I have served in public office for over 28 years, representing the public’s interests. I started out at age 18 with a petition drive to protect seniors from losing their senior citizen home. As a member of the local cable tv commission at age 21, I advocated for local access channels and low rates. At age 24, I was elected to the Dearborn city council. Among other accomplishments, I worked to protect residential neighborhoods from commercial encroachment.
My next public office was as a county commissioner. I helped draft the county’s first ever airport noise abatement program that mandated airlines use quieter airplane engines and that regulated take-off and landing times to protect the area residents from noise pollution. I also wrote the county’s first “ethics” ordinance and its first “anti- dumping” law which made it a crime to dump objects and pollutants into county waterways such as Ecorse Creek - punishable by a $500. fine.
As a circuit court judge in the domestic division, I saw first-hand the hundreds of people who could not afford attorneys. I applied for and won a state grant to create the state’s first self-help divorce and custody on-line video.
As a Michigan Supreme Court Justice, I will continue to place the public’s best interest at the forefront.