Five seeking four seats on Flushing Township board



FLUSHING TWP. — Five candidates are vying for four, 4-year terms as trustees on the Flushing Township board in the Nov. 3 election.

Incumbents Jenifer Almassy, William Westenbarger, Sharilynn Willette and Linda Minarik are opposed by resident Bill Bain, a Republican.

Westenbarger, Willette and Minarik are all Republicans, while Almassy is a Democrat.

Here is what the candidates had to say: Jenifer Almassy, Age: 47

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education, Masters in Instructional Technology

Accomplishments: 24 years as a high school business and English teacher; four years as Flushing Township Trustee; 10 years as Michigan Education Association Board Member

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My goals for the community are to continue to look for commonalities vs. differences, respect those that think different than yourself, and to get informed and involved in issues impacting the township. As a person to ask a lot of questions to understand situations, I look for different ways to resolve problems, and continually work to make sure that when we need to purchase services that we look first within our local community businesses and our residents.

William Westenbarger, Age: No response

Education: No response

Accomplishments: I spent six years in the U. S. Navy, 1964 – 1970, four on active duty and two years in reserve. My job while serving was jet engine repair for helicopters. When I was discharged, I went to work for General Motors and spent 31 years there. During this time my wife and I volunteered as EMTs for two different ambulance companies – that was about 15 years. I have always been community minded. Flushing Township has been our home since 1972.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? When I am elected as Flushing Township trustee, the number one thing on my list will be to protect our resident’s money to the best of my ability. To help our residents in any way that I can. To take care of business as it should be done.

Bill Bain, Age: 61

Education: Powers High School, Jordan College, business management

Accomplishments: Appointed Metro Alliance representative for Flushing Township by both Democratic and Republican township boards. A member of the Flushing Township Task Force for Safer School Routes serves on Parks and Recreation Committee, Genesee County Steering Committee, Past U.A.W Local 651 trustee and a published author.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? Currently working on bringing solar powered flashing crosswalks to the Flushing Middle School. A Veterans Memorial presentation area and commemorative walkway to honor our vets. A remembrance garden for all our kids lost way before their time. These projects would be paid for through fund raising, grants, and community support.

Sharilynn “Sharri” Willette, Age:72

Education: Bachelor of Science from CMU, master’s in teaching from Marygrove College

Accomplishments: Greatest accomplishment is raising my four children. I was a teacher in the Flushing Community Schools for over 20 years, as an elementary and alternative education instructor. I was awarded the Teacher of the Year in 2013. I am currently on the Flushing Senior Center Board as well as a Flushing Township trustee.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? I feel very fortunate to have lived in Flushing for more than 50 years. Flushing has a strong reputation as a caring, close knit community that affords varied and valuable opportunities for its citizens in a safe environment. I hope that as a township trustee I can maintain and even help further enrich those opportunities, as well as improve infrastructure for future generations.

Linda Minarik: Ms. Minarik did not respond to our questionnaire.