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Fellow Detroiters and those in Hamtramck, my name is Paul Smith, I am running for the newly created house district 9. Born and raised in the City of Detroit, I am dedicated to public service and helping others in need.  A graduate of Ferris State University and the College of Central Florida, I’m in my final year of graduate school at the University of Pittsburg (Graduate School of Public and International Affairs), majoring in Public Administration. I have worked with youth in the city of Detroit as a youth mentor during summer months, for various nonprofits in the City of Detroit such as; Volunteers of America, Covenant House of Michigan, Detroit Parent Network and Detroit Public Community Schools. In addition, I have had the pleasure of interning for the City of Detroit Department of Neighborhoods. I currently serve on the board of directors for Covenant House of Michigan and the State of Michigan Foster Care Review Board. I have been awarded the U.S. congressional award for community service, while in AmeriCorps NCCC.  These experiences have culminated in my desire to continue to look for new ways to interact with and make more of a difference in my community, which is why I am running for office.
I believe in serving the people and advocating for them no matter the outcome. Coleman A. Young once said, “We have to reach high. Maybe get knocked on our ass. And then get up and reach again." I have a passion for helping others.  Having lived in the City of Detroit all my life, I am aware of the needs of the community, the concerns of the citizens and challenges the people in my community face.

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Bring funding to District 9 in order to help fund and create initiatives to combat crime. Also take measures to introduce and promote already proven programs such as the ceasefire initiative. It is a priority to bring back a sense of security in the community and help address the crime rate.



Sponsor and support laws and policies that address the mental health issues statewide and in District 9. Hold events and partner with mental health organizations to bring information and assistance to those with mental health issues. Develop programs that also offer wellness assistance as opposed to just treatment.



Bring businesses together to help address employment issues in District 9. Create programs to offer skills to those in need. Inform and educate the community on the importance of skilled trades, entrepreneurship, education, and financial literacy 

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