About Geoff

A Sterling Heights resident since 2003, I took an interest in city politics early in 2010 when the administration began advocating strongly for an 18% property tax increase.  Since then I have learned a great deal about what politics truly are all about, how an important, large American city should best be run, and how Conservative ideals fit into local politics.

What does being an Independent Conservative Mean?

First and foremost, I vote my conscience without regard to party affiliation.  I am not affiliated with the Republican Party or any other party.  I rarely, if ever, vote for Democrats, however there has been one case where the Democrat was more conservative than a competing Republican, and in that case the Democrat received my vote.

Secondly, I am not a member of the “Tea Party”, the “Religious Right”, or any other faction you may have heard of.  I am truly independent in my thoughts and beliefs, which can be summed up politically as follows: I believe in the U.S. Constitution as the supreme law of the land, and I actively seek to advance the cause of the rights of individuals, especially with regard to the constitutional amendments known as the Bill of Rights.

I have learned in my time with city politics that being an ideologue is the first sign that you haven’t really thought your position through, that people from all parts of the political spectrum have worthwhile ideas, and that human beings generally are good no matter what their party affiliation is.

How am I involved in Sterling Heights?

I am an appointed City of Sterling Heights Planning Commissioner.  My responsibility is to administrate land use requests in the city as part of a team of nine voting members.  An easy way to understand the Planning Commission’s role is to draw a comparison with the three branches of the Federal Government: The Zoning Board of Appeals represents the Judicial Branch.  City Council represents the Legislative Branch.  The Planning Commission represents the Executive, or Administrative branch.

I am also part of the leadership of the Sterling Heights CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).  In my role with the team, I coordinate member communications, organize meetings, design training exercises and generally work for the advancement and improvement of the team.  I am also on-call for the city 24×7 in case of natural disasters or other wide-spread emergencies.  Fortunately, these are rare, but they do happen.

I find my involvement with city government to be an interesting, educational and enjoyable way to be part of the community, and I will continue to advocate strongly for the 130,000+ residents of the city.  My advocacy for personal freedoms takes place at City Council meetings, as well as through my writings in this blog.

Bio

Married, with children.  Homeowner in Southwest Sterling Heights.  Degreed Information Technology professional: In my day job I work as a technical consultant and software developer for a large technology firm.

You can contact me via email at: geoff.gariepy@gmail.com

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