Phone: (248) 534-7203
Hometown: White Lake
Birthday: January 7
Bio: I consider myself an old-school journalist - growing up in White Lake I worshipped the likes of Edward Murrow, Ernie Pyle, Martha Gellhorn and Robert Capa. White Lake is my home town. I spent most of my time reading at the library or playing sports. I left home for four years to attend journalism school at Michigan State University. There, I earned a degree in journalism with a specialty in history. I consider myself passionate about 5 things: books, the truth, sports, Michigan State and community journalism.
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How would you describe your political beliefs?: I tend to be moderate and independent on most political issues. When it comes to an election I find I vote more for the person, not the party.
Are you registered with a certain party?: - No
I believe in karma, love and acceptance.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?: I think there are several hot button issues in White Lake and Highland. First and foremost, the township budget and taxes. In the last few years the tax base in White Lake and Highland has dropped significantly. Despite the economy, the townships' residents have supported several millages for the police department, fire department and library. I light of the budget struggles I think it will be interesting to see where cuts are made, if people feel they are the right cuts, and how long the townships' residents will continue to support millage requests for essential services.
Where do you stand on each of these issues? As a tax paying resident in White Lake I am always interested in how my money is being spent. I want to know what services are being supported, what services are being cut and why.