July 27 2016 01:20 PM

Political civility is standard

Scandal, outrage and political frustration are three things you won’t find in Delhi Township, or at least in the race for supervisor. In fact, in a time where political civility seems to be a thing of the past, Delhi tears down those stereotypes.

“I’m not running because I’m disgruntled about anything, I’m running because I want to contribute my skills, my talents, my knowledge, my experience,” said candidate Guy L. Sweet. “I want to help the board move forward in a positive direction, keep that forward trajectory going.”

Sweet is an attorney who has been practicing law in the area for 34 years. The 58-year-old is confident that his vast experience with the subject will make him a prime candidate for the seat of supervisor.

“As an attorney one of the skills I’ve developed is the ability to receive a large amount of information and data and to organize that and be able to summarize that for other people. That’s what I do every day,” Sweet said.

Sweet also maintains that one of his first acts if elected will be to establish regular office hours, so that concerned citizens may find time to speak with him in person to address issues that matter to them.

“I don’t think the current supervisor holds regular office hours, that’s a component I want to add it will help the relationship and residents of the township,” Sweet said.

Sweet said he will focus primarily on transportation, road infrastructure and a one-on-one feel with residents.

Sweet’s competitor in the race is Tim Currin. A former sergeant at the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, Currin is a lifelong resident of Holt. He also is also running on a platform of togetherness and transparency.

“The thing is with me is that I’m not a career politician. I’m just a citizen,” Currin said. “I believe that with common sense and talking things out, listening to people, we all can work together.”

Currin’s priorities are similar to Sweet’s, but as an avid volunteer in the Give-A-Kid Projects — a nonprofit organization to help children in need — he hopes to foster more community involvement as supervisor.

“It’s not just a four-year term to me. I‘m a life-long resident,” Currin said. “I love the community.”

In fact, the motivation for both candidates to run is because they are greatly satisfied with Delhi Township as a whole. And that is a definite rarity in a highly divisive political landscape that can be observed with candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, who have a tendency to polarize their audience.

Sweet says, that in Delhi, that’s simply not the case.

“The bottom line is in local government I don’t think partisan divisions are really that huge a deal. My last term as trustee I served two republicans, we always voted together,” Sweet said. “Not because we agree on abortion or other issues like that but because the three of us always agreed on what was best for the township, even though we looked at it from different perspectives.”