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Campaign Email karenmajewski2017@gmail.com
Campaign Website www.karenmajewski.com
Education Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1998 - American Culture, focus on immigration & ethnicity M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1981 - English B.A., Southern Illinois University, 1977 - English
Occupation/current position Business Owner, Tekla Vintage, Hamtramck, MI
I have been mayor of Hamtramck (its first woman mayor) for the last 12 years, having previously served as city council president/mayor pro tem and as an appointed member of the Historical Commission. I am a former trustee of the Michigan Municipal League, and in 2011-2012 served as MML President. I've been on the board of Metro Matters (formerly Michigan Suburbs Alliance) since 2008. I am running for my 4th term as Mayor because I have an obligation to do what I can to champion the city's interests, to strengthen its many assets, and to encourage and facilitate its progress. I’m determined to see that progress continue, with an emphasis on rebuilding our infrastructure, ensuring the integrity of our traditional urban neighborhoods and business districts, and representing Hamtramck as a model of the American ideal in which people from all over the world work together to create community.
Finances have always been our foremost challenge, and that shows in our crumbling and inadequate infrastructure . Although we’ve always been an immigrant city that welcomed people from all over the world and U.S., we now also face an increasingly diverse population, presenting challenges over language, culture, and community identity. And we continue to face the challenge of encouraging economic development that enhances the quality of life and meets the needs of our residents. These challenges are intertwined and interdependent. They also provide our best strategy moving forward. We cannot cut our way to financial stability. Our path has to be one of growth. Our population density, traditional urban environment, history as a welcoming place for immigrants and migrants, and our strong sense of identity should be selling points for future investment--commercial, residential, and human.

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