Commissioner Goodman seeks re-electionPublished 9:05pm Monday, April 16, 2012
Cass County Commission Vice Chairman Ed Goodman, R-Silver Creek Township, announced he will seek re-election in the newly created District 1 as the board slims from 15 members to seven next year.
District 1 will add Wayne Township and two-thirds of LaGrange Township to Silver Creek in 2013, which is expected to pit him against another incumbent, former chairman Robert Wagel, R-Wayne Township, in the GOP primary.
“I take my responsibility to represent my district very seriously,” he said. “I send out a monthly report to anyone who requests it. Just email me at email@example.com. Keeping you informed is very important.”
Goodman, a semi-retired union electrician in his second year as vice chairman, was appointed in 2006 to fill the seat left vacant by the resignation of Terri Kitchen. He won the seat in the November election.
Goodman was a Democrat, then independent, before becoming a Republican about 2 1/2 years ago.
During his six years on the board of commissioners, Goodman has served on the Local Emergency Planning Committee, Local Planning Team, Human Service Coordinating Council, Capital Improvements and Budget Committee, Cass County Planning Commission, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Southwest Michigan Planning Commission, Department of Human Services, Cass County Medical Care Facility and the Michigan State University Extension District 13 Advisory Council (vice chairman).
He also chairs the Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) Economic Development and Taxation Committee.
Goodman initiated and has coordinated the Silver Creek Township Community Awareness/Neighborhood Watch Program for the past 10 years, bringing in speakers to keep Cass County residents informed on major issues. This is a service Goodman enjoys providing and he is proud of the attendance at the meetings.