2018 MAC Board of Directors Candidates
Five seats on the 16-member MAC Board of Directors will be filled by the general membership during elections at the 2018 Annual Conference in Frankenmuth.
Caucuses in Regions I, II and III will hold a board election in which an incumbent is running, while Region V will hold an election for an open seat. All caucuses will participate in filling an open at-large seat, too.
The following candidates are announced:
Julie Rogers, Kalamazoo County
I was first elected to the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners in 2012 and I'm currently running for my fourth term. I have served on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Health Steering Committee for the past four years. I was one of 23 county leaders nationwide chosen for NACo's 2018 County Leadership Institute (CLI) training. I have been recently nominated to the Class of 2019 Women in Government, a national nonpartisan leadership program for women elected officials. Locally, I am appointed to our Brownfield Authority, Economic Development Corporation, Workforce Development Board, and County Public Arts Commission.
My background in physical therapy includes service on the state board of the Michigan Physical Therapy Association. As the board's Federal Affairs Liaison, I had the opportunity to advocate for health policy at both the state and federal levels.
In addition, I am a member of NACo's NextGen, a young county leader networking group which mentors newly elected county officials. I have participated in service projects for NextGen. These projects give back to the host community during NACo's annual conference. For more information about me visit www.juliemrogers.com.
Platform and Positions
Advocacy: I will continue to strengthen our state and federal advocacy efforts. I have met with many Michigan legislators on policies affecting counties. Developing relationships with our state and federal legislators is critical in reducing the number of unfunded mandates and enhancing revenue sharing to counties.
Mentorship: I would like to work with MAC and the board to develop a young county commissioner networking group similar to NACo's NextGen for onboarding new county officials. There is a steep learning curve in the first year of becoming an elected official. Mentoring and networking can help in providing support and grow our next group of leaders.
Education: MAC has offered solid programming at past conferences. I support strengthening our educational opportunities and examining NACo partnerships to bring in national speakers on topics of high interest to our membership. Additionally, many residents still don't understand what county commissioners do. I am interested in helping counties elevate the visibility of local government.
While these above positions are some of my priorities, if elected to the MAC Board, I will work together to build consensus and support the platforms adopted by the membership. It would be an honor and a privilege to serve each of you and represent your constituents back at home on the MAC Board. I would appreciate your support and vote.
Region I (Upper Peninsula)
Joseph Stevens, Dickinson County, Incumbent
Joseph "Joe" Stevens was born in Benton Harbor, Mich., on Nov. 28,1947. Joe was raised in Benton Harbor until1962 when he and his family moved to Kingsford. Joe is a 1966 graduate of Kingsford High School. Joe served his country in the United States Army from 1968-1969 and is a Vietnam War Veteran. Joe and his loving wife Jan have been married for 49 years and have three children, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild. Joe owned and operated his own business for 45 years and is now retired. He enjoys refinishing furniture, spending time with family and friends and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Joe served on the Kingsford City Council for 12 years. He also served as the Mayor of Kingsford for one year. Joe currently serves on the Dickinson County Board of Commissioners and has for 24 years. During this time, Joe served as County Board Chair for two terms.
Platform and Positions
I would like to be re-elected to continue to serve as a member of the MAC Board. The MAC Board is so important to those in Michigan but especially to those of us who reside in Upper Michigan as we have so little population. It is critical that MAC remain a strong fixture for all counties. We have to continue to have a voice against State government and its continued legislative bills that mandate certain services without the needed financial support. If re-elected, I will continue my efforts to be an advocate and a strong voice for all in county politics. We all deal with many of the same issues. We have to keep our counties solvent, maintain essential services, as well as make educated decisions that will keep our counties and communities strong for future years to come. Thank you for your consideration
Region II (Northwest Lower Peninsula)
Christian Marcus, Antrim County, Incumbent
Region III (Southwest Lower Peninsula)
Phil Kuyers, Ottawa County, Incumbent
- Commissioner in Ottawa for 18 years; past chair of board
- Chair of Planning and Policy
- Serve on Parks Commission
- Married to my wife Pam for 35 years; 4 children and 1 grandchild
- Owner of Pigeon Creek Golf Course
- Dairy farmer for more than 40 years
Platform and Positions
I work to represent the MAC Board by the platforms adopted by the association as a whole. I am a conservative coming from Ottawa County, but as a board member of MAC will support what is good for the majority of the counties for the state of Michigan as a nonpartisan position on the board.
Region V (Metro Detroit Area)
No candidate announced