City of residence
Husband Bill and Four children
Amanda, Tami, Mathew and Jason
COTTEY COLLEGE Nevada, Missouri
SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY Cape Girardeau, Missouri
NORTHWOOD INSTITUTE Midland, Michigan
KINGS COLLEGE London, England
CARE HOUSE Mount Clemens, Michigan
Responsible for initialization of cost-free services for sexually and physically abused children for Macomb County. Achievements included the initiation of services, start-up funding, and the continued procurement of financing for this non-profit corporation. Considerable time is spent on private corporate presentations, one-on-one contacts, and the ground-zero development of a financial support base.
MACOMB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSION, DISTRICT 18
Representing Families of Harrison and Clinton Townships
During my term of office I was appointed to serve on the Macomb County Commission in 2005-2006 then was elected and served two terms as well as serving as the vice chair women of the commission. I worked to develop a wide network of contacts in regional and state-level government as well as in the health care, education, automotive and non-profit sectors. I established myself as a no-nonsense, hard-working leader.
Schools currently pay a portion of the unfunded MPSERS liablitiy
with money the state sends them in their foundation grant. If they
did not have to pay this money into MPSERS it would level the
playing field between public and charter schools. When
Republicans privatize services, it exacerbates the retirement funding problems.
The current funding for statutory revenue sharing for cities is
inadequate because of the cuts that have been made to that
funding since 2001. We should fully fund revenue sharing so that
cities will have more money to allocate to police and fire services;
quality of life services such as trash removal, recycling and upkeep
of local parks; and to fix and maintain local roads.
Our emergency manager law has failed our cities and needs to
be reformed. Any intervention in a city needs to preserve
democracy and local control in that city. Residents need to always have officials who are accountable and
The state is moving slowly in its response to the Flint water crisis.
While the state has appropriated money for Flint in the fiscal year
2016-17 budget, that money won't be available until October.
State officials should be doing more now to help kids,
seniors and families through, for example, wrap-around services
in schools and nutrition services.Getting clean drinking water remains a challenge for residents who
have to rely on filters, which need to be regularly replaced, and
bottled water that they have to pick up at certain locations. We
should look at other ways of delivering water to families.
We should consider full coverage of water bills while the safety
of Flint's tap water is
Candidate did not provide a response.
The federal response to the Flint Water crisis could have been
stronger. Once they knew of the problems, they should have
been more forceful with state officials about what they needed
to do and when it needed to be done.The EPA could help by prohibiting practices such as
pre-flushing which can artificially lower lead levels when samples
are being taken. The federal government could also help by
providing more funding for repairs and updates to Flint's water
Our tax system favors corporations and the wealthy over average
families. We should restore the tax credits and deductions that
benefit families, such as the deduction for children 18 or under,
the restoration of the state Earned Income Tax Credit to 20 percent
of the federal EITC and repealing the retirement tax. We need to
prioritize families over corporations when it comes to taxes.
Yes. A Detroit Education Commission would have helped
create a sensible school plan for the city. The DEC had the support of Republicans, Democrats, the Mayor, the transformation manager, school officials and community members. Such broad-based support should have meant that the DEC remained a part of the final legislation.
We need a better system for closing charter schools when they are
not performing well for students. We need penalties for charter
school authorizers who fail to address their charter schools that
are substandard and not doing a good job of educating students.
Yes. No one should suffer from discrimination.
No. People should not be able to hide behind religion and
discriminate against others.
Yes. We need a redistricting process that is not controlled by
political parties. I support moving to a non-partisan
redistricting commission. I support the House Democratic
proposal introduced in House Resolution 4800 and House
Joint Resolution AA, which so far have not received a committee
Any change in our law needs to be done only if was can ensure
the safety of our residents and our communities. I would first
want to study how laws in Colorado and Washington have
worked in those states, and determine if any of their laws would
be a good fit for Michigan.
Yes. Renewable energy is an important component allowing us
to meet the energy needs of residents and businesses, and create jobs. We should be open to new ways of generating energy that protects our environment while still meeting our energy needs
The best way to keep our communities safe is to work to reduce
crime by improving our public schools so that our young people
have the opportunity to succeed and find good jobs. We need to
support wrap-around services in our schools for high-risk youth. For those that do commit violent crimes, we need to enforce tough
sentences that keep them off of our streets.
City of residence
Harrison Twp., MI
Michigan State University:
- B.A., Economics
- B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy
- B.A., Public Policy and Public Administration
- Macomb County Commissioner
- President, Campaign Finance Strategies (2014-Present)
- Government Relations Coordinator, Delta Dental (2012-2014)
- Michigan House of Representatives
- Macomb County Commissioner (currently)
- Harrison Twp. Zoning Board of Appeals
- Macomb County Health Department Hearing Board
- SEMCOG Executive Committee
- Michigan Association of Counties Economic Development & Taxation Committee
- National Association of Counties Steering Committee on Finance, Pensions, and Intergovernmental Affairs
- Macomb Chamber of Commerce, Public Policy Committee
As a home rule state, I believe that with the privileges that come along with local control so do additional responsibilities. While Michigan should always monitor the fiscal impact of insolvency on a case-by-case basis for municipalities and school districts, the state must strike a balance between sovereignty and solvency.
For two decades, Lansing has slashed statutory revenue sharing in our communities while increasing unfunded mandates and restrictions on local control. We need to ensure that we increase statutory revenue-sharing so our local communities are able to get ahead. Likewise, PA 51 of 1951 (road funding formula) needs to be revisited to ensure townships and other municipalities can invest in our infrastructure.
I believe that an EFM should always be the last resort. Likewise, I don't believe that EFM's should be accompanied by appropriations. Tax dollars are already being consumed upon entering emergency management. Currently, our financial review teams prior to emergency management are simply reactionary. We must get ahead of these funding issues so we can move forward.
The State's response should have been immediate and more sensitive to and conscious of the impact on Flint's residents for one of life's most basic necessities.
The EPA (in conjunction with Flint and DHHS officials) should have been more diligent given the surprising numbers of lead piping throughout the country. Although I do believe this was a complete failure at all levels of government, the EPA should have ensured Michigan was interpreting the Lead&Copper rule correctly.
While I believe our tax climate has improved with the repeal of the MBT and numerous unnecessary regulatory burdens, I firmly believe that Michigan has incredible potential and now is not a time to be complacent.
Only if there were significant protections on school choice.
Candidate did not provide a response.
No - under current proposals
Only if there was little or no fiscal impact on our energy sector, consumer prices, or Michigan's competitiveness.
Yes. Given the incredibly high recidivism rates in SE Michigan as well as the rising costs of Corrections, we must continue focus on substance abuse programs as well additional alternative judicial proceedings such as Macomb County's Veterans Court.