MUSSEY TWP. — Two candidates have the township treasurer job in their sights. Incumbent Terry Geliske hopes to stay on the board and earn a four-year term. His challenger is fellow Republican Deborah Lewis. Voters will decide the winner in the August 4 primary election.
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Terry Geliske was appointed to serve as Mussey Township Treasurer in early 2019, filling the seat vacated by Marsha Libkie.
Geliske said he enjoys the job so far and brings experience to the job as a retired budget officer who worked for the federal government. He’s a graduate of West Point who earned a degree in economics.
“I’ve handled funds all my life and I feel it’s important that taxpayers’ money gets spent wisely and tracked properly,” Geliske said of his desire to continue serving.
Going forward, Geliske believes it’s important for the township board to work on ordinances addressing emerging issues such as marijuana and alternative energy sources.
“I believe it’s important to support the fire department and ensure they can upgrade their equipment,” Geliske said.
Currently he sits on the Capac Youth Baseball League board and has coached multiple sports at Capac High School.
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Deb Lewis said she’s hoping to join the township board as treasurer to continue serving the community by utilizing her accounting experience.
“I believe I can perform the function of this position with professionalism and trustworthiness,” she said.
If elected, Lewis said the issues of biggest importance to her would include what can be done to fully reopen the state, mitigate potential loss of revenues at the local level related to those closures and consider how the board can best service families and businesses in the community.
“I have held accounting positions for the last 30 years with most of that experience in a public education setting,” she said.
“I am knowledgeable with accounting practices and procedures as the local, state and federal level.”
Additionally, Lewis previously served on the Capac Board of Education for seven years.
“I have been fortunate to have experience in these areas that will help in the role that I am seeking,” she said.