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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?

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Address 32 Newberry St
My parents are both veterans so, I watched my parents try to figure out how to make ends meet on a fixed retirement salary.

I moved to Pontiac out of a desire to live somewhere that I could make a difference. I’ve tried to do that though getting to know my neighbors, community gardens, opening Sprout Fresh Food Store, doing back-to-school events, repurposing broken bikes for kids and being a listening ear for my community.

I attended both a private liberal arts college and state universities. I’ve worked in higher education. This fall I will complete my certificate in nonprofit management at Oakland University. I plan to pursue a Master’s Degree.

I’ve spent much of my career in nonprofits. I worked the night shift as a staff coordinator at an emergency children’s shelter, serving children who had been taken from their homes. In Pontiac, I’ve worked for OLHSA trying to bring healthy food to Head Start families. I currently sit on the Boards of two great nonprofits including Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County and Leaders of the Future.

I bring to the office the desire to serve.
Remain Out Of Receivership-- We’ve come a long way thanks to smart leaders and the can-do attitude of the city. There are still questions regarding the Phoenix Center, our schools, and our infrastructure that have yet to be answered. Those all come with enormous price tags on them. Any one of them has the potential to hamstring growth. We have to start visiting other cities and reading case-studies of success in order to navigate wisely.

Improve Infrastructure-- We can forget dollars represent people. We live in a city where a pot hole can undo so much progress and a broken tie-rod cost a job. Roads are a government’s most oft used service and there is no better way to show the people how important they are than improving the roads and side-walks they navigate daily.

Pave the Way for Small Businesses-- Navigating how to start a new business in Pontiac is difficult. If we truly feel that small business is the engine that drives cities, and we want to be a city that is attractive to young entrepreneurs, then we need to be better at getting out of the way.

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