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Voters to decide Fraser City Council race

Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 21, 2019

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In the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide one City Council race Nov. 5. Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goal(s) if elected. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.


Fraser Mayor
One candidate is running for one four-year term.


Mike Carnagie (I)
Running unopposed.

Fraser City Council
Four candidates are running for three four-year terms.


Amy Baranski
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Amy Baranski for City Council
Education: BA University of Michigan 1991; JD Wayne State Law School 1994
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top goal is to decrease our reliance on PA 33, while maintaining the city services that make Fraser unique. I will bring a fresh set of eyes to council to uncover additional cost savings while encouraging new growth and development. We need to get more police out patrolling our streets to keep crime down and property values up. Our roads and parks are overdue for improvements. I want to help move Fraser forward.


Kathy Blanke (I)
Age: 71
Occupation: Retiree - worked for City of Fraser for 27 years
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 51 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Associates degree from the University of Detroit
Previously held elected offices: Fraser City Council, 2 terms: 2009 - 2013 and 2015 to current
Top goals: Lack of candidates brought me to this election and to continue a service; to make sure Fraser does not fail. Many say they love Fraser - luckily have lived and loved Fraser. My main objective is to keep our Public Safety solid, reduce taxes when possible and always be accountable. Thank you for any consideration. It has been a pleasure and honor to have served for 35 years. God bless Fraser always.


Richard E. Haberman
Age: 72
Occupation: Retired City Manager, City of Fraser
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 3 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Master’s degree Public Administration, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Ensure tax money is being used to provide needed services, implementing the 5-year capital improvement plan for parks, streets, buildings, water and sewer systems. Review recent layoffs of Public Safety Officers to ensure the Public Safety Department is adequately manned so taxpayers can depend on timely police, fire and ambulance services. In talking to residents, there is a lack of confidence in the current Council. I want to restore public trust in its City Council.


Patrice Schornak (I)
Age: 48
Occupation: Collection manager
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 41 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Associates Degree, Magna Cum Laude
Previously held elected offices: City of Fraser City Council
Top goals: Growing up in Fraser and raising my family here made me want to serve my community. I realized a long time ago it’s better to be part of the solution, instead of part of the problem. I believe we have made some real progress with Fraser’s finances, but there is still plenty of work to be done. I have Fraser’s best interest at heart and would like to continue moving Fraser forward.