Oak Park Mayor
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Mayor, City of Oak Park
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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?
I am the incumbent mayor of the City of Oak Park. After teaching thirty-two years, I retired and became chair of the Oak Park Huntington Woods Democratic Club. I am a board member of Women Officials Network and the Eight Mile Boulevard Association, member of Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, Michigan Municipal League, South Oakland Council of Mayors, NAACP, the Oak Park Planning Commission, Pension Board and our newly formed Corridor Improvement Association, designed to bring infrastructure improvements, resident amenities and vitality to our business corridors.
I decided to run for Mayor to promote economic development, improve communications with residents, and expand community events. In the past six years I have proven leadership by getting approval for liquor by the glass to promote restaurant development. I am welcoming and accessible to all local businesses and residents. I am actively engaged in all city events.
We must continue to focus on economic development in the City to bring in more revenue. We've made a good start by attracting a FedEx distribution plant, a Planet Fitness facility and a historic restaurant. City pride and branding began with new landscaped signs at every major intersection. It continues with the newly painted water tower and the upcoming Oak Park signs over 696. Residents enjoy the colorful flower pots along Coolidge and Nine Mile Road, and especially the forty-five beds of cheerful sunflowers along 696.
I will continue to support infrastructure improvements like the New Nine Mile including a “road diet” narrowing it from five lanes to three, adding parking, bike lanes, new traffic lights, and resident amenities like seating and arts. Resident involvement in community activities such as the popular Concert Series in Shepherd Park, Summerfest, Autumn Fest, Winterfest, the Sherman Pop-up Park, Dog Swim and recreational activities for teens bring the community together.
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