Council and 17 years on the Zoning Board of Appeals. For the last 4 years I have served on the Planning Commission. I am also a current member of the Master Plan Steering Committee. I have the needed experience and knowledge for this position and can help guide new members of the council.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? I would like to concentrate on infrastructure and develop plans to address things like sidewalks, roads and our aging Dam. It is one of my goals to obtain public access to the Millpond so all residences have access and can enjoy this wonderful resource. I would also like to see what grants might be available to enhance the M-15 corridor and the downtown area as well as parks and recreation money. It is my goal to make decisions that preserve our small-town atmosphere and encourage new businesses and residents into the Village to increase our tax base.
Jim Moore, Age: 58
Education: Graduated High School in 1980. Received two Associate Degrees in Robotics from OCC (1985).
Accomplishments: I have lived here in the Village of Goodrich for the past 33 years. My wife Sherry (also a Village Council candidate) and I are celebrating our 25th year of marriage this year. We have 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys, ages 22, 21, 18, 18, & 16. Our pets include a dog, six cats and a rabbit.
I have enjoyed a career in the Automotive Industry for the past 35 years at tooling suppliers and I am currently employed at FCA’s Tech Center. I started my career as a Robot Programmer and progressed up to a Project Manager. I was involved “cradle to grave” on projects from bid/quotation phase thru the installation of automotive assembly systems. I am currently employed at FCA (soon Stellantis) as a Manufacturing Engineer.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? I decided to run for Village Council in Goodrich to assist in bringing the community together on the important issues that we are facing in our village. I hope that I can connect with each and every village resident during my campaign. I would like to identify any issues, concerns, ideas, or improvements that they would like to see in our village. Road improvements need to be addressed with a clear plan to prioritize the much-needed repairs. All funding options need to be reviewed. As a Village, we need to support and grow our local business community. If you need to reach me during my campaign, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you get out and vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Thank you for your time.
Edmond Simeone, Age: 59
Education: Graduated from Crestwood High School, 4 Years electrical apprenticeship
Accomplishments: Journeyman’s electrical license, retired electrician
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My name is Ed Simeone, and I am running for a chair on the village council. My wife Georgia and I moved to the area in 2017 after falling in love with the town atmosphere, and quickly became passionate about preserving and bettering the community.
Over the years, I have been an active volunteer in the community and have attended several council meetings only to be disappointed to witness how truly divided we all are, despite having common goals of wanting the best for our village. While I have never served on a board before, I am motivated to bring residents together to collaborate and work toward our goals as efficiently as possible. I would serve as the voice of the people, collecting and considering all of your suggestions and beliefs, compiling them into unbiased actions. I come to ask for your vote on Nov. 3, with no ulterior motives at hand, but to somehow try and bring a small town together in this very divided world. To help make people be proud of where they live and set the benchmark for other communities who aren’t as lucky. My top priorities would be turning the Mill Pond into a place that everyone can enjoy, while addressing the concerns with our roads. I am against the dissolving of the village, the draining of the Mill pond and getting rid of the DPW. I will look at ways to reduce any unnecessary spending in all areas but will not be afraid to utilize the budgets to make this village a beautiful and more exciting place to live.
This is who I am, and who you will be voting for if you choose to do so.
The Genesee County View will run more candidate profiles over the coming weeks for the various races through the county.