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"I come from a proud blue collar family that has been "hands on" when it comes down to their work ethic and I want to work for you. We need to create more living wage jobs, improve our affordable housing, and keep the public safe; especially with the ever growing opiate epidemic, a top priority. With over a decade of criminal justice experience, I know what it takes to find solutions, navigate the complicated governmental agencies, and get things done."
LIST OF ISSUES
Public Safety

Rochester Hills has been ranked as one of the safest cities year after year. And much of the credit goes to the residents them self, if they see something, they say something.  With the help of the Oakland County Sheriffs Department, The Rochester Hill Fire Department we continue to be the best place to live, work, and raise a family. But we need to continue to look out for each other. Did you know that according to safehome.org, Rochester Hills ranks as the 6th safest city over 50,000 people and the safest city in Michigan. And our Fire Department is #7 in the state and top 5% in the country. Now that's something to be proud of. Lets keep finding new ways to be doing it better and more efficient. 

Diversity & Inclusion
As a candidate running for Rochester Hills City Council, I value diversity and inclusion in our government. I welcome all to join me in supporting my efforts to include all local organization, businesses and all residents to share with me your ideas and concerns so we can work together with respect, support and to make a difference.

I want to bring to city council more diversity of cultural, occupational skills and abilities, degrees and social backgrounds and views. We need to have a level of understanding about each other in order to facilitate collaboration and cooperation. We can learn from each other

Development

Housing development in Rochester Hills is busting at the seem with a total of 188 new home permits issued in 2018 and that's up 27% from the prior year. But the new home average cost was a whopping $446,000. While its nice that property values are up 48% from 2013, what Rochester Hills lacks are homes for all financial pocketbooks. While it's nice to have that large 4,000 sq foot house, what about those families looking to downsize. We need to be making sure that when a development want to build in our city, they have something for everyone. And if people fall on hard times, we need to work with our partners at the county and state to make sure foreclosures stay low. Did you know that in 2018 the city of Rochester Hills only had 18. Now that's building partnerships for a better city. 

Traffic

As I walk around our city talking with friends and neighbors, I often hear time and time again "what are we going to do about all this traffic?" Well did you know than many of the roads we drive daily are actually owned by the county or the state? The roads that the city does own are maintained by our award winning Department of Public Service, Top DPS in the state and #47 in the country. That's why building partnerhips for a better Rochester Hills is paramount. We need to work above and beyond with our neighboring cities and our partners at the state and county to deliver the BEST roads. Maintaining and building them right can save a ton of money later on. Lets be a leader in road repair not a follower. This construction season we will see the rehab of Adams, Livernois, Walton and Auburn Road. The Auburn Road project is getting a major rehab with the total investment close to $12m in road and sidewalk updates.

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