First row left to right: Trevor Rodgers, Steven Heffner, Gary Wines. Second row: Sandy O’Dell, Chuck Loader, Candice Miller. Third row: Tom Martinbianco, Greg Fenner, and Joe Davis.
BURTON- As of the filing deadline, April 25th 2023, nine candidates have filed to run for four open seats on the Burton City Council.
Those candidates are:
Steven D. Heffner
Gregory A. Fenner
Candice J. Miller
A tenth candidate, Isaac Thomas, filed for the Council, but was disqualified for not living in the city more than six months and a lack of signatures.
The four seats that are up for grabs right now are currently held by Steven D. Heffner; Tom Martinbianco; Tina Conley; and Gregory A. Fenner.
Tina Conley is giving up running for her seat to run for Mayor against Duane Haskins instead.
Sandy O’Dell, and Candice J. Miller are the only females in the race who pride themselves as outsiders who are not politicians.
Trevor Rodgers ran for the City Council before and lost.
Chuck Loader is a retired Michigan State Trooper, Homeland Security, Military Veteran, and VFW commander.
Gary Wines has never ran on the ballot before as both of his runs for Bentley school board were conducted as write-ins. His name has never appeared on the ballot.
Joe Davis is no stranger to public service as his daughter, Michelle Davis is the Genesee County Commissioner. Davis is retired and looking to give back to his community.
Heffner and Martinbianco are incumbents who have served on the council for north of 20 years.
Fenner and his wife are owners of two local favorite businesses. Fenners Barbershop and Fenners Flowers.
Barbara Moore, Burton resident, says she looks forward to voting for new council members.
“Right now, we only have two females on the council and we are losing one, we can do better and bring a balance of representation for women”, Moore said.
Because there is more than 8 candidates, a primary will take place on August 8th 2023 and one person will be knocked off. The remaining 8 candidates will make it to November 7th.