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2016 Candidate Interview County Commissioner Gary R. McGillivray 20th District

Jim Ellison Candidate ad TOP2016 lynn_stange_07Candidate Interview County Commissioner Gary R. McGillivray 20th District


(Crystal A. Proxmire, July 8, 2016)

Madison Heights, MI – Democrat Gary R. McGillivray is seeking re-election as County Commissioner for the 20th District, which is Madison Heights, Pleasant Ridge and parts of Royal Oak  and Troy.  He is the only Democrat running.  On the Republican side, David J. Harrell and J. Karl Jackson will face off in the primary and the winner will be on the ballot against McGillivray on the Nov. 8 ballot.

McGillivray spent over 30 years in the newspaper business, most recently as a sales manager.  From 1983-2008 he served on Madison Heights City Council and has been a County Commissioner since 2009.

ctechadWhen asked why people should care about elections, McGillivray said “If you look at local elections in particular, sometimes there’s only 10% or 15% voter turnout.  And your local area is what affects you most.  That’s your police, your fire, your garbage pickup, your water sources.  All of that comes from the local municipalities, but 85% of the people don’t vote in local elections.  And it’s important.”

He also said “I’m running because I care about the community.  My community in particular.  Whether I was elected or not I’d still be involved in the community.  My son helps run the parade on Memorial Day and my daughter is a teacher here in Madison Heights and is very active in Youth Assistance and other organizations. We just want to be part of the community and we enjoy doing it.

In his interview with oc115, McGillivray talked about the importance of watching the budget for the County, and about his passion for parks and recreation.

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