Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oceola Township Woman Will Stand Up for Working People on County Commission

An Oceola Township woman who has represented working people for more than 20 years is running as a Democrat for the Livingston County Commission.
Jeanette DiFlorio filed her nominating papers recently with the Livingston County Clerk’s office for County Commission District 2.
DiFlorio is a Full Service Staff Representative who works for Michigan AFSCME Council 25.  She has experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors.  Jeanette DiFlorio has over 20 years experience representing the working class in contract negotiations, arbitration proceedings, grievance procedures, contract administration, and leadership development. She has negotiated with a multi-national corporation and in factories, hospitals, public health agencies, mental health agencies, Head Start programs, counties, cities, townships, and a village.  Jeanette has the wide range of knowledge needed to shape decisions for the residents here in Livingston County.  She knows how to read a contract and how to negotiate one when buying services for us with our tax dollars.
"I know the economic challenges that many of our residents here in Livingston County face.  Rising health care costs, higher gas prices, and lower home values have put pressure on everyone’s budget. Although unemployment numbers are down, too many of our neighbors are still underemployed and have not seen an increase in real wages for several years now."
"On top of all this, the state has made budget cuts to our cities, schools and the county while increasing the tax burden on retirees and creating a surplus for their own balance sheet. Our tax dollars need to be spent efficiently to provide the best services possible for the residents of this great county of ours. We deserve more not less, and we want our share of the state’s surplus used for the services in our cities, townships, and schools."
"As County Commissioner, I will fight for Livingston County to get our fair share of funding from the federal government and the state.  Our county is growing and the funding should be distributed appropriately.  Livingston County needs to apply for all available grant money for services in our area."
            Jeanette DiFlorio is a graduate of Harvard University’s Trade Union Program (2010).  She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the Antioch University at the George Meany Center (1999) and is currently finishing a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts.
She is the mother of two grown children, Kristina and Michael.
People wishing to volunteer in Jeanette’s campaign may contact her at j_diflorio@yahoo.com.
County Commission District 2 covers the townships of Oceola and Deerfield, plus Hartland Township Precinct 2, located in southwest Hartland Township.

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