SOME HISTORY TO REVIEW
First elected to office in 1996, I have had the honor of serving three terms as Council Member for Ward 2. I was one of the authors of the City’s Non-Discrimination Ordinance which was affirmed by voters in two separate challenges. As a member of the negotiating subcommittee, we obtained a settlement with Oakwood Healthcare System’s closure of Beyer Hospital resulting in the establishment of the Beyer Memorial Health Foundation.
During my tenure, we also passed the Living Wage Ordinance respecting our community’s belief that public money not subsidize or perpetuate working poverty. I advocated for investment in our local infrastructure and was a member of the Ypsilantians Enhancing Streets (YES) committee for the road bond proposal passed in 2001.
We have seen real progress in our city from ridding our business districts of the nuisance adult businesses to development of additional tax base such as Forest Health Services (the former Beyer Hospital), Cross Street Village (the old Ypsilanti High School) and Walgreen’s/Auto Zone (former site of Cleary College). There has been redevelopment of older industrial sites such as Peninsular Place (former site of Pennisular Paper Company) and the popular Corner Brewery (part of the old Motor Wheel site). It is clear that Ypsilanti offers developers a “redevelopment-ready” community in which to invest. An honest appraisal says we are doing some things right.
We still have much work to do…and that is why I am seeking re-election.