(from left) D. Mark DeYoung and Mike Salisbury

Allegan County Commission District 4: DeYoung, Salisbury

Nov. 6, 2018, general election

District 4 includes the City of Wayland and the townships of Dorr and Leighton.

This is a two-year term.

 

D. Mark DeYoung

Republican

incumbent

DeYoung and his wife Elise are lifelong residents of Dorr Township. Together they have four children and five grandchildren; all of them live in the Dorr and Wayland area except the youngest son who currently resides in Denver.

As a way to explain the way his name appears on the ballot, he said, “The ‘D’ you ask? Mark’s real first name is Donald. But he has always gone by Mark. Therefore, ‘D. Mark DeYoung.’”

“All of the following and—so much more—should help describe my accomplishments and contributions to our community over the past and present:

“Dorr Township Hall of Fame, Dorr Lions Citizen of the Year, President of Dorr Recreation Association, Dorr Business Association Trustee and Member, Dorr Downtown Development Authority, President of Sylvia’s Place Board, Chairman of the Allegan County Board of Commissioners, Allegan County Parks Commission, Chairman of Allegan County Mental Health Board, Lakeshore Regional Entity for Mental Health, ACSET Governing Board of West Michigan Works Agencies, MSU Extension District 7 Council Member, private business owner, youth director, choir member and cantor.

“Now that I’m retired from DeYoung’s Carpet Cleaning, I’ll have even more time to dedicate to serving our community and county.

“So: Vote for Republican D. Mark DeYoung on Nov. 6 and be confident I will keep our beautiful county moving forward.”

 

Mike Salisbury

Democrat

Salisbury has lived in Wayland for the past 20 years. He is a Wayland High School graduate and earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University. Mike and his wife Jill, a paraprofessional aide at Dorr Elementary School, have two children. Mitchell is a freshman at MSU and Sarah is a freshman at Wayland HS. Mike is the owner of the Reno Agency in Wayland.

“In addition to running a small business, I have extensive community service experience. I have served the City of Wayland as the Chair of the Downtown Development Authority where I was instrumental in bringing the Main Street program to Wayland. I also served on the Planning Commission.

“In the nonprofit sector, I have been treasurer of the Wayland Athletic Boosters, was a Board Member for the Wayland Area Chamber of Commerce, and was the founding President of the Kiwanis Club of Wayland. Presently, I sit on the Michigan Main Street Advisory Council while also coaching junior varsity football at Wayland High School.

“I’ve never run for public office. For the past 20 years, I’ve served my community from coaching youth sports in Dorr’s Recreation Program to bringing holiday dinners to those in need while a member of Kiwanis Club.

“I’ve not only managed the books for my own business, I’ve overseen the budgets for all the organizations I’ve served. And now I’m ready to oversee the budget for Allegan County.

“My strengths include working with groups of people to move them forward towards a shared vision or a common goal. Now I’m ready to take that leadership to the County Commission.”

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