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Candidates for City of Cedar Springs

There are two seats available on the Cedar Springs City Council, and three people running: incumbent Lisa Atchison, Ashley Hamel, and Shandell Napieralski. Pick your candidate and vote on November 2.

Lisa Atchison

I am running for city council. I have lived in the Cedar Springs area for 25 years and raised 3 daughters in Cedar Springs. 

I have an Associates Degree in Business Administration. I am a hairstylist at Classic Hair By Lisa (inside Classic Hair Design).

I served on the Planning Commission from 2006 until 2017, when I won a seat on the Cedar Springs City Council, where I have enjoyed serving for the past 4 years. I have also chaired Lake Effect (a concert whose proceeds go to many area charities) for over 5 years. 

I hope to keep growing the Cedar Springs business area especially the downtown. I will find out what businesses the city is looking for, adding these businesses will draw people to our area and help us flourish. New businesses will put money into their facades and beautify the downtown area.

We need to keep our infrastructure strong. The infrastructure is the bones of our city. This can be accomplished with clean water, better roads, sidewalks, and strong city staff. 

All of this cannot be achieved without your support. Please vote and show up for community meetings.

Ashley Hamel

I’m Ashley Hamel. I’m 32 and moved to Cedar Springs in September of 2020. I’m a 911 dispatcher and I’m married with three littles, ages 5, 3, and 1. I am so excited to be running for City Council. Thank you so much for your consideration. 

I am currently serving on the Cedar Springs Planning Commission and have been since December, 2020. 

If elected, I hope to encourage participation in local politics. I want to find ways to help more citizens become involved in decision making and to let their voices be heard. I also hope to make decisions using common sense. I’d love to keep the growth of Cedar Springs going and moving in a positive direction. 

Shandell Napieralski

I am 48 years old, born in Lake Forest, Illinois. Collectively I have lived in Cedar Springs for 13 years, but most currently as a 5-year resident of the City. I graduated from Cedar Springs High School in 1991, then attended Grand Rapids Community College and later Northwood University where I have a bachelor’s degree in Management. I work for Materials Testing Consultants, a civil engineering firm as CMT Field Technician II/ Materials Sampling Technician. I am engaged with a blended family of adult children, one grade schooler, and grandchildren.

I have served two years on the Cedar Springs Planning Commission, two years on the Assessor Board of Review and three years as an election inspector. I previously worked for Cedar Springs as the assistant finance director and assistant city clerk. I am a member of the Cedar Springs Historical Society.

What do you hope to accomplish if you are elected? Infrastructure is my primary focus – roads, sidewalks, and our water/sewer system. Park maintenance and redevelopment as well as community services are also important.

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