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    Kenneth D. Massey Biomedical Scientist, Mayor

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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?

Ken Massey, Mayor of Farmington Hills (FH). A lifelong resident of FH, with a commitment to community involvement including participation in civic groups and earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Ken was first elected in 2003 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2006, 2010 and 2015. His other service includes, member of the FH Emergency Preparedness Comm., chair of Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone). Ken advocates nationally for FH as a member of the National League of Cities Public Safety Comm. and served as the chair in 2012. Ken holds a BS from EMU and a Ph.D. from the Univ. of Texas SW. He has completed elected leader training through Michigan Municipal League and mayoral training through US Conf. of Mayors, fellowships at the Univ. of Arizona and the Mich. Hosp. Assoc. Professionally, Ken is a biomedical scientist employed at Wayne State University. He also serves on multiple Boards of Directors including Beaumont HealthCare Quality, Farmington Youth Assist., GFA Chamber, GES Memorial Fund, Oakland County Medical Main Street and MichBio, and CARES of FH. www.ken-massey.com
First, determining options by which local road paving projects are funded. In response to citizen concerns on the current special assessment mechanism (SAD), we are evaluating alternatives, each of which present unique challenges. Any change from the charter-mandated SAD to a millage system represents a large change in the community and experienced, steady leadership is needed as we move forward. I want to engage the electorate in the process to ensure they have input as we determine if, and how, a change can be implemented. Second, careful capital planning to ensure the infrastructure is maintained. This issue affects safety, health, community desirability, and property values. Third, ensuring that the high level of public safety and services (Police, Fire, EMS, DPW, Special Services) are adequately funded and maintained. Citizens deserve to feel safe in their community & have options for a healthy lifestyle.

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