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Members of the City Council serve a four-year term. No salary is paid for this service.Elect three.
  • David T Fries

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    Sheila Tomkowiak Principal and Creative Director, Grayton Integrated Publishing; Adjunct Instructor, Wayne State University Journalism Department

  • Chris D Walsh

  • Daniel J Williams Attorney

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Education Central Michigan University, BA Journalism; School of Visual Arts, Professional Development; University of Southern California, Knight Digital Media Fellowship
Brief Description of Occupation As co-owner of Grayton, Sheila produces custom publications for corporate clients. She is a former copy editor, art director, photo editor and writer for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.
Qualifications & Experience In October 2016, Sheila was selected by the Grosse Pointe City Council from a field of 15 candidates to fill out the last year of a vacated four-year term. Previously, she served on a number of city committees, including the Parks and Harbor Commission and the planning committee for the marina renovation in 2004. Over the last year she has also served on the Urban Forestry Commission.
Address 886 Washington Road, Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Campaign Phone 313-881-1734
Sheila and her husband, George Young, have lived in the City for 30 years. She is a seasoned communications professional who has brought dedication, energy and passion to the Council. During her 40-year career as a journalist and publications professional, she has had to learn new and often complex material. She has used that skill over the last year to come up to speed on issues facing the City — from the budget to development proposals. “I work to fully understand the issues so I may inform — not persuade — residents about them. I will continue to work diligently for the betterment of the City and in the best interest of its residents.”
Sheila would work to: • Preserve and protect property values and the high quality of life in Grosse Pointe, while continuing to move the City forward through responsible and carefully crafted economic development projects. • Continue to exercise the fiscal responsibility that has led to the City achieving its AAA bond rating. • Capitalize on the recent investment on Mack Avenue by the City and by Saros Real Estate to spur further economic development along the Mack corridor. This kind of community development can foster our City’s vitality, improve safety and benefit surrounding neighborhoods.
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Campaign Email address Danwilliams4gpcitycouncil@gmai
Education Juris Doctor – Wayne State University 2008 B.A. English (Summa Cum Laude) – North Carolina State University 2005 B.A. Philosophy (Summa Cum Laude) – North Carolina State University 2005
Brief Description of Occupation I am a co-owner of the law firm Fowler & Williams, PLC, based here in Grosse Pointe. My practice focuses on family law, criminal and professional licensing defense and probate matters.
Qualifications & Experience My experience includes my background as an attorney, where I have worked as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne County, and as an Assistant City Attorney for Westland and Wayne, but also includes a lifetime of experience in politics. My background as an attorney, business owner and public servant give me a unique, experienced perspective on handling issues that arise in the City.
Address 671 Washington Rd. Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
Campaign Phone (313) 421-8083
As an attorney, I have had the honor of being in public service as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Wayne County. Ultimately, I entered private practice and worked for the law firm of Fausone Bohn, LLP, doing work as an assistant city attorney for Westland and Wayne. I had the opportunity to gain experience first hand with navigating tough situations and decisions that face municipalities, large and small. My background and experience as an attorney has trained me about the importance of resolving problems and mediating or working out disagreements, while keeping the best interests of the community at the forefront.
The two issues that are on most people’s minds, as well as mine, are the proposed hotel on St. Clair between Waterloo and Kercheval, and the location of the public works building, and the competing ideas as to where it should be located. There are strong positions on both issues, with some strongly for one set of ideas and some strongly for others. We need a fresh and experienced perspective who can objectively listen to all points of view, consider them, and work with the other members of the council to reach agreements to resolve these and other issues, in the interests of the community. logo


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