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Candidate Info: Jason Maciejewski, Washtenaw County Commissioner

WEMU offered the opportunity for any candidate appearing on a ballot in Washtenaw County in the 2018 general election to submit a campaign message directly to our audience. Jason Maciejewski is running for Washtenaw County Commissioner as a Democrat.  What follows are the audio and remarks the candidate wanted to share with you

Hello. My name is Jason Maciejewski. I’m a Democrat, running for County Commissioner in District 1, comprised of the cities of Dexter and Chelsea, plus the townships of Scio, Lima, Lyndon, Dexter and Sylvan.

Since the spring I’ve been talking with voters during my door-to-door campaign about issues facing our community. Issues like: PFAS in the Huron River, the 1,4 Dioxane Plume, and support for further developing recreational resources like the Border-to-Border Trail. I’ve talked with older adults who have a need for better transit options to get to doctor appointments and students dealing with bullying at school.

I appreciate the time people have taken to talk with me about what is important to them, what is impacting their lives and what they would like to see happen in our community. I’m running for County Commissioner because I’m concerned about the issues we are facing and I want to be a voice for progress in western Washtenaw County.

As stewards of our environment we must protect and preserve our natural resources with the goal of having a clean, safe, and sustainable environment. To effectively address the 1.4 dioxane plume we need a more aggressive well monitoring effort and extensive cooperation between many entities – but we must be careful to not lose or forfeit our local control. Polluters must be held accountable for their actions. I want to enhance the recreational opportunities that so many people enjoy every day in our area.

I want work with our Sheriff’s department so they can effectively deal with criminal activity and the vulnerable people deputies encounter – as they are often the first line of contact for someone struggling with a behavior health issue or addiction. I will advocate for collaboration between the county, our schools and health care providers on addressing these issues.

As Chair of the Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority Board I’ve worked to expand opportunities to recycle, increased volume and reduced costs.

In eight years as a township trustee my focus was building a voter-approved permanent fire sub-station that has reduced response times from over 20 minutes in some cases, so now crews can respond and assist in time to save a life.

My wife Molly and I live in Dexter Township, just west of downtown Dexter. We have two kids in Chelsea schools and our oldest is a Dexter High School graduate and studying engineering at Michigan State. They would also want me to mention that we have two cats and a dog that loves going for runs on the Border-to-Border Trail.

I have a Bachelors Degree, and Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Professionally, I’m a Department Director for an Area Agency on Aging, best known for the Meals-On-Wheels program.

I’m proud to be supported by so many local leaders in the Scio Township, Dexter and Chelsea communities. Please visit my web page at jason4washtenaw.com or my Facebook page at jason4washtenaw for more information.

I thank WEMU – not only for this opportunity– but also for their continual in- depth coverage of local government and issues in Washtenaw County.

My name is Jason Maciejewski, candidate for County Commissioner in District 1 - I encourage all voters to complete both sides of ballot and make your voice heard on November 6th.

Thank you.