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St. Clair Shores Council, 3 4 year terms, GE Nov 2017
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    Jim Lewis Ironworker

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    Erin A. Stahl Self Employed

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Biographical Information

Describe your background, experience, and qualifications for this position and the reasons you are running for it.

How would you ensure that our community is inclusive to all our citizens regardless of ethnicity, culture, and religion?

Describe one thing for which you are proud of your community and describe one thing you think is a challenge and how you would address it

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Occupation / Current Position Journeyman
Campaign Website http://jimlewis4scs.com
Campaign Phone (313) 585-4274
Education Completed apprenticeship at Ironworkers Local 25
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I'm an Ironworker by trade, and because of this, I believe I can be as asset to the city when it comes to making sure that construction projects within in the city are being done the proper way. For instance, I would work to prevent issues like what happened with the new courthouse, which caused the construction to run over time and budget. While I may be inexperienced when it comes to politics, I believe I can do good for the city because of my passion for the issues that matter to me. Here are several of the reasons I chose to run: I want to ensure that our first responders are supported, whether they need training, equipment, or additional personnel, because the more we take care of them, the easier it is for them to take care of us. I believe the city can do more to help its seniors, such as an expanded transportation program, or fixed sewer/water rates. I want to work to reverse the environmental degradation of our water and beaches.
I believe equality and inclusiveness are of the utmost importance in any community. I will work to ensure that all the members of our community feel heard. So often, things like ethnicity, culture, and religion work to divide us. But it doesn't have to if we all work together to make St. Clair Shores better. I think one way we can be more inclusive is to provide new residents with the contact numbers and email addresses of city council members and the mayor. I believe this will encourage new members of our community to be more vocal about the issues important to them. I'd also like to look into the possibility of giving new homeowners free park and pool passes for the first year, something young families of all backgrounds would be interested in. In addition to these ideas, I think it would be useful for the city council to periodically reach out to members of diverse ethnic or cultural organizations within the city to discuss their concerns.
I'm proud of our community because of the way we come together to help clean up our lake. It seems there's never a lack of volunteers willing to donate their time and energy to make our beaches and lake cleaner. On the flip side, I think the lake also poses our biggest challenge. Our aging infrastructure combined with the millions of gallons of raw sewage dumped into the lake every year are putting us at risk for a disaster. And these large-scale problems won't be able to be fixed or controlled by just volunteerism alone. I would like our city to invest in updating infrastructure as well as work with other lakefront communities and the state to address the dumping of sewage into our lake.
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Occupation / Current Position Self Employed / Owner
Campaign Website http://www.ErinStahl.com
Campaign Phone (586) 774-8181
Education 1) MSU - Bachelors in Entrepreneurship 2) Walsh College - Masters in Finance 3) 2003-2007 SCS City Councilwoman & 2007 Mayor Protem 4) Financial Peace University class coordinator 5) MAPERS training
Facebook www.facebook.com/ErinAStahl4Council
Most of my career has been in customer service management, market and financial analysis, and quality control. I believe our residents are the city’s “customers.” While we all need to adhere to laws and ordinances, our “customers” must be treated with dignity, respect, efficiency, and courtesy.

I believe there can be vast improvements in the areas of fiscal responsibility and accountability for our hard-earned tax dollars and in the way our city treats its residents when conducting business.
Gandhi said, “BE the change you want to SEE in the world”. Briefly, I would encourage everyone to treat each other as a human being first. We all have our own special gifts to contribute to making the world a better place.

From an early childhood I was introduced to different people and cultures. My parents took us kids on work trips to Europe and enrolled us in a public government school where I made friends with kids from all kinds of “different” backgrounds. My childhood friends--our differences were just normal to me. I now embrace learning and experiencing new things.

For those who did not grow up in such a “diverse” community, I think the first thing we need to address is our own thoughts and fears about one another… “Why do you see others as different? Do you see those differences as “good” or “bad”? Do you feel fearful around others? If so, why?”
I am most proud of the people in our community. They are so generous, caring, and active. If you are passionate about something, you can always find a group, class, event, or location in St. Clair Shores to satisfy your craving. :-)

The most challenging thing is to get our city officials to treat our tax dollars as a precious and limited resource.

Unless you can earn unlimited overtime, we are all on “fixed” incomes. When millages, unnecessary debt, special assessments, water or sidewalk bills add $500.00 or more to our property taxes we have to figure out how to pay for the increase. How are you supposed to squeeze an extra $500.00 out of your paycheck? Which month are you NOT going to pay your car payment or house payment? Which 30-40 days out of the year are you NOT going to eat?

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