No race in Tecumseh’s mayoral, council election
The position of Mayor of Tecumseh will be on the ballot Tuesday, Nov. 6. Incumbent Mayor Richard Johnson is running unopposed for the position. Three incumbents are also on the ballot for Tecumseh City Council seats. Candidate biographies follow. All positions are for two-year terms.
RICHARD E. JOHNSON
Richard E. Johnson, a 1965 Tecumseh High School graduate, is married to Susan (Whitney), who is a teacher, business owner and artist. They have four children, and 10 grandchildren. He received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy after serving 1966-1970 during the Viet Nam Era Conflict, serving two-and-a-half years overseas. He also attended the University of Toledo.
Johnson served as a foster parent, fostering more than 50 children between 1980-1984. He’s also a member of St. Elizabeth Church, Fraternal Order of Eagles, and Loyal Order of Moose. He’s served as chairperson of various fundraising activities including 9/11 fundraiser for New York Fire Department; Tailgate Tecumseh for Katrina relief; and Tailgate Tecumseh for a fire truck purchase. He also serves as chair of the nonprofit Tecumseh Carnegie Preservation League and Tecumseh Coalition for Youth.
Johnson has been a member of the Downtown Development Authority Board from 2006 to the present; Tecumseh Economic Development committee from 2007 to the present; and has been a Tecumseh City Council member from 2007 to 2010. He’s served as Mayor of Tecumseh since 2010.
Professionally he is the owner and CEO of Evans Street Station in Tecumseh and Glass House Café with two locations in Ann Arbor, and is president of Quality Software Associates, Inc. He was the 2008 recipient of the Lenawee Economic Development Corporation “Business Leadership Award” for Lenawee County.
“I have enjoyed my position as Mayor of Tecumseh the past two years and have embraced the responsibility that accompanies it,” Johnson said. “I believe Tecumseh has a special sense of ‘community spirit’ not found in many places. I encourage more people to participate in their community, whether it be as an elected official or volunteer member of a board or charitable organization.”
JACKSON L. BAKER
Jackson L. Baker (Jack) has been married to his wife, Betty, for 40 years and they raised two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
He has served on Tecumseh City Council from 1990-2000, and from 2006-2012.
“I was mayor of this city from 1994-2000, being the first elected mayor in this city’s history by popular vote,” he said. “In the year 2000, I declined to run for the mayor’s position due to other interests I chose to pursue.”
After six years away from the council, Baker opted to again seek election.
“During my 16 years on Council, I have been elected mayor for six years, and mayor pro-tem for five years,” he said. “I have served on many city boards and commissions, and currently am chairman of the Local Development Finance Authority.”
Baker is co-owner and operator of Baker Bros. BP in downtown Tecumseh. He is a 1970 graduate of Tecumseh High School and has numerous business related required certifications. He was born on July 1, 1952 at Herrick Memorial Hospital and has lived in Tecumseh his entire life.
“As a long time business owner in the city of Tecumseh, I have the expertise of knowing how to manage an entity, whether it be business or government,” he said. “It is really pretty simple — don’t spend more money than you take in.”
Baker said, “Any and all issues that come before me are equal. I treat every issue and every individual as I would want to be treated.”
He added, “The bottom line is this — There is no candidate for City Council that will give more of himself than I will to make Tecumseh the city it is today and will continue to be in the future.”
Ronald Wimple has been married to his wife, Sharon, for 39 years. They have three grown children and two granddaughters. He is a lifelong resident of Tecumseh.
Wimple has been employed as a Corporate Trainer with Michigan Human Resources Development, Inc. (HRDI) from 1983 to the present, and has extensive experience in workforce development programs and has served as coordinator of Michigan’s HRDI’s Peer Program for Southeastern Michigan.
He holds an Associate’s degree in criminal justice from Washtenaw Community College, and is currently enrolled in the CUNA Volunteer Board Certification process as well as the George Meany Center.
Community involvement has included serving as a delegate to the Michigan National Convention and serving on Tecumseh City Council. At the end of his current term, he will have served a total of eight years on council.
Wimple has also served as director of the TLC Community Credit Union, a 350 million dollar asset credit union, and served 15 years on the Michigan Selective Service Board.
“We are seeing the slow start of recovery and I would like to see Tecumseh and the surrounding area be in the forefront of any economic development,” Wimple said.
His top priorities include:
• To have Tecumseh continue to be the city where families can raise children or retire to that is safe, secure, and well maintained
• Being fiscally responsible with tax dollars
• To be accessible to the residents of Tecumseh
TROY A. WRIGHT
Troy A. Wright and his wife, Nicki, agree that Tecumseh is a great place to raise their children and call home. Stephen, 11, and Jenna, 10, both attend Tecumseh Middle School and are active in sports. In addition to being a parent, Troy is employed as a Sales Coordinator for ETAS, Inc., a division of Robert Bosch Corporation.
He is an Eastern Michigan University graduate, having earned a degree in marketing with a concentration in Sales and Sales Management.
Troy has served on Tecumseh City Council as Mayor Pro-Tem for several consecutive terms and also owns a business with his wife in Tecumseh.
Troy says he is dedicated to making a difference in the community.
His top objectives include:
• Job creation and business attraction
• Fiscal responsibility
• Remaining open-minded and receptive to new ideas