I have been appointed by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as chair of the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee. As chair, I’m looking forward to making meaningful changes on this multifaceted challenge which will put people to work, increase household income and close the skills gap to make Michigan even more attractive to job providers. More . . .
Farewell to the mayorship! The first and last meetings I held as mayor were with the Boy Scouts – thanks to Troop 85 for making my final night special.
As Thanksgiving approaches, my family and I have so much to be thankful for. Thank you to the people of Owosso for the opportunity to serve on the city council and as your mayor over the past nine years. Being mayor of the hometown I love holds memories for me which will be treasured for the rest of my life. Looking at where Owosso is poised to go in 2017 and beyond is truly exciting as we see continued renewal in our downtown, our industrial parks, our neighborhoods, our recreation offerings, and our charitable activities. Owosso and so many other communities are beginning to believe in themselves again and we are seeing many great things as a result.
Thank you to the voters of the 85th House District for their overwhelming support of my bid to serve as the next state representative for our area. My success this last Tuesday is due to you and I will give this new opportunity for service the same diligence and care I strove to give each day in my local service as mayor.
Our state faces many challenges. I enter my new role in January with a firm belief in local control and local solutions rather than burdensome state rules and unfunded mandates. I remain committed to more skilled trades vocational education opportunities for all ages so our economy can grow and prosper as our skilled workforce expands. There are also many possibilities in agriculture as we consider all that could be achieved with an emerging ag processing sector along with other ag technology jobs which support our family farms.
Through collaboration and hard work, we will ensure Michigan’s comeback reaches everyone. Thank you to all those who prayed for, volunteered, encouraged and ultimately voted for me. My family wishes yours a joy-filled Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Mayor of Owosso, 2009-2016
State Representative-Elect, 85th House District
And so begins the most unique week I will likely ever have in public life. For the next 6 days I am both mayor of Owosso while also State Representative-elect for the 85th House District. We again won in a landslide. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity of further service to our area. More exciting news soon as I announce my staff team and initial legislative bill priorities in advance of taking office on January 1st. For now, I simply look forward to reacquainting myself with my family as we eagerly await the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. Thank you all.