RICHFIELD TWP. — Two candidates are on the ballot seeking the seat vacated by retiring Treasurer Debbie Buterakos in the Nov. 3 election.
Residents Kim Dowrie, Democrat, and Matt Morris, a Republican, are vying for the treasurer’s job. Here is what they had to say:
Kimberly Dowrie, Age: 56
Education: ASSOC. Business Administration, Casper College, Casper, WY, BA in Liberal Arts , Oakland University, Rochester
Accomplishments: I successfully raised two career-oriented daughters, Katy, 27, IT Technician and Brandy, 23, Dental Hygienist. While working at the Cardinal’s Nest for 15 years, helped keep students safe and secure before and after school. I am a Notary and tax preparer.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? My goal if elected to the office of Treasurer is to work with the other board members to maintain good community relations and establish cost saving ideas without cutting services.
Matt Morris, Age: 39
Education: Trade school, apprenticeships in building and tax preparing, some college.
Accomplishments: Eight years as a self-employed tax preparer, 12 years as a business owner and operator. Both business activities were built on reputation (word of mouth). Personally, and professionally, debt free. Preparing taxes in people’s homes and working on their homes as a Carpenter has given me an opportunity to see the challenges people face from a financial and practical standpoint. Community involvement includes supporting my amazing wife, Melody. Raising 5 children with my wife. Collecting signatures for the Heartbeat bill and for Unlock Michigan (Nearly 540,000 signatures in 80 days). Supporting mothers to keep their babies through involvement with the Pregnancy Center of Lapeer. Facilitated (with help from Judy Climber and several others) a free movie showing of “Unplanned”.
Tell us what your goals are for the community if elected? I will serve as Treasurer in the same way as I have for my family and my clients. Upholding the Constitution of the United States of America. Working to eliminate any unnecessary or unconstitutional spending or regulation.