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Bay City Commissioner Ward 5

The Commissioners' 4-year terms are staggered to ensure experienced legislators at all times. Commissioners of Wards 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 are elected in 2017. A commissioner is responsible for representing the concerns of the ward from which he or she was elected. In addition commissioners have a responsibility for the overall health, welfare and safety of the city as a whole.
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    Rachelle Hilliker Program Coordinator, YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region

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    Forrest Robison RETIRED LETTER CARRIER

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Biographical Information

1. How does your background qualify you to serve on the City Commission?

2. What are the most pressing issues facing the City Commission? How will you address them?

3. How will you balance your responsibilities to your Ward with the needs of the entire city?

Education Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University, Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Sociology from Saginaw Valley State University
My background, education and experience ensures that I am qualified to serve on the City Commission. I have a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University, this education gave me the ability to truly identify problems faced in local municipalities and address them in a way that is up to date with the resources available. I work for the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region where I daily interact with citizens of the city who may be struggling to get by. I believe understanding the needs of all the citizens of the city is vital to the cities success.
Many municipalities in Michigan, like Bay City, face several issues that localities must address. Infrastructure in the city, including the city's bridges and roads are in desperate need of repair, I believe, this is one of the most pressing issues. I will use my education and problem-solving skills to address this issue with our city staff and fellow commissioners. I will work tirelessly to ensure that these issues are addressed, that staff obtain the resources that they need to complete their job efficiently and successfully, and that sound financial policy is created to address this issue now and for the future.
Bay City’s 5th Ward is very residential. Balancing the needs for the entire city vs my ward will not be a concern, in my opinion the residents are the city.  For example, we have people who work in the city, send their children to school in the city, rent or own homes in the city. Some of them built their houses from the ground up in the south end and have lived there their whole lives. When our city thrives, when we have good places to work, good schools, infrastructure to support the growth, the ward thrives.
Education GRADUATE SAGINAW HIGH SCHOOL, LABOR EDUCATION CERTIFICATE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING & LEGISLATION PROCESS, MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY LABOR PROGRAM.
Occupation/Experience 41 YEARS SERVICE US POSTAL SERVICE, UNION MEMBER FOR 44 YEARS NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LETTER CARRIERS AFL-CIO , SERVED AS LEGISLATIVE LIAISON FOR TWENTY YEARS RESOLVING VETERAN,SAFETY, AND POLICY ISSUES.
Campaign Phone (989) 892-8084
Having served for six years on the Mayors Community Revitalization Committee gave me insight into the extent of the city wide blight problem and also the condition of the housing stock issue. Being the Chairman of the South End Citizens District Council and a member of the CDC Coordinating Council has given me the opportunity to review TIFA budgets and Community Development Block Grant allocations for the City Commission and reviewing policy issues with city staff. Partnering with Community Police Officers for Little League Movie Night, National Night Out, and the South End Back to School Bash to promote Public Safety and interaction with first responders. During my career as a Letter Carrier in Saginaw, I saw the effect of city neglect of neighborhoods and residents needs and realized my involvement could prevent a similar result from occurring in Bay City.
Fixing our infrastructure and how to pay for it. I would ask for revision of current Community Development Block Grant Funding priorities, research Federal Infrastructure initiatives for funding opportunities, and continue to press State Government for more revenue sharing money. Addressing the condition of Bay City ageing Housing Stock. I would continue support of the Housing Plan and blight removal of foreclosed deteriorated property to maintain our home values. I would ask for a City Summit meeting for fighting blight issues with participation of non profits, church groups, community leaders, code enforcement officials, and community policing officers.
I feel all the wards in Bay City have the same concerns and issues, Finding workable and affordable solutions is a ongoing challenge and keeping a open line of communication for residents concerns is a priority for me. I know most of the existing commission members and Mayor and I have attended most of the finance and policy meetings over the last year.

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