Allegan County Commission District 1: Allen, Kapenga
District 1 includes the cities of Douglas, Fennville and Saugatuck and the townships of Laketown, Manlius and Saugatuck.
This is a two-year term.
Allen is a proud resident of Manlius Township where she lives with her husband, Doug, and their daughter, Olivia. Beyond her career as a teacher, she is a dedicated community volunteer. Currently, she is the Membership Chair of the Friends of the Library for Saugatuck/Douglas District Library and a member of their Adult Programming Committee. She also volunteers at her church, All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Saugatuck, and Forever Curious Children’s Museum in Fennville.
After completing her BA in Political Science from University of Louisiana, Christi worked as a House Manager and Education Coordinator for a group foster home serving children. Seeing a need, she went back to school to become a Special Education teacher. She taught for 10 years in high risk/high need public schools. An award-winning public-school teacher, she was recruited by the state boards of education in both Louisiana and Indiana to create better classroom instruction and testing standards for students served by special education.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed knocking on doors and meeting voters all across District 1 in Allegan County. “I have supporters who are Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents because they are excited someone—many say for the first time—knocked on their doors and listened to their concerns as Allegan County residents.
“I will bring their desires for a more transparent county government, broader economic development, and more expansive broadband internet services, to the table.
“I have been a tireless advocate for others most of my career. I will proudly stand up for the people of Allegan County as your commissioner, ensuring our tax dollars are used efficiently and effectively.
“Active listening, honest communication, and a tireless work ethic are important assets I will bring to my service as an Allegan County Commissioner. Thank you for your vote on Nov. 6.”
Kapenga started his career in 1975 in Allegan County as a deputy for the Allegan County Sheriff Department. He served as road patrol deputy, detective sergeant, patrol sergeant, dive team/mounted division, and was also named Officer of the Year. Retiring after 29 years in 2005, he worked for one year on the marine division before running for Allegan County commissioner. Kapenga has served as a commissioner for the past eight years and has been board chair since 2017.
He serves on committees including as chair of the 911 Policy Board, chair of the Local Emergency Planning Commit- tee, chair of the finance committee of Community Action Allegan County, county parks committee, West Michigan Drug Enforcement Committee, ACSET, MAC Heath and Human Services Board, and the M40/M89 Corridor Committee.
He and his wife Jan have been married for 43 years. They have four children and 14 grandchildren.
He has been a member of Central Wesleyan Church of Holland for 33 years and has chaired the CWC elder board, chaired Holland/Hamilton Young Life and chaired Hamilton High School curriculum committees.
“I believe in keeping a balanced budget for Allegan County, providing help in keeping economic growth in agriculture and business.
“I will work with law enforcement to assure school safety and home safety and I strive for health and wellness.
“I have served the public my entire career. I want to continue to be of service to the community. I love the people of this county and I believe it is a privilege to be able to serve them.
“I’m pro-life for Allegan County and am endorsed by them.”