What I Believe in ~ What I support ~ What I stand for!
- I believe in collaboration and setting aside party agendas to find win-win solutions for ALL community members.
- I believe Clinton Township will need leaders with integrity and creativity, if we are going to bounce back and thrive beyond the crisis.
- I support investing in our infrastructure and making our roads safe to drive on.
- I support local businesses and believe we need to attract new business with sound plans who will provide the services our residents want as well as the revenue the township needs.
- I am a full time dedicated educator who is not interested in making political career decisions, but rather ones that will make Clinton Township the safest and most desirable place for my family and everyone else who lives here.
What are the primary issues facing the Township and how would you address them if elected?
Vacant buildings, road conditions, and post-Covid19 health and financial recovery. I recommend a local team of medical and business professionals who would inform local policies designed to help our business and residents bounce back from the Covid19 setback. Vacant buildings are linked to increased rates of crime and lower property values. Preferably, we occupy them with sustainable businesses who supply additional tax revenue. More costly alternatives may include repurposing them based on community needs or demolishing the buildings to minimize crime and arsen. As for our roads, Clinton Township needs to provide improved oversight from contracting to vehicle weight limits. Michigan’s gross weight limit for trucks is more than double the federal weight limit and highest in the nation. We must inspect and follow up on completed road projects ensuring our contractors correct any deficiencies.
How can the Township government and residents more effectively support small businesses in the community?
This is a great question and I would start with conducting periodic surveys asking how the township can help. The collected responses would provide the solutions or at least inform them. I would suggest that leadership of Clinton Township encourage their residents to support local businesses as well as recognize businesses that provide outstanding service and positive experiences to their community members. Developing a webpage or alternative platform where the local businesses can voice their needs would be helpful. Visiting businesses each month capturing their stories and sharing them with the community using various websites and social media would not only promote businesses but also spread kindness and positivity.
What is the role of citizens in the decision making process?
Citizens are key players in decision making with the power of voting, testifying, and advocating. Yet, so many residents of Clinton Township feel ignored or that their voice does not matter. We must support equitable voices and value the thoughts and perspectives of every resident. When citizens and policymakers develop collaborative partnerships, everyone wins. The role of citizens in decision making is to learn from and inform policy makers. To persuade and enlighten the government as well as gain skills for activism. This will ensure oversight and lead to better policies.