Culver Meet the Candidates night Oct 29

Culver candidates in this year's election include (top row, from left), Robert Cooper (town council), Karen Heim (clerk-treasurer), Ginny Munroe (council), Jean Rakich (council), Joel Samuelson (council), Tammy Shaffer (council), and Gil Standley (clerk-treasurer).
Jeff Kenney
Citizen editor

A Culver Meet the Candidates event will take place Thursday, Oct. 29 at the train station-depot on Lake Shore Drive, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Candidates for seats on Culver's town council as well as for the Culver clerk-treasurer's position will speak briefly and answer audience questions.

Three Republicans -- Robert K. Cooper, Ginny Bess Munroe, and Jean Rakich, have filed for town council alongside one Democrat -- Tammy Shaffer -- and Libertarian candidate Joel R. Samuelson.

Munroe and Rakich are incumbents, Munroe as current council president completing a second term on the council, and Rakich completing a term she won in a party runoff to fill a seat left vacant last year when elected councilman Bill Githens became a county councilman.

Both Cooper and Samuelson ran for council during the last election round. Shaffer is currently president of the Culver park board (on which she has served for 10 years).

Candidates will vie for seats presently held by Democrat Ed Pinder, who is not running for re-election, Munroe, and Rakich.

Republican Karen Heim is presently serving her first term as clerk-treasurer for Culver, and is being challenged by Democrat Gil Standley, who ran for town council at the last election.