MUSSEY TWP. — Voters will choose between two Republicans for township supervisor in the August 4 primary election. On the ballot is incumbent Mike Lauwers and challenger Randy Schultz. No other candidates have filed so the race will be decided next month.

Lauwers has served as supervisor for the past 16 years. He said he’s seeking reelection to “continue serving the residents of Mussey Township and be fiscally responsible with their tax dollars.”

Going forward, Lauwers said his priorities will focus on roads and drainage; continued recreation opportunities and maintaining current fire ratings.

He feels that investing in good roads and drainage systems is important despite anticipated state funding cuts.

“I believe the township should continue to maintain and improve the community walking path, soccer fields, playscapes and pavilion,” Lauwers noted.

“I feel it’s important to continue working with the township fire department in order to ensure we keep the lowest fire rating available in St. Clair County.”

Lauwers said his focus as supervisor has been to work with the township board to maintain a strong fund balance while using township monies to benefit all residents.

“I am a lifelong resident of Mussey Township who strives to make the community a better place to live and treats people fairly and with respect,” he said.

Randy Schultz said he’s seeking election as supervisor to “give the township back to the people.” He believes the board has focused on doing what they want and he believes it’s “time to give the people what they want.”

If elected, Schultz said his priorities would include taxes, roads and resolving cemetery issues.

He believes tax dollars can be better used to “take care of the people.” As for roads, he would work to ensure back roads are better maintained in terms of scraping and chloriding. As for the cemetery, Schultz wants to work to resolving plotting issues, particularly multiple spots with the same number.

“People have complained to the board and something needs to be done about it,” he said.

Schultz said he’ll bring varied experience to the supervisor post, if voters give him the nod.

“Previously, I was the township supervisor for 16 years. I retired from Ford after more than 37 years and I was a union leader for 12 years,” he said.