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Get to know City Council candidate Collin Beighley

Tribune Staff • Jul 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Name: Collin D. Beighley

Age: 40

Occupation: Custom project manager, Tubelite Inc.

Education: Studied music at California State University Stanislaus, studied program engineering at University of Phoenix

Community involvement: member, Grand River Sailing Club, 2012-present; Grand River Sailing Club Board of Directors, 2017-18; rear commodore, Grand River Sailing Club, 2018-present

What unique qualities or experiences make you a good candidate for the council?

Since moving to Grand Haven 14 years ago, I have spent a great deal of time living and working in the downtown area. I now live on the east side of Beacon with my wife and two children, but we still spend a great deal of time downtown at events. I think this experience, especially working downtown during the busiest and slowest times of the year, has given me great insight as to what would benefit our town and what needs to be stopped. As your city councilman, I will work hard to help local business prosper right along with the people that call Grand Haven their home.

What do you consider the top issues facing the city, and how would you address them?

Economic development: Greater support for small, independent businesses (craft brewer, bakeries, design firms, etc.) need to be able to start a business and grow accordingly. I will focus on these types of businesses with less focus (on) residential development in the downtown area.

Public safety: Our police force and the people who protect our citizens are of great importance. While Grand Haven is a relatively safe city, no place is immune to violence and crime. We must do what we can to ensure the residents of Grand Haven feel safe and confident with our law enforcement.

Infrastructure: We need to make sure our public lands get used to help the majority of the citizens, not just the few. Bike paths, hiking trails and parks should be a priority, with less focus on land development for larger businesses.

Education: We must figure out a way to put a stop to bullying and offer better outreach not only for those that suffer from bullying, but find the root cause of those that engage in that destructive behavior. We also need better training for teachers dealing with children with special needs.

What do you consider the city’s strengths and how would you build on them?

Our city has a great focus on being a tourist destination and we should strive to keep that growing, but we also need to make sure that in doing so we don’t lose sight of the people that live here year-round.

Is there anything you would change in Grand Haven? Why and how?

As the times change, Grand Haven needs to be able to adapt and change with it. We need to be able to grow our city in a way that allows for these changes. If elected, I will make sure that every question or proposal is researched to the fullest extent so that I can vote in the most informed way possible.

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