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Shawnee Council Ward 1

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  • Tony Gillette
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    Sophia Theodore
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Biographical Information

What do you believe are the three critical projects or initiatives that will move your city/district forward?

What skills, expertise, experience, or competencies qualify you for this position?

How will you address diversity issues in your city?

What specific actions should your city take or continue to insure affordable housing is available?

What do you believe is the ideal relationship between your city and the state government?

Do you support tax incentives in order to bring business to your city?

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Personal Biography I was born and raised in the mid-west. My parents were teachers and instilled the values of honesty integrity and ethics as well as a strong work ethic into my brothers and I. I hope I have done the same with my own children as they face a world of social media and social concerns.
Campaign Phone (913) 221-5409
Campaign Email sophia4shawnee@gmail.com
Campaign Web Site http://sophia4shawnee.com
Education Forest Hills Central High School Grand Rapids MI Michigan State University East Lansing MI
Community/Public Service Shawnee Rotary, Chamber of Commerce Ada MI/Shawnee, Make a Wish Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, National Runaway Switchboard, Young Life, Youth Group Leader, PTA President, Band Boosters Co-President
1. Economic Development - To lower the tax burden on homeowners, we need to grow our tax base by attracting new businesses that give our residents opportunities to live, work, and play in Shawnee. 2. Services and Infrastructure - As a first class city, we deserve high quality services and amenities, like green space and a more walkable and bike friendly city. 3. More Open Government - We must fully support our nationally accredited police, fire, and public works departments so they can continue to meet the ever-changing needs of our growing community.
In past positions I've held whether in sales, finance, IT, owning my own business and in my current position in healthcare I have excelled at working together with people of diverse backgrounds and opposing ideas to find common ground and come to a conclusion that everyone can support. I have the ability to look at issues from the big picture, to the small details and find a path that leads to the desired outcome.
With communication. By embracing our differences, listening to each other. Diversity makes a city a community.
Economic Development. We need to bring in new businesses to relieve the tax burden on our homeowners. Consider Achieve Shawnee initiatives for future development.
Although I believe the relationship between the state and cities has improved, I think we need to keep communication open. Changes need to be communicated to the cities so they can plan and respond accordingly.
I depends on how much and for how long the tax incentive is for. It also depends on if the business fills a need that the city has, and the value that the business brings to the city. This to me is not a yes or no answer.