Highland Election, Jeffrey Pyne’s Murder Trial and Other Stuff

Highland Supervisor Candidate Donna Gundle-Krieg writes about important Highland issues, including the upcoming election, the Jeffrey Pyne murder trial, and more.

Whether or not I am elected as Highland Township Supervisor on August 7th, I plan to continue doing what I've always done: advocating for the people and issues of my beloved hometown.

Since Patch.com is now expanding to cover Highland, I am happy to add this great community forum as part of my advocacy.

If elected township supervisor, I will write frequently to communicate to Highland residents what is happening in our town.

Right now in Highland, a very spirited and important election is already taking place as the absentee ballots come and go. 

Regardless of what happens on August 7th, the makeup of our local government will change. After years of stability, two out of three elected officials are retiring, and all seven board seats are in contention. In addition, many employees are retiring or have recently retired.

Once all the dust settles, I am the best person to rebuild positive employee teams and communications with residents, businesses, and various government boards and community groups.

Leadership and communications are my strengths.

As a former Human Resource Professional at the University of Michigan, I learned the skills of leading personnel, budgeting, mediating, communicating, and dealing with legal issues.

As a political journalist, I have questioned government and want to see if I can do better myself. I have always been ingrained in the community, especially at my Church of the Holy Spirit.

In later columns, I will expand on my background and stances on various township issues. For now, you can go to my website, www.donnagundlekrieg.com You can also call me at 248-766-6519 or email dokrieg@comcast.net

A current important issue in Highland is the upcoming trial of 22-year old Jeffrey Pyne.

Jeffrey is accused of murdering his mother, but his friends and family on both his mother’s and father’s side believe in his innocence. In fact, hundreds of people attended a recent bowling fundraiser for Jeffrey to help with his legal costs.   

As a family friend and supporter of the Pynes, I went to the fundraiser and also plan to attend the September 10th trial. Not only do I want to support the Pynes, I also want to let the public know what is happening.

The trial is expected to last 2-5 weeks, and will be covered by local and national media, including Dateline NBC.

Despite the media frenzy, Patch.com is the only local media that will allow for daily coverage in the Highland area.  

Part of the Highland Township Supervisor’s job is to advocate for its citizens. My concern, whether or not I am elected, is whether or not Jeffrey will receive a fair trial.

Information about Jeffrey Pyne’s case has been sheltered from the press and the public, due to the fact that he is the first person in Oakland County to be tried under a new citizen grand jury set up by Jessica Cooper's office.

Personally, I believe that the citizen grand jury process causes people like Jeffrey to lose many of their basic rights. My daughter agrees, and is writing her pre-Law thesis about this topic after reading a Detroit Free Press article called “Grand juries: A vital tool or in need of reform?”

Please look for future columns about this campaign, the Pyne trial, and other Highland issues.

For now, it’s time for me to hit the campaign trail. The election is just over two weeks away!

I have been doing my best to visit all of the Highland voters at their homes. However, at this point I realize that goal might be out of reach.

So if I missed you and you want to meet me or ask questions, please set up an
appointment by calling 248-766-6519 or emailing dokrieg@comcast.net.

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Donna Gundle-Krieg July 22, 2012 at 12:09 AM
I should clarify that if I win the August election, I have to run another race in November. So I will not be working as Township Supervisor while I am attending Jeffrey Pyne's trial.


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