Michelle Robertson for State Representative

Michelle is currently the director of strategic initiatives for the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit. Her lifetime career in non-profit has allowed her to lead numerous projects that have contributed to the development of stronger communities across southeast Michigan. Her background in community service, program development and strategic leadership inform her approach to politics. She knows that a thriving community does not happen without the input and active participation of the constituents.

Fueled by her passion for people, she strives to live a life consistently focused on helping others. Whether it’s through building partnerships with under-resourced schools at work, helping kids and parents in her personal experiences as a foster parent in Macomb County, or helping to lead and develop the employees at her family’s small business in Saint Clair Shores, she uses every opportunity to learn and grow as a woman and leader in the community. Her enthusiasm for life, hunger for knowledge and fierce determination have contributed to her many educational, personal and professional successes. 

A resident of Macomb County for more than 30 years, Michelle has lived, worked and raised her family in the community that she now seeks to represent. As a state representative, she vows to listen to and communicate clearly and consistently with, and on behalf of, the community she calls home.

Foster Care

Despite an ever growing amount of paperwork and bureaucracy, our foster care system continues to fail our community.

Kids do not receive adequate care to address the trauma they have faced, birth parents are ill-equipped to be reunited, and caseworkers have too many cases to provide individual attention to each family. 

As a mother, and foster parent, I will work hard to develop new approaches and policies that protect our community’s most valuable resource, our people.

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Jail Reform

The criminal justice system is outdated, overcrowded and does not meet the needs or support the people of our current society.

In a county facing serious challenges with drug abuse, we must prioritize prevention and treatment over incarceration.

For those that do serve time, we need a structure that will provide expanded reentry programs and reduce recidivism rates.

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Opioid Epidemic

Macomb County had a record number of overdoses in 2017 – for the fifth straight year.

Despite national attention, our community lost more than 400 individuals to overdoses, with 97% of those involving opioids.

This is not an issue that can be tackled alone, we must work together to provide the education and resources necessary to combat addiction, as well as hold physicians and drug companies accountable.

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Education Equality

Every child deserves to have a quality education and we must make this a priority for all of our kids, regardless of their zip code.

Families should not have to relocate from our cities in order for their kids to receive a proper education.

I will fight for our schools to be held to a standard of excellence that will ensure Michigan students are ready to compete in a global economy.

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