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CITY COUNCIL - Flint (Ward 8)

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    Joyce Ellis-McNeal Self Employed

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    L. Allan Griggs Retired Engineer and business owner

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City/Town Flint, MI
Education Master of Publication, Bachelor Science- Organization Management, Doctoral - Theology and Christian Counselor  Leadership Shared Services Alliance - Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce  Citizen Planner Certification (Planning & Zoning) - Michigan State University Extension
Experience I have obtained a certification in the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce Shared Services Leadership Alliance Program. I have a Certification of Participation in the Case Study: Managing “Dirty Oil” in Volatile Times (Keystone Pipeline) by the European, North American Research on Governance (ENERG), and Certification in Michigan Citizen Planner – Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning. Expertise in local government budgeting. I have thorough knowledge and experience in local government budgeting. My goals are to allow the budgets to guide our public administrators. This guidance will help define our government’s economic and political role in our community and sanctioning, as well as limiting the administrative action. Budgets not only represent plans for the future, they also mold that future by the policies they contain.
Community Involvement Neighborhood Small Grants Program: seeking funds that strengthen the 8th Ward neighborhoods by working with groups/organization, which will create safe environments, improve neighborhood conditions, and most importantly create opportunities for neighbors to connect to each other and the resources. Neighborhood Apps – using the neighborhood apps to move our community and neighbors in being a participant in the resources available, as well as a great tool for our neighbors to get unedited information. Instructor for Flint Community Schools - Non Certified Instructor within the schools with expertise in classroom management and increasing literacy skills through critical thinking. Support and advocate for our Flint school teachers and children, who are still consuming drinking water from a bottle. Gerontology participant – Working with researchers at Wayne State University in Behavior Research on how water crisis has impacted older citizens. This is done by Wayne State University – Division of Research – Institute of Gerontology and Department of Anthropology. Participates in Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center- through the University of Michigan
Endorsements In the previous general election: endorsed by Flint Chamber of Commerce.
Campaign Message Failure is not an option for Flint. In order for the city of Flint to move forward, residents need to know the truth about its water source. The time is now; we take the fate of our city into our own hands and begin to move things forward for the benefits of its residents. I have processed through the filter of truth in many ways and I can make a difference. The City of Flint is very near and dear to me; so much that when people left Flint, I remained and will continue to remain and fight for all of our citizens. I have come to the conclusion that to fight greed and intolerance; to make friends with enemies; to protect Labor and the middle class; to lift men, women, and children out of poverty, we must not just dig into our pockets, but we must dig into our souls. I did and that is why I am running for the 8th Ward City Council.
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City/Town Flint Ward 8
Education BS and MS Mechanical Engineering at SE Oklahoma State University and University of Oklahoma
Experience 25 years in the Chemical and Petroleum Industries
Community Involvement Genesee Chamber of Commerce Flint Board of Review Flint Zoning Board of Review Blue Badge Volunteer Master Plan Transportation Subcommittee Science Fair Judge
Endorsements Sheldon Neely, Representative JD Winegarden, Lawyer Carl Collins, Fmr. Detroit Commissioner
Campaign Message Safe water and safe neighborhoods
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