“It’s going to be important to continue to have things in the city that are going to attract folks under 40 to keep our school systems stable, but also keep our community intergenerational,” Warren City Council at-large candidate Angela Rogensues said.

“It’s going to be important to continue to have things in the city that are going to attract folks under 40 to keep our school systems stable, but also keep our community intergenerational,” Warren City Council at-large candidate Angela Rogensues said.

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Rogensues: ‘I have always lived a life of service’

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published October 9, 2019

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WARREN — Angela Jean Rogensues was born and raised in Macomb County and went to Chippewa Valley Schools. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and health studies at Michigan State University and spent 18 months working for a district court before leaving for Chicago, where her career path included working to meet the housing needs of homeless and low-income individuals.

She later worked to help incarcerated women transition out of jail. She also volunteered at an organization working with girls who were victims of human trafficking. Rogensues said she was appointed to serve on the Chicago mayor’s Advisory Council on Women and later received her master’s degree from DePaul University.

After moving to the West Coast, where she worked for an institution of higher education and later a workplace development organization in the Bay Area, she grew “homesick” and returned to Macomb County, where her niece and sister live in Warren.

These days, she keeps busy as the executive director of a children’s charity and by serving on the board of directors for various nonprofits.

Rogensues has been using an electric scooter and a map to campaign for an at-large seat on the Warren City Council this year.

“I have been a person of service since as long as I can remember,” she said. “In sixth grade, I started a group called HOPE, co-founded it. Help Our Planet Earth.

“I have always lived a life of service and wanted to make the world a better place and felt like, in this day and age, I could be doing more, that we could use new and fresh ideas in public office. I think holding public office is such an honorable and commendable sacrifice that folks will make. I decided now would be a really good time, and so City Council is something I am qualified for. I’m credentialed, and believe that I would be really good at it, serving the residents of Warren,” Rogensues said.

Of the things mentioned by the residents she has met while campaigning, Rogensues said the safety of neighborhoods and schools tops the list. Local road repair, commercial and residential blight, flooding, and rats are also among their concerns.

She stressed the need to position Warren for future growth by not only addressing residential issues, but by attracting young families looking to live, work and spend money here.

Beyond safety, she said bike paths, more and better public spaces, and community interconnectedness could help bring the next generation of families to Warren.

“It’s going to be important to continue to have things in the city that are going to attract folks under 40 to keep our school systems stable, but also keep our community intergenerational,” Rogensues said. “I think it’s really important to look at what we can be doing to bring more families and diverse families into the city and offer them what they’re looking for in a community.”

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