Issues

Public Health

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about loss and incredible challenges for our community.  As a Council member, I secured a $20,000 grant to provide 700+ residents in our senior housing units with PPE via the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.  I have also supported the City’s state of emergency declarations, and allocated funding for the Consolidated Vaccination Center at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center.

Mental health is a critical aspect of public health, and I am in talks with experts in the field to assess the needs in Dearborn, and provide proactive support services to ensure every person is treated with dignity and care.

Moving forward, I will support the use of federal funding for public health services within the city to meet the ongoing needs of our residents while seeking out creative funding solutions for mental health support services.

Public Safety

I am committed to supporting our Fire and Police Departments with the training and equipment needed to maintain high-quality operations, and keep our first responders and residents safe.

Over the last four years, I have worked with our public safety professionals and residents to assess needs in our neighborhoods and business districts.  I will continue to work collaboratively to find creative solutions that best suit the needs of our community.

Infrastructure 

Dearborn is an established city with infrastructure in need of monitoring and upgrades.  Our sewer system is in need of review to keep residents safe and their homes free from rain water and sewage backups during heavy storms, and we must update our Climate Action Plan to map out a future for Dearborn that accounts for heavier, more frequent rainstorms and changing temperatures.

Sustainability

A sustainable, healthy Dearborn means investing in air quality monitoring systems, enhancing walkability in our downtown districts, and expanding our walking and biking paths. During my first term on Council, I have been a vocal champion of funding projects that make for a healthier community, including passing an air quality ordinance, and I will continue to support sustainability initiatives.  

Climate change is a key focus for sustainability work and investments in rain gardens, green rooftops and permeable surfaces will help keep residents safe from heavy storms while allowing our city to serve as a model for climate resiliency.

Neighborhoods and Parks

Every resident deserves to live in a neighborhood that is well-maintained and provides access to quality parks.  Dearborn’s success is rooted in its neighborhoods, and I am committed to providing resources that allow our neighborhoods and parks to thrive. As a Council member, I have supported funding for the new pool at Ford Woods and new Dunworth bath house and tree planting at Lapeer Park to provide opportunities for outdoor recreation across the city.  

Attracting and Retaining Business and Talent

Dearborn’s businesses are integral to the city’s success, and diversifying our offerings will attract patrons, spur further investment and attract young professionals looking for a walkable downtown. Many businesses are adjacent to neighborhoods, and it’s important that they be good neighbors to residents nearby with regard to safety and cleanliness. 

City employees are the backbone of our day-to-day operations.  Offering competitive wages and benefits packages will help Dearborn recruit and retain hardworking, talented individuals.  As we look to the future, Dearborn has the potential to act as a magnet for talent from around the country and across the globe.  Investing in the professional development of city employees, and ensuring a dynamic workplace environment will benefit the city now and into the future.

Transparency

I am running for re-election to continue serving every resident of Dearborn, and I believe that every voice and experience is valuable.  I am running a clean campaign based on my qualifications and vision for Dearborn.  

As a Council member, my communication has been consistent, open and honest.  I encourage residents and business owners to share their ideas, hopes and concerns and I take action based on our conversations.  Please reach out to me with any questions at erinfordearborn@gmail.com!