With Thanksgiving this week, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what we are all thankful for. Some of the county’s leaders have weighed in on the subject:
Barb Dempsey, Mayor of Mount Clemens
I’m most grateful for my family and all my wonderful friends who have given me so much support this year. I’m thankful for my community and those who believe in Mount Clemens and are grateful to be part of this wonderful community. Lots of hometown pride!!!
Bob Taylor, Mayor of Roseville
As the mayor of the city of Roseville, I’m thankful for having great working city employees. The dedicated service they provide to our community and our residents is second to none. So I say, thank you to our city employees for allowing our residents and myself to make Roseville and Macomb my home.
Bob Cannon, Supervisor of Clinton Township
I am thankful for the generosity that I see every day from the residents of Clinton Township and people who live all across Macomb County. This generosity transcends political boundaries and is evidenced this year by the tremendous support of several community programs and initiatives. For instance, the Goodfellows raised an incredible amount of money to make sure that no child ever goes without a Christmas. In addition, we have seen residents donate hundreds of bikes to the new Eastside Bike Drive. Local officials, non-partisan and partisan alike, are all coming together to fight the prescription drug epidemic. When I think of how unnerving this political cycle was, I am reminded that these conflicts come and go, but the heart of Macomb County is the residents and their willingness to always give when asked. I am thankful and humbled that I get to lead a community like Clinton Township.
Janet Dunn, Macomb Township Supervisor
I am thankful that I live in a community that keeps getting better all the time and where my family, friends and neighbors are assured of their safety, well-being and amenities to promote quality of life.
Richard Cory, Bruce Township Supervisor
Having lived in Romeo my whole life, I am thankful that I was able to grow up, raise a family, get a job, watch my grandkids play sports and now be able to serve the residents by being a public servant. Here is what I do know about the people of Romeo, Bruce and Washington – because we share a high school, a newspaper, library and parks and rec – we have a strong community fabric that binds us all together. We truly do care about each other, and we have a great athletic department at the high school.
Chris Dilbert Sr., New Haven Village President
My family, wife of 43 years, three handsome and successful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law and eight fantastic grandchildren.
Kip Walby, Mayor of St. Clair Shores
I am proud of the American veterans who have sacrificed so much to allow us to have our daily freedoms we all enjoy.
Jacqueline K. Noonan, Mayor/CEO City of Utica
I am especially grateful for the fine people in this city, Macomb County government, General Sports and Entertainment and the support of state agencies that made our new ballpark a reality. As I finish my final term and 33 years of service in the city of Utica, I am most appreciative of my family’s support and all the great residents and businesses in Utica with whom and for whom I have worked since 1981.
Steven Wietecha, City of Roseville Councilman
This Thanksgiving I realize I have a lot to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for my beautiful wife, our four children, their spouses and our four grandchildren. I am thankful that I will be celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with all of them and, more importantly, that they now all live near and are with us often throughout the year.
I am very thankful that in February of this year, I became a councilman for the city of Roseville. I have worked and volunteered for over 35 years to help keep our city being the best it can be for our residents and businesses and am grateful for the opportunity to do even more. I thank God every day for what I have and the great country we live in.
I hope that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving and family and friends to spend the holiday with.
Sarah Cormier works for the Macomb County Executive Office as a communications specialist.