By Jim Jacek
This week’s featured city council candidate is David M. Miller. Here is his story: “I was delivered at Providence Hospital in Southfield MI. I moved to Allen Park when I was a year old and have been a resident of this great city ever since. Now, 33 years later I come to you as a Marine, an engineer, a brewer, and instructor. My whole family still lives in Allen Park and my parents still live in the house I grew up in. I like being able to take my 2 dogs for a walk and see my parents and all of my brothers and their kids. My whole education was taken care of by Allen Park Public schools so you can blame them, just kidding, I also spent one year at Cabrini High. I played soccer and swam all throughout my career along with dabbling in track, football, hockey, basketball, and of course softball. I still play soccer and wallyball regularly and staying physically active is important to me. One of my jobs now actually is as a fitness instructor. I graduated from APHS in 2004 and went to Wayne State for a year before deciding the Marine Corps was more of the pace I wanted my life to go. I did 5 years in the Corps as a Radar technician and martial arts instructor while earning top achievements in marksmanship, physical fitness, and leadership as evidence from being sped up for promotions and being honorably discharged as a E-5 Sergeant of Marines. After my enlistment was over I took a job with Lockheed Martin and for 3 years I was in Afghanistan performing the same job I did as a Marine. When I got home I enrolled at UofM Dearborn to pursue a degree in engineering. I spent three years there before realizing that I didn't want to work in a cubicle and wanted to open my own brewery. I spent the last year of my GI bill at Schoolcraft College where I graduated from the Brewing and Distillation Technologies program. Since graduation I've bounced around to a few breweries and recently started working at a big contract production brewery in Corktown. My goal is to open up the best brewery downriver has ever seen. From my life experience I have witnessed first-hand some of the worst problems we face as a society and I am not willing to sit on the sidelines and hurl my opinions out into the abyss of social media and the like. If I want to see change in my lifetime that will produce the most good for the most people I have to take action and I am not willing to wait until retirement to do so. My first foray into this action is asking the people of Allen Park to give me the chance to offer my time and experience to the day to day business of our local government. As your city councilman, I will make it my greatest concern that the will of the people is heard and heeded by those that need to hear it. I will do this by giving citizens the chance to talk to me in person and through technologies on a regular basis as I believe open and honest communications is the basis of effective discord. Just as I worked together with my officers and subordinates in the Marine corps, I will work together with my fellow city council members. I will pass regulations only if I believe it will result in an increase in freedom and happiness for those affected by it, now and in future generations. I will keep a keen eye out for governmental fraud, waste, or abuse in our city and in all levels of bureaucracy and expose those who are responsible for it. I will ensure that the services we expect our city to take care of like waste, management, and safety will be handled in an efficient and effective manner. We have a great city here and I look forward to doing my part to keep it that way and also help make any improvements to make it even better.”
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