Jen's Priorities for Kalamazoo County

SUSTAINABLE FUNDING FOR VETERAN SERVICES

A county millage to provide services for those have bravely served our nation

STAFF MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS IN THE JAIL

By ensuring mental health services in our juvenile home and county jail, we can move one step closer to rehabilitation.

FIX OUR ROADS AND FLOODING ISSUES

By working strategically to prioritize the worst areas, we can ensure that people in all corners of the county have access to safe roads and do not lose their homes to flooding.

ERADICATE HOMELESSNESS IN KALAMAZOO COUNTY

Basic needs being met is an indicator of how healthy and productive we can each be as citizens of this great county. If we can work to end homeless as a community, we can work to give our constituents opportunity.

PARTNER WITH SCHOOLS ON MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

Build partnerships between the county and area schools to ensure access to mental health services for students in need

A COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND EQUITY

Both in the county government and through our services

A county millage to provide services for those who have bravely served our nation.

By ensuring mental health services in our juvenile home and county jail, we can move one step closer to rehabilitation.

By working to prioritize and strategize, we can ensure that people in all corners of the county have access to safe roads and do not lose their homes to flooding.

Basic needs being met is an indicator of how healthy and productive we can each be as citizens of this great county. If we can work to end homeless as a community, we can work to give our constituents opportunity.

Build partnerships between the county and area schools to ensure access to mental health services for students in need

Both in the county government and through our services

Life Long Values

Growing up in Michigan, we struggled as a working-class family and were occasionally housing insecure, but we always had people to give us the love we needed and the things we needed to survive.  My step-dad was a blue-collar union laborer who taught me the value of hard work, the necessity of unions for workers, but most of all, that we should always help people that are in need.

As a young teacher, my heart broke for the students that needed mental health services, healthcare, and housing that the school districts just couldn’t provide. As an experienced teacher, I want to change what I can at the county level. I would like to see our county work more with our school districts on getting students the mental health services, healthcare, and housing they need.

Helping Through Service

I have experienced the fight for fair wages, quality health insurance, and the basic necessities that should be afforded to all people that work hard every day. I know the struggle of a diminishing pension system.  As a County Commissioner, I am committed to advocating for local labor that values employees and pays living wages, while providing benefits and safe working conditions.

Being the wife of a veteran and current National Guard soldier has taught me what it means to sacrifice for our country.  We have sacrificed so much time together so that he can serve our country, but I am beyond proud to be married to him and admire his strength and commitment. As a County Commissioner, I promise to fight for our veterans. These men and women deserve all of our efforts after what they have done in service of us.

 

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