Editor’s note: Ross Daniels is running alongside Linda Baker and Erin Nowak for three full-term seats on the Three Rivers School Board. Anne Riopel, Jack Coleman, and Nichole Cover are running as write-in candidates for a partial term.
Name: Ross Daniels
Address: Three Rivers, MI
Party affiliation: N/A
Are you an incumbent? No
Family (optional): Wife: Emily Daniels Children: Carter Daniels, Abigail Daniels
I was born and raised in Three Rivers and graduated from TRHS in 2007. To further my education, I attended Grand Valley State University where I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelors in Business Administration. After college, I came back to Three Rivers to work for my father’s company, R&R Trailers, as a sales associate and then the Director of Marketing. Since May 2021, I became co-owner and Vice President of R&R Trailers after purchasing my father’s half of the company.
Have you previously held public office, or have you served in a public leadership role? If so, what is your experience, and what are some of your accomplishments?
This is my first time running for a public office.
How long have you lived in the area you are seeking to represent? 33 years
In your opinion, what are the three most important issues to the area you are seeking to represent and its constituents, and why?
The safety, success and overall well-being of the students and staff of Three Rivers Community Schools are the three most important concerns in my desire to run for Three Rivers School Board.
What measures will you pursue to address those issues?
My primary mission is to ensure that no political bias or systemic agendas are in place that would be a detriment to the three main focuses of concern and I would use my vote on the Board as the tool to complete that task.
Why did you choose to run for the position that you did?
Having grown up in Three Rivers myself and now raising a family here, I am fully vested into the well-being of Three Rivers Schools and the community as a whole. I want nothing more than to help create and sustain a community school environment that allows all of our students and staff to face the unknowns of the world with confidence and compassion.
What would you say is your leadership style, and how will you utilize its strengths in your position?
I pride myself on being very analytical, logical, and even-tempered. The last thing that I want is to make a decision without sound facts or as an emotional retaliation. Neither of those things is constructive and ultimately lead to more significant problems.
How will you know that you’re accurately representing your community?
I believe in the saying that if you do your job right, no one realizes you did your job. As an individual on the Board, all I could hope to be is fair and equal.
Is there anything else your prospective constituents should know about you, your platform, your views, or your background?
To the parents, I pledge to keep your children’s best interests at the forefront. To the students and staff, I pledge to do my best to provide you with an environment that keeps you safe and allows you to be the best version of yourselves. To the community as a whole, I pledge every effort to help make Three Rivers Community Schools a beacon of success and a model district for the entire state.