Lowery to run for Buchanan City Commission

Published 1:25 pm Thursday, June 13, 2024

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BUCHANAN — Another candidate has joined what has been called the “Unity Ticket” by proponents of the recall effort against Buchanan Mayor Sean Denison.

Buchanan resident Angela Lowery announced Tuesday that she has filed to run for one of the two City Commission seats up for election this November. Former City Commissioner Scott King announced last month he will be challenging Denison in the special recall election to be held Nov. 5. Denison is in the middle of his four year term on the commission and whoever wins the recall election will serve the rest of that term through November, 2026.

The seats currently held by City Commissioners Larry Money and Patrick Swem are up in November. Monday, Money said he hasn’t decided whether he will run for re-election and Swem said that he is running for re-election. Both are nearing the end of their first four-year term on the commission.

Lowery said that her goal in running is to bring back respect, fairness, and honest communication between City Hall and Buchanan citizens. She hopes to make a difference and positively impact the future of the Buchanan community.

“I decided to run because, as a community, our concerns are not being addressed,” she said. “My neighbors, fellow taxpayers express concerns on social media platforms and are told to attend Commission meetings. We attend Commission meetings and are insulted and called names. The lack of professionalism and respect for the citizens of Buchanan shown by the seated commissioners is disgraceful.”

“The job of the commissioners is to ensure that our tax dollars are being spent responsibly,” she added. “They are supposed to represent the tax paying citizens. My main goal is to reopen the flow of respectful, constructive communication to ensure that we are hearing what is important to the citizens of Buchanan and that we are moving our city in the direction desired by the tax paying citizens of this beautiful place we call home.”

Lowery was born in Niles in 1971 but grew up in Buchanan, graduating from Buchanan High School in 1989. She is the daughter of Catherine and Frederick Syrette and Johnny Lowery. She is the mother of three BHS graduates and also has two grandsons.

She has gone on to a career as an accountant, graduating from Michiana College with a general accounting certification and then from Southwestern Michigan College with a major in accounting and business management.

Lowery is in her 11th year as a staff accountant for United Federal Credit Union in St. Joseph. Her interest in forensic accounting strengthens the Unity ticket’s plan to bring integrity and transparency to how taxpayer money is spent, a press release from the Unity ticket campaign said.