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Please provide biographical information and explain why you are running for City office and relevant qualities and skills you would bring to the position.

What are the top 3 Priority Issues that the city should address and what actions would you take regarding each of them?

Armed with degrees in experimental psychology and sociology/demography, I moved to the Detroit area from Cincinnati, Ohio in 1975 to work for the Census Bureau. Over the next 40 years, I have applied my demographic research interests to the Census Bureau (15 years), Wayne State University’s Center for Urban Studies (15 years) and the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (3 years). In 2008, I was awarded a grant of over $1 million by the Skillman and Kresge foundations to create a “center” that would collect, process and disseminate detailed data on the City of Detroit and the metropolitan region. Data Driven Detroit (D3) was officially launched in 2009 and continues to be the information hub in the city. Though retired from D3, I continue to consult, speak and serve as a go-to person for the media on population-related stories.

I have had the good fortune to work with a wide variety of organizations and individuals over this time and, as I contemplated retirement in 2013, I was encouraged to run for Mayor of Pleasant Ridge, which I won. I want to continue this work in 2017.
1. Communities throughout Michigan are facing fiscal challenges, due to reduced state revenue sharing, legacy pension and health care costs for retirees and the Headlee/Prop A combination. Maintaining a strong fiscal bottom line, while increasing the general fund is the top priority.

2. Maintaining a strong infrastructure – streets, sidewalks, parks and tree canopy – while increasing recreational opportunities for all residents, regardless of age, through park improvements and increased programming.

3. Continuing to explore new avenues for improving communication between the city and residents and increasing the involvement of residents in community activities.

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