Republicans vying for county commissioner seat representing Saginaw Township

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — Voters here will choose from a slate of newcomers to represent the District 3 seat for the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners.

Two Republican candidates – David L. Fallis and Rich Spitzer – will face off in August’s primary election for a chance later in the year to defeat Democratic candidate Tarsha Works. The works will not face a competitor in the primary.

After the recent state redistricting process, county commission district boundaries were redrawn. The newly redesigned District 3 will cover 17,859 voters in parts of southwestern Saginaw Township.

Democrat Christopher Boyd represents the current iteration of District 3, but the redistricting brought him as the incumbent in the newly redesigned District 9.

Currently, the Board of Commissioners includes seven Democrats and four Republicans.

MLive/The Saginaw News has partnered with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide candidate information to readers. Each candidate was asked to state their positions on a variety of public policy issues listed below.

Spitzer answered the questionnaire. Fallis did not.

Rich Spitzer is a 2022 Republican candidate who hopes to represent the District 3 seat on the Saginaw County Board of Commissioners.

All answers in the voter guide were submitted directly by the candidate and have not been edited by the League of Women Voters, except for necessary clipping if an answer exceeds character limits. Spelling and grammar have not been corrected. The publication of candidates’ statements and opinions is in the interest of public service only and should not be considered an endorsement. The League never supports or opposes candidates or political parties.

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Describe your background, life/work experience and qualifications for this office and why you are running.

Spitz:

Raised in New Jersey, I was fortunate enough to move to MI to work almost 30 years ago, first in the Detroit area and then in Saginaw in 2003. Over the years I have worked for large companies and I have managed a few of them. , always searching and searching for ways to do things better, faster, cheaper. I currently manage a few real estate holding companies and run a small lawn care business. I was actively involved with the Saginaw Township Business Association for about ten years as a board member and president. For the past 11 years, I’ve also served on the board of the Saginaw Economic Development Corporation, which provides low-interest loans to people wanting to start or expand businesses in Saginaw. I am a candidate for Saginaw County Commissioner representing District 3. My main goal is to limit the seemingly continuous growth of county government programs and expenditures and to find ways to provide needed programs and services in the way as profitable as possible.

What are the priority issues facing this office and what steps would you take to address them if elected?

Spitz:

As commissioner, I think some high priority issues need to be addressed: • The county budget needs to be more transparent to the public so people can see exactly how their tax dollars are being spent. • The county budget should be balanced so that the county government does not have to frequently ask taxpayers for more money or dip into its reserves (rainy day fund) to cover shortfalls. • The county budget should focus on services that benefit ALL county residents, especially public safety and roads. • The county government should actively seek ways to deliver its services in the most cost effective manner. • County regulations should be revised to alleviate any unnecessary burden on taxpayers, businesses or local governments.

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