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TheCommitteetoElectMonicaRossWilliamsYpsilantiTownshipTrusteein2016
P.O.Box971051Ypsilanti,Michigan48197

Candidate
MonicaRossWilliamsforYpsilantiTownship,MichiganTrusteeintheAugust2,
2016
DemocraticPrimaryElection,hasbeenastrongadvocateforchangeonthelocal,state
andfederallevelsofgovernance.

Byher20yearsbodyofvolunteer,nonprofitandadvocacywork,MonicaRossWilliamswould
bewellcapableandreadytoservetheresidentsofYpsilantiTownshipifentrustedinthe
ElectedpositionofTrustee.

Startinginheryouthuntilpresentday,RossWilliamsworkhasfocusedonusinghervoicetoas
abeaconofrepresentationforthoseimpactedbysocial,economic,environmentalandpolicy
changes.

WaystodosoincludeadvocatingCompiledLaws,PublicActs,enactingMunicipalOrdinances
orembarkinguponPublicStancesforworkingandmiddleclassresidentsthroughoutMichigan,
andontheNationallevel.

MonicaCommunityAdvocacyInitiativesHaveIncludedTheFollowing
FactsSince1996:

19961999ElectedastheyoungestRecordingSecretaryofMichiganCorrections
OrganizationM526SEIUHuronValleyMensCorrectionsFacilityChapter.

19962000
SpearheadedanefforttorestartandmaintaintheDanburyPark/Sycamore
NeighborhoodWatchGroupwiththeCharterTownshipofSuperior,WashtenawCountySheriff
OfficeandResidents19961999.

2001
BecameanactivememberoftheNewWestWillowNeighborhoodAssociation
(NWWNA),originallyaNeighborhoodWatchgroupinpartnershipwiththeCharterTownshipof
Ypsilanti.

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TheFollowingItemsOccurredDuringMonicaRossWilliamsTenureonthe
NWWNAElectedExecutiveBoardasRecordingSecretaryfrom20032011:

2003Appointedtoserveonthe(NWWNA)bythenPresidentNathanNormanas
ExecutiveBoardRecordingSecretary.

2004ElectedtotheNWWNAExecutiveBoard,thefirstofsixtimesinsuccessionas
ExecutiveBoardRecordingSecretary.

2004
WorkedasaPlanningCommitteeMemberwithformerDistrict6WashtenawCounty
CommissionerRollandSizemore,theNWWNA,WCSO,

OfficeofCommunityandEconomic
DevelopmentWashtenawCounty(OCED)
,

theCharterTownshipofYpsilantiandWestWillow
ResidentsonaWestWillowFiveYearNeighborhoodImprovementPlanworkingdocument.

HighlightsfromtheplanincludedconductingresearchonhistoricalbasisoftheWestWillow
Community,changingtheNWWNAfromanNeighborhoodWatchtoanonprofit501.c.3.
Organization,erectionofsignagedenotingtheWestWillowCommunityandadoptingaCitizens
Patrolprogram.

Establishingacommunitygarden,expansionoftheSummerEducationalCampatthe
CommunityRecreationCenter(CRC)onTylerRoad,addingaComputerLabintheCRC,
addingneighborhoodstabilizationandhomeownershipprogrampartnership.

2005
The
WestWillowFiveYearNeighborhoodImprovementPlan
waspresentedtothe
WashtenawCountyBoardofCommissionerswithPlanningCommitteeMemberMonica
RossWilliamsspeakingonbehalfoftheNWWNAastheExecutiveBoardRecordingSecretary.

2006
TheNewWestWillowNeighborhoodAssociationofficiallybecamethefirstandonly
501.c.3NonProfitbasedNeighborhoodAssociationinWashtenawCountyduringMonica
RossWilliamstenureontheBoard.

2006
WithgrantfundingfromtheOCEDWashtenawCounty,theNWWNACitizensPatrol
programwasadopted.

2006
ThefirstcoreopendesignoftheWestWillowNeighborhoodSignageContestwas
launchedbytheNWWNAExecutiveBoard.

2007
TheSummerEducationalCampattheCommunityRecreationCenter(CRC)was
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expandedwithgrantfundingfromtheOCEDWashtenawCountytoserviceupto25children
ages512bytheNWWNAExecutiveBoard

2008
WestWillowsCommunityGardenPilotProgramwaslaunchedwithapartnershipwith
GrowingHopewiththeNWWNAExecutiveBoard.

2009
WestWillowNeighborhoodStabilizationPlantalksbeguninpartnershipwithHabitatfor
HumanitywiththeNWWNAExecutiveBoard.

2009
ThefinaldesignwasontheWestWillowNeighborhoodSignagewassubmittedtothe
OCEDWashtenawCountyforapprovalandtheCharterTownshipofYpsilantiforapprovalby
theNWWNAExecutiveBoard.

2010
TheWestWillowNeighborhoodSignagewaserectedatthecornersofDorset/Tylerand
Tyler/WiardRoads.AdvocationoftheWestWillowNeighborhoodSignagewastheoriginalidea
ofMonicaRossWilliams.adoptedbythe
WestWillowFiveYearNeighborhood
ImprovementPlan
Committeein2004.

2010
TheCommunitySurveillanceCameraPilotwasadoptedbytheNWWNAExecutive
BoardinpartnershipwiththeCharterTownshipofYpsilantiandplanapprovalbytheAmerican
CivilLibertiesUnionMichiganBranch.

2011
TheSummerEducationalCampattheCommunityRecreationCenter(CRC)was
expandedwithgrantfundingfromtheOCEDtoserviceupto25childrenages512bythe
NWWNAExecutiveBoard

2011TheNWWNAsfirstAdvisoryBoardwascreated.ExecutiveBoardRecording
SecretaryMonicaRossWilliamssteppeddownfromherBoardroletotaketheposition
ofNWWNAPoliticalAdvisoryChair,afterherAppointmenttotheYpsilantiTownship
ParksCommissionbytheCharterTownshipofYpsilanti.

20112013MonicaRossWilliamsservedasthePoliticalAdvisoryChairoftheNWWNAs
ExecutiveBoardadvisingthebodyonpublicpolicy,initiativesandactionsonthestate,local
andfederallevelimpactingtheNWWNA.

November2012toPresentElectedtotheYpsilantiTownshipParksCommissionbythe
votersoftheCommunity.

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2014AppointedasPoliticalAdvisoryBoardChairoftheAnnArbor/YpsilantiBlack
ChamberofCommerce.

2015
WorkedwithWCSOsTheInterruptersProgramtoretargetpositiveinitiativesand
programtoaddressyouthviolenceintheWestWillowCommunity.

MonicaMunicipal,StateandFederalAdvocacyInitiatives
HasIncludedTheFollowingSince2008:

2008to2011
MichiganAdvocate&PolicyLeaderforthe99erMovementforAmericas
LongTermUnderemployedandUnemployedWorkersMarginedbytheEconomicCrisisof2008
andtheFederalExpansionofUnemploymentInsuranceBenefitsto99weeks.

WorkedwithCongressionalLeadersandU.S.Senatorsonpolicyjobinitiativestoaddress
longtermunderemployedandunemployedcrisis.

2011
VisitedWashington,D.C.atthebequestofCongresswomanBarbaraLee(DCA)to
speakasanMichiganAdvocatefor
EmergencyUnemploymentCompensationExpansionAct
H.R.589of2009.

2011to2013
WorkedwithPolicyAdvocacyOrganizations,Nonprofits,OfficialsandLeadersto
repealP.A.4of2011,MichigansEmergencyManagerLawsuchasWeThePeopleofDetroit,
DetroitersResistingEmergencyManagement(DREM),MichiganForward,ChangeAgent
ConsortiumfromDetroitandBlackAutonomyNetworkCommunityOrganization(B.A.N.C.O.)
fromBentonHarbor.

2012

RecipientofDemocracyforAmerica,NetrootsNationRhodeIslandScholarship
,
forStateandFederalPolicyAdvocacyrepresentingthe99erMovement

2013to2014
WorkedwithPolicyAdvocacyOrganizations,Nonprofits,OfficialsandLeadersto
restorefairvotingandaccessiblepublicwaterrightsinDetroitsuchasCitizensforDetroits
FutureandWeThePeopleofDetroit.

2013
HiredasPressSecretaryofformerDeanoftheMichiganHouseofRepresentativesthe
HonorableFredDurhal,Jr.,MayoralCampaignintheCityofDetroit.

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2014
InvitedbyNetrootsNationDetroitasaStateIndependentlyAffiliatedBloggertocover
conferenceeventssuchastheProtestsAgainstTheDetroitWaterShutoffs.

2014
WorkedasaMemberoftheNationalWritersUnion1981/AFLCIOandIndependently
AffiliatedBloggershowingsolidarityinProtestsAgainstTheDetroitWaterShutoffsduringthe
NetrootsNationDetroitEvent.

2014to2015
WorkedwithPolicyAdvocacyOrganizationsandLeaderstorestorefairvoting
rightsinDetroitsuchasCitizensforDetroit'sFuture.

2014
WorkedwithMichiganWolfPACOrganizationtosupporterforoverturningtheU.S.
SupremeCourtDecisionknownasCitizensUnited.

Early2015
WasinvitedbyWeThePeopleofDetroitasaFreelanceWriter/Bloggertocover
theFlintStrongStonesSymposiumontheFlintWaterCrisis.

2015
AsExecutiveProducerofthePoliticalPodcastIndependentUnderground,reportedas
anStatewidePoliticalBloggerthefirstofaseriesofpodcastsandarticlesontheFlintWater
Crisis

2016
ExecutiveProducer/Editor/NarratoroftheMiniDocumentaryontheFlintWaterCrisis
Titled:
FlintWaterCrisisRealStories,RealPeople,RealLifeAMiniDocumentary

(
CrossLinkedonPage14
).

2009to2016
Interviewedover400Federal,StateandLocalElectedOfficialsonpublicpolicy
initiativesincludingformerAssistantU.S.SecretaryofEducationandEducationalPolicy
AdvocateDr.DianeRavitch,DNCChair/Gov.HowardDean,formerPresidentialCandidate
2008Gov.GaryJohnson(L),formerOhioStateSenator,BernieSandersPresidential
CampaignandPolicyAdvisorNinaTurner(D).

OtherintervieweeshaveincludedMichiganDemocraticPartyChairmanandformerState
RepresentativeBrandonDillon(D),MichiganHouseMinorityLeaderTimGreimel(CheckSP)
(D),formerDeanoftheMichiganHouseofRepresentativesFredDurhal(D)andWayneState
UniversityBoardofRegentsChairGaryPollard(D).

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ViaCandidateMonicaRossWilliamsforYpsilantiTownshipTrusteein2016
Community,Local,StateandFederalPublicPolicyAdvocacyWorkoverthepast
20years,theFollowingIndividualsIncludedStatementsBelow:

1).

"AsStateRepresentative,Irealizetheimportantroletownshiptrusteeshaveinbuilding
strongercommunitiesinourState.

ImetMonicaworkingonmyfather'sMayorcampaign.Iinstantlydiscoveredherdepthofthe
issues,policiesandinitiativesonthelocal,stateandfederallevelandwasveryimpressed.

HerknowledgeoftheissuesimpactingnotonlyDetroitCitizens,butresidentsthroughout
Michigan,givesmetheutmostconfidencethatsheunderstandshowtohelpourcitizens.She
hasakeenabilitytouseresearchtoadvocateideas,whicharefocusedonimprovinglivesfor
residentsacrossthestateofMichigan.

IfullysupportandendorseMonica,becauseIknowshehastherightexperiencerequiredto
startfromDayOne,andIwillbeabletopartnerwithhertohelpstrengthenourcommunities.

MonicaisalreadyaneffectivevoiceforthePeopleofherCommunity,Township,andMichigan
andwillmakeagreatpublicservanttothemasTownshipTrustee."

MichiganHouseofRepresentativesStateRepresentativeFredDurhalIII,District5
Detroit.

2).

CitizensForDetroitsFuture,theleadersofelectionreforminDetroitandstalwartsagainst
Emergencymanagement,highlyrecommendMonicaWilliamstothepeopleofYpsilanti
TownshiptobecomeitsnextTrustee.

WehaveknownMonicasinceearly2009andhavewatchedherreachacrosstownshiplinesto
opposeelectionfraudandEmergencyManagementallthewaytoDetroit.Monicaworkedhard
fortransparentelectionsandhasbeenanavidfighter.

BesidesbeingagiftedandincrediblewomenwithaMasterofBusinessAdministration(M.B.A.)
degree,Monicahasneverforgottenherrootsandhasshownherselftobeadependablefighter
forordinarypeople.

IpersonallyandCitizensForDetroitsFuturewholeheartedlyendorseMonicaWilliamsand

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unqualifiedlyrecommendhertoeveryTownshipresidentseekinganhonest,trustworthyand
dependablepeople'sally.

TomBarrow,M.B.A.,C.P.A.President,CitizensForDetroitsFuture

3).
MonicaRossWilliamsknowsYpsilantiTownship.

Monicaisnotnewtocommunityactivism.HerrootsinYpsilantigodeepandherinvolvement
hasbeenaconstantinherlife.Shehasbeenawholeheartedparticipantinmanycommunity
initiativesfromthegroundup,withherbootsontheground,andwithherheartdevotedto
improvingthelivesofpeopleinhercommunity.

IfyoueverlistenedtoherIndependentUndergroundRadioLIVEprogramyouknowsheisnot
justinformedaboutissues,shehasdepthandbackgroundonallthingslocal,statewide,and
national.

MonicahasavarietyoflifeexperiencesthatmakeheruniquelyqualifiedtoleadYpsilanti
Township.Sheservedhercountryinthemilitary,returnedtocollegeforabusinessdegree,ran
anindependentbusiness,andraisedafamily.

WithMonica,yougetarepresentativewithintegrity,knowledge,insight,andaprovendesireto
leadYpsilantiTownshipforward.

TrudyAdamsEnglishTeacher(Retired),YpsilantiHighSchool,41yearsBS,MA
EasternMichiganUniversity.

4).
MeetingMonicain2014,Iwasimpressedwithherdepthofknowledgeasitrelatestopublic
policy.Monicasabilitytoresearchandadvocateforwhatshebelievesin,iswhatisneededina
localgovernmentalrole."

RobynMcCoy,J.D.,MichiganDemocraticWomensCaucusExecutiveCommittee
Member

5).
IhaveinterfacedandworkedwithMsMonicaWilliamsonissuesimpactingdemocracy,
justiceandinequalityacrossMichiganforthelastseveralyears.

Ihaveknownhertobeapersonofherword,onewhomakesitherbusinesstogetthefacts
andtheneducateandchallengeusall!
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Ms.RossWilliamshasalreadybeenservingthepeopleandhasatrackrecordofinvolvement.

DebraA.Taylor,M.A.PublicAdministrationCoFounderofWethePeopleofDetroit.

6).
MonicaRossWilliamspracticestheverytenetssheexpectsfromothers.Sheshowsup,
weighsinandshestronglyadvocatesinatransparentandforthrightmanner.

Hercommitmenttothelocalcommunityandregardacrossourstateisevidencedbyalongand
storiedtrackrecordfilledwithexampleafterexampleofsustainedengagement.Fromissues
likeparkspace,publicpolicyandattractingbusinessestothecommunitytoprovidingcutting
edgemediadevelopmentasamechanismtobringpublicpolicyinformationtothepeople.

Monicawillbeatireless,homegrownpublicservantintheroleofYpsilantiTownshiptrustee.
Dr.SimoneLightfoot,Trustee,AnnArborBoardofEducation.

7).
AsaresidentoftheWestWillowneighborhoodinYpsilantiTownshipIfullysupportMonica
RossWilliamstobecomeoneoftheboardoftrustees.IhaveknownMonicaforoveradecade
andI'vealwaysseenherinvolvedwiththecommunity.Monicahasdemonstratedherinterest
andconcernforthecommunityandmanyways.

Monicalistenstocommunitymembersregardingconcernsandrespondswithhelpful
informationandcontacts.IfeelMonicareallycaresaboutpeopleandhelpingthemtolivea
betterlifethroughequalityandeducationandsheisalwayswillingtogiveofherselfwitha
positiveattitude.

Monicacanseethedeepermeaningofissuesandhelpustounderstandthemsowecanmake
betterchoices.Monicaisthekindofcandidatethatusesallresourcesandopportunitiesto
achieveadesirableoutcome.

Herpositivenessandhopefulnessforabettercommunityiscontagiousandyoujustwanttobe
apartofwhateversheisinvolvedwith.Iamhonoredtoknowherandsupportherasoneofthe
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nextBoardofTrusteeinYpsilantiTownship.

JoAnnMcCollum,WestWillowResident,ViceChairNWWNA.
Disclaimer:
ThisisapersonalendorsementofMonicaRossWilliamsandnotonbehalfoftheNWWNA.

8).

IfirstmetMonicabackin2010whenIstartedattendingYpsilantitownshipboardmeetings.
Sheregularlywasinattendanceattheboardmeeting,speakingoutonbehalfofWestWillow
NeighborhoodAssociation.

MonicahasbeenacommittedactivistforimprovingthequalityoflifefortheresidentsofWest
Willow.ShehasshowngreattenacityasacurrentmemberoftheYpsilantiTownshipPark
Commissionensuringallourlocalparksintheneighborhoodshaveequalattention.Shehas
beenresponsivetotheresidentsquestionsandconcerns.Shehasworkeddiligentlyinmaking
surethatlongtimeleasingofparksservetheunderservedyouthinthetownship.

Monicawouldbeanaddedvoiceandstrategicteammemberprovidingauniqueperspectivein
researchandbusinessdevelopmentforYpsilantiTownshipBoardofTrustee.Thisiswhyshe
hasmyendorsement.

WilmaGoldJones,ElectedPrecinct17Delegate201216.

9).
AscurrentPresidentoneofthelocalChamberofCommerceandExecutiveofJoyfulTreats
CDC,IamexcitedtobeafriendinsupportofMonicaWilliamsRossintheupcomingtownship
electionasaCandideforTrustee.MonicawasakeyexecutiveinassistingtheAAYBCCs
politicaltenuretheblackbusinesscommunity.

Shelistenscarefullytobothsidesandaskedquestionsthatcuttotheheartoftheissues.In
additionshecarriesoutherownresearch,includingvisitingnumerouscommunity
engagements,toassesstheimpactfirsthand.

Herapproachwillproducefair,intelligent,andsoliddecisionsonbehalfofYpsilantiTownships
development.

Ifyouneedmoreinformation,pleaseemailmeat:
khadija@joyfultreatscatering.com
.

KhadijaB.Wallace,Founder&ExecutiveDirector,JoyfulTreatsCatering&CDC.

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10).
Monicaisaleaderwhenitcomestoadvocatingforthoseinthebusinesscommunityand
economicallymarginalizedarena.

ItwasapleasuretoaddherstrongvoicetotheAnnArbor/YpsilantiBlackChamberof
Commerce(AAYBCC)in2014,withinourPoliticalAdvisoryChairRole,andIbelieveMonicais
thevoiceweneedforYpsilantiTownshipTrustee.

Dr.KarenG.Reynolds,MBA,DHAVicePresidentAAYBCC20132015.
11).

Monicaisverysmartandastutewhenitcomestostateandlocalissues.Shehasagreat
wealthofknowledge.

DennisBryant,FormerCandidateDetroitSchoolBoardandDetroitPrecinctDelegate

12.)

"Monicagivesavoicetothosewhomaynothaveapublicofficiallookingoutforthem.She
standsupandspeaksoutabouttheissuesthatimpactyou."

AutumnSmith,InvestigativeJournalist,FormerCoHostROJSNews&Radio
.
13).

Thefirstinwhatwehopewillbealongseriesonthefolksrunningforofficethisyearatthe
locallevelwhosupportfixingourbrokenelectionsbyworkingtogetthemoneyout!

WolfPacMichiganfriendMonicaWilliamsisrunningforYpsilantiTownshipTrustee.

Shehasdeclared,aspartofhercampaign,"Ourgovernmentshouldbefreefromthecorrupting
influenceofbigmoneyinpoliticsandsolelydependeduponthePeople.Ideclaremysupportfor
predemocracy,anticorruptionreforms,includingvotersrightsprotects,citizenfunded
elections,andaConstitutionalAmendmenttooverturnCitizensUnited."

IfyouareinYpsioryouhavepeepsthere,spreadthewordabitifyou'resomoved,'eh?

NanciFrazier,StateLeaderWolfPACMichigan.

14).

MonicaRossWilliamsisapublicservantdedicatedtothereinvigorationofourpolitical

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continuetoinfuseprogressivevaluesintoourpoliticalsystemthroughfightingtoreformour
corruptcampaignfinancesystemandcreatingagovernmentthatadvocatesforthe
underrepresentedworkingclass.

GregFunck,12thCongressionalDistrictDelegateToTheDemocraticNational
ConventionBernieSandersDelegation,WashtenawCountyAreaCommunityActivist.

15).

MonicaRossWilliamshasbeenavoicefortruthasseenthroughtheeyesoflocal
individualsformanyyears.

Sheisintelligent,educated,articulateandexperiencedatspeakingagainstcorruptionand
inequality,bypassingscriptedtalkingpointstouncoverthecauseandexploreresolution.

YpsilantiTownshipneedstheenergy,enthusiasmanddedicationMonicaRossWilliamsbrings.

Rev.RosemarieAshley,MBA.

16).

IveknownMonicaRossWilliamssince2010,whenlikemillionsofothers,Iwaslaidoffin
2008andwasstillunemployedyearslater.

Shehasbeenastaunchadvocateofthemillionswhowerecrushedinthewakeofthe2008
financialcrisis.Sheissmart,progressive,honestandtrustworthyaleaderthatfightsfor
economicandsocialjusticeinaneffective,powerfulway.

KellyWiedemerM.B.A.,Finance,FormerNationalActivist99Movement.

17).

MonicaWilliamsisoneofthehardestworkingandwellresearchedpoliticalactivistsI've
everknown.Eversincewemet,shehasimpressedmewithherencyclopedicknowledgeofthe
history,dynamics,anddetailsofMichiganpolitics.Shealwayscomesprepared.

MattStannard,J.D.,PolicyDirectorofCommonomicsUSA,andmemberoftheBoardof
DirectorsofthePublicBankingInstitute.

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18).
"MonicaRossWilliamsdoesnotliveinFlintbutinApril2015caredenoughabouttheFlint
ToxicWaterCrisistocoveritonherpodcast,wellbeforethenationalmediafocusedourcity.It
istimethemajorityofcitieswithoflargeminoritypopulationsMichigancometogetherasoneto
combattheinjusticesinFlintandacrossourstate.

WeneedtocontinuingprotestingandhavenationalmedialaserfocusonFlint,aswearestill
livingwiththetoxicleadservicelinespoisoningourwater,intheground.WriterslikeMonica
areadvocatesforwhatismoralityrightfromoutsideofFlint.Thepeopleofthisgreatcitystill
needmanyothersstepuptodoso.

ArthurWoodson,FlintCommunityActivist
.

19).

AdayinthepresenceofmySisterinlawMonicaRossWilliamsatleastinmyeyes.She's
sopassionateaboutpoliticsespeciallyhercommunity,theCityofYpsilantiandYpsilanti
Township.

She'srunningforYpsilantiTownshipTrusteewhichImustsaywouldbeanexcellentpositionfor
herandabenefittohercommunityandtownship.

IhavenevermetanywhoissopassionateaboutpoliticsasmuchasMonicaapersonwho
caresaboutpeople.Iwishshewasinmydistrictbecauseshewouldhavemyvote.

LetetiaWilliams,AdministrativeAssistant,UniversityofMichiganRackhamGraduate
SchoolStudentServices.

20).

WorkingforthePeoplesherepresentsiswhatMonicaRossWilliamsdoes.Thisbrief
statementisatestimonytowhatshestandsfor.

In1997,whileRecordingSecretaryatMCOM526SEIUbeingwhollyknowledgeableonour
ContactwithMichigansDepartmentofCivilServiceworkedtirelesslytoreturnmebacktowork
wholewithfullbackpay,seniorityandbenefitsduetoherresearchwhenmycasereachedthe
levelofarbitration.

Withoutherassistance,itisunsureifIwouldbeenabletoprovideformyfamily,andlaterretire
inafieldIwasproudtoserveinfor25years.

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GeorgeDavidson,RetiredCorrectionsOfficer,MichiganDepartmentof
Corrections/MCOM526SEIU.

Candidate'sPositionStatementonEconomicDevelopmentfortheYpsilanti
TownshipArea,andByExtensionEasternWashtenawCounty:

Lastly,ontheareaofEconomicDevelopmentIwouldliketoexpressthefollowingstatementas
notedbyarecentarticlein
thePurpleWalrusPress
,independentlyaffiliatedlocallyowned
resourcecoveringsocial,economicandeducationalissuesfortheYpsilantiCommunity.

YpsilantiTownshiphasexperiencedaseriesofchangesofthelastdecade.Previousknownas
thehometomanufacturingoperationslikeformerGeneralMotorsPowertrain,andastillexisting
althoughlargelydownsizedFordRawsonvillePlant.

OthereventsoremploymentdownsizingsinthegreaterWashtenawCountyCommunityalso
impactedtheTownship,liketheclosingofPfizerinAnnArbor,theclosingofFord
Ypsilanti/VisteonFacilityintheCityofYpsilantiandtheconversionofFordSalineintoFaurecia
Plantresultedsomejoblossesalongalowerpayscalefornewerworkersposttothe2008
economiccrisis.

Next.thehousingbubbleorcrisisgreatlyimpactedourTownship.Wearestillrecoveringpost
eightyearsafterthehousingcrisisaspersonalpropertyvaluesalthoughincreasing,arestill
belowotherareasintheCounty.

A
January2015WashtenawCountyEconomicDevelopmentDepartmentstudyonHousing
AffordabilityandEconomicEquity
,denotesthefollowingabouttheEasternRegionalareaof
WashtenawCounty,includingYpsilantiTownship.

"Insum,AnnArborandthosewithAnnArboraddressesareatoneendofthespectrumwhere
propertyvaluesareincreasingandthatappearslikelytocontinue,whileYpsilanti(Cityand
Township)isattheotherandinrealtrouble.

Atthisunblendedscale,thesearetwomarketsgoinginoppositedirectionswiththreevery
probableoutcomes,barringasignificantchangeinpolicyatthelocaljurisdictionalorcountywide
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Theimbalanceinincome,educationandopportunitybetweenthejurisdictionsalongwiththe
socioeconomicsegregationthatgoeswithitwillhampertheregionaleconomicgrowthpotential
ofthearea.Regionsthatexperiencestrongandmorestablegrowtharetypicallymore
equitable,havelesssegregationandbetterbalancedworkforceskillswithinthem.(2)."

Citation:
(1).,(2).,CZB,LLC.(2015,January).HousingAffordabilityandEconomicEquity
AnalysisWashtenawCounty,Michigan.RetrievedFebruary28,2015,from
http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/communityandeconomicdevelopment/pl
ansreportsdata/housingandinfrastructure/2015/washtenawcountyaffordabilityandeconomic
equity.pdf

RecognizingandopenlydiscussingwhattheEasternRegionalAreasofWashtenawCounty
haveexperiencedisnecessary.Withoutafairandhonestassessmentplusscaleableplanson
howtoreversethelossesourareahaslivedthroughalongtruedesireforOrganizational
Change,doesnotequalasaresult,asoundplanforthefuture.

First,beforethemanufacturing/industrialageboomwassmallandmediumsizebusiness
ownersinYpsilantiTownship.Therefore,wemustrememberourrootsinthiscommunityand
supportkeepingourbusinessesintheTownship.

Second,theeconomicimbalancehastobeaddressed.Onewaytodosoistopartnerwith
verifiabletradeschoolsandinstitutionstocrosspromoteemploymentfieldssuchasPlumbing,
Electricians,Masonry,AutomobileServiceExcellencecertificationsplusmoretocreatelivable
wageemploymentandentrepreneurshipopportunities.

OurK12educationalpublicschoolsystemmustbestrongtoprepareouryouthfor21stjobs
andcollegiatelevelcoursework,plusmakeYpsilantiTownshipaplaceto"Live,Learn,Work
andEnjoy".

Lastly,wemustattractnewbusinessopportunitiesinthisarea,aswellaskeeptheoneswe
havecurrently.

Thereisastudyscheduledtotakeplaceinthemonthsahead,tobuildan
NewAutonomous
VehicleTestingFacility
inpartnershipwithTheA
mericanCenterforMobility
andMichigan
EconomicDevelopmentCorporationattheformerGeneralMotorsPowertrainplantlocation.

TheNewAutonomousVehicleTestingFacilitystudyalongwiththeproposedexpansionof
RegionalMasterTransitisgoodnews,however,wehavetoassurethatresidentsinour
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communityhaveaccesstothejobsandtrainingnecessarytobecomefutureemployeesin
theseindustries.

MonicaRossWilliams,M.B.A.OrganizationalLeadershipClearyUniversityCandidate
forYpsilantiTownshipTrusteein2016.

LearnMoreAboutMonicaAtTheFollowingResources:

OnFacebook:

MonicaRossWilliamsForYTownTrusteein2016VerifiedFacebookAccount
OnTwitter:

MonicaRossWilliamsForYTownTrusteein2016@Monica4Trustee
OnInstagram:

MonicaRossWilliamsForYTownTrusteein2016@Monica4Trustee

AndFinallyPleaseViewTheMiniDocumentaryByMonicaRossWilliamsinJanuary
2016ontheFlintWaterCrisisTitled:

FlintWaterCrisisRealStories,RealPeople,RealLifeAMiniDocumentary

via
Youtube
.

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