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    Deirdre Waterman Pontiac Mayor

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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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My name is Al Patrick born and raised in the City of Pontiac. I am a graduate of Pontiac City schools. I earned my Associates Degree from Ferris State College and my Bachelors of Arts Degree from the Univ. of Southwestern Louisiana. I've worked for a local community action agency for 28 years. I have been an advocate for the citizens through my works as a Deputy Director for Community Relations. I have many years of successful community involvement that includes creating job programs for our youth, young adults and senior programs to improve their quality of life. I have built a strong and diverse network of peers from local, state and federal municipalities.
In my opinion, the top three priority issues of the City are (1) resolving the Phoenix Center lawsuit, (2) finalizing the retirees pension healthcare lawsuit, and (3) revitalization of the City of Pontiac in the areas of creating new tax revenue, improving basic and essential services and quality community services for all residents. Respectively, my first approach in resolving the Phoenix Center lawsuit would consist of meeting with the owner of the Phoenix Center, City Council and all other essential parties to come up with a viable plan of closure. Secondly, I will continue to work with the city attorneys and the union leadership in working out a viable solution for all retirees. I am aware of a potential agreement that has not been voted on for reasons unknown. In response to the last issue identified, I will focus on attracting new businesses, business retention and expansion of current businesses. I will continue working with entrepreneurs to secure small business loans for residents who want to become business owners and job creators. Last improve basic city services.
Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman has brought a pragmatic, hands-on approach to leadership that has produced positive results. She works every day to make your voice heard and fights for a cleaner, safer and more financially resurgent Pontiac.

Through her actions and community involvement, she has shown that she cares deeply about our city. As a trusted physician, for over 30 years, she had her office in downtown Pontiac. Her passion for public service comes from watching and learning from hard-working citizens, every-day.

Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman is a committed public servant with decades of professional expertise and public service. She was elected mayor by the citizens of Pontiac in 2013, becoming the first woman to ever be elected to the position. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, with a degree in Biology and Political Science, as well as Meharry Medical College. She completed her residency at the Kresge Eye Institute at Wayne State University.

At this delicate phase of our progress, stable and consistent leadership is key to continuing in the right direction
During Deirdre Waterman's term as Mayor, Pontiac has seen a resurgence in development.

The financial stress that Pontiac was stuck in for decades is now over. During the Mayor’s term, we have gone from a deficit budget to a $15 million surplus – This is a landmark achievement! Financial stability allows us to take care of long-delayed needs like roads, a new youth center, and other public priorities.

1. Jobs and Financial Stability We need to continue policies and development like we've seen over the past 4 years. Deirdre Waterman is committed to finding everyone in Pontiac a job that pays them a living wage.

This city is growing and moving forward, we will continue doing this over the next 4 years: -Over 3,750 new jobs coming to Pontiac. Providing new opportunities for high-tech, construction, service, financial, manufacturing, and aerospace careers. (No college degree needed for 75% of new good paying jobs) -Resolved retiree lawsuit protecting taxpayers & retiree healthcare. -Approved $3 million extra to repair Pontiac’s worst roads. -$150,000 annually for high-tech job trainin

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