Hello, I am Sean Fleming. This is my family
Let me introduce myself, I have lived in Madison Heights over 20 Years. I have a history of working and volunteering for government. Several years ago I decided to serve our city Madison Heights. In 2019, I ran for city council after I had just graduated from the Madison Heights Citizens Academy to become familiar with the inner workings of our city departments. Since then for the last 2 years I have attended city council meetings and have become an active volunteer for our city commissions. This October per the City Charter and being in the 2019 election I was sworn into office as council member October 11th 2021. I am running in this election for a 4 year term ending 2025.
Volunteerism and Community
I am currently the Service Officer of Ferndale Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1407 an All-American Post, Director at Congregation Beth Shalom of Oak Park, Past Vice President and Current Treasurer at AT&T Veterans Michigan Chapter, Section Affiliated Club Coordinator American Radio Relay League Michigan Section.
Within our community I am a philanthropical donor to the Detroit Zoological Society and The Henry Ford. I have supported the Madison Heights Trail Tunes Event and donated to help businesses in Madison Heights in 2020.
Supporting Unions and Law Enforcement
I Currently am a member of the Communication Workers of America CWA since 1999. My parents were both Union workers, my mother a CWA employee at the phone company and my father who was an IBEW engineer at a local TV station. I also grew up in a family of Law enforcement. My Grandfather being a local hero police officer from the City of Akron Ohio and my father who was a reserve officer for The City of Oak Park, MI. I support Unions and Law Enforcement. I am endorsed by the AFL-CIO, Police Officers Association of Michigan and several other Unions.
Advocating for Veterans
I am a Veteran of the Army. My passion is to help veterans so I joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars. I am a past commander of our local Madison Heights VFW. I helped save our local veterans organization. We were able to complete a merger with another VFW post in Ferndale and create a larger and stronger VFW post; Paul W. Hornaday/Giles-Everingham VFW Post 1407 which serves both Ferndale and Madison Heights Veterans. I am currently an officer in our post and in 2021 our Post was awarded the VFW National award All-American Post. I have also served as the district legislative liaison officer for the 5th district of Michigan VFW. I have worked with Michigan legislative representatives on veterans issues. I am familiar with the process of legislation getting passed in the state of Michigan.
In 2000 I became a volunteer within the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) at the Oakland County Homeland Security Division. I completed many courses at The FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI). Eventually I become a volunteer deputy at the City of Southfield Emergency Management.
One of the great assets I bring to our city is my experience in Emergency Management. In 2020 here in Madison Heights we experienced an emergency disaster event where a chemical hazard leaked from an industrial building. My professionalism, experience as an emergency management official, past member of CERT (citizens emergency response team) , and training from FEMA will enabled myself to help lead and advise the city in any future emergency events.
Human Relations and Equity Commission Member
From August 2020 to August 2021 I served on the Human Relations and Equity Commission . My goal is to ensure equity for all and to build on community relationships. As a city council member, I will pursue the equity for all our community citizens and continue to promote unifying our city through programs, events, and promoting the fostering of relationships between the vast diverse residents of our city.
Why am I running for council?
The reasons I am running are many but the most important reasons are to keep focus on local city issues, protect our police and fire budget, Advocating for seniors, Working with city offices on ways to help businesses and non-profits succeed, Work to always to improve city services, create a city Inclusive to all by promoting new cultural experiences and programs, and work with community members bringing their ideas to council and being a voice for all of our city citizens.
-Councilman Sean Fleming