Just one contested seat on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for Crawford County Board
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
Two candidates are running for one contested seat on the Crawford County Board of Commissioners on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Hailey Halstead is running as a Republican candidate in the Fifth District for the Crawford County Board of Commissioners, while Carey S. Jansen is running as an independent candidate. The term is for two years.
County Commissioner Rick Anderson, who has held the seat for 16 years, did not file to run for reelection.
The district covers the northeast portion of Grayling Charter Township.
Halstead is BSN Nurse in Munson Grayling’s Emergency Department.
She has lived in Grayling since grade school. During the summer of Halstead’s freshman year in high school, she traveled to Australia, representing the United States of America as a Student Ambassador.
She attended Kirtland Community College, where she received her registered nursing degree. During her time at Kirtland Community College, Halstead was one of their first student ambassadors, and was also a member of the Student Senate, serving as the president for one semester.
She is an avid canoe paddler.
“I compete in the AuSable River Canoe Marathon; this year was my sixth completed race,” Halstead said.
Halstead and her husband, Ryan, own a local firewood business, Ryan’s Firewood Processing and Firewood.
“During my spare time, I raise a small hobby farm that consists of pigs and chickens,” Halstead said.
Halstead said she simply wants to give back to the community for the support she and Ryan have received by serving on the county board.
“My intentions for running are to give back to the community I have grown up in and provide new thoughts and ideas to continue to make our little town thrive and become strong,” she said. “Giving back to my community is a goal I am striving for. This town has always given an endless amount of support towards my husband and I and now I would like to show my appreciation by being a strong advocate for my hometown.”
Halstead said the county board should strive to improve the health of county residents through more opportunities and resources.
“One of the major issues I would like to help address, if I am elected as a Crawford County Commissioner, is our community’s health and wellness,” Halstead said. “I would like to see more activities for our community to help enforce healthy living and lifestyles, for example, through gardening, physical activities or mental stability.”
Jansen is a financial analyst for Munson Healthcare Otsego Memorial Hospital. In the past, she has worked closely with Oakland County government, so she is familiar with how a county operates.
“My expertise is in finance, coupled with grant writing, and I will use these skills to the advantage of Crawford County,” Jansen said.
Jansen has a bachelor’s of arts in Economics and Management from Albion College, and earned a master’s degree in Finance from Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration. She grew up in Metro-Detroit, and met her husband, Kevin Jansen, of Grayling, there.
Kevin’s job in the insurance industry took the couple to Texas for two years.
“When we had an opportunity to move back to Grayling, we took it immediately,” she said. “We so value the opportunity to raise our children here and to be part of the community.”
The Jansens have two sons and a daughter.
Jansen says she wants to carry on the family tradition by serving the community on the county board.
Jansen has been working to enrich the county by chairing the Grayling Enhancement Committee, a committee dedicated to removing blight in the area, and organized The Great Grayling Community Cleanup, held in the spring of this year. She also helped with social media for the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, and serves on the board Crawford AuSable Daycare & Preschool, and is a member of her church’s finance committee.
“I am thrilled at the new opportunities coming to Crawford County and want to be involved,” Jansen said. “I am looking forward to supporting growth for future generations, while maintaining the small town feel we know and love.”
Jansen said issues the county board must address include increasing more activities and options and enhancing technology.
“I am passionate about revitalization and rehabilitation. Through conversations with community members, I have learned that they want more options available to them in a variety of areas, ranging from food choices to internet availability. I want to help, and I have the right background to increase the potential that these wishes could become a reality,” Jansen said. “I also see opportunities for increased collaboration between community agencies to maximize efficiency. I pride myself on being a leader and an integrator. I can bring community members to the table to figure out how we can work most effectually.”
Voters in the Fifth District for the Crawford County Board of Commissioners can cast their ballots at the Grayling Charter Township Hall, located 2090 Viking Way. The voting polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.