Investments in projects like Michigan Avenue, Horace Blackman Park, and the Hayes Hotel development deal supplement the collaborative effort to locate new professionals and businesses downtown. We must do more to further cut red-tape, encourage entrepreneurship, and spur economic opportunity to rebuild Jackson from the downtown core outwards.
By streamlining local government, we’ve doubled our street sweeping and restored two rounds of curbside leaf pickup. We need to continue that work to clean up our streets and neighborhoods. While we’ve used new technology to increase efficiencies and patch potholes, we must find a long-term solution to fix our streets and repair crucial infrastructure.
We’ve made tough decisions to build a fund balance, reduce the number of departments, and right-size city hall in order to invest that savings back into quality police and fire services. Continuing to be fiscally responsible and pursuing regional partnerships will help in adequately staffing quality police and fire services and keeping our residents and businesses safe.
Derek is the only candidate who knows what it takes to adequately fight the crime and drug problem within our community. He will continue to be tough on crime by supporting quality police strategies and services.Gerry Rand, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70
Derek knows the role businesses can play in reinvigorating our economy and reviving our city. He’ll continue to work to make Jackson an attractive place for business.Mindy Bradish-Orta, Jackson Chamber of Commerce
Derek is a leader on City Council who worked to keep more fire fighters on the street. He will help our guys save property and lives in Jackson with measures that expand coverage and reduce response times.Tom Loveberry, Jackson-Summit Fire Fighters
In 2010, then Mayor Dunigan appointed Derek as a Commissioner to the Human Relations Commission. He was elected to the leadership role of Secretary.
In 2011, Derek was elected to his first term on the Jackson City Council for Ward 6. He was re-elected in November 2015.
In 2013, Derek was elected by his peers to serve as Vice Mayor - a leadership role on the Jackson City Council. He was re-elected to this role in early 2015.
Read more about Derek's values and community involvement here.
Michigan’s historic places drive economic development, attract businesses, draw tourists and new residents, create a sense of place, and enhance our quality of life. Keeping these historic places is so important that historic preservation has been upheld as a public purpose under the U. S. Constitution—preserving historic resources is a valid governmental goal and local historic district ordinances have […]
By Derek Dobies A look at some of the vacant storefronts downtown highlights that our city still faces some very serious problems. While the city has invested in downtown infrastructure and place-making efforts, it also must recognize the role entrepreneurs can play in reviving our economy, breathing new life into downtown, and filling vacant storefronts […]