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Pontiac City Council - District 4

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  • Randy Carter 2-term Council District 4 incumbent

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Biographical Information

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 a two term incumbent with a proven platform. District 4 is one of the safest, cleanest most active areas in Pontiac.

My priorities are well defined. Our residents work hard to reduce crime, eliminate blight and graffiti, and to increase our property value. We achieve this by reducing voter apathy.

I am a strong supporter of public education. As the Council's liaison to Pontiac School District, I am involved in all aspects of educating our children. I participate in state and national conferences for both the city and the school district. The success experienced by our residents is a chronology of pictures, news articles, and community success that span eight years.

If re-elected, I will continue to develop highly efficient inter-governmental collaborative relationships. These alliances include working with Oakland County Sheriff's department, the Pontiac School District, faith based, business, and education
1 Health Care / Unfunded Liability - Retiree Health Care / Unfunded Liability - This liability is a 280 million dollar deficit that needs to be approved by the Transition Authority Board and the State Attorney General to avert dismantling the pension fund and stop the lawsuit against the city.

2 Phoenix Center Litigation - In 2015, and again in 2016, Oakland County Judge Michael Warren ruled against the City of Pontiac's decision demolish the Phoenix Center. I agree with his decision. The city of Pontiac needs to cease actions against the Ottawa Towers, and there would be no more lawsuits.

3 Youth Millage - I would reference verbiage on the ballot. The criteria state that the youth recreation millage would curb juvenile delinquency. My interpretation of the millage was to provide services that address juvenile mental health, abuse, and neglect. I would create wrap-around programs that would provide a safe nurturing environment…
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