Family, residence, activities
I have been a resident with my wife Susan since 1984. We have two daughters. I have been active in the community; serving as a subdivision board officer, volunteering in the school district, coaching youth softball, an active member of the Optimist club and an elected official on the Parks Commission and
Why are you running for trustee?
I have saved the township money by leading the effort to eliminate legacy costs in retiree health plans, reduced commissions paid to consultants and negotiated less expensive contracts with union groups. I supported the decision to use a single waste hauler in the township; this saved the residents money and reduces wear on our roads and carbon emission. I voted to award a contract for sewer repair and lining saving the township over $300,000 compared to the contract others were supporting. Most recently I along with Cathy Shaughnessy led the effort to ban the sale and possession of K2/synthetic marijuana in the township.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing the township? How would you handle them?
Community: I view my job as working to solve neighborhood concerns. If each neighborhood and business has their concerns met and problems solved, I will have helped maintain the sense of community that keeps a town strong and cohesive. I respond to all concerns quickly.
Cooperation: When the Town board cooperates problems are solved rather than created. I have always worked hard to cooperate with my colleagues on the board to find solutions, promote our township and grow our future. I will continue to do so.
Complacency: Having negotiated labor agreements, cut non-essential budget items, eliminated retiree health care legacy costs and successfully campaigned to restore lost millage dollars, the budget is stable. I will not allow us to become complacent; we must be vigilant and continue to manage our costs and expenses carefully, avoiding budget increases.
Who else is running? Meet the candidates for the West Bloomfield Township Board Patch has interviewed so far: