2011-09-07 / News

Races for Lexington president, trustee


There are races for president and for trustee in Lexington in the Sept. 13 non-partisan election.

While in the Deckerville election, there are just enough candidates to fill the ballot.


Incumbent President Elva Mills faces a challenge from Councilwoman Anita Ruffini. While incumbent trustees Jeff Lincoln, Peter Muoio and Barbara Schultz are being challenged by newcomer Tyson Foerster. And George Stewart is running unopposed for a partial term that expires Sept. 30, 2013.


Elva Mills

Personal: address -5666 Main St., age -80; occupation -retired social worker; incumbent -3 years

Qualifications: village trustee 10 years. Board of Directors Michigan Municipal League Workers’ Compensation Pool. Michigan Municipal League Governance Committee. Sanilac County Community Mental Health Board 8 years, 8 years on audit committee, 2 as chairman.

Why are you running for office? “To continue the good works that are currently village goals. Collaboration with other communities. Investments in our infrastructure and other assets. Our goals are to keep our community vibrant for our residents.”

How should the village balance the needs of manufacturing & tourism? “We must always remember the most important assets are the residents. We are a zoned community. Industry is limited to our industrial zone with one exception. The marketing of the village is done by the arts council, DDA and the LBA with the village council.”

Anita Ruffini

Personal: address -7199 Denissen; age -59; occupation -homemaker

Qualifications: 6 years on Village Parks and Recreation Committee. 2 years village council trustee. Worked closely with Lexington Business Association and Downtown Development Authority to add play equipment, basketball court and skatepark at Lester St. Park, plus new stage at Tierney Park

Why are you running for office? “I am a year-round resident and want to represent the full and part-time residents of the village. Decisions should be made with the good of all the residents in mind. I have been very active as a council member and would like to encourage others to become involved in the community.”

How should the village balance the needs of manufacturing & tourism?

“I enjoy the small town feel of the village. I will encourage the upkeep of current facilities, have vacant buildings utilized before any new buildings are built, and insist that current laws and regulations are enforced. The village should be more pedestrian friendly and business encouraged along M-25.”


Tyson Foerster

Personal: address -7270 Huron Ave,; age -32; occupation -mixologist

Qualifications: Eagle Scout, member Kiwanis Club, BSA Venture Crew 9, Key Club, The American Red Cross.

Why are you running for office? “Serving my community as a resident and making a difference as a leader are things I take great pride in. I truly believe in working together, making proactive decisions and establishing accountability to ensure that the expectations of the residents are met.”

How should the village balance the needs of manufacturing and tourism? “To ensure that we position Lexington in such a way that we continue to be a community that is a great place to live in, to visit and enjoy, as well as to do business. Economic diversification is something we need to strive towards not only to give us the drive for tourism, but to sustain Lexington year round.”

Jeff Lincoln

Personal: address -not submitted; age -38; occupation -Port City Communications operations manager; incumbent -one year

Qualifications: learned a lot as trustee.15 years in business making policy, managing projects, working with clients. 7 years managing department with staff of 19- 15

Why are you running for office? “I see this as an opportunity for me to do my part in the community and represent its citizens. I feel it is important to preserve Lexington as it is while also being open to carefully thought out progress.”

How should the village balance the needs of manufacturing and tourism? “I see each as being equally important to our community. If there is any balancing to be done, I think that is in zoning and ordinance and being sure to consider both when making decisions.”

Peter Muoio

Personal: address -7276 Lester St.: age -68; occupation -retired; incumbent -four years

Qualifications: Father of 4. Over 40 years management experience in urban and rural settings. BS and MBA management. Village homeowner 20 years. Served on various village committees, DDA, cable authority, Lexington Senior Center volunteer, church communities.

Why are you running for office? “A community thrives when the residents participate in the effort to make it work. It is incumbent on those that have the time, energy and interest to pitch in. The residents deserve representation that works for all; not special interest groups and/or one person’s vision.”

How should the village balance the needs of manufacturing & tourism? “The health of the village and area needs both to provide jobs. Jobs support families, village services, businesses and schools. The village needs to provide the infrastructure and services that both need. The health of the community is dependent on a thriving retail and service base, along with development of recreational facilities.”

Barbara Schultz

Personal: address -5049 Lakeshore; age -59; occupation -retired; incumbent -4 months

Qualifications: retired deputy register probate court; recent council appointee; 1 year DDA; member Parks and Recreation Board; Vice-president Maples Corp.; Vice-president St. Anne’s of St. Denis Parish, member of Lakeshore Garden Club, Thumb Amateur Radio Club

Why are you running for office? “Because of my experience and willingness to be involved. I believe I can contribute to the Village of Lexington.”

How should the village balance the needs of manufacturing & tourism? “By working together to maintain open communication, have the ability to compromise and negotiate fairly for the benefit of the Lexington businesses, tourism and community.”


The incumbents running for reelection include: President Don Murdock, Clerk Audrey Stolicker, Treasurer Debbie Salowitz, and trustees Linda McConnachie, Ronald Tidley and Laura Turnbull. Incumbents Alyson Hazelton and Laura Long, and newcomer Cathy Galligan are running for the Deckerville Library Board.

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