Incumbent supervisor challenged in Lima Township primary
Voters in Lima Township will be electing candidates for supervisor, clerk, treasurer, and two trustees at the Aug. 7 primary election.
Incumbent supervisor Kenneth Unterbrink is being challenged by Craig Maier. Another challenger, Bob Spink, has suspended his campaign and thrown his support behind Maier, although his name will still appear on the ballot.
Unterbrink, a Republican, has served as Lima Township Supervisor for three four year terms, starting in 2000 and would like to be elected to a fourth term. He did not respond to AnnArbor.com's telephone messages for an interview.
Maier, also a Republican, says he is not pointing any fingers. He is running for the post of supervisor because he feels that the township is going in a direction that he doesn't think is good.
"There are some issues in the township that really need some attention," said Maier. "We need to go back to more attentiveness to our residents. and get issues involved. I feel like we've gotten away from that. We have an excellent group of people like the planning commission working for the township and good people on the board. The leadership needs to use its resources in a positive way."
Maier wants to see residents coming to township meetings and feeling like they're part of a workable team.
Spink says that he and Maier share an identical governing philosophy, and that is why Spink has given Maier his endorsement.
Maier has lived in Lima Township for 32 years. He is the former public works superintendent of Chelsea and is retired from the U.S. Army Reserve.
There are also three Republican candidates running for two trustee seats in Lima Township — Gregory McKenzie, Lawrence Risner and Donald Laier. The clerk, Arlene R. Bareis, a Republican, and treasurer, Nanette L. Havens, also a Republican, are running unopposed.