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Voters to decide who will fill seats on Troy City Council

Troy Times | Published October 23, 2019

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In the Troy Times’ coverage area, voters will decide who will serve as mayor and who will fill three seats on the City Council Nov. 5. Below are profiles submitted by the candidates, who were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goals 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 Mayor
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.


Ethan Baker
Age: 40
Occupation: Attorney/Small Business Owner
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 10+ years
Online campaign information:
Education: Juris Doctorate, Whittier College School of Law; Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, University of Southern California
Previously held elected offices: Mayor Pro Tem, Troy City Council, November 2015-present
Top goals: Troy is an exceptional city with a great and diverse mix of residents, businesses, and green space. As a candidate for Mayor, my top goals are: 1) Restoring transparency and ethics to our city government to rebuild trust; 2) Balancing development and green space to protect the health, safety, welfare, and character of our peaceful and quiet neighborhoods; and 3) increasing community engagement and really listening to our residents to provide the representation they deserve.


Dave Henderson
Age: 58
Occupation: Residential Realtor
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 31 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Graduated Troy Athens HS 1979, Attended Automotive Trade School post graduation
Previously held elected offices: Troy City Council 2011-2019
Top goals: I’m not a politician, I’m your neighbor, I don’t make decisions based on political games. It’s time to end the drama and reform city council with real transparency. Priorities: 1) Fix the building development process clearing up gray areas in our master plan for fair, predictable development. 2) Support our Police and Fire departments 3) Continued fiscal restraint, holding the line on spending, no new taxes. 4) Seek ways to enhance parks, trails and pathways.

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


Edna Abrahim (I)
Age: 43
Occupation: Program Manager at General Motors
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 43 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Bachelors in Chemical Engineering (U of M, Ann Arbor),
Masters in Industrial Engineering (Wayne State)
Previously held elected offices: Troy City Council, 2015 - Present
Top goals: Believing government works best when run by those who truly care for the community, my priorities are to:
• Ensure common sense development that preserves our neighborhoods’character
• Adopt the Green Space Subcommittee recommendations
• Lead with transparency to restore faith in Council
• Prioritize funding for police, fire, roads, & snow plowing
• Protect the senior center, library, & parks with responsible, sustainable funding
• Safeguard Troy’s AAA bond rating to ensure stable city operations


Daniel Agauas
Age: 36
Occupation: Financial Consultant – Forensic investigations, commercial damages, business valuations
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 6 Years
Online campaign information:
Education: Mathematics (BA) and M.B.A. (Finance)
Previous held elected offices: None
Top goals: I want to help Troy flourish as a family-centered community. My three goals are to (1) use my experience performing forensic investigations to restore financial integrity to City Hall; (2) protect our neighborhoods from over-aggressive development while also finding the proper balance with business investment; and (3) preserve our green spaces by fully developing our trails and pathways system and protecting the Civic Center from commercial development.


Olimpiu Ollie Apahidean
Age: 47
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information:
Education: B.S. – Civil Engineering
Previously held elected offices: precinct delegate
Top goals: 1. Bring a renewed focus on transparency, accountability and integrity. 2. Encourage changes to the Council Code of Ethics that foster and rebuild trust in our great City. 3. Improve communication between Council & City management. 4. Use my five years of experience on Planning Commission to change the Master Plan to provide clearer guidelines for new developments and protect existing neighborhoods. 5. Protect existing green spaces and encourage developers to maximize open spaces.


Theresa Brooks
Age: 42
Occupation: Physician specialized in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 4.5 Years
Online campaign information:
Education: University of Michigan, Michigan State Medical School, Mayo Clinic Residency
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate
Top goals: I will work to protect green spaces and respect our residents. It is important to consider the impact of traffic and environmental damage when evaluating developments. I am also committed to leading discussions on sustainable funding for the Troy Public Library, improving city services for Troy seniors and vow to be a responsible steward of your hard-earned tax dollars. Finally, I will work to improve communication with residents and restore trust in local government officials.


Ann Erickson Gault
Age: 56
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Troy
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information:
Education: BS, Manchester College; JD, University of Toledo
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My first priority is to restore trust and integrity in City Council. I’ll be a leader on Council that listens and is transparent and accountable. When I’m talking to residents at their doors, they tell me they’re concerned with overdevelopment and loss of green space. As a council member, I will work to preserve our existing neighborhoods, support only developments that fit within the character of those neighborhoods, and take residents’ concerns into consideration.


Sunil Sivaraman
Age: 49
Occupation: IT Manager at Ford Motor Company
Municipality of residence: Troy, Oakland County
For how long: 16+ years
Online campaign information:
Education: Bachelor’s in Computer Science and Engineering
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: Changing the tone at the top, sustainable actions must be taken based on forensic audit recommendations. Given my professional background I can contribute immensely. Every City needs development, but not eliminating all green space. Development must consider green space, the neighborhoods, the people and population density. Ensure Fiscal Discipline, get good value for our hard-earned money, need to protect against frivolous increase of taxes. This will help citizens especially seniors who are on fixed income.