By BRIAN McGILLIVARY email@example.com
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Incumbent Michael Estes, 63, served two terms as mayor, sandwiched around two years on the board for Traverse City Light & Power. He also unsuccessfully ran for the state Senate as a Democrat. Estes has an MBA in economics from Western Michigan University and worked for both the state of Michigan and Ford Motor Co. before ending his career at Estes Enterprises Inc. and Estes Tree Farms. Officially retired, Estes remains involved to varying degrees in businesses and investments. He lives in the Huron Hills area.