Allegan County Commission District 7: Cain, Colingsworth
District 7 includes the City of Plainwell, Village of Martin, and the townships of Gun Plain, Martin and Wayland townships.
Incumbent Don Black announced his intention to step down from the board a year ago.
This is a two-year term.
Cain lives with his wife Robyn at Selkirk Lake in Wayland Township. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. He graduated from Grand Valley State University with a four-year criminal justice degree. He retired as a detective lieutenant after 30 years with the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office. He has served 16 years as a Wayland school board member, as president for four; he also served 10 years on the Allegan Area Education Service Agency school board.
“I have the knowledge and commitment to serve on the county board, and I think it’s doing a good job presently.
“After retiring from the sheriff’s department, I became the Dean of Students and Assistant Principal at Fennville High School.
“I’ve served on various non- profit boards such as Sylvia’s Place and the Child Abuse and Neglect Council, which Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center grew out of, a process I was part of too.
“I’ve been involved in the various communities for 35-plus years. I think I’m in a position where I can serve the Wayland, Martin and Gun Plain townships. My experiences would be a good fit to be a commissioner and represent the area, including my experience with budgeting.
“I just want to represent the townships and their boards, communicate their issues—either positive or negative—and see what improvements we can make while being fiscally responsible.
Colingsworth’s family has been in Allegan County for at least five generations. She chose to move to Plainwell herself as a young adult and raised her children here. She works at Western Michigan University in the office of Student Financial Aid. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Kalamazoo College, and a master’s degree at Spring Arbor University in Organizational Management. She and her husband have five adult children, two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. She currently serves on the City of Plainwell Planning Commission.
“In my professional career, my skills include researching federal, state and local resources, laws and procedures to find resources to help students and families—while also being fiscally responsible for other people’s money.
“I am hoping to apply this skill set to the county-level setting as a County Commissioner.
“I am focused on government transparency and accountability, infrastructure, and assisting the citizens of Allegan County.”