2018-10-25 / News

Two vie for 94th State Representative seat

Two candidates are vying for the 94th District State House of Representatives seat in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election. Incumbent Tim Kelly is leaving the office due to term limits.

Rodney Wakeman won the Republican nomination over Steven Gerhardt by 30 votes in the August primary, while Democrat Dave Adams was unopposed.

Dave Adams, 46, of St. Charles, is the athletic director at Swan Valley Schools. He is a 1991 graduate of St. Charles High School. He earned his bachelor of public administration degree from Michigan State University in 1995, and his master of educational leadership degree from Saginaw Valley State University in 2002.

Adams served as a St. Charles Township trustee from 1996-2000. He is also a member of the Shields Lions Club, and has served on the land bank and mosquito control boards in Saginaw County. He has also been a football coach at Swan Valley and St. Charles High Schools.

“I’ve worked hard to make a difference in the lives of young people as a teacher and coach,” he said. “I want to make sure our community has the goodpaying jobs that will allow them to spend their lives here if they choose.”

Rodney Wakeman, 51, of Saginaw, is a funeral director, and owner and corporate officer of Wakeman Funeral Home, Inc. of Saginaw. He is a 1984 graduate of Valley Lutheran High School. He received an associate of arts degree in pre-mortuary science curriculum from Delta College, graduated from Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science in Detroit in 1988, and holds three voluntary postprofessional education certificates.

He is a lifetime member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Saginaw, and a past member of its board of elders. He is president of the Valley Lutheran High School Foundation, past member of the Lutheran Education Advancement Plan (LEAP) Implementation Team to advance Lutheran education in the region, and past chairman of the Valley Lutheran High School Alumni Association Scholarship Committee.

Wakeman is a member and past president of the Saginaw Lions Club, past chairman of the eyeglass committee, 25 year chevron designee, multiple 100 percent annual attendance award recipient, and recipient of the Lorenz A. Loos Lion of the Year Memorial Award.

He was featured in the book “Legendary Locals of Saginaw” by author and historian Roberta Morey. He was appointed twice to the funeral industry’s state regulatory board, serving as chairman since 2015. He has experience working with the Office of Attorney General, Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Corporations, Securities and Commercial Licensing, and the Bureau of Professional Licensing.

Wakeman currently serves as president of the Michigan Funeral Director Association, and a member of the Wayne State University School of Mortuary Science Advisory Committee. He was a finalist for National Funeral Director of the Year in 2012.

“I have served countless families with dignity and respect in times of crisis and incredible stress,” he said. “My role as state representative will be a continuation of my work as a business owner, leader and funeral director of 30 years.”

The 94th District is comprised of Albee, Birch Run, Blumfield, Frankenmuth, St. Charles, Saginaw Charter, Swan Creek, Taymouth, Thomas, and Tittabawassee Townships.

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