Five seeking four trustee seats in Mundy Township



MUNDY TWP. — One incumbent and four challengers will compete for four seats on the Mundy Township Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 general election.

Trustee Mark Gorton will face off with challengers Greg Dietrich, Kimberly Jimenez, Debra Ridley and Kyle Ward for four, four-year seats on the board.

Here is what the candidates had to say:

Mark T. Gorton, Age: 51

Education: B.S. – University of Michigan-Flint, M.A.T. – Marygrove University

Accomplishments: Working in the field of education for 35 years in Genesee County, I have had the privilege to work with some incredible people with diverse backgrounds. I have both led and been a part of numerous committees seeking solutions to challenging problems. People have been at the heart of all that I do. I enjoy working with people. I enjoy working with those who have a desire to help others and to improve the community in which we live. I value listening with an open mind and with empathy. I think we learn the most when we listen to one another. I am committed to ensuring the citizens of Mundy Township have a board that is responsive to the people they serve.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My goals are to improve our trash collection service and ensure our public safety by working alongside our Metro Police Authority and upgrading outdated fire equipment. Additional goals include maintaining and improving our township roads and infrastructure, ensuring government transparency, being fiscally responsible with the people’s money, seeking ways of making local government more efficient, and advocating for a township strategic plan. I am honest, responsible, and have a strong work ethic. If elected, the decisions I make will be based on the facts of the issues and considering their impact on the lives of the citizens of Mundy Township.

Greg Dietrich, Age: 40

Education: BA Political Science – Saginaw Valley State University, MBA -Northwood University

Occupation: Business Analyst- Frankenmuth Credit Union

Accomplishments: Led a grant application project that secured $4 Million from the US Treasury to help credit challenged families attain home ownership.

Site Coordinator for United Way – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA): Preparing tax returns annually for 300 underserved residents for free resulting in $250,000 returned to the community.

Legislative Liaison for the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Credit Unions (2013-Present)

U.S. Air Force Veteran (2000-2004)

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? No response.

Kimberly Jimenez, Age: 50

Education: Flushing High School, BBA University of Michigan-Flint

Accomplishments: Worked for the City of Flushing Assessor and Building Inspector for 5 years, worked for TGI Direct for 28 years in estimating and billing, wife and mother of two.

Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? This is a beautiful place to live, work, and raise a family. If elected, I will work to keep it that way, as well as continue to improve it. I want our community to foster safety, responsibility, sustainability and prosperity. I will do my due diligence to make informed, responsible decisions, to listen to residents and their concerns with an open mind, and to keep the good of the community always as a goal.

Debra Ridley and Kyle Ward: Did not respond to our questionnaire.