Every week we are featuring a candidate running for city council in Allen Park. This week’s featured candidate is Matthew E. Valerius. Here is his story: My name is Matthew E. Valerius and I am honored to be on the ballot this November for a seat on the Allen Park City Council.
My wife, son, and I have been Allen Park residents for 19 years and love this city that we call home. I am blessed to have served as a teacher at Cabrini High School for 12 years teaching English and Public Speaking. Currently, my educational role is as a Special Education Inclusion Specialist at West Middle School in the Taylor School District.
As an educator for 16 years, I truly believe in the learning process as well as the importance of communication, not just in the classroom but in the area of public service too.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in English and Communication Studies from Mercy College of Detroit in 1994. I also hold a Master of Education degree from the University of Michigan Dearborn in the area of Special Education-Learning Disabilities and completed a Master of Science degree from Madonna University in the field of Educational Leadership. I proudly served in the U.S. Army and Michigan Army National Guard as an 11Bravo Infantryman.
If elected to serve as a member of the Allen Park City Council, I will serve the citizens as a voice in city government. I do not have any personal agenda other than to speak for the people of this city. As someone who has taught the value of open and effective communication, I understand the importance of listening as well as talking and if elected to serve the citizens of Allen Park as a council person, I will listen to the residents of this city and represent them to the utmost of my ability.
I thank you for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Allen Park and am honored to be on the ballot this November.
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