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We hope you enjoy this abbreviated version of the

Frankenmuth News

Serving Frankenmuth Since 1906

Vol. 117 No. 13 - In our 117th year!

Wednesday, October 5, 2022


Meet FSD, City Council candidates at the forum


  In just over a month, Frankenmuth City, Frankenmuth Township and other neighboring governments will choose four Frankenmuth School District (FSD) board of education members from a field of a dozen candidates.

  With that large number of candidates throwing their hats in the ring, the City of Frankenmuth, Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and FSD will present a Meet the Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 12. The forum will be held in Frankenmuth High School’s Bronner Performing Arts Center.

  This event will also include candidates running for Frankenmuth City Council. A meet and greet the candidates will begin at 5:30pm in the BPAC lobby, followed by the moderated forum in the auditorium at 6pm.

  The forum is being hosted by the Frankenmuth Living Collaborative.

  The mid-term General Election is set for Tuesday, November 8, with polls open statewide 7am until 8pm. Straight ticket is an option for voters. Voters will have full slate of state, state boards, judicial, Saginaw County and State, County and Saginaw Intermediate School District proposals.

  Although absentee ballots are now available, voters might be best served to wait to cast the votes until attending this forum.

  Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Jamie Furbush is looking forward to a great turnout from the community.

  “The candidates will have a few minutes on stage from 6-7pm in the BPAC in a moderated format. We will not be entertaining questions from the audience. Guests may mingle and meet candidates 30 minutes before or after in the BPAC lobby,” Furbush said.

  For City Council, there are three candidates for three seats, with four-year terms. Incumbents Thomas M. Meyer and Chad Ross are seeking re-election while Joseph Cramer is looking to join the Council, replacing Paul LaBrenz, who is not seeking re-election.

  Current Mayor Mary Anne Ackerman is also running unopposed, for another two-year term.

  The main reason for this forum is the number of persons seeking seats on the Frankenmuth School Board. With 12 candidates vying for four seats, it has been a long time since such a large field has been interested in serving the FSD.

   “With such a large field of candidates in the school board election, it is especially important for the community to have an opportunity to learn more about the people who have stepped up to serve in these important positions. We welcome the community members to attend this free of charge event,” Furbush said.

  For school board, two incumbents are looking to retain their seats. They are Travis Dafoe and Colin Maurer. The challengers are, in alphabetical order, Tracy Barker, Amy Culver, Michael Duclos, Lisa Hubbard, Jason Lipka, Zak McClellan, Lon Miller II, Justin Severs, Lisa Woodke and Thomas Wanless.

  Some of the candidate responses from their questionnaires will appear in the Frankenmuth News in upcoming issues.

  For more information, contact Furbush at the Chamber, 989-652-6106, extension 21 or visit

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