McFall runs for Hazel Park City Council

By: Andy Kozlowski | Madison - Park News | Published September 13, 2019

 Mike McFall, a candidate running for Hazel Park City Council, says that cooperation is key to moving the city forward, and that one of his priorities will be creating a vibrant downtown district that is inviting to businesses and pedestrians.

Mike McFall, a candidate running for Hazel Park City Council, says that cooperation is key to moving the city forward, and that one of his priorities will be creating a vibrant downtown district that is inviting to businesses and pedestrians.

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HAZEL PARK — Mike McFall has been a resident of Hazel Park for a little more than two years, but he has already made a name for himself with his involvement on the Hazel Park Arts Council and the Hazel Park Downtown Development Authority. Now he’s looking to claim a seat on the Hazel Park City Council.

He said he has been smitten with the Friendly City from the start.

“My husband and I purchased our home in Hazel Park because we had friends who lived in the city and loved it,” McFall said. “Our city’s small-town feel and friendly residents made it the ideal place for us to move to.

“I decided to run for office to make a difference,” he continued. “I see many great things happening here in Hazel Park, and I want to help keep that momentum going. I enjoy being involved in my community, and I want to help make it a better place to live for everyone.”

McFall holds a bachelor’s degree in community development and public administration from Central Michigan University. He has worked in nonprofit communications for much of his career and currently works in community development.

He said that a priority for him on the  City Council would be building Hazel Park’s business portfolio while preserving its “friendly hometown feel,” growing the downtown corridor into a thriving business district that is inviting to walkers and bicyclists alike.

He also maintains a candidate Facebook page and is available via social media. He plans to host meet-ups with residents if elected to office.

“Not everyone can attend City Council meetings, and I want to make sure the citizens of Hazel Park are able to voice their concerns and know that someone is listening and working to assist them,” McFall said. “The philosophy that I bring with me is that we will be successful when we work together.

“We face many of the same challenges other communities do: small budgets but big needs,” he continued. “We should focus on grants where we can, and work with city departments to make sure they have the tools they need to do their jobs properly.”

McFall said that the city owes its successes to those who live and work there.

“Our biggest strength is our people. From our firefighters and police officers to our DPW and other city employees, our community couldn’t function without their hard work and dedication,” McFall said. “Our city also relies on its many volunteers. They unselfishly give to make our city a better place to live for all.”

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