As the top election official in county government, it is imperative that the county clerk fulfills their duties in a non-partisan way. That is why I have joined the Fair Vote Livingston team as the candidate for county clerk, because our county deserves a clerk who refuses to undermine our elections before they even occur. There are few actions that are more partisan than gerrymandering, and so any clerk who enables or partakes in gerrymandering has betrayed their office and their oath to the residents they serve.
Our county's voters recognize this, which is why a majority supported Proposal 2 in 2018, seeking to prevent gerrymandering at the state and congressional level. But Proposal 2 did not change the way in which county government districts are redrawn, and so we must elect a county clerk, treasurer, and prosecutor who are adamantly opposed to gerrymandering, so that they will serve on the committee which redraws the county districts in 2021.
In 2011, I served on the county reapportionment committee as the Chair of the Livingston County Democrats. I naively believed that the other members of the committee would serve in good faith, following the guidelines provided in the law, in order to adopt the map that best-met those guidelines. And so I submitted a map that numerically did just that, thinking it would be adopted since it was undeniably the best map submitted. Instead, I witnessed firsthand all four of the other members -- the county clerk, treasurer, prosecutor, and Republican Chair -- support a map that was unquestionably drawn for the benefit of their political party and at the expense of fair elections.
I will do whatever I can to ensure that Livingston County has a fair map after 2021 that has not been corrupted by partisan gerrymandering. And it's really a simple solution. The five members of the committee need to vote before any of the census numbers are released that they will abide by the law and adopt the map that meets the guidelines.
With the multitude of challenges we face as a nation, state, and county, I have faith that democracy is still the best option available for overcoming those challenges. So I support policies that encourage and increase voter participation, in order for a larger representation of voices to be heard.
When our state's Secretary of State announced that the Bureau of Elections would send out absentee ballot applications to all registered voters, in order help prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from discouraging voter participation, our County Clerk came out against that decision, wrongly claiming it was illegal.
As County Clerk, I would follow the lead of our great Secretary of State in making voting more accessible.
In an era when local journalism has become scarce, it is even more important for local government to then be proactive in transparency.
As a grassroots activist, I led the "People's Filibuster" campaign in 2016 which prompted the Livingston County Board of Commissioners to begin broadcasting their meetings. When they stopped doing so, I again led a second "People's Filibuster" campaign.
It is the County Clerk's responsibility to maintain an accurate record of county government meetings. Since the meeting minutes alone do not suffice, as County Clerk I will take it upon myself if needed to personally broadcast any and all meetings of the county commission.
I want our voter rolls to be as accurate as can be. But it’s a balance between removing as many who should be removed, without wrongly removing anyone who shouldn’t. There are best practices when it comes to maintaining an accurate voter roll, and it's imperative for county clerks to follow those best practices.
I have dedicated myself to being a community organizer for over a decade. From my professional career as a REALTOR, to appointed and elected offices serving the public, to grassroots activism, I have worked to help shape our county and promote good governance in a variety of outlets.
Brighton District Library Trustee
Elected in 2016 to a four-year term to serve as a trustee on the Brighton District Library, and currently serve as the Treasurer.
Brighton City Zoning Board of Appeals
Served on the Brighton ZBA since 2018.
FlexTech High School Board of Directors
Appointed to the board in 2012, and served until 2018, including two years as Board President.
Hartland Estates Homeowner's Association
Was the builder's representative for the community on the HOA board from 2008-2012
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