During regional caucuses held at the Virtual Annual Conference in August, MAC members re-elected five incumbents and selected a new face as one of two Board members from Region 4.
Bryan Crenshaw of Ingham County fills the vacancy created by Donald Parker’s resignation lastwinter from Region 4, which covers parts of mid-Michigan and the Thumb.
“I look forward to working with the MAC board members as we continue to fight for adequate funding from the Michigan Legislature and Congress,” Crenshaw said. “The COVID-19 pandemic has hit county budgets hard and we must voice our need for revenue sharing and ensure funding for other mandated programs continues. We must voice our support for legislation that will benefit counties and share our reasons why legislation may be detrimental to constituents.”
Crenshaw, of Lansing, has been a member of MAC’s Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. He has served on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners since September 2013 and been chair of the board since January 2019.
He previously served in Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s office and was a member of the Lansing Board of Education.
Unopposed incumbents also were returned to the board from Regions 1, 2, 3 and 5 and at-large.
President Veronica Klinefelt of Macomb will be starting her third term on the board from Region 5 (Metro Detroit area).
Joe Bonovetz of Gogebic (Region 1), Richard Schmidt of Manistee (Region 2), Jim Storey of Allegan (Region 3) and Stan Ponstein of Kent (At-large) all will be starting their second term on the Board.
On the same day, MAC members convened in virtual session to provide final approval to the association’s policy platforms for 2020-21.
The Board approved the draft platforms, which are developed by MAC’s policy committees, during a meeting in June. Those drafts were then posted to the MAC website for member review in advance of the Aug. 26 vote. Due to the virtual nature of this year’s conference, the Board of Directors voted to require that all member amendments for the platforms be submitted in writing to MAC by 5 p.m. on Aug. 7. No amendments were received by that deadline.
Using Zoom’s polling feature, members quickly approved the policy outlines that will guide MAC’s advocacy work for the coming year.