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Leoni Township Supervisor

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    Kimberly Dean

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Describe your qualifications and experience for this office and explain your reasons for running. How would you be an asset?

Due to our current circumstances, what are the most important challenges facing our community, and how do you propose to address them?

How well is our community meeting the needs of people facing economic challenges and what more needs to be done?

What kinds of policies will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our community?

What do you see as the most pressing issues with the police and fire departments?

I am a 41-year resident of Leoni Township. As an educator, I have experience leading diverse groups of people toward successful completion of goals, and working with people to solve issues. I am engaged as a township resident, attending numerous meetings. I have spoken in opposition to non-agricultural businesses in agricultural districts to preserve agricultural lands for local farmers and eliminate urban sprawl into agricultural and residential districts.

I will be an asset as Leoni Township Supervisor. I commit to preserve and protect residents by legislating ordinances to protect residents’ health, safety, security, and welfare. I will work for transparent practices, develop fiscally responsible policies, and work to keep taxes low for residents. I will lead in repairing relationships with other townships and the county. I will work to diversify the business and industrial districts, and eliminate urban sprawl. I will preserve, protect, maintain, and enhance township assets.
The most important challenges facing Leoni Township are issues surrounding social and racial justice, the health and economic effects from the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, the effects from how the medical and adult-use marihuana ordinances were legislated and implemented, the maintenance of local infrastructure, and the WWTP and SRI litigation.

To address and promote social and racial justice, I will seek policies requiring all township employees and public safety officers to engage in educational seminars and update policies. I will work with county and state officials to implement safety protocols in response to COVID-19/coronavirus, and implement fiscally responsible practices to limit economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. I will work with other township officials to properly oversee the medical and adult-use marihuana facilities throughout the township, maintain and repair necessary infrastructure (including the WWTP), and work with attorneys to resolve the SRI litigation.
Our community is working hard to meet the needs of people facing economic challenges. East Jackson Community Schools, Grass Lake Community Schools, and Michigan Center Schools all have provided meals and essentials to families throughout the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic school closure. There are several food pantries in the community, which provide assistance and information for people and families facing difficulties, as do The Salvation Army and St. Vincent De Paul. Our community has several other organizations which serve the community. Even so, there is more work to do. There are many people in our community facing economic hardship due to the pandemic and other circumstances, and local and county leaders must work with residents to provide assistance and guidance, whenever possible.
I will pursue specific policies to promote social and racial justice in Leoni Township, including seek policies requiring all township employees and public safety officers to engage in educational seminars each year on restorative justice, racial sensitivity, dismantling racism, and racial equity. I will seek policies that address systemic racism and promote racial equity. In addition, I will work with the Department of Public Safety to review policies and practices of officers, make sure public safety officers are following updated protocols and procedures, and encourage public safety officers to build trust with all members of the community through positive communications and interactions with community members in order to foster strong relationships with community members.
One of the most pressing issues with the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department involves the challenges surrounding social and racial injustice and instances throughout the country involving police brutality, which have resulted in mistrust between public safety officers and community members throughout the country. Community engagement by public safety officers, including Blackman Leoni and Jackson County, with community members works to rebuild trust within the community. As a result of the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, there is great concern for the health and safety of officers. Certain protocols are in place to keep officers as safe as possible. Adequate funding and staffing remain issues for the Blackman-Leoni Public Safety Department, and may become critical issues as a result of the economic crisis created by the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic.
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