Retired judge campaigns to keep Saginaw County board seat from Republicans

SAGINAW TOWNSHIP, MI — Outgoing Saginaw County Commissioner Christopher Boyd will fight to keep his seat on Republican hopeful Andrea Paschall’s board of directors next month.

Voters will decide who will receive a 2-year term as District 9’s representative on the Board of Commissioners in the general election on Tuesday, November 8.

Boyd, a retired Saginaw District Court judge, first joined the county’s 11-member board in 2020.

He faced no challenger from his Democratic peers in the August primary election, where he won 1,864 votes.

Paschall was also the lone candidate from District 9 in the August primary. She collected 1,273 votes.

District 9 represents 16,342 voters in parts of the City and Township of Saginaw.

MLive/The Saginaw News has partnered with the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of Michigan to provide candidate information to readers. Each candidate was asked to state their positions on a variety of public policy issues listed below.

Boyd replied Pascal didn’t.

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Describe your background, life/work experience and qualifications for this office and why you are running.

Boyd: I was born and raised in Saginaw and have served the people of Saginaw County for over 35 years. I was previously elected to serve as a district attorney and then as a district judge. I am currently a county commissioner.

I care about this community and feel the need to continue to be involved. I was fortunate to have been able to do what I could for the betterment of Saginaw County. I maintain that we need to eliminate government bureaucracy and streamline procedures and policies to provide an efficient county business model. I will continue to support building a coalition with municipalities, private businesses and citizens of Saginaw County.

What are the priority issues facing this office and what steps would you take to address them if elected?

Boyd: We need to decide how to allocate ARPA dollars that have not yet been spent. I oppose the awarding of these funds to entities outside of Saginaw County and have advocated that these decisions be made based on county resources and not through outside consultants.

We need to take a strategic look at normal spending and determine which ones are essential to our rebuilding of services and the economy and which ones are not. You have to take a critical look at the sources of income that you have to expand and develop new resources. We must prioritize spending to preserve the jobs of essential workers. We need to support jobs and meet the needs of working families.

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