Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners District 2
Sue Shink is an attorney, photographer and former Northfield Township trustee. She is one of three candidates in the Aug. 7 Democratic primary for the District 2 seat on the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners, running against Tom Brennan and Rodrick Green. The winner will face Republican Kevin Jardine in the Nov. 6 general election.
That seat is currently held by Democrat Michelle Deatrick, who is running this year for the Michigan Senate in District 18.
According to the platform posted on her campaign website, her priorities include delivering county services "efficiently, respectfully and skillfully," making sure that county activities are transparent and accountable to the public, land preservation, water quality and several other issues.
Shink served as Northfield Township trustee from 2004-2008. In 2008, she lost her re-election bid in an eight-way race for four positions, coming in 5th with 11.68% of the votes. She ran again in 2016, losing in another eight-way race for four positions, coming in 5th with 11.66% of the votes.
Shink is chair of the Washtenaw County Agricultural Lands Preservation Advisory Committee (ALPAC). She has also served on the Huron River Watershed Council board, the Northfield Township Land Preservation Committee and the Northfield Township Historical Society board.
She is a member of the Washtenaw County Bar Association. According to the WCBA site, her practice focuses on land use and immigration law.
Shink earned three degrees from the University of Michigan: a bachelor's degree in political science, a master's in natural resource planning, and a law degree.
Shink is married to Tom Hatch and has three daughters. The family's Northfield Township farm includes 22 acres donated to the Washtenaw Land Trust (now called the Legacy Land Conservancy) in 2006 via a conservation easement.
Shink's campaign treasurer is Tom Hatch, her husband.
Sue Shink: In The News
Outcomes of Washtenaw County Board Of Commissioner Races – WEMU, Aug. 8, 2018
Soapbox Summer 2018 – WEMU, July 11, 2018
Mental health funding among issues in Washtenaw county board races – MLive, July 10, 2018
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (video) – Community Television Network, July 9, 2018
"We Love Those Trees" The road commission gets a lesson in community engagement – Ann Arbor Observer, July 2018
Washtenaw County Road Commission Declines Grant Award Amid Public Protest – The Sun Times News, March 28, 2018
Relearning the ways of yesterday: Reskilling festival teaches earth-friendly arts – AnnArbor.com, Oct. 24, 2009