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Meet the candidates: Linda Spangler running for treasurer in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 10, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Linda Spangler:

My name is Linda Spangler; I am a third generation Huron Township resident, proud Huron High School graduate. I attended Wayne County Community College. I’ve been married 19 years to Daniel Spangler. I am a proud mother of two wonderful young adults; Katie and Sean, both Huron Graduates. Also I am a proud grandmother to Lincoln, Evangeline and Coraline. I have been working as a Real Estate Transaction Coordinator. In 2017 and again in 2019 I began working at Melvindale North Allen Park School District as a Reading Specialist, Paraprofessional and a Testing Proctor. Currently due to Covid-19 my position has been put on hold as the district is offering only on-line schooling.

I served as your Huron Township Trustee from 2004 to 2008 and as your Treasurer from 2008 to 2016. I was a 4 year member of the Association of Public Treasurer’s United States and Canada, I attended the Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association from 2008-2016 where I received my Accreditation through Michigan Treasurer’s Institute (Central Michigan University), served on the Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association Education Committee. I also received my Certification in the Michigan Government Financial Officer’s Association. I attended the three year program at the Michigan Township Governance Academy 2005-2008. I received my certification with the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association, former member of the Michigan Citizen Corps and the Huron Township Community Response Team (CERT).  I hold my Certification from the Crisis Preventative Institute.

While serving our community I was appointed on several committees; I was Chair of the Heath Care and Policy Committees, member of the Negotiation/Grievance Committee, Park and Recreation Commission Board Liaison, Alliance of Downriver Watershed Liaison, Huron River Watershed Municipal-Advisory Liaison, Elections Committee, Capital Improvement Committee, Recycling Commission and the Downriver Community Conference alternate. I have experience and knowledge of the statuary duties and responsibilities of the office of Treasurer, internal controls, cash managements, legal limitations on investments, budgeting and the uniform chart of accounts.

Some of my most proud accomplishments while serving our community;

-One of 4 board members who proudly supported the hiring of our current Police Chief and Public Safety Director; Everette Robbins. Through his leadership and experience our Police Department has become one of the best and most respected departments in southeast Michigan.

-Supported the hiring our first full time Fire Chief; Jamie Hinojosa. As a lifelong resident he knows our community and takes pride in serving the residents and building a better department that will give us the absolute best service we all desire.

-Reorganized the Treasurers Department staff which included cross training, reducing overtime and utilizing part time payroll staff to lessen employee legacy costs to the tax payers.

-Along with area Treasurer’s I worked with County officials to streamline and support state legislation that “disallowed” delinquent landbank owners to fall through the delinquent tax loop holes, allowing them to over step common tax laws.

-Spearheaded the acquisition of 80 acres and an adjacent parcel of 22 acres to be developed into a future sports and nature park.

-Received the award of $75,000 to enhance Lajko Park and build the townships first regulation Little League field located at the Joseph Waltz Park.

-Led the development the township’s first Policy Manual.

-Led the development of the township’s first web site. Hurontownship-mi.gov

-During the Recessions of 2008 and 2012; I along with my fellow board members and employees implemented strategies to increase the township’s fund balance for all government funds.

-Creatively utilizing Community Development Block Grant funds to build the nation’s first Senior Citizens Park and the Senior Citizen Community Center known as “The Senior Barn.”

 I worked hard every day, successfully staying solvent during 2 recessions. We did not go without injury as we were forced to privatize our ambulance service and lose several fine full time firefighters/EMS employees. I am confident under the direction of Public Safety Director Robbins and Chief Hinojosa they will continue to build the public safety departments we all desire.

During my campaign I have been out visiting residents who love our small town charm but want services that can better suit their busy lifestyles. I will promote our community as an ideal location to attract the right businesses, while supporting our small businesses to ensure our small town charm remains as it should. I am proud to have worked alongside with fellow board members to attract companies like Inergy/Plastic Omnium and Brose to locate in our community and I will continue to work hard at bringing the right businesses here. This will allow an increased tax base to build a better community that serves us all.

I do my research and review all the facts before making a decision, a decision that affects us all. You can review my voting record on the Huron Township Web site. I am proud of many accomplishments and believe I have more to offer our community. My door will always be open.

With the political world we now live in we must be even more transparent and we must work together to unite us all as one community. I would appreciate your support in the upcoming election. Please VOTE November 3rd General Election or by your requested Absentee Ballot.

If you’d like more information or have any questions please feel free to contact me at 734-753-4170.

Thank you!


Meet the candidates: Colleen Lazere running for reelection as treasurer in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 10, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Colleen Lazere:

Hello fellow residents of Huron Township.  My name is Colleen Lazere and I am your Huron Township Treasurer.

During my last four years my focus has been on fiscal oversight and financial accountability across all facets of the Township. I have optimized the Township’s investment strategies earning over one- million dollars ($1,000,000.00) in interest.  Retirement healthcare unfunded liabilities went from 30% to 100% funded resulting in thousands of dollars in savings for the Township. I was instrumental in securing money to put in a brand new basketball court at Lajko Park, updating the tax bill to a friendlier format, adding the ability to pay Township bills by credit card at the Township office, and secured funding to update office equipment.

From my 21 years on the Huron School Board to my current role as Township Treasurer, I am always thinking of ways to improve our community. We need leaders who are creative and resourceful and who are willing to devote time and energy in providing improvements to our community that we can be proud of. I will continue to empower you to voice your concerns so that together we can build a community of hope and prosperity.

I have been married for 39 years and have raised 4 children, all of whom graduated from Huron High School. In addition, I have 9 beautiful grandchildren and 5 of them attend Huron Schools. I am an active member of St. Stephens Parish, the liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission and to the Planning Commission. I am also a Michigan Certified Professional Treasurer and Michigan Certified Assessing Technician.

I would like to thank you for your support over the years as we continue to move down the path of making Huron a great place for all ages.


 

 

Meet the candidates: Donna Mendrysa running for trustee in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 9, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Donna Mendrysa:

My name is Donna (Puskar) Mendrysa and I am seeking a position as Trustee on the Huron Township Board. I have been a resident of Huron Township for 55 years. My husband Joe and I raised our three sons (Joey, Jeff and Eric) here and our grandchildren are now being raised here. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Psychology. I worked as a Senior Manager in the automotive Industry for over 25 years where I managed a global team and budget for more than 150 employees. I was raised in a family that believed in giving back to our community and I am proud to have served the residents of Huron Township for over 30 years.
. Huron School Board of Education (17 years)
. Township Trustee for (8 years)–Liaison for the Fire Department, Alternate for the Conference of Western Wayne
. LDFA (Land Development Financial Authority)
. Planning and Zoning Commission (10 years)
. Graduate of the Citizens Police Academy
. Coordinator for The Holiday Food Basket Program
. Shop with a Hero Volunteer

One of my top priorities for Huron Township is public safety. I am very proud of the accomplishments that were made while I was a Trustee. We now have one of the finest Police Departments we have ever had. We are at higher staffing levels with more investigative Officers and we are growing our fund balance. We also Implemented a Public Safety Director position to oversee both the Police and Fire Departments and hired Huron Townships first Full-Time Fire
Chief. As the mother of a First Responder, I understand the importance of adequate staffing for our residents and Firefighters safety. As Commissioner of Planning and Zoning, we have brought several developments that have been beneficial to our township, increasing tax base and job opportunities, including: Peterbilt Sales Office and Repair Facility, Brose, Plastic Omnium and the expansion of Set Enterprises. I also understand the importance of monitoring future growth to preserve our rural atmosphere.

The leaders of our community need to work together and have open communication with each other and the residents to ensure Huron Township remains the best place to be! I am asking for your support on November 3rd so that I can serve as your Township Trustee. I will continue to research every issue and make decisions that are in the best interest of the residents of Huron Township.

Thank you,
Donna (Puskar) Mendrysa

Meet the candidates: Michael Glaab running for reelection as trustee in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 9, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Michael Glaab:

I am a life long resident of Huron Township and have spent half of my life volunteering and being actively involved in our community and local government.

I have made it a personal goal to help improve our overall community.  I have served as a Township Trustee for 8 years and on the following committees and boards; Local Development Finance Authority, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Commission and Downtown Development Authority, Huron School District Board of Education and Huron Township Applefest Committee-Chairman for 12 years.

Our community is beginning to see major improvements come to fruition. Last year the long- awaited   Waltz Rd. bridge was completed. It wasn’t easy to get this project approved and finished, but with the persistence of the Township Board and working with Wayne County, the project became a reality and has been a huge success for our residents and businesses.  Our community now has a safe and aesthetically pleasing bridge. Residents will soon start to see the rebuilding of streets and sidewalks in the downtown area. This area has not had a major public improvement in over 30 years. Once completed our residents will have a vastly improved downtown area to be proud of.  The area will provide a place for community events, take walks, ride bikes to and from the Huron Clinton Metro Park trails and also make it easier to visit downtown shops and restaurants.

These projects as well as development at the North East end along Pennsylvania and Sibley Roads will continue the evolution of our Township. My top priority is to make sure the developers deliver top quality projects which will enhance the desirability of our community. I will not settle for inferior developments that will detract from our wonderful township.

Because of my experience over the past several years, I am in a unique position to continue to lead our community.

Please support me in the upcoming 2020 election. I will be honored to serve you.

Michael Glaab


 

Meet the candidates: John Golovich running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 8, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by John Golovich:

Who is John Golovich? I am 44 years old and work as a Sr. Security Architect for Cisco Systems. I spent my childhood in Wyandotte, MI graduating from Wyandotte Roosevelt High School in 1994. I am married to Janeen (Lechnyr) and have 3 children. Robert Oaks (Huron HS Class of 2019), Alyssa Oaks (Huron HS Class of 2020), and Amaya Golovich (Future Class of 2025).

Growing up in Wyandotte, I had the opportunity to attend Private School (Creative Montessori), Catholic School (Wyandotte Catholic Consolidated Schools), and Public School (Wyandotte Roosevelt High School). My children have also had the opportunity to experience Charter School (Summit Academy), Virtual School (Connections Academy), and Public School (Renton Jr. High/Huron High School). The learning techniques and how they can be applied to the different learning styles has provided me insight into the educational system and shaped my vision of what is an ideal educational situation.

At Cisco Systems. I am brought into contentious environments to resolve issues with mission critical infrastructure. Much of my work over the past nine months during the initial Covid outbreak in China and subsequent outbreak in our country allowed many industries to quickly adopt the work from home model that they are still using and allow our children the opportunity to have a better virtual school experience if that was the choice they made.

My family lives our life with a dedication to service in mind. Service to God, family, and community. We are volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America in different capacities over the years and are proud that we have raised two Eagle Scouts. I am currently the Chairman of the Huron Township LDFA board, and previously have served as the Chairman of the Brownstown Historical/Beautification Committee and President of our Home Owners Association.

This School Board election is different than most. Three Board Members have retired and a group of people are vying to replace them and continue the work that is already in progress.

·The obvious item on everyone’s mind is the response to the COVID pandemic. The district is doing a wonderful job with communicating and providing families the opportunity to make the best choice for their families. However there is still a concern about the additional expenses teachers will have to incur out of pocket to react to the modified environment and added responsibilities especially if these changes become long term changes in the way education is provided. There is a need for continued monitoring of local health conditions and giving families the ability to change their enrollment decisions every trimester in response to their comfort level as the situation continues to evolve. Education is becoming more fluid. The district needs to adapt to a more fluid model.

·Monitoring of the spending of the recently passed bond proposal to make sure the district continues to do what is in the best interest of the residents is something that is always brought up. You can already see the progress in regards to security and safety. A key component of the bond proposal was around capacity planning. Continued analysis of population trends to better plan for building student capacity will need to be done on a reoccurring basis.

·Are we supplying our students with quality educators? A partnership between the district and staff is key to retaining quality employees. This isn’t specific to the educational sector, this is true for all verticals. Providing comfortable, well-funded, and supportive facilities is our own best advertising. Huron is a unique community. I am a firm believer that our best teachers are former students who left for their education and returned to give back to their community. We need to build on that, keeping in touch with our students after graduation is key.

·An item that should have been top of mind is the mental health of our students. There has been more attention placed on it after the mandated Safer at Home order where students were forced into virtual education but this will need to continue after we return to normal. A review of the responsibilities of the counseling department and an analysis of the deficiencies will assist in determining if any modifications or training are needed. Without additional data, we can’t make a determination on any changes (if any) that would need to be made.

·Tying into mental health are the needs of the students who require assistance. As I originally wrote, my daughter graduated last year. She has a learning deficiency. Before we moved to the district, her deficiency wasn’t taken seriously. We moved to the district and under the former superintendent, we again had to fight for her to get the accommodations we felt would be appropriate. We stood our ground and with the support of the then Principal Mr. Rowe, we were able to complete the process. Mr. Rowe becoming superintendent was a big win for students who have special needs. Knowing that the now Superintendent is so helpful in the process, this can be extended throughout the entire district with the School Boards support.

·Of course School funding is always an issue. However we are severely limited in what can be done. Other than tax levies, the local School Board has its hands tied. We must continue to work with our State Legislature to work through these issues and come up with a funding model that is fair to the tax payers and benefits the students.

What can I provide this school board? Besides my experiences in education, employment, and service, I will do what is in the best interest of the students and taxpayers. But most of all, I will encourage accountability. I hope I was able to convince you to select my name on the ballot.


 

Meet the candidates: Angie Cady running for reelection as trustee in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 7, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Angie Cady: 

Hello, my name is Angie (Mercure) Cady and I am asking for your support for re-election as a
Trustee for Huron Township. I have served as a Huron Township Trustee for the past two
years.

I grew up not far from here in Rockwood and moved to Huron Township in 2007 when I
married my husband, Mike, and became a parent to my three “kids by choice” – Samantha,
Sabrina and Jon.

I am a Sales Manager for a local broadcast television station and have worked in the media
business since 1997. I have an MBA from DePaul University and am a graduate of the
Honors College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan
University. I am a parishioner at St. Stephen Catholic Church and volunteer at their annual
festival. I have volunteered as President of the St. Stephen Parent Guild and other school
related activities, coached soccer and cheerleading and taught Sunday school.
I was raised with the understanding that being a part of a community means positively
participating in that community.

The past two years that I have spent as a Trustee for Huron Township has given me a
tremendous amount of insight into where we are as a township and the direction we need to
take to continue to grow. As a member of the Board of Trustees for Huron Township, I believe
we owe it to the residents of Huron Township to make sure we are communicating what is
happening in the Township.

I would like to continue to use the skills I have gained through my professional career to help
Huron Township to grow without losing its sense of community. I am asking for your vote in
the Tuesday, November 3rd General Election.

Thank you,

Angie Cady


 

Meet the candidates: David Glaab running for reelection as supervisor in Huron Township

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 6, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted from the candidates after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by David Glaab:

With family roots that extend over 145 years, I have a lifetime of public service to the people of Huron Township. As your Supervisor, I have worked hard to protect our families and keep our neighborhoods safe by ensuring our police and public safety have the personnel and resources they need to perform their jobs effectively.  As the Chairman of the Downriver Community Conference and Aerotropolis , I have positioned our township to take advantage of emerging technologies and development opportunities to boost our local economy and create good paying jobs. As an executive board member of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, I partnered with the Mayor of Romulus to obtain a grant that produced an engineering study putting us one step closer to solving the problem of blocked railroad crossings. Partnering with our Wayne County Commissioner Al Haidous we secured an attractive more functional Waltz Road bridge and we are poised to make significant improvements to our downtown including new roads, sidewalks and lights.

While much as been accomplished, much remains to be done. It has been an honor to serve as your Supervisor and I ask for your support to continue to build on our successes for an even brighter future.


 

Meet the candidates: Will Hilliker running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Oct. 5, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Will Hilliker:

ABOUT ME:
My name is Will Hilliker, and I have been a resident of Huron Township for 11 years. I have been
married to my wife, Shannon, for 18 years. We have two sons who had a wonderful experience
at Brown Elementary. They are now students at Renton Junior High and Huron High School.
My wife and I decided to move to Huron Township for several reasons. One of the primary
reasons was the school district. We viewed the positive upward trend in state and national test
scores as a sign of strong schools heading in the right direction. Another reason is the
small-town feel and strong sense of community in the township.
I have a diverse work history. I started out in commercial recreation, where I worked in and
managed various recreation-related entities. Then I transitioned into the information
technology field, working in both healthcare with Henry Ford System and the automotive
industry. Currently, I am in my 13th year at Monroe County Community College as a Professor
of Computer and Information Systems.

EDUCATION:
I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Recreation and a Graduate Certificate in Management
Information Systems from Central Michigan University. I earned my Masters of Science in
Computer and Information Systems from the University of Detroit-Mercy. I completed a Master
of Business Administration in marketing degree from Wayne State University. Recently I
completed my Doctorate of Philosophy in Technology at Eastern Michigan University.

EXPERIENCE:
I have experience with faculty unions (currently holding an e-board position), teaching (ground,
hybrid/blended, and online), curriculum development, course assessment, project
management, generating articulation agreements, learning management software (LMS),
software requirements specifications, cybersecurity, Microsoft tools/software/operating
systems, open-source tools/software/operating systems, emotional intelligence, higher
education, research, documentation, training, and academic advising.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

My involvement in the community includes CyberPatriot Coach/Mentor, VEX Robotics Coach,
WATCH Dog at Brown Elementary, Brown PTO volunteer, Cub Scout Leader, Boy Scout Leader. I
currently serve as a Huron Township Parks and Recreation Commission Board Member.

WHY I AM PURSUING A SEAT ON THE SCHOOL BOARD

A healthy school district is a vital part of a community. With the recent passing of the bond in
2019, our community prioritized our schools, allowing for needed updates and upgrades to our
facilities. To continue this momentum, I would like to contribute my diverse educational and
professional background to work collaboratively and openly with all stakeholders — staff,
community members, and students to:
●Encourage technology growth
●Ensure that Huron students have opportunities to prepare them for their career choices
●Ensure that Huron can attract and retain the best teachers and staff
●Provide a safe learning environment for students and staff

Thank you for taking the time to consider my candidacy for the Huron Board of Education.


 

Meet the candidates: Jennifer Johnson running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Sept. 25, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff. Letters are posted in the order they are received, and candidates have until Oct. 12 to submit their letters. Letters will not be accepted after Oct. 12. 

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following letter was submitted by Jennifer Johnson: 

Hello, my name is Jennifer Johnson and I am running for the Huron School Board. I am excited for this opportunity and wanted to take a quick moment to share some of my background and qualifications.

I grew up in New Boston, and am a proud Huron Alum. My husband and I specifically choose to raise our family in New Boston, knowing our children would receive an excellent education and we would get to be a part of such a special community that means so much to us. We have three children that attend Huron Schools. My son is at Miller Elementary and my twin daughters attend Renton Middle School. I am grateful that my children are attending the schools that I grew up at, and know they are getting a quality education from caring staff.

I was a Branch Manager for a local bank, and ultimately decided to return to school to further my education. I received my Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership, as well as a Teaching degree. I currently substitute teach in Huron School District, and have for the past four years. I love the opportunity to work in our district, and enjoy my days in the classroom interacting directly with our students.

Currently I serve on the Romulus Library Board as the Huron Township Representative. In this role, I work directly with other Board Members in representing the best interests of our township. I enjoy this position and helping make decisions that will benefit our residents.

My family and I are also active members of Willow United Methodist Church in New Boston. I grew up attending this church and am glad to be raising my family there. I have been serving as the President of the Willow Women’s Group for seven years. We are a very active group in the Township with the purpose of community outreach and giving back. Some projects we have worked on include food pantry distributions, clothing drives, and free community dinners for those in need.

Another role I have is serving as the Treasurer of my daughters Huron Girl Scout Troop. Our troop works to teach the girls life skills and to perform community outreach. Some activities we have completed include creating donation bags for the homeless, and writing letters to our military. We are excited to start our next project, which includes planning, building, and stocking a Free Little Library for Huron Township.

I’m excited for the opportunity to join the school board and make a positive impact for ALL of our kids and our school district. Based on my qualifications, I know that I would make an excellent fit for the board and I appreciate your consideration and support! Thank you.

Jennifer Johnson


 

Meet the candidates: Aaron Cox running for seat on Huron Board of Education

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Meet the candidates column  
The Huron Hub 
Posted Sept. 23, 2020

Editor’s note: As the 2020 election draws near, the residents in Huron Township would like to hear more about each candidate that is running for office or reelection.

Recently, every person running on the Huron Township ballot was invited to use The Huron Hub as a platform to get their voice heard. All letters in this column are submitted by the candidates themselves and are not edited by Huron Hub staff.

Readers can access all candidate letters on a special section of HuronHub.com HERE


The following was submitted by Aaron Cox: 

My name is Aaron D. Cox. I have lived in Huron for most of my life, attending Brown Elementary, Renton Junior High, and graduating from Huron High in 1999. After high school, I pursued my undergraduate studies at Madonna University where I was an Academic All-American and three-time captain for the basketball team, all while achieving my Bachelor of Arts in social studies Magna Cum Laude in 2003. I subsequently went on to law school at Thomas M. Cooley where I received my juris doctorate Magna Cum Laude in 2005. 

In 2006, I opened my own law practice, The Law Offices of Aaron D. Cox, PLLC. As owner and practicing lawyer, I have used the years to develop my team and further refine my management and strategic thinking skills, to help our communities navigate the complexities of our legal system in real estate and commercial litigation matters. I consistently drive change for the betterment of my clients, leaning in on my strong oral and written communication abilities, negotiating skills, and leadership techniques to make sure those that need it have effective and thoughtful representation. During my professional career, I have acted as the President of the Taylor Rotary and the Downriver Bar Association.  I love being a lawyer, but I love partnering with and supporting our community more.

My wife and I returned to Huron in 2015 where we now raise our three children. When deciding where to plant roots, we easily chose Huron because of effort put forth by our school system and the community at large in seeing to the success of all students. No Child Left Behind. It is that exact community involvement and district support that makes me want to join the school board.  It is the job of the board to ensure that student success is the primary driver of change.  I want to know what can be done to make success of our kids an expectation and understand how I can contribute to that foundation.  I feel there are three areas of focus that will allow us to build upon the fundamentals of any high-achieving educational program: 

1) Attract and retain high quality educators.

2) Provide the facilities and technology necessary for those educators to support our children. 

3) Provide access to programs and develop life skills that children of all abilities can utilize to prepare for the world after becoming a Huron graduate. 

As a school board member, I look forward to achieving these goals by working with the board, educators, administrators, and students alike. The board has made incredible advancements in the last twenty years, including their efforts to get the recent bond passed. It would be an honor to be a member of the team that has done so much and to bring my complimentary skills to advance those achievements.