Gayk runs again in Keweenaw County: Seeks second term in District 5

EAGLE RIVER — Sandra Gayk is running for a second term for District 5 of the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners, and brings with her extensive experience, and a professional background.

Gayk, a Democrat, holds a bachelor of science in administration from Northern Michigan University, and a master’s degree of science in technical writing from Michigan Technological University. She is a retired university administrator, having served as a director of intellectual property at Michigan Tech, and as a grant writer at NMU. For six years, she was the Allouez Township supervisor.

Gayk said during her first term as District 5 Commissioner, she worked with other commissioners, and county attorney Chuck Miller, to sell the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge and put the county on firmer financial footing by canceling the debt of approximately $4 million owed to the federal government.

She has served as the chairwoman of the Regional Planning Commission of the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR). She has represented Keweenaw County on the U.P. Legislative Committee with 14 other counties to review all legislation that impacts the U.P.

She has also worked with the Sheriff’s Department to secure funding from the Portage Health Foundation to help pay for the county’s K-9 Unit.

Gayk successfully applied for funding for the redesign of the county’s website, which is in progress, and she has successfully applied for funding from the Portage Health Foundation for amenities at the Gratiot River Park, and gave the DNR a tour of the site, which she said, she is optimistic will be funded.

Gayk said she still has work to do for the county during her next term, if re-elected.

“First, I want to make sure the residents of Keweenaw County are able to sustain the lifestyle they have always enjoyed,” she said, “and have public access to Lake Superior and our forests, now and for future generations.”

She said she is also interested in making sure the Gratiot River Park is properly run for all to enjoy.

“I would like to have entrepreneurial training available for our county residents to learn how to start a business,” said Gayk, “I think there is potential for people to earn a good living by pursuing business.” She said there are many hard-working, creative people throughout the county and she is concerned about younger generations that are forced to leave the area due to lack of opportunities for employment.

“Throughout my career, I have been involved in securing over $6 million in federal, state, and private grants to support scores of projects,” Gayk said. “I would like to continue to use my management and grant writing skills to benefit Keweenaw County residents.”