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FENTON - CITY COUNCIL

City Council - 4-year termVote for not more than three (3) candidatesDuties of city council members can vary, however, they are public officials elected or appointed to represent a ward or district of a city as the municipal governing body. City council members, with the Mayor, and other elected, appointed, or municipal staff work together, as appropriate, to conduct the daily business of the municipality, including meeting with citizens and representatives of groups affected by city government.

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  • Nancy Draves

  • Bradley Jacob

  • Patricia A. Lockwood

  • Sean Sage

  • Damien Siwik

  • Cherie Smith

Biographical Information

What are the THREE most pressing issues currently facing your community? If elected, how will you address them?

If elected, what best practices would you employ in making decisions for the city?

What efforts, if any, would you take as an elected leader to ensure transparency in governance?

What QUALIFICATIONS do you possess that will make you an asset on the council?

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City/Town City of Fenton
Education University of Michigan
Experience City of Fenton Zoning Board if Appeals City of Fenton Parks and Recreation Board
Community Involvement Board Member Kidz Theatre Kompany; Baseball, football and wrestling coach; American Red Cross - Genesee/Lapeer Chapter Volunteer of the Year; Previously worked as a Children’s Department Volunteer with Domestic Violence SAFEhouse in Ann Arbor
Campaign Message I am vested in Fenton’s past, Fenton’s present, and Fenton’s future.
#1 Road improvements - I would advocate for a comprehensive road plan to be established identifying and prioritizing smaller road projects which could be budgeted for and done every 2-3 years. If increased funding comes from the state the schedule could be accelerated. #2 Downtown Parking - The vibrant downtown creates a perceived parking issue. I would work to increase signage and awareness of city parking lots, improve walkability and bike racks, as well as increase handicapped and short term parking along streets ape. #3 Growth - I would push for more focus on the North and West sides of the City
I value respectful differences in opinion. The issues facing the city are too complicated to expect consensus immediately. We should be electing officials who have broad views and interests, and expecting them to be willing to bring their voice to the discussion, while also being willing to respectfully listen to the other Council members before ultimately voting for what is best for the City, not any individual ego.
Even as a candidate I hold weekly “office Hours” at a coffee shop. I would always be available to talk, and would always be ready to explain my reasoning for any vote - whether a popular decision or not.
In addition to my experience on City boards, I work as a project manager in the construction field and add a knowledge of construction contracts, bidding, scheduling, etc that is lacking on the board. I would also be only the second board member with children currently in the school district which gives me a perspective that is under represented. And, I am a person who is confident enough in their opinion to speak up, but humble enough to know that I can be wrong. I enjoy respectful debate, and can put aside ego for the greater good if convinced.
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