says 'We can do better'
Speaking to a Republican Women's Club audience made up mostly of women and men who have worked with her
civically or politically, Oakland County Commission candidate Jean Chamberlain
had no need to make grandiose or clichéd promises.
Instead, after a brief formal opening, she
engaged in conversation and exchanges which by their nature reminded everyone of the experience and background Chamberlain brings to her
formal opening, Jean
stressed that when she
was working under County Executive L. Brooks Patterson , he
to "be nonpartisan in your day-to-day encounters.
will bring that work-across-the-aisle mindset to the County Commission; that "We can do better" in developing new solutions to some of the area's problems; that her
years of working inside the county Administration will increase her
effectiveness on the commission; that she
will work with others who share her
ideal of keeping government transparent.
A résumé of sorts came into view as Chamberlain
bantered with her
President of her
own consulting firm, focused on promoting the region to her
Formerly a Director in the County Administration, she remains a consultant to Oakland County Government, serving as Patterson's representative on diverse boards and commissions.
Currently president of the Eight Mile Boulevard Association
, a group made of of 13 cities with frontage along Eight Mile.
Founder and now board member of Woodward Dream Cruise Inc.
"We hoped to attract 25,000 people to our first one; 250,000 showed up.
acknowledges that some residents are irritated and unhappy about the cruise, but points out that the economic development it generates, "right down to individual businesses selling parking space."
Former chair and current member of the Oak Park Business & Education Alliance
, a group dedicated to helping grade school students develop learning and social skills.
Former Executive Director of the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce
Jean's participation in multiple volunteer groups is shared by many in her
Republican Women's Club audience, which made it difficult for her
to leave the private dining room at Jimi's Restaurant -- I counted six one-on-one chats as she
And as I left with club president Helen Cost and vice president Muriel Versagi, there was Chamberlain seated at the counter with one last attendee. -- FJV: 22 May 08