Bay City Council Ward 3 Candidate: Karen Lieske

Karen Lieske

I am honored to serve as your current Ward 3 Councilwoman.

I hold a public administration master’s degree, the degree most often held by city managers. I also have held executive and administrative positions in local government, the nonprofit sector and higher education. I have gained a great deal of experience serving as your Ward 3 Councilwoman. I served 12 years on the Bay Board of Education – 3 as president and 3 as vice-president.

Woodrow Wilson said that “the ear of the leader must ring with the voice of the people.” I have been going all over Ward 3 on my bicycle, talking to you, and listening to what you say. Residents have expressed concerns about the city’s finances.

They want to maintain the quality of services while looking for cost-effective savings.

Ward 3 residents want to work together on issues such as the animal kennel and dog warden.

They want someone who thinks independently. I listen to you and try to help you resolve issues or concerns.

I ask questions that I think you would, such as the need for a refund from Republic during the trash strike. The net result was a $16,250 credit from Republic to the City.

I voted against pay raises for City Council and the Mayor.

I questioned putting the rezoning issue on the ballot before it went to the Planning Commission (Section 7.4 of the City Charter).

Please consider my leadership and elected experience when you cast your vote for Ward 3 Council.

– Karen Lieske

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.15.2013