Joe Bush, of West Olive, said he is running for drain dommissioner because he loves people, public relations and finding solutions for water problems.
For the past 11 years, Bush has worked for the Road Commission in the engineering department. He has served the past six years on the Olive Township Board as a trustee. He also serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals and is on the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council Policy Board.
Bush has a bachelor’s degree from Cornerstone University in business management. He’s been married to his wife, Laura, for 19 years. They have two daughters.
Bush said he is well-rounded, has proven leadership in Ottawa County, and his experience working in the field and farming background sets him apart from other candidates.
Mike Munch, of Spring Lake, said he’s running for drain commissioner because it’s the next natural career step. He said he would like to continue doing the job he enjoys: solving problems and going into the field.
For the past 14 years, Munch has worked in the drain commissioner's office and has been promoted through different positions.
Munch is a lifelong Ottawa County resident. He graduated from Spring Lake High School before attending Western Michigan University. He earned a bachelor of science degree at Western Michigan University in natural resource management. Munch and his wife, Kim, have a son and daughter.
Munch said his experience sets him apart from the other candidates. He said there wouldn’t be a learning curve, and he could hit the ground running.
Martha Urbin, of Holland, said she’s running for drain commissioner to prevent projects where the costs outweigh the benefits, such as the Park West Drain, she said.
Urbin’s previous employment including working for MDOT, Dow Chemical and General Motors, and volunteering in Holland. She received a civil engineering bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and a master’s degree from Wayne State University. Urbin and her husband, Steve, have been married for 36 years. They have two daughters.
Urbin said she’s different from the other candidates because she isn’t a politician and she has outside experience. She said she doesn’t owe people favors, and can listen to the people and represent the residents of Ottawa County.