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Meet the Mayoral Candidates

Meet the Mayoral Candidates

By Beth Milligan

The next Traverse City mayor could help decide the future of downtown development, the pace of the city's growth, the homeless shelter, and the proposed public pier. But who will it be, and where do the candidates stand? Here's your first report.

(Note: Candidate Ian Joseph Winkelmann declined to participate in this article.)

The Candidates

Jim Carruthers: A Cincinnati native, 52-year-old Jim Carruthers has lived in the Traverse City area since 1989. He has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky and has worked for organizations including the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy and Planned Parenthood. Carruthers has served on the city commission for eight years and was previously a Parks & Recreation commissioner for eight years.

Jeanine Easterday: 62-year-old Jeanine Easterday is originally from Detroit but has lived in Traverse City since 1975. She has a master’s degree in nursing administration from Northern Michigan University and retired in January after 39 years at Munson Medical Center. She is a past president of the League of Women Voters and has served on the city and planning commissions and board of zoning appeals. more

Today

Elk Rapids Farmers Market

8:00am Elk Rapids Farmers Market: Held every Fri. through Oct. 9 at the ER Chamber/Rotary Park. www.elkrapidschamber.org more

Glen Lake Used Book Sale

9:00am Friends of the Glen Lake Community Library Annual Used Book Sale: Held at the Glen Arbor Township Hall, Aug. 26-28. Today's hours: 9am-noon, Bag Day. www.glenlakelibrary.net more

Horizon Books, TC Events

10:00am Horizon Books, TC Events: 10-11am: Story Hour – Pirates. Also enjoy some activities & a craft. 6-8pm: Author Jeffery Schatzer will sign his book “Fires in the Wilderness.” www.horizonbooks.com more

Friday Night Live

5:30pm Friday Night Live: Held on the 100 & 200 blocks of Front St., downtown TC. Enjoy a variety of performers, non-profits & food vendors. www.downtowntc.com more

Operatic & Sacred Music Concert

7:00pm Operatic & Sacred Music Concert: St. Joseph's Church, Old Mission Peninsula, TC. Wine & appetizers following. Donations accepted.

Logging on the Northwest Shore

7:00pm Logging on the Northwest Shore: Interlochen historian Dave Pennington will discuss the early lumber industry in the mid to late 1800’s. Fife Lake Library. www.fifelake.com/library more

Music in the Park

7:00pm Music in the Park: With Hot Biscuits. Marina Park, Northport. 231-386-5001.

Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band

7:30pm Jeff Daniels & The Ben Daniels Band: Jeff Daniels is best known for his career as an award-winning actor for film & television as well as a playwright & founder of The Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, MI. He is also a songwriter & musician, & now shares the stage with his son’s band, The Ben Daniels Band. The Bay Theatre, Suttons Bay. Tickets: $38. www.MyNorthTickets.com more
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