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Sterling Heights Council, 6 2 year terms, GE Nov 2017
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  • Eric Castiglia

  • Nicholas A. Cavalli

  • Hielthem Choulagh

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    Jazmine M. Early Architect/Freelance Architectural Draftsperson/Spanish Tutor

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    Sanaa Elias Retired

  • Deanna Koski

  • Gary W. Lusk

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    Michael Radtke Communications Consultant

  • Maria G. Schmidt

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    Nate Shannon Public School Teacher

  • Liz Sierawski

  • Barbara A. Ziarko

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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 Freelance Architectural Draftsperson
Campaign Phone (586) 522-9930
Education Bachelor Degree in Architecture, Catholic of Colombia University
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I have a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Catholic of Colombia University, and an associates’ degree with an emphasis in Architectural technology from Macomb Community College. I am a freelance draftsperson and a Spanish Instructor. My experience as a building construction director and later as a Supervisor for the Administrative Department of Catastro Distrital, in Colombia, provided me with the insight into city planning and development operations.

My community service started with my involvement at Habitat for Humanity, the Beautification Commission and Senior Center. Currently, I am serving on the Sterling Heights Arts Commission, Pride and Shine Program, and the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT). I also volunteer for the Booster club in my son’s school and assist my husband in his Sunday school and Special needs ministry at church.

The reason I am running is to continue serving our residents and strive to secure a promising and safe future for our city.
As an American, and an immigrant, I can relate to our community as “the Melting Pot”. The Melting Pot concept encourages assimilation and the desire of “being American” as an important value.

I support intercultural events, and enjoy gatherings with people from many cultures. I believe that we all have something to offer for the well-being of our community, and we need to reach out and be open to all of our citizens. I encourage residents to get involved in our community by participating in city events. I encourage programs that help American unite as one nation upholding our Constitution without losing affection for their native culture.
The city offers many programs to engage the residents in volunteer opportunities. I especially value the Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Citizens Academy which helps train residents to assist the public safety departments in case of emergencies.

The challenge is to re-establish fiscal and moral responsibility within our Council. We need to address all issues on the agenda during the City Council meetings in a transparent manner, considering our residents opinions before voting. I will strive to listen to the residents and vote accordingly. I will work to uphold our Constitutional rights and freedoms, along with traditional values.
Occupation / Current Position retired
Campaign Website http://sanaaelias.com
Campaign Phone (586) 242-5556
Education Bachelor of Economics, University of Pittsburgh
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To meaningfully qualify for office, those seeking such office need to be focused on serving the public competently and with caring. Within that framework, I am running for office to bring greater transparency and accountability to our City Council. As a member of our community, I would seek to eliminate wasteful expenditures of our tax dollars and concentrate on highest priority needs including essential safety services and repair of our local roads. I have the background and experience necessary to achieve this. I am college educated in Economics; have years of experience in accounting, insurance, investment, human resources and non-profit management. Throughout such experiences, I have interfaced with many people including multiple viewpoints and backgrounds. I have no personal agendas – I seek to trustfully represent the people of Sterling Heights.
Sterling Heights is quite a diverse community. In my neighborhood, I have neighbors of differing ethnicity: Italian, Romanian, Indian, Chinese, Chaldeans, Iraqis, African American and Albanian. Each resident is guaranteed the same protection and benefits under our U.S. Constitution, State Constitution and City Charter. Differing individual ideas, experiences, talents and knowledge are valuable when they work for the benefit of our City. Our community is enriched by each of their contribution.

When my family immigrated to the United States, it was a primary focus to assimilate to this wonderful Country. We learned to speak and read English, and our country’s history. We shouldn’t forget our roots but we do need to cherish being an American by truly understanding and respecting our Constitution, Bill of Rights and representative government. If we recognize ourselves as Americans first, those concerns are balanced. We need to focus on things that unite us, not divide us; our humanity
There are many achievements which make me proud of my community. The one that stands out is Sterling Heights having been named one of the "Safest Cities" in the country. We are fortunate to have professional law enforcement officers dedicated to ensuring the safety of all residents.

The current challenge facing our city is to regain our voters’ confidence by introducing sensible spending. Remembering it is the taxpayers’ money we are managing and we work on their behalf to ensure it is spent wisely. Good leaders plan for the long term and take into consideration that challenging economic times may lie ahead.

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Occupation / Current Position Communications Consultant / Wolverine Strategies
Campaign Website http://www.VoteRadtke.com
Campaign Phone (586) 873-8427
Education B.A. in History & Political Science from the University of Michigan. M.A. in World History from Columbia University. M.Sc. in International History & Intelligence from the London School of Economics.
Facebook www.Facebook.com/RadtkeForCouncil
As a Sterling Heights resident for eighteen years, I’ve spent the early part of my career as a political activist, communications adviser, and small business owner. An avid listener, I know the best ideas for improving our city come from the residents themselves. So I’m going door-to-door to hear what my neighbors have to say.

My father, a disabled veteran, taught me the importance of commitment and public service. I’m a proud University of Michigan alum, and worked hard to earn graduate degrees from Columbia University and the London School of Economics. I know how to get things done and stand up for my community in challenging situations.

That’s why I’m running for City Council. It’s time for new leadership, and my vision for Sterling Heights includes a plan to strengthen public safety, deliver better city services, and continue to attract new residents and high tech businesses.
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My Top 3 Issues:

Keep Sterling Heights Safe. Our city has 24 fewer police officers than it did 15 years ago, but more constituents. That’s bad for response times and crime rates. My plan is to restore our police department to full strength so we can remain one of America’s safest cities. And for a city of our size, a volunteer fire department has never made sense. That’s why I’ve opposed plans to move our fire department to a volunteer force.

Better Code Enforcement. There are always a few bad actors that don’t properly care for their homes, harming all of our property values. I believe Code Enforcement needs to be properly funded to fight blight, making sure our city remains beautiful.

A City for Everyone. Having chosen to make my home here, I know that diversity is one of Sterling Heights’ great strengths. Our city’s openness to residents from around the globe, coupled with our low taxes and excellent services make Sterling Heights a destination for everyone.
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Occupation / Current Position Public School Teacher and Sterling Heights City Councilman
Campaign Phone (586) 840-8533
Education B.A. Political Science (Oakland University) M..A. Secondary Education (Wayne State)
Facebook facebook.com/nateforcitycouncil
My experience includes 10 years in education and 2 ½ on the Sterling Heights city council

My qualification include a B.A in political science and an M.A. in secondary education. I have been an active volunteer for several political campaigns.I have been trained by the Michigan Municipal League at their Elected Officials Academy and several other classes related to municipal governing. I also have 2 ½ years of experience on the Sterling Heights city council.
The city of Sterling Heights is an official, “Welcoming City”. We also celebrate diversity and culture through our Ethnic Community Committee, Diversity Dinner and yearly Cultural Exchange event. I will continue to support these efforts so that Sterling Heights continues to be an inclusive community.
In Nov. 2016, the voters of Sterling Heights passed a milage to support our Parks and Rec department. With this new revenue the city is going make investments in the city that have not been seen for decades. We are making innovative steps to attract and retain residents and business through a huge expansion and upgrade to our parks system. This investment will include a 120,000 sq. ft rec center, splash pad, revamping Dodge Park, dog park and improvements to all of our neighborhood parks

Many good things are happening in the city but that doesn’t mean we don’t also have our challenges. The biggest challenge facing Sterling Heights is the loss of revenue from the state and property taxes. Over the past decade we have lost millions and millions of dollars from these sources. This is putting a strain on the city, making it difficult to invest in roads and infrastructure, hiring new employees, and funding our liabilities.
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