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Please provide biographical information and explain why you are running for City office and relevant qualities and skills you would bring to the position.

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 5th oldest of 13 siblings, raised on the east side of Detroit by my parents who created their own appliance repair business - in the early 60's. As my dad went on to become a pastor, my siblings and I were raised without television,and to this day have careers that require reading and synthesis of information.

I chose technology, and after returning from Japan, having worked as an international intern for two Japanese companies, I returned to Wayne State University where I finished my bachelors.

In 1993 I received a million+ contract from the Detroit Public Schools to assist them in rolling out internet access and web pages to it's then 480 schools and buildings.

I rode the internet wave and created several other successful companies. Since 2003, I have been CEO of my own company - American Internet Group, LLC, which helps schools districts, charter schools, and community colleges integrate internet access and network infrastructures throughout the US.

As the city is now over 70% African American, I hope to help usher in a new day of competent professionalism.
As a resident since 2008, I have seen road maintenance and repairs decline tremendously. Additionally, the current Treasurer's office, with assistance by the Mayor and City Council, have created several policies that have pushed long time residents out of their homes through tax foreclosures - although the city reaped the benefit by selling the properties at full-market-value, taking advantage of resident's impacted by the massive economic downturn. Also high-tech jobs for our leaders of tomorrow are sorely missing.

Lastly, the city, through it's Code Enforcement Division, has began harassing residents whose septic tanks fail the annual certification process, by demanding that they spend $20,000 - $50,000 to connect to the city's sewers.

I believe that the Treasurer's Office is supposed to be a conduit that assist homeowners in maintaining their largest asset, oftentimes their home. Also I believe the Treasurer's Office should be an open and inviting place that assists residents and businesses in formulating budgets and solutions to maintain their homes and businesses.

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