Meet David

IMG_0838.JPGWe have amazing communities in the 51st District: villages, cities, and townships. Each has their own distinct character; from rolling farmlands and quaint little downtowns to the natural beauty of local parks and the Shiawassee and Flint Rivers.

"My wife, Suzanne, and I will celebrate our 28th Anniversary this coming October!"

David and his wife, Suzanne, love the City of Linden. They moved there in 1996 after purchasing their first home. It has walkable historic charm, interconnected neighborhoods and the beautiful Shiawassee River. It is also connected to the Linden County Park on the southern border of the city.

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"We can't deny it. There's a Michigan theme here. Between Sue and I, we have five earned degrees from the University of Michigan."

David is currently working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Indiana State University.  He has an earned Education Specialist (Ed.S.) in Higher Education leadership, a Masters in Public Administration in Health Care, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan-Flint.  He also earned an Associates of Arts degree from C.S. Mott Community College.  He also received a Fellowship from the Michigan Political Leadership Program from Michigan State University in 1994.

David first served the City of Linden as a member of the City Council (1998-2004) and then as Mayor (2004-2016). During David's time serving the City of Linden, the city invested in its infrastructure. The city rebuilt the streets, upgraded the water and sewer lines when needed, installed sidewalks and street lights. He took part in regional land use planning between numerous local units of government; the creation of Southern Lakes Park and Recreation Metro District; passage of the Linden School district millage campaign that resulted in the construction of the Linden Middle School, the beginning of the creation of the Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail and initial discussions around a regional multi-use bike path.  He also oversaw the development of Caratel Inns (a senior care facility), low to mid-income housing opportunities, and the rebuilding of the Loose Senior Citizen Center from a fire in 2011.

   

David throws out the First Pitch at a Detroit Tigers baseball game.

Bucket list item checked off.

Professionally, David has worked for the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus (2000-2006) as an associate director of State Outreach, Office of Government Relations, and University of Michigan-Flint campus (2006-2016) as the director of Government Relations.  He was also an adjunct lecturer for the School of Education, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2008-2015) teaching an undergraduate course called the "Michigan Student Caucus." Prior to going the university, he worked as regional director for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin (MI) running two of his congressional offices in Michigan (1991-2000).

Sue is an accomplished glass and ceramic artist having earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.  The studio and gallery will become her next career once she retires as a public school teacher in art at Flint Community Schools.

David has been involved in a number of community based organizations over the years including: Community Foundation of Greater Flint's "Fenton Community Fund," Linden Planning Commission, Linden Downtown Development Authority, Loose Senior Citizen Center board, New Horizon District (former Tall Pine Council, BSA), Linden Principal Shopping District Authority, Linden Parks and Recreation Commission, Southern Lakes Parks and Recreation Metro District, and Linden Neighborhood Watch.

"I am asking for your support for my candidacy, community values and local priorities. Together, we can make a difference for all of our communities."


Does David sound like the kind of person you want to have your back in Lansing?

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