Board of Trustees Election Candidates

Election Candidates for TrusteeThere are three Board of Trustees candidates on the ballot in November. The candidates are Jacqueline George, John Morrison, and Jean Walsh. They were asked to share biographic information and their priority issues facing the library.

 

 

Jacqueline George, Trustee
Biographic Information

  1. Township resident since 1985.
  2. Incumbent; Library Trustee for the last eight years and a member of the building committee.
  3. Practicing attorney in Wayne and Macomb counties for over 40 years. BA from WSU; law degree from Western Michigan Cooley Law School.
  4. Running for my third term to keep PDL as one of the top libraries in Michigan.

Priority Issues

  1. Top COVID-19 safety procedures for our patrons.
  2. Keep library open for maximum hours possible.
  3. Continue supporting our competent, creative, and helpful staff.
  4. Make senior and handicap access and service a priority.
  5. Maximum computer access, training and technical assistance.
  6. Reopen the library to full capacity after building issues completed and COVID-19 controlled
  7. Reopen library for inside programs again. I like the music.
  8. Provide voting information for patrons – VOTE!

Plymouth has a high quality of life with a library that reflects the learning, programs, safety, efficiency, our patrons expect. As a trustee, I am committed to providing long term financial stability to the library.


John Morrison, Trustee

My name is John Morrison I am a candidate for a second term as a trustee with the Plymouth District Library Board.

I grew up in Plymouth.  I went to church at First Baptist Church of Plymouth on North Territorial Road and graduated high school at Salem High.  I Also, completed a Bachelor of Arts in Economics at the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

I am currently, employed at the Ann Arbor Veterans Hospital as a Supply Technician.  My responsibility is to ensure medical inventory is stocked daily.

My wife Anita and I have been married for 33 years.  We are raising our daughters Rachel and Sarah in Plymouth Township.  Our daughters currently attend Schoolcraft College.

What qualifies me for this position as a trustee with the Plymouth District Library is that I love to read books and think about big ideas.  I am basically an idea person.  Ideas are found in books.  Books are found in a library. Libraries are where I hangout to read books and look for new ideas.  I strongly believe that access to books and a library is crucial to a sound society.

My wife Anita has said to me that books are what she competes with for my attention. Good books are my passion. My lifelong interest in books will allow me to provide guidance as a Trustee with the Plymouth District Library Board.

The current pandemic has required the library, like all other organizations to rethink how they can be of value while providing safety for our patrons.  My goal and desire is to collaborate and offer the best solutions.


Jean Walsh

Biographic Information

My name is Jean Walsh. I have been a resident of the City of Plymouth for 25 years. I am married to Luke Contos and have two sons, Chris and Peter. Since we moved to Plymouth, we have been avid fans and users of the library. As a Speech-Language Pathologist, I have always paired my professional knowledge and experience with the importance of literacy. As a result, the library has been a source of personal and professional tools that positively impacted my family’s love of reading and my students and clients.

For over 12 years, I was an active Board Member of The Arc of NW Wayne County. That wonderful organization is focused on providing advocacy and support to people with disabilities and their families. The mission of The Arc is to improve the quality of life for all people and believe participation in community life is essential to the well-being of every person. The Arc and the Plymouth District Library’s mission statement of connecting, enriching, and improving lives through information, services, and spaces, perfectly aligns with my personal belief that our communities rely on publicly supported services, like our library.

As a board trustee, I look forward to bringing my years of board experience to support the library’s ongoing commitment to the Plymouth Community. We have a wonderful library and its mission and focus on community is vital to our growth.

What are the priority issues facing the library and what actions would you take to address them if elected?

As always, the state of our finances is a significant concern. We are fortunate that we are well funded, and the board has been excellent stewards of that money. However, as always, grants, donations, and other sources of income can be precious. The history of repairs and unexpected expenses have and will continue to impact our services. In my previous board experience at the Arc, I found that insufficient financing was an ongoing concern as General Funds were reallocated. Creative funding and strict budget discipline have been very effective and The Arc is in excellent financial health because of thoughtful and creative approaches.

Continuous improvement and outreach are areas that all organizations should be focused on during this pandemic and beyond. Our library is in an excellent position to identify new areas of support and programs that can be offered to the community. I look forward to learning more about those and contributing to the outreach, especially to people with disabilities.