Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Politics at Bay Mills Indian Community has Parker (Mike Malik) Cranking Up the Volume on Economic Development Dreams

Wondering why it was that Bay Mills Tribal Chair Jeff Parker fueled speculation about a Bay Mills casino in Flint Township (MI) and  appeared at the Flint Township Board of Trustees meeting or enabled (maybe encourage) the Port Huron Times Herald columnist Mike Connell to wax, Parker says casino will open next year, or the Flint Township View to report, Bay Mills casino developers want police, fire agreements?

Could it be this...


Primary election to narrow field of candidates in Bay Mills

The Primary Election for Bay Mills Indian Community will be held on Oct. 19. Please note: The election will be held at the Armella B. Parker Senior Center from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Any member of Bay Mills Indian Community who is 18 years or older may vote in the Primary and General Elections. The following people are running for office:

Executive Council President: Jeff Parker, Kurt Perron, Terry Carrick
Vice President: Joseph LeBlanc, Allyn Cameron, Corrine Cameron
Secretary: Richard LeBlanc, Sherri Schofield, Greg Parker
Treasurer: John P. Lufkins, Diane Teeple, Paula Carrick
Councilperson: Dwight "Bucko" Teeple, Jason A. LeBlanc, Sr., Alexander Easton, Brenda Bjork Chief Judge: Shelly Deuman, Leah M. Parish, Arthur J. LeBlanc, Levi D. Carrick, Sr., Robert Passage
Appellate Judge: Lynda Parrish-Pesola, Tim Kinney II, Randy Touchtone, Shannon Belk, Justin Teeple

Any registered voter who will not be able to cast their ballot in person may request the election Committee to issue them an absentee ballot. Such request may be made in person or by mail and signed by the person requesting the ballot. In any case, the request must be made 36 hours before the election. Reason for requesting absentee ballot must be given, as absentee ballots are for individuals unable to vote in person. Direct your request to Bay Mills Tribal Office, 12140 W. Lakeshore Dr., Brimley MI 49715 ATTN:Election Committee

If you have any questions, please call the tribal office for more information. The telephone number is 906-248-8100, ask for Kathi Carrick or Andrea Kinney. 
Politics 101A strategy employed by Mike Malik/Tom Shields and crew:  Pump up the volume on anything that looks like economic development -- even make believe, pie-in-the-sky stuff that has little, or even no chance of materializing. Just say it does!

Don't believe it? Take a look at news coverage during Port Huron (CA) or Barstow (CA) local political elections for the last decade. Malik and crew roll into town and crank up the volume about local economic development hopes. Make your constituents think you're bringin' home the bacon. Then as soon as their political pawns are re-elected, Marian's boys head home to Detroit or back to the Manhattan Penthouse or the Hamptons hide-a-way or their Palm Beach party crib or wherever.

Malik had Jeff Parker re-installed as Chairman about a decade ago, and during the last couple of Bay Mills election cycles tribal members have challenged his leadership and his ongoing "relationship" with, and "business ties" to the controversial Michael Malik. Tribal members are anxious for something real, not the continual economic carrots that Parker/Malik have dangled for a decade.

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