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Soulis, Schmitz and Landscoot elected to parks commission

Mike Soulis1 / 3
Mindi Schmitz2 / 3
Mike Landscoot3 / 3

The Jamestown Parks and Recreation Commission has two new members.

Mike Soulis received the most votes with 1,490 votes, based on complete but unofficial results.

Mindi Schmitz had 1,381 votes and incumbent Mike Landscoot had 1,317 votes.

Also running were Ryan Schlafman, who received 1,124 votes, Mitch Ostlie, who received 880, and Chris Aarhus had 667.

Soulis said he is looking forward to serving on the commission.

“I appreciate the people of Jamestown thinking I can do a good job on the Parks and Rec Commission,” he said.

Schmitz said she is looking forward to the opportunity of serving on the commission.

“I want to thank the voters for their support,” she said.

Landscoot said he has served on the commission for 16 years and he also appreciated the voters electing him to the position yet again.

“I want to continue making Parks and Rec the best department in the city,” he said.

The Parks and Rec Commission sets policy and budget for the Jamestown Parks and Recreation Department and the city’s recreational facilities, including the Two Rivers Activity Center. The five-member board meets at 4 p.m. on the second Monday of the month at the Parks and Rec Department Office, 1002 2nd Ave. SE.

Larry Knoblich, the incumbent commission chairman, did not seek re-election this year. He served on the commission for 36 years. Richard Ryan, who was elected to his first term in 2014, resigned his seat in 2017 for personal reasons.

Landscoot, 61, is a lab technician for UTC Aerospace Systems.

Schmitz, 50, is a government relations specialist.

Soulis, 50, is a school counselor at James Valley Career and Technology Center.

Chris Olson

Hometown: Traverse City, MI College: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University

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