Editor’s note: As the Aug. 2 primary election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.
Readers can access previously published candidate letters HERE.
My name is Jeremy R. Cady. For those of you who have not met with me, please allow me to introduce myself. I am a fourth generation Huron Township resident and I have lived in the Township for 27 of my 29 years. I graduated from Huron High School in 2004. I am married to an amazing woman with whom I have the pleasure to share the responsibility of raising our seven-month-old son. We plan on raising our son here in Huron Township.
I started my public service career right here in the Township. In 2002, I became one of the first members of the Huron Township Police Explorers as well as the Huron Township Fire Explorers. Upon graduation from High School, I continued to support the Police Explorer program as a Senior Advisor. In March of 2008, I joined the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office as a Deputy Sheriff. I have been with the Sheriff’s Office since then. In 2011 I became a Union Steward for our Union, the Wayne County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. In 2013, I was elected by the 700+ members, the youngest ever senior executive board member, being elected to the position of Vice President. My duties are vast and encompassing of almost every aspect of the organization.
As the Chairman of the Grievance Committee I am responsible for investigating and charging all contractual violations. As Chairman of the Civil/Human Rights Committee, I am responsible for investigating and charging all Civil/ Human Rights violations. Included in my duties as the elected 1st Vice President, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Local, overseeing the duties of over 20 employees, overseeing the operational budgets of the Local, positional transfers of all 700+ Deputies and Corporals, processing retirement applications as well as several other internal operations.
I am currently a student at Wayne State University where I am nearing the end of my degree for Labor Relations and Public Administration.
I am the elected Democratic Precinct Delegate for Huron Township’s second precinct as well as I am an organizing member of the Michigan Democratic Party, member of the 12th Congressional District Democrat Club, member of the Deputy Sheriff’s Association of Michigan and a member of the Police Officers Association of Michigan.
The number one reason I am running for Huron Township Trustee is because of the extreme disconnect that the Township government has from the residents. The government of Huron Township must to be receptive to the people it serves.
My areas of concern for our Township are but not limited to:
Public Safety– We no longer have a Township EMS service. This is unacceptable. We are too far away from a Hospital to rely on a sometimes 15+ minute response time for HVA to respond and possibly an even longer transport time to the closet hospital, which is near Telegraph and West Roads. Our Fire Department must be staffed adequately in according with Federal safety recommendations. I am confident this can all be accomplished with careful budget adjustments and supplementary grant funds from the State and Federal governments. I have been in discussion with manufactures and dealers of EMS vehicles and I believe I will be able to present a cost effective plan to the Township Board that will allow for 2 Advance Life Support Units, one being four-wheel drive, to be added back to the Fire Department. We currently do not have any ambulances as they were sold them for scrap when they approved the HVA EMS contract. Funding is an issue that needs real stringent attention brought to it.
Police and Fire staffing are far from ideal for our Township. I will use my experience in public safety, labor relations and government procurement to enhance our public safety staffing levels. It is not safe to have one firefighter on duty, or two police officers on duty for 36 square miles of coverage. Equipment for both the Fire and Police Department needs to be updated, replaced and maintained adequately. This is a priority to me and will not be placed on the back burner.
Delivery of Services– Our Township government must be efficient. Too much money is spent using antiquated methods to conduct business; also increasing the time it takes to provide services to the residents. In order to ensure the best possible level of service to residents, the Township must invest in better technology. My goal is to get all township bills payable via the Internet, upgrade the Township website to provide an easy to use interface for the residents to conduct their business, stay informed and have hassle free access to township information, including budget reports. There is no reason to make information difficult to obtain for our residents.
Activities – Our Township government must acknowledge that our Township is diverse in age and culture. We must work towards a solution to bring activities to the Township that are family friendly. I will pursue and research supplemental funding to enhance the recreational activities in the Township.
Access to Township Government– I will be available at least once per week to meet with residents to discuss their concerns and attempt to resolve any issues they may be having as a Township resident. Members of the Township government must make themselves available to speak with the residents. I will not support nor condone any disrespect towards a resident or visitor of our Township by a Township employee or government official. I believe being a trustee entails much more then going to meetings and casting a vote. I will be a proactive trustee.
Accountability– This is a must. There are no exceptions. Good or bad, I will hold all Township employees accountable for their actions. There has been too much “passing the buck” in our Township government and it must stop. This is a disservice to our residents.
The Trains– There is no denying that the trains in the Township are a problem. This has to be resolved. Not only are they a major public safety hazard, they are causing significant travel issues. I will do everything I possible can to resolve these issues. I am prepared to lobby state and federal government agencies to affect the legislation changes needed to resolve this issue. Building an overpass is an option, however it will cost at least a million dollars. Funding needs to be identified if this is going to be an option.
Township Ordinances- There are several Township ordinances that need to be updated or eliminated because they are antiquated. I am ready and committed to going through and revisiting the ordinances of the Township to ensure they are applicable to today’s needs.
Township Infrastructure- Infrastructure in the Township has seen its better days and some need updates, maintenance or replacement. One in particular is the bridge on Waltz road that goes over the Huron River. This bridge being designated a historical place causes some issues when it comes to repair or replacement. If we were to replace the bridge, we would need to relocate it to another place, however the costs associated with that are very high. To repair it, brings on high costs as well. I am prepared to explore the avenues necessary to repair our infrastructure because they need to be addressed, no other way around it.
Protecting the Downtown Development Authority (DDA)- Once again, Lansing Legislators are attempting to attack the local DDA’s. I am prepared and ready to go lobby on the Township’s behalf to protect and preserve our DDA. The resources it provides are invaluable to the Township.
Revenue Sharing- This is another issue that Lansing Legislators have caused by diverting funding that should go to local governments to other entities. I will work tirelessly on the Township’s behalf on lobbying our State Legislature to restore adequate revenue sharing to our Township.
I feel as a voter, you must be prepared and informed when you cast your ballot. At the Township level, this is where most voters neglect to cast a vote, however; the Township and local governments are the first ones to get in your pocketbook. It is imperative to educate yourself on local candidates and ensure you vote for ones who have your best interest in mind and ensure your candidate will use your tax dollars properly and responsibly. My goal is to ensure taxpayers of Huron Township get honest Township government that delivers quality services.
There are many more issues that need to be addressed and I want to hear from you. I am usually available after 5pm, however because I work full time, if I cannot take your call, please feel free to leave a voicemail, email me at the below email address or send me a text message. I will get back with you as soon as I can.
With the little bit of free time that I do get, I enjoy bass fishing, playing one of my several guitars, working on computers and just taking a little time to relax.
I humbly ask you to support me in my efforts this August 2nd and November 8, 2016.