2018-04-11 / Front Page

Challengers file for August Primary

BY ERIC LEVINE
810-452-2689 • elevine@mihomepaper.com

There’s a race for county commissioner in District 5, and for the lone road commission seat that expires this year.

Joel Wyatt, 52, of Worth Township is running for commissioner in District No. 5, which stretches across lower tier of townships in Sanilac County.

And Rick Kappel has tossed his hat in the ring for the road commission, challenging incumbent Don Rickett of Carsonville.

Wyatt, a retired battalion chief for the Roseville Fire Department, will take on incumbent Paul Muxlow, of Brown City, who has announced his intention to seek a second term on the five-member board.

District 5 includes Worth, Fremont, Speaker and Maple Valley townships, and the city of Brown City.

All five county commissioners have announced they will run for reelection this year. In addition to Muxlow, incumbents Dan Dean (District 1), Gary Heberling (District 2), Bill Sarkella (District 3) and Bob Conely (District 4) intend to run.

Rickett is the only road commissioner whose term expires this year.

The deadline for candidates to file nominating petitions for the August Primary Election is April 24. The only county offices up for election this year are the county commission and road commission.

Wyatt and Muxlow both filed as Republicans.

“I am running for the elected position of county commission in District 5,” Wyatt told the News in an email.

“I believe it is important for all citizens to be represented in the various levels of government. I seek to serve my community not only in a ground level capacity but also in the planning and management of Sanilac County infrastructure.

“My background is one of anticipating and planning for future needs, as well as the day to day operation of a municipal department. Within this experience is layers of cooperation with other government entities and organizations, as well as those in the private sector.”

A Worth Township resident since 2008, Wyatt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in emergency management from Madonna University, and has worked in the emergency services field since 1984. He retired from the Roseville Fire Department in 2016.

Wyatt is a volunteer fireman on the Grant Township Fire Department, a youth leader at Croswell Wesleyan Church, and a camp medical officer for MSU Extension camp.

He is married with 10 children, the youngest three still at home. He has seven grandchildren.

Kappel and Rickett are both Republicans.

Kappel, 63, of Snover, has about 40 years of experience building and maintaining roads. He worked for a local family-owned business building roads, parking lots and working on state road projects, and was employed by the Sanilac County Road Commission for a little more than 22 years.

“I feel we need to get back to the basics, grading roads,” said Kappel.

“Time for a change, and change is always good.”

Kappel also ran for the road board in November 2016, when he lost to the incumbent, Ron Gerstenberger.

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