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#TCVote Candidate Survey: Response from Jeanine Easterday

Name: Jeanine Easterday
Address: 141 Rivers Edge Dr #400
Walk Score: Couldn’t figure out what you were asking
Age: 58
Seat Seeking: City Commission
Email Address: jmeasterday@charter.net


1. What do you do in your spare time?

read (fiction & non-fiction), yoga, bike, ski, kayak, golf,_                 

2. What was the last activity you participated in at a Traverse City park?

birthday party for a friend

3. Name and describe the most memorable public park, anywhere in the world, that you’ve ever visited?

Sleeping Bear National Dunes Lakeshore

4. What is your primary mode of transportation within the City limits?

auto to work; walk everywhere else

5. On a scale of 1-5, with 5 being the most likely, how would you rate your likelihood to increase your use of the following personal transportation methods?

(Answers in Bold & Black)

 Unlikely  Likely
Walking 1 2 3 4 5
Riding a bicycle 1 2 3 4 5
Transit 1 2 3 4 5
Calling a Cab 1 2 3 4 5
Driving 1 2 3 4 5

6. In response to question 5, what is your biggest obstacle to more transportation options?

I’m always running late so I drive to work (1 mile). If I need to travel to a meeting during the day, I have acess to quick auto transportation. Other than that, I try to walk most places unless the weather or distance is prohibitive. Since I live in downtown TC I am close to most of the services I need.

7. Please rate your level of participation in the following Traverse City activities:

Low High
National Cherry Festival 1 2 3 4 5
Traverse City Film Festival 1 2 3 4 5
Michigan Schooner Fest 1 2 3 4 5
Opera House Events 1 2 3 4 5
TC Microbrew & Music Festival 1 2 3 4 5

8. What are your thoughts about large events, like those in question 7, in Traverse City?

Large events need to be managed given the proximity to location. Events in or on the edges of neighborhoods need to be sensitive to the time of day, the noise levels, and the degree to which length of the event or type of event disprupts the neighborhood. Events that create vitality are healthy but need to be balanced with the demands put on city services.

9. Define, or give an example of, effective leadership that you have seen in Traverse City?

Effective leadership is demonstrated in many ways. The quiet competence and supportive atmosphere demonstrated by Ben Bifoss is an example to all. As a result, a competent and service-focused culture is evident in many city services. Leadership is also demonstrated by those who lead the hundreds of volunteers in the TC region responsible for the many charitable, service organizations, and city boards and commissions dedicated to everything from environmental and historic preservation to health and human services.

10. What are you for?

I am for people living cooperatively in a community that values the diversity and value of each individual. That individualtiy must be directed outwardly in the best interests of the community (think global, act local). I recently ran across a quote from FDR that succinctly communicates this. FDR said “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little”.

11. What do you fear for Traverse City’s future?

Traverse City is blessed with a number of resources both human and natural that fear for its future does not occupy much of my focus. My fears are from those forces over which we have less control. They are climate change and the world economy.


EDITOR’S NOTE: This November 8th there are 3 commission seats and a mayoral seat on the ballot in Traverse City. To help us prepare, throughout this week we ran responses from the 9 candidates (7 commissioner, 2 mayoral) to the MyWHaT survey. These ran in the order responses were received, one per day during the week and two each on Saturday and Sunday in the order of Michael EstesJim CarruthersBarbara BudrosRobert DonickDavid FordPatrick McGuireTimothy Werner, Ralph Soffredine and, finally, Jeanine Easterday. 

Please note, the answers are published unedited without annotation. The questions were generated by the MyWHaT advisory council and this contributor. We chose a different path than asking straight-up positions on specific policy or issues. We wanted to get a sense of the person, their individual approaches to life, the public sphere and how they might make decisions.

Comments and endorsements are encouraged on any of these posts. You may even ask questions directly of the candidate, but I can not guarantee that they will respond or even see it. I just ask that we keep it friendly, brief and in-line with our comments policy

Happy voting!

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