My experience and qualifications: Since graduating from the U of M with a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning, I have spent my 33-year career as a professional Environmental Planner. I spent 14 years as an Environmental Planner and Manager of Water Quality Programs at SEMCOG. The last 19 years, as Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner, have been the most gratifying because I believe my work has made a real and lasting positive contribution to our quality of life.
My service in the community includes: The Executive Boards of the Huron River Watershed Council and Alliance of Rouge Communities, Secretary of Washtenaw County Board of Public Works, member of the County’s Parks Commission and Planning Advisory Board, coalition and steering committee member of A2C3: Ann Arbor Campus Community Coalition, and member of the advisory board for the Ann Arbor-based Girls’ Group. I’m also on the Board of Directors and recent past President of the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, and currently chair the Southeast Michigan District. I represent Washtenaw County on SEMCOG’s Environmental Policy Advisory Committee, and am a member of Michigan’s Environmental and Economic Roundtable.
My vision for Office of Drain Commissioner: As Drain Commissioner, being responsive to citizens of Washtenaw County has been and will continue to be my top priority. That’s why I go beyond the requirements of the law to ensure that Washtenaw County citizens’ voices are heard in the design and implementation of projects that will affect their property and pocketbooks. That’s also why I send a customer satisfaction survey to everyone who files a drain service request, and read every response personally. In addition, I have established a County Storm Water Advisory Committee, made up of citizens and public officials working together on water quality issues. But there is much more work to be done. I am seeking re-election so that I can continue to serve the citizens of Washtenaw County and continue to address the environmental challenges in our community.
I am married to Mike Allemang. Our daughter is Ashley Allemang. I have lived in Washtenaw County for 34 years.
I am a long-time Democratic Party volunteer and activist, having worked for
issues and candidates at the local, State, and Federal levels since 1980.