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2017 Candidate Interview: Ferndale Councilperson Melanie Piana

2017 Candidate Interview: Ferndale Councilperson Melanie Piana

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Oct. 13, 2017)

Ferndale, MI – Ferndale Mayor Pro Tem Melanie Piana and Councilperson Greg Pawlica are unopposed in the Nov. 7, 2017 election, as is Mayor Dave Coulter.  Yet the election will go on and the candidates continue to connect with voters about the issues impacting the city.

Piana has a Masters in Urban Planning and currently works for Jefferson East Inc, a Detroit-based nonprofit that serves the community.  She has been on City Council for 8 years and is now seeking her third term.

“In the last 8 years this was all about Council stabilizing our finances and so we made a lot of difficult decisions to restructure our government to better serve our residents and be more responsive,” Mayor Pro Tem Piana said.  “I think we really need to focus on how do we maintain stability and how do we deal with prosperity. Even though we have statewide municipal finance challenges that are limiting our ability to grow, we are facing a growth period in our community and we’re trying to make sure we’re deliberate and intentional in including everybody in the conversation on how best we move forward.”

Hear more of what Piana had to say:

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