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Hi, I’m Angeline and I’m running for Ann Arbor City Council.  I’m running because I want to be part of the change. Our city has set some important goals that, if achieved, will have a substantially positive impact on our quality of life for years to come.  

 

From reaching carbon neutrality within the next 8 years, to decriminalizing mental illness and addiction and addressing them as the diseases they are, to finding innovative ways to tackle our housing shortage in an equitable and inclusive manner, I’d like to be there for it all. 

 

With over 30 years of financial management experience in the for profit, nonprofit and governmental sectors, I believe I have the knowledge, skills and temperament needed to set aside council's personality differences and focus on reaching measurable outcomes.

 

Let's all be part of the change!  Join "Team Angeline' and cast your vote for me on August 2, 2022. 

ISSUES

FISCAL INTEGRITY

Having been an accountant and financial management consultant for over 25 years, I know that fiscal integrity is the key to financial success for any non-profit, business, or government entity. 

 

I want to use my experience to help Ann Arbor make the most of the resources we currently have and also leverage available federal funds to support projects we all agree we need.

AFFORDABLE HOUSING

Affordable housing isn't just a problem for poor people any more. Increasingly, more and more people in the middle-class are also suffering from housing cost burden. As wage growth stagnates and housing costs continue to climb, it is critical that we find innovative ways to address this crisis in an equitable and inclusive manner to ensure that Ann Arbor isn’t just a place where people can live, but that it’s also a place with rich cultural diversity.

COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH

Our community’s health is our most important asset. Whether it’s supporting those impacted by COVID-19 or providing meaning-ful resources to those facing mental health challenges in a way that is respectful and allows them dignity, I believe that we should work harder to create the partnerships necessary to serve our community’s health needs.

INNOVATING PUBLIC SAFETY

Public safety isn’t just what we do in response to a crisis - it’s also what we do to prevent them from happening in the first place. Broadening our understanding of public safety to include interventions that reduce the need for armed emergency responses is a critical first step to protecting both civilians and law enforcement within our community. I support the implementation of unarmed response programs as an important part of addressing these issues.

THE ENVIRONMENT

Protecting our environment means protecting the health of our community now and for generations to come. I support the A2Zero initiative and similar programs that decrease our carbon footprint, however I do so with the under-standing that we need to make sure we are not placing an undue burden on those with less socioeconomic privilege. Similarly, I believe that we need to take greater steps to ensure that every member of our community has access to clean drinking water and green spaces.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Structural imbalances and disadvantages based on race, age, gender, disability, socioeconomic status and sexual orientation and identity are deeply ingrained in the way that governments, at all levels, have historically operated. Until the fundamentals of how policies are made and implemented changes, systemic inequities will continue to exist. For far too long diversity, equity, and inclusion have simply been buzz words in an effort to be politically correct. As an Ann Arbor Council Member, I believe that, through my lived experi-ences, I can provide a perspective that helps to move policy making beyond checking boxes in order to tabulate percentages and instead drill down to the root causes of intended or unintended biases against marginalized communities. 

 

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