Four seek three Marion Village trustee seats

November 2, 2018

By John Raffel

Four candidates are running for three seats as trustee for the village of Marion in next Tuesday’s election.

The candidates are Calvin J. Ellens, Stephen Henderson, Scott R. Salisbury and Bonnie Richardson Tenney. Ellens is a challenger while the other three are incumbents.

All four candidates responded to requests by the Marion Press to be interviewed on their candidacies.

Calvin J. Ellens

Ellens has been in Marion for 10 years. He grew up in McBain and was involved in different organizations there. He manages the Marion warehouse for Morgan Composting and has decided to seek a seat on the village council.

“I think there needs to be some oversight on the current president, and I thought it would be a good idea if I ran and thought I would give it a shot,” Ellens said. “We have issues with people leaving stuff sitting all over their property, that’s one I’d like to address. There’s things with the millpond and will be some challenges. I think it’s great we’re moving forward and getting some grant money to drain that.”

Ellens said he previously worked as campaign treasurer for Rick Johnson when Johnson was first elected as a state representative.

Stephen Henderson

Henderson is a second-grade teacher at Marion where he’s taught various grades and is in his 24th year of teaching. He’s a Lansing native. He’s in his first term as a trustee.

“I decided to run again because I enjoy being on the board to help our village make decisions,” he said. “It’s been a good experience. I like to see the other side of things.

“We’ve dealt with medical marijuana, that was a big topic. Depending on what the law looks like, it looks like we’ll have to figure what to do with the legalization of marijuana on the ballot.”

Scott Salisbury

Salisbury has been on the council four years. He had also been on the council approximately 15 years ago. He’s a life-long Marion resident. He’s retired and part-time employed as a merchandiser for a beverage company.

“I feel there are some things that need to be done within the community,” he said. “Currently, I’m in charge of streets and sidewalks. There are some things I’d like to see completed or done in my term that includes resurfacing of some of the sidewalks that are bad, resurfacing some of our local streets. My five-year plan is to have Main Street completed from village limit to village limit, either reconstructed or resurfaced. That’s probably going to be a major (project).”

Bonnie Richardson Tenney

Tenney has been on the council for two four-year terms. She is a Marion native and returned here in 2004. She is retired as a 9-1-1 dispatcher. She said she’s running again because of her interest in the community.

“I want to stay involved on what’s involved in this community,” she said. “Right now I’m chairman for the parks and I’m interested in the Millpond project. That’s so important. If we can get our recreation back…we have a beautiful park now. We put a lot of expense into it. If we can connect the dots and bring the millpond back to its glory, that will be a boost for Marion.”

Maria Mikulich is the lone candidate on the ballot for library trustee for the village.

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