New faces on Escanaba City Council
ESCANABA — Escanaba residents have spoken, choosing Karen Moore and Tyler DuBord to represent them on the city council for the next four years. The two newly-elected council members beat out incumbents Ronald Beauchamp and Michael Sattem for the two open seats.
“I’m really excited and thrilled and happy and humbled and blessed and the whole works. I’m sitting here with a bunch of people, and we’re kind of celebrating, and I’m extremely happy and can’t wait to get to work,” said Moore of the victory.
Moore received 1,147 votes (29 percent) and Dubord received 1,113 votes (28 percent). Beauchamp and Sattem took 976 votes (24 percent) and 735 votes (18 percent), respectively.
Beauchamp had served on the council for two terms after being elected in 2011. Sattem had served since he was appointed to fill a vacant seat created by the resignation of former council member Leo Evans in 2014.
Moore, who has lived in Escanaba almost her entire life and has served on multiple committees in the city, said she has three main priorities for her time in office.
“First of all is a new city manager, that’s the first one, and then of course what everybody wants in town is jobs for younger people so they stay and condos for older people so they have a place to go. So those are the top things right now,” she said.
Also celebrating Tuesday was Dubord, who shared Moore’s excitement over election to the council.
“Oh my gosh, I’m very excited. I’m thankful for all my supporters and everyone that believes in me and that I can make a difference in this community,” said DuBord of the win.
DuBord, also has goals for his time in office and has a positive view of how the community as a whole can make the city better.
“I have a lot of goals,” he said. “Like I’ve said … my stance before is ‘new change, new vision,’ ‘community is unity,’ and I believe that we can all make a difference in Escanaba.”
Moore and DuBord will be sworn in at a special re-organizational meeting Monday.