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Councilmen vie for Troy mayor

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 7, 2019

 Ethan Baker

Ethan Baker

 Dave Henderson

Dave Henderson


TROY — City Councilmen Ethan Baker and Dave Henderson will square off in the mayoral election this November.

The mayor and council now serve four-year, staggered terms so that all the council seats are not up for reelection at one time.

Mayors may serve up to two four-year terms. Council members may serve up to three four-year terms. Mayors who are term limited, such as Mayor Dane Slater, may serve on the council if they have not already served three terms there.

Baker was elected to serve a four-year term in 2015.

Henderson was elected in 2011 for the first of his two four-year council terms.

Baker and Henderson were asked why they are running for mayor.

Henderson said via email that “so many good things have taken place in Troy since I was first elected. We came flying out of the recession with a budget surplus, booming new business climate, positive economic outlook and increased property values.

“I’ve been the standard bearer for reducing the amount of marijuana businesses in Troy, giving parents as many tools as we can to keep our youth drug free.”

He said he’s been involved in seven budget approvals without a tax increase, and is a strong advocate for the city’s Police and Fire departments.

“I have four grandchildren that live in the city,” he said via email. “It is my responsibility to make sure they are able to grow up in the great community that I was raised in and know Troy to be.”

Henderson said that as a lifelong resident of Troy, he owes it to the city to keep giving back and to show others by example that they need to give of themselves as well.

“I’m running for mayor to bring a renewed focus on ethics and transparency in Troy so that we can rebuild trust in our great city. We need a fresh start in Troy with a new style of leadership,” Baker said.

He said that if he is elected mayor, he will set the right tone for the city, listening to and respecting all voices, recognizing diversity, “and governing with the integrity and decorum we deserve.”

Baker said that for the past 10 years, he has been focused on helping the people of Troy. He noted that he is the owner of a Troy-based law firm, and his wife, Bethany, has a Troy-based family therapy business. Baker said he has three school-age children in Troy and is an active member of the Troy Community Coalition. He said that on the Troy City Council, he has been “fighting for transparency and oversight relating to our disgraced former city manager and protecting our city’s assets.”

“Troy is unique in that it has a very strong economy that thrives on development and also has our beautiful subdivisions, quiet residential neighborhoods, parks and green space. I have proven to balance these often competing interests to keep Troy’s economy booming and tax base healthy, while also recognizing the extremely valid concerns of our residents who fear losing the very essence of the Troy they have known and loved.

“We can have both, and we can do it in an open, transparent and respectful way. Everything I have done over the past 10 years has been done for the people of Troy, and I look forward to doing what’s right for the city we love, its residents and its businesses for the next four years as mayor.”

Five newcomers — Daniel Agauas, current Planning Commissioner Olimpiu Ollie Apahidean, Theresa Brooks, Ann Erickson Gault and Sunil Sivaraman — and incumbent Councilwoman Edna Abrahim will run for Baker’s, Henderson’s and Abrahim’s open seats on the City Council.