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    Brian Christian Hartwell Attorney

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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?

I have served on city council for a total of 10 years, including 4 years as Mayor Pro Tem and 2 years as Mayor. I am licensed attorney who owns a law firm in Madison Heights. I operate a free law clinic where I handle up to 40 pro bono cases each year for indigent senior citizens. I am active in several local charities including the Kiwanis Club, Men’s Club, and Community Coalition. I have served on the following commissions: planning, housing, elections, downtown development, parks & rec, and technology.
Public Safety. In my first two years as Mayor, city council increased undercover police operations and purchased new medical equipment for the fire department. We continue to work on upgrading our fire engines to have the same paramedic equipment as our advanced life support ambulances. We also fought the electric company to fix the power outage crisis, another improvement to safety.

Code Enforcement. The most complaints I receive as Mayor relate to blight. To make headway, I investigated the most frequent culprits of code enforcement cases: unlicensed rental homes. Upon discovering hundreds of unlicensed rentals, we immediately scheduled these homes for inspections. This will protect tenants, clean up neighborhoods, and raise property values.

Quality of Life. The Recession struck a severe blow to city divisions like parks & rec and the downtown development authority. That is why the city’s economic development team and I joined a countywide program to bring services and businesses to Madison Heights. We are recruiting new businesses to fill in our struggling commercial districts.

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