Councilman Doug Skrzyniarz
History and Evaluation of the Candidate
Doug Skrzyniarz emerged on the Sterling Heights political scene in time for the 2013 Election. Mr. Skrzyniarz is the Associate Vice President of Government Affairs and Adjunct Instructor for the Wayne State University School of Medicine, and his close ties to the Michigan Democratic Party allowed him to generate eyebrow-raising amounts of campaign donations during his first run for office. The result was impressive: in his first election he nearly unseated Michael Taylor from the Mayor Pro-Tem spot, which is given to the council candidate who receives the most votes, and empowers them to act as a stand-in when the Mayor is unavailable to chair council meetings. After the death of Mayor Richard Notte and Mr. Taylor’s appointment as mayor, Mr. Skrzyniarz was appointed to the Mayor Pro Tem role.
Although there was a great deal of consternation in 2013 regarding Mr. Skryzniarz’s Democratic Party ties and the fundraising that enabled, it soon became evident that he was not the far-left wing actor many feared, although he is decidedly a moderately liberal Democrat. He played a pivotal role in enacting the now-rescinded 2014 LGBT Anti-Discrimination ordinance, which some would view as a liberal policy, however he has been considerably more restrained by practicality and financial reality on other issues. As a Conservative myself, I was impressed when he reached out to me prior to his election to sit down and discuss what he foresaw as his approach to governance on council. Since then, I have had that favorable initial impression reinforced by the man’s fairness and willingness to consider different perspectives on the issues.
Of all the members of City Council, Doug Skrzyniarz is the one I would pick as being most likely to someday move onto the national political stage. I don’t know if that is something he ever intends to do, but I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised to hear his name in the national political press in the future. The man brings a considerable intellect to the Council bench and his friendly and open persona are welcoming to those of all different political persuasions.
I am recommending that you vote for Doug Skrzyniarz on November 3, 2015.