The City Commission acts as the legislative branch of city government. The City of Marquette elects seven commissioners during non-partisan, city-wide elections. Every year, the Commission elects one of its members to serve as mayor and one as mayor pro-tem. The Mayor Pro-Tem is authorized to act on behalf of the Mayor in the Mayor’s absence. Commissioners serve three year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive terms in office. The City Commission has the power to hire a city manager and city attorney, and to appoint citizens to serve on numerous advisory boards and commissions. All official action of the Commission is accomplished through ordinance, resolution, motion or order. The duties of the Commission are to represent the citizens of Marquette, establish policies and approve the budget. By law, the City Commission must conduct city business at public meetings held at least twice a month. Meetings are usually held in the City Hall Commission Chambers and the public may make comments or submit petitions on relevant issues.
call (cell): 906-361-1711
call (home): 906-226-3621
Elected: 11-2013 | 11-2016
Term Expirations: 11-2016 | 11-2019
Dave Campana was elected to the City Commission in November 2013. He is a native of Crystal Falls, Michigan, and has been a resident of Marquette since 1981. He has a biology degree from Northern Michigan University, served two years in the U.S. Army in the Military Police, returned to school at Ferris State University, and obtained a pharmacy degree.
After living and working in the Lansing area for five years, and in Denver, Colorado for one year, Dave returned to the Upper Peninsula (Marquette County) to work for Snyder Drugs. In 1991 he purchased Campus Pharmacy in Marquette, and operated it until 2009 when he sold the business and retired.
Mr. Campana has been active in the Upper Peninsula and Michigan Pharmacy Associations including five terms as President and nine years as Treasurer of the U.P. Association and three years on the Board of the Michigan Pharmacy Association. He is an active Marquette General Hospital volunteer, and was a member of the Marquette City’s Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.
Dave and his wife, Sally Davis, have two children: a daughter Katey, and a son Michael. They welcomed their granddaughter, Cecelia, in September 2013.
call (cell): 906-250-3437
call (home): 906-228-9579
Term Expiration: 11-2017
Thomas Baldini was a teacher of Government and Economics at Marquette Senior High School from 1965-83 and also a part-time instructor at Northern Michigan University. He joined Governor James Blanchard’s staff as a Special Assistant for U.P. Affairs and Education Advisor in 1984 and returned to the Marquette Public Schools as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Finances and Personnel in 1991. In 1994, President Clinton nominated him and the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment to be the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission for Canada and the United States managing all of the waters shared by the two countries. He also assumed the duties as the U.S. Representative of the U.S. and Canadian Boundary Commission 1998. In 2003, he was appointed by U. S. Congressman Bart Stupak, 1st Congressional District of Michigan, to be his District Director and retired from federal service in 2010.
Currently he is an adjunct instructor in the Political Science Department of Northern Michigan University. Appointed by Governor Granholm, he serves as a member of the Michigan Technological University Board of Control. He is President of the Marquette Area Public School Foundation and Vice Chair of the Marquette County Community Foundation. He is President of the Fourth of July Fireworks Committee for the Marquette area.
He was elected to the City Charter Commission in 2011 and the City Commission in 2014 for a three-year term.
Elected: 11-2012 | 11-2015
Term Expiration: 11-2015 | 11-2018
Sara Cambensy was elected to the Marquette City Commission in 2012. Sara earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Art Education from NMU in 2002 and her Masters of Public Administration degree from Northern Michigan University in the fall of 2011. She was awarded the Outstanding Graduate Award for the MPA Program, concentrating her studies in Public Management with a strong emphasis in State and Local Government.
A lifelong resident of Marquette, she grew up working for her father as a land surveying assistant and developed an interest in public administration while learning the statutory requirements necessary to file legal land documents with the Registrar of Deeds Office (Clerk) at both the municipal and county level.
Sara has worked for the City of Marquette as a Zoning Code Enforcement Official and has served on the City of Marquette Planning Commission. She was elected to the City Charter Commission in 2011. Sara also holds a Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University and is a member of the Marquette Beautification and Restoration Committee.
Currently employed as the Director of Kaufman Auditorium, Adult and Community Education at the Marquette Area Public Schools, Sara has enjoyed working with the community over the past several years to restore the Graveraet School courtyard and fountain back to its original state of beauty and historic architectural prominence.
Elected: 11-2013 | 11-2016
Term Expiration: 11-2016 | 11-2019
Sarah Reynolds was elected to the Marquette City Commission in November 2013. Sarah moved to Marquette in 2003 to attend Northern Michigan University, where she earned her Bachelors in Political Science/Pre Law in 2007. Sarah graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Masters in Public Administration in 2011, concentrating her studies in State and Local Government.
Since Sarah was a young child, she knew she wanted to be involved in politics, and when she moved to Marquette in 2003 that only solidified the idea of being involved in politics. Marquette is at the forefront of Sarah’s heart and she would like to become a political leader of the City of Marquette and help it grow in a positive manner.
Sarah has worked as a paralegal/office manager for Hyde & Swajanen, P.C. since 2008. She served on the Marquette City Housing Commission prior to her election to the city commission.
Sarah lives in Marquette with her husband, Anthony, and her stepdaughter, Rena. Sarah is an avid dog lover, and has two dogs of her own, Jameson and Cali. She enjoys hiking, fishing, sailing, and volunteering in the community.
Term Expiration: 11-2017
Peter Frazier was elected to the City Commission in November 2014. He was born and raised in Marquette. He attended Ferris State University where he received a degree in Heavy Equipment Service Engineering Technology.
Prior to his election as a City Commissioner, Mr. Frazier was involved as a member of the Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee. He was very involved in the ongoing project to build a universally accessible playground that will hopefully one day serve children of all abilities. He also volunteers on the Friends of Presque Isle group and with the Lake Superior Theatre. Peter is employed at Fraco, Inc. in sales and delivery and also works at the Lake Superior Yacht Yard.
Peter White, his Great-Great-Great Grandfather, believed in working to preserve and protect our valuable resources. Peter hopes to continue that tradition. Peter lives in Marquette with his wife, Jennifer, and their daughter, Petra. He is an avid boater and enjoys hiking, skiing, kayaking and traveling with his family.
Term Expiration: 11-2017
Mike Conley was elected to the City Commission in November 2014. He was raised in Northville, Michigan, earned his bachelor of arts degree in zoology from the University of Michigan, his medical doctor degree at the University of Michigan and then served his four-year internship and residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University.
He moved to Marquette in 1980 to practice obstetrics and gynecology, and with his wife Martha, to raise their family. Initially in group practice, he formed a solo practice in 1998 in gynecology and gynecologic surgery and retired from practice in 2009. He has served as board member and president of the Upper Peninsula Medical Center, board member of the Peter White Public Library, and as member and chairperson of the Harbor Advisory Committee for the City of Marquette.
He and Martha have three adult children, who have scattered around the globe, one grandchild and one on the way. He enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, traveling, going to camp, fishing, canoeing and photography.
Term Expiration: 11-2018
Mike Plourde is retired from the Michigan Department of Corrections after 31 years serving in various capacities. Currently he works for Great Lakes Radio as a morning on-air personality and sportscaster.
Mike and his wife Rosemary have been married for over 41 years and they have lived in Marquette for over 40 years. Their two children, daughter Christie and son Mike, were born and raised in Marquette. Mike and Rosemary have five grandchildren.
Mike and Rosemary are graduates of Northern Michigan University. Mike has a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Business Administration and Rosemary graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Accounting and Finance.