District 4 is comprised of many communities and neighborhoods bordered by East Seven Mile Road, which turns into Moross to the north; Mack Avenue to the east, inclusive of Alter Road, where the district extends to and along the shoreline of the Detroit River. Riverside Boulevard is District 4’s most southern street. The district’s west boundaries, as it heads north from the Detroit River, include such streets as Clairpointe, Conner, Jefferson, Harding, McClellan, Mack (again), Conner (again), McNichols, and Gratiot, before connecting to its East Seven Mile Road north border.
I was born on the East side, and I have been a Detroit resident for most of my life. The years I have spent in Detroit have all been in the region that is now the 4th District. I have been a continuous life-long resident of Michigan.
Professionally, I have been an educator for over 20 years. Currently, I work as a physics and math professor at Wayne County Community College, a physics professor at Henry Ford College, and as an astronomy and physics instructor at Macomb Community College. I also substitute teach in a few local school districts, including schools in Detroit.
I received my B.S. from Western Michigan University in 1985, with a double major in Physics and Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics. I earned an M.A. in Physics from Western two years later, and an additional graduate degree from Wayne State University in 1999.
This is not my first time running for office. I have been a candidate for a variety of positions, including my 2013 campaign for City Clerk and my 1996 effort to be elected to the Detroit City Council in which I received an endorsement from the Detroit News.
I may be a frequent candidate, but I am not waiting to win a city-wide election to get involved:
- I am a current member and former Vice President of the MEC neighborhood patrol.
- I have been a member at large of the Morningside Community organization since 2013.
- I am on the AFT-2000 election committee.
- I was elected to the Wayne State University Student Council in 1999.
I also volunteer for local actions for community improvement including the Motor City Makeover and Angels night.