By Lauryn Schroeder
Mason News staff Writer
Five candidates are running for the three Mason City Council positions. City Council members enact ordinances, create different policies, and provide for the community in the best way they can. They are also be in charge of managing the budget and deciding how to spend the city’s money.
Robin Naeyaert is running for her third 4-year term on the Mason City Council and is looking forward to continuing her work for the community. “I decided that I was looking for a way to give back to a community that had provided such a great upbringing and life for me,” said Naeyaert, who grew up in Mason. “I wanted to be a part of that for my child, and for other people in the community.”
Naeyaert had a variety of political experience before beginning her service on the city council. She was involved in the planning commission, the cable commission and was appointed to a vacant seat on the city council for two years, before deciding to run for a full term in the next election. Currently, she is a member of the Mason City Council and is a legislative aide for the Michigan House of Representatives.
Leslie W. Bruno, Jr. and Neal Johnson are also on the council and are running again for the reelection. Despite several budget cuts, Bruno would like to see Mason keep the economic standing that the council has worked so hard to build. “We have a budget that’s positive but with declining state shared revenues and people losing their homes, we’re losing a lot of tax base,” Bruno admits. “I would like to see us maintain our level of services that we provide for the city, without making any budget cuts.”
Election day will be Nov. 2, with voting times from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. All voters are required to bring a form of photo identification and must pre-register at least 30 days before election day. You can register online at www.michigan.gov/vote. All voting precincts will be available at City Hall.