Howell Township Trustee to Seek County Commission Seat
Howell Township Trustee Michael Tipton, who has been a leader in exploring what local governments can do about potential fracking operations, has announced he will run for a seat on the Livingston County Commission.
Tipton, of Howell Township, filed his nomination papers on April 9 for the Democratic nomination for the District 5 County Commission seat. District 5 includes the City of Howell and Cohoctah and Howell Townships.
"Our county commission needs to be a voice for the concerns most important to the citizens of our diverse district -- from better roads, to public safety, to a clean environment. I want to be that voice," he said.
The only Democrat in the race, Tipton has been working in a bipartisan fashion on the Howell Township board, which includes Democrats, Republicans, and an independent. Once in dire financial straits due to infrastructure projects in subdivisions that were never finished, Tipton and the board have worked together to successfully manage the township's finances.
"A township board that reflects the balance of our community is working in Howell Township and it will work at the county level, too. We went from the threat of having an Emergency Manager to now having full fiscal stability – without raising taxes or fees" Tipton said.
In 2013, Tipton ran against Republican Don Parker Esq. after Commissioner Jay Drick resigned before his term even began.
"Last year in the special election Mr. Parker spent over $10,000 telling us that the only issue that mattered in Livingston County was a low tax rate. This year he has not only supported a $14 million jail millage that will increase taxes, he has taken a leadership role to promote this tax increase for a cause that has no return on investment and will do nothing to stimulate the economic growth we need," Tipton said.
"At the same time, he has insisted the county can do nothing about improving our roads, keeping road patrols by sheriff deputies, and responding to the threat of fracking, even though the people are demanding action on all three. I strongly believe the county commission can influence these important issues and I am willing to fight to have these issues addressed."
Tipton has served on the Howell Township Board of Trustees since November 2012. He serves as the township's liaison with Livingston County's Spencer J. Hardy airport, ran the township's Clean-up/Recycling Day, and has pushed for the township to sell land rather than raise taxes to cover the cost of bonds for water and sewer projects in subdivisions that were never finished during the recession.
In the face of a surprise fracking operation in Conway Township, Tipton urged townships to explore options for regulating activities and worked within Howell Township to assure laws were in place to discourage and control fracking activity within its borders.
Tipton moved to the City of Howell in 2003 and bought a home in Howell Township in 2004 while commuting to his job as Purchasing Manager for Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA) in Lansing. From 2007 to 2011 he held Purchasing Agent positions with SNC-Lavalin and Bechtel Corp, working on power and nuclear clean-up projects from Washington State to Minnesota, Canada, and Dubai and points in between. Prior to that, Tipton received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Missouri and for 20 years held progressively more responsible procurement positions with McDonnell Douglas Corp. (now Boeing) in St. Louis, MO, Long Beach, and San Jose, CA.
Now retired, Mike is married and his wife, Judith, is the Associate Director of Development for Michigan State University’s School of Human Medicine. They have four grown children and two adorable granddaughters.
Anyone wishing more information about the campaign may contact Tipton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 517-672-0556.
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