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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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I am seeking re-election as Novi Mayor in November. I was elected to this position in November, 2011. I am serving a third, 2-year term as the leader of the Novi City Council. Prior to becoming Mayor, I served two, 4-year terms on the Novi City Council from 2003-2011.

Before serving on City Council, I served a distinguished 27-year career in the Novi Police Department. I still am known by many residents as "Officer Bob." I started the local Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) program in Novi Schools in 1988, when I was a Police Detective.

I am an expert is the law enforcement industry. I have been protecting Novi citizens against all dangers...all enemies ...foreign and domestic...through my flawless work in public safety. I have an impeccable 42-year record of KEEPING YOU SAFE! No other candidate offers Novi residents this type of knowledge, understanding, skill and public-service experience.

We have worked hard, together, in our great quest for fiscal responsibility and community safety. We need to keep that momentum going!

1. Public Safety: Over the years, I’ve kept my PROMISE to help make Novi a better and safer community. I have supported INCREASING the size of the Novi PD and the Novi FD each year. And I have prevailed, even as other council people railed against it. Results: Crimes are down, solving crimes is up, and property values continue to soar.

2. Fiscal Responsibility: I have lead the drive to REDUCE PROPERTY TAXES not once, but twice. Yet, we have maintained city service levels. We have had a strong recovery in residential values, added hundreds of million in commercial development, implemented a rolling multi-year budget, received a AAA bond rating, added police and fire resources and committed millions of dollars to improve roads, sidewalks and pathways.

3. Economic Development: I believe in “pro-growth” and “pro-development” policies, as part of strong economic development strategy for Novi. We will continue to be strong, as long as we stay on the right path. I believe in conservative, low-tax and low-debt policies that have made Novi a destination city in southeastern Michigan.
I was born and raised in Novi, served in the U.S. Marines for five years, including one combat tour in Iraq. I also worked for the Department of Defense, developing air defense systems for the U.S. Air Force. I am currently working as a mechanical engineer for Ford Motor Company designing new electric cars. As a Novi native, I want to ensure that Novi provides to future generations what it has provided for me. My experience in leading men through combat operations, and working for a Government department has developed my leadership skills as well as giving me an understanding of management, order and discipline. I believe in holding elected officials accountable to their constituents.
Novi has the perfect mix of rural and urban lifestyle which is the attractive force to many of it's residents. Bringing the wrong type of industry to Novi can diminish it's identity. I will increase the right kind of business to Novi that will promote Novi's identity as well as increase economy and trade.

Novi residents do not have easy access to their own government and elected officials. I will ensure that all residents are aware of issues and decisions made by the council as well as being able to contact their government through monthly office hours and re-instating the Novi News Letter.

Novi is going through a large expansion and development phase. Proper management and control is needed to ensure that the development doesn't impact Novi's environment nor lose it's green space. I will ensure that all development are thoroughly reviewed and managed to ensure both proper growth while not negatively impact the current residents of Novi.

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