41 Residents Apply for Vacant Troy City Council Seat

Council will review the applications at its Dec. 3 study session and vote on an appointment at its Dec. 17 meeting.

The following information was provided by the City of Troy.

The Troy City Council received 41 applications from Troy residents interested in being considered for the vacant City Council seat. The applicants are Troy residents, registered voters and not in default to the City.

The candidates are:

  • Edward Alef
  • Ethan Baker
  • Richard Beaubien
  • Michael Brennan
  • Russell Campbell
  • David Cannon
  • Ronald Chick
  • Casey Colussi
  • Bert Copple
  • Anthony Cruz
  • John Cushing
  • Andrew Dabish
  • Antoine Delaforterie
  • Timothy Delong
  • David Eisenbacher
  • Daniel Fair
  • Thomas Fraser
  • Jeffrey Frederick
  • Jennifer Gasiecki
  • Dan Gosselin
  • Amin Hashmi
  • Gary Hauff
  • Scott Hornbacker
  • Michael Hutson
  • Carmen Johnson
  • Bonnie Kalef
  • Kessie Kaltsounis
  • Edward Kempen
  • John Madden
  • Steve Manolatos
  • Timothy McGee
  • Kevin Miller
  • Edward Pennington
  • Derek Redman
  • Michael Ross
  • Pietro Sarcina
  • Gerard Staeger
  • Steve Toth
  • Irv Wengrow
  • Neil Yashinsky
  • Gary Yousif

City Council will review the applications at the Dec. 3 Council study session and conduct interviews of the finalists at the Dec. 17 regular Council meeting.

City Council will vote on an appointment of the Council Member at the Dec. 17 meeting. The person appointed will serve a term expiring Nov. 11, 2013.

Jen Anesi (Editor) November 28, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I see some Patch readers on this list! :D Who would you want to see appointed to Council?
cookiepro2 November 28, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I'm glad there is sizable number for council to choose from, and some of the names are familiar. In this case, for this temporary stand-in position, a lower public profile, least controversial choice (along with some record of volunteer service), would probably be the wisest choice.
Mamacita November 28, 2012 at 09:53 PM
It would be nice to appoint someone who already has experience in government, on boards of community groups, school, etc. One year is not long, and to have to "train" someone on how everything works is not what's needed right now. We need someone ready to go. I see a few of those types of people listed here. Best wishes go out to all the applicants who care enough about our city to throw their hat in the ring, and good luck to Council in making the decision!
Jeff S. November 28, 2012 at 10:03 PM
In order to support the healing of the city, I would rather that the Council did not appoint a hard-core supporter of the former mayor. That would exclude, at a minimum: David Eisenbacher, Edward Kempen, and Michael Ross.
Mamacita November 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM
I understand the point you are trying to make, Jeff, but I think you have to look at each individual and assess them as their own person, and not just assume they're crazy, hateful people just because they've been linked at some point in the past to JD. Let me reiterate that bringing someone in for this short time, who has NO experience with how boards work, like JD didn't, is just asking for more trouble.
Chris P. November 28, 2012 at 11:37 PM
If they have had any ties to Bob Gosselin and the TCU there is no way they should even be considered because that group has filled the community with so much mistrust. Experience or not, there is no way they should be considered.
Glenn November 29, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Take a look at this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=W98NUWKzabU You can get a good idea of what kind of solid financial decisions Ed Kempen would make as a city councilman. Just the other day, Mr. Kempen decided to film his home address, phone number and bank account/routing numbers and post it on the internet. Absolutely brilliant.
Wiley Coyote November 29, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Genius at work.
Mamacita November 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Everyone keeps talking about bringing peace to Troy, but then you post something like this. I don't understand the point in posting this video. Think about it for a minute. First, the voters are not electing a replacement Council member, so there’s no need to campaign for or against any candidate. Every current Council member is capable of making an informed decision without mudslinging. Second, Mr. Kempen has run unsuccessfully for Council twice, I believe. Of all the candidates, including many who are much more civically and politically connected, the odds are already against him in receiving the majority vote. So, other than just being malicious, what’s your point? I’m really not trying to argue or be rude. I make my comments with no ill will or negative attitude. But, if we’re going to talk about bringing peace to Troy, we’ve ALL got to start acting peacefully towards one another.
Glenn November 29, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Here's the point. Mr. Kempen, Mr. Gosselin, Mr. Banks and others associated with the group that is begging for the State to sue the City for their own personal gain filmed this attempt to manipulate the system so that the only two people that would be running for Mayor if they had succeeded would have been two people handpicked by TCU. In their zeal to do so, they exhibited some very poor decision making abilities by posting all the financial and personal info needed for identity theft. Ignoring the underhanded political games that they're involved in, I think this video speaks volumes about why Ed Kempen and the TCU braintrust is not qualified to be involved in running our city. If you haven't noticed their are numerous people in this city touting how Mr. Kempen is the logical choice to be appointed. Personally, I'm not worried about Kempen being appointed councilman. The chance of that happening is practically zero. I am more worried about the general public forgetting about the kinds of tactics this group likes to practice behind the scenes when nobody is paying attention. Healing does not include shutting our eyes and pretending that this group of people have gone away for good. They haven't.
Mamacita November 30, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Glenn, thank you for understanding that I was not trying to argue, and for continuing the conversation without getting hostile, as sometimes happens in these discussions. I completely understand what you're saying. However, as long as certain people, or small factions of certain groups, continue these shows of ridiculousness, the public doesn't need anyone to remind them. These people are keeping it on the forefront themselves, so none of us can forget. BTW, I actually haven’t noticed anyone touting Kempen for this open council seat. That’s interesting. Finally, let me just say that I said “certain people” and “small factions of certain groups” because it’s not right to say that everyone in TCU is involved with or condones these “games,” just as it’s not fair to say everyone in TRUST is _____. You fill in the blank. I’m a member of neither, but know there are wonderful people in both groups, which I’m sure you’d agree.
Larry Fuller December 04, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Kempen was right, Attorney Laurie Bluhm and Bittner were wrong and will both be named probably in the State of Michigah lawsuit against Troy. Congrat's to City Attorney Bluhm, another flub up, and she will keep flubbing up so that we need her to defend the City of Troy and pay her astronomical wages. We need to recall Bittner and Bluhm and find some new fresh blood. I am embarrassed by the way they acted so unprofessionally at City Hall especially in Kempen's video when he filed for Mayor. Booo to Bluhm and Bittner!


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