Troy voters to decide city council

Troy Times | Published October 13, 2021


TROY — In the Troy Times’ coverage area, voters will decide three City Council candidate positions on Nov. 2. Below are profiles of the candidates running for office. Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goal(s) if elected. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

Troy City Council
Five candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Rebecca Chamberlain-Creanga (I)
Age: 44
Occupation: Philanthropy
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 5 1/2 years
Online campaign information:
Education: As a Marshall Scholar, I earned my Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, Master of Science from the London School of Economics, and MA from University College London. I hold a BA from Wheaton College Massachusetts. I was a visiting scholar at Columbia University.
Previously held elected offices: unanimously appointed to Troy City Council in February 2020 and elected by residents in August 2020 in a special election for a partial term.
Top goals: Since joining Council, I’ve worked hard to listen to neighbors and collaborate with fellow council members to help lead our city through these unprecedented times. I’ll continue to prioritize strengthening our local economy and supporting the bedrock of our community—our police and firefighters—and the parks, trails and green spaces that make Troy a great place to live. I’ll safeguard our low millage rate and guarantee residents have a voice in shaping the future.

David Hamilton (I)
Age: 38
Occupation: Engineer at Ford Motor Company
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 28 years
Online campaign information:
Education: I am a graduate of Troy School District and I have a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from U of M.
Previously held elected offices: I was elected to Troy City Council in November 2017 and served as Mayor Pro Tem in 2020.
Top goals: When first elected, I fought for transparency and accountability on Council and will continue to serve with integrity. I’ll continue to protect our green spaces, library, and parks. I’ll apply my experience on Troy’s Pension and Retiree Healthcare boards to further strengthen our finances, while keeping taxes low and city services high. I’ll support our police and fire departments to keep all residents safe. Most importantly, your voice matters and I’m here to listen.

Ellen Hodorek (I)
Age: 58
Occupation: Retired
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 32 years
Online campaign information:
Education: B.A. Journalism, Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Two terms on Troy City Council, 2013-2017, 2017-2021
Top goals: My goals are to work collaboratively to safeguard our AAA bond rating, low millage rate, “safe city” reputation, infrastructure, parks/trails, and recreation. With a unique combination of private and public sector professional experiences, I bring an ability to adapt business practices to Troy’s needs. I will continue to bring a politically independent voice to the role, intentionally listen to multiple perspectives, and focus on common sense decision making to serve you.

Stephanie Reed
Age: 48
Occupation: Educator and Stay-at-home-mother
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Education from U of M Dearborn
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top 3 goals if elected are to unremittingly serve and represent the residents of Troy; to prepare and reimagine our city for 21st century living with regard to our infrastructure, parks, and businesses; and to preserve the high-ranking status of our schools and public services.

Andrew Sosnoski
Age: 35
Occupation: Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP)
Municipality of residence: Troy, MI
For how long: Since May 2011
Online campaign information: 4Troy
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Accounting Major, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant MI
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: I know what it takes to implement plans to maintain and improve our critical infrastructure. As a Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional I’ll make sure our long-term infrastructure plans are on solid footing.  I believe that accountability and fiscally responsibility in government is more than just possible, it’s a duty of those who serve. Our hard-working taxpayers and retirees deserve a City Council that has the financial interests of the community at heart. Vote Sosnoski.