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Sterling Heights Named 38th Best City for Families

Sterling Heights was ranked the 38th best city for families by a national publication.  The ranking was based on the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents, average income, school quality, and percentage of residents under 18.  Thank you to all our residents, teachers, fire fighters, police officers, and city employees for making this such a great place to live.

Happy New Year 2015

2014 was a year of resurgence for Sterling Heights and our region.  Our economy has begun to thrive again along with new jobs and opportunities.  There are still many of us who haven't experienced a significant increase in household income but we are starting to feel hope again.  As we look to the new year, I pledge to do all I can to support job creation and continue to increase our quality of life here in Sterling Heights.  Below are a few highlights from our 2014 city council agenda.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.
  • Due to passage of the safe streets millage (Thank You Residents!), council halted any cuts to fire and police personnel.  These cuts would have decimated our public safety system and closed a fire station. Public safety is my #1 priority.
  • After a devasting winter last year, our roads were in terrible shape.  We decided to purchase new pothole repair equipment.  This equipment has allowed us to make quicker and better repairs, preventing damage to our tires and cars.
  • We were able to authorize phase 1 of our neighborhood roads plan.  The state of Michigan made drastic cuts over the past decade for local road repairs, leaving our neighborhood roads in rough shape.  With the passage of the safe streets millage, the residents said enough is enough.  This past summer, we were able to re-construct some of the worst roads in our city.  It will take many more summers to finish the job but we are committed to repaving or replacing every single neighborhood street.
  • We celebrated the opening of the new Sterling Heights Chrysler Assembly Plant last winter, which added thousands of jobs.  It's hard to overstate the importance of keeping Chrysler in our city.
  • Over the past year, council has approved several tax abatements to help create hundreds of new jobs in the city.  Many of those projects are for existing businesses adding new equipment and space to increase their production capacity.
  • While I support a person's right to have access to medical marijuana, I also support our law enforcement in keeping drugs out of our schools and away from our kids.  We passed a new ordinance in August giving our police department more ability to enforce marijuana laws.  
  • We tried to pass a new non-discrimination law for our city to make sure everyone is protected from discrimination at their job and in selling or buying a home.  Whether you are a Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Woman, Man, Black, White, Gay, or Straight, you should be treated equally based on how well you do your job and how well you treat your neighbors.  Unfortunately, we were forced to repeal the ordinance by a group of residents who opposed the non-discrimination ordinance.  I support their constitutional right of free speech but just disagree with their conclusion.  I hope in the future that our entire state will have the opportunity to vote on this issue and decide once and for all that we support non-discrimination.
I look forward to a great year ahead and will update you soon on my priorities for 2015 and beyond.

Crain's Detroit Business recently awarded me with their 40 under 40 award. To view the article, please follow this link: Crain's 40 under 40

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Mayor Pro Tem Doug Skrzyniarz to Run for Re-Election

Prioritizes Public Safety, Roads, and Economic Development


Sterling Heights, Michigan, February 19, 2015 - Mayor Pro Tem Doug Skrzyniarz has announced his intention to run for re-election to the Sterling Heights City Council. The general election is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015.

Mayor Pro Tem Doug Skrzyniarz was first elected to the city council in 2013 and was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2014. During that time, he has joined his colleagues in hiring new police officers and fire fighters, purchasing much needed emergency road repair equipment and funding new neighborhood road construction, as well as kicking off a long term planning process for the city's future.

"Sterling Heights is a national success story and shining example of economic recovery," said Skrzyniarz, "The hard working men and women of our community made us the great city we are today and together we can build an even better future."

Doug Skrzyniarz and Joan, his wife of nearly 16 years, have 5- and 7-year-old sons. Doug received his B.A. from Michigan State University, and completed graduate degrees from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Wayne State University. Doug was recently selected by Crain's as one of Metro Detroit's 40 under 40. In addition to his role as Mayor Pro Tem, Doug is the Associate Vice President of Government Affairs and Adjunct Instructor for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he teaches a class to medical students on health policy. He is a member of the Metro Detroit March of Dimes Board of Directors.

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