Meet the Democratic Candidates for the Township Board to keep Canton moving forward.
FOR SUPERVISOR:ANNE MARIE GRAHAM-HUDAK
Anne Marie has lived in Canton for 25 years where she and her husband Hadley raised their four children, two still attending Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. She was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2016 where she serves on the Planning Commission and chaired the Technology Committee which focused on ensuring Canton and southeast Michigan is the center of tomorrow’s automotive advancement.
Anne Marie is an Engineer, with an MBA, at Ford Motor Company where she currently works on sustainability and advanced technology. During her time on the Board, Anne Marie has been a voice for ALL residents, working to reduce traffic congestion, increasing transparency and accountability by helping draft the first Ethics Ordinance, pushing for a connected walkable community, and protecting our recycling program.
Anne Marie served as a Vice-President of the local branch of the League of Women Voters and is an active member of the Interfaith Community Outreach group which helps connect our diverse community, as well as being a Church Elder. She has done equity work with the local schools to protect children of all faiths, races and cultures in Canton.
In 1988 my husband Mark and I moved to Canton because we wanted to raise a family in a place that has quality public schools and great community resources. Our three children, now grown, are proud graduates of the Plymouth Canton school system, which my grandson now attends. I’ve been active in this community at all levels, as a volunteer, church member, and an elected leader.
Growing up in a Union household, I learned the value of hard work and advocacy. I’ve carried out these values in all aspects of my life, whether as a mother raising my children, in my career as a respiratory therapist, or in my role as an elected official. I ran for public office because I’m deeply invested in Canton and care about our community. I proudly served as your State Representative for six years making sure your voices were heard in Lansing and I bring that same sense of pride and responsibility to my job as your Treasurer.
I believe in balance. Whether it's balancing my checkbook or the Township budget, I know the value of a dollar. That is why I voted to cut my pay in Lansing and against a pay raise here at the Township. I make sure we continue to aggressively pay down the neglected unfunded pension and retiree health obligations. In fact, we were able to use a $3 million budget surplus to pay down the OPEB liabilities in 2018. I’m proud that we’ve been able to help residents plan their budgets better by changing quarterly water billing to bi-monthly and providing over two years of water rate reductions to residents.
In 2016, I ran for Clerk because I believe free and fair elections are the foundation our democracy is built on. Once elected, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work assisting the Board of Canvassers with two recounts, becoming accredited by the Bureau of Elections, and certified by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC).
In 2018, I ran the largest midterm election in over half a century and the highest turnout primary in Canton history. After realigning voter precincts, expanding the permanent absentee list, and adding new voting locations, I helped make it easier to vote, save taxpayer money on running elections, and reducing wait times at the polls. I was elected Treasurer of the Association of Wayne County Clerks and was appointed to the Legislation Committee and Council of Elected Officials with MAMC.
I reside in Canton with my best friend and wife, Lindsey, our newborn son Jack, and our three dogs, Nola, Biggie Smalls, and Teddy Roosevelt. I remain dedicated to administering secure elections and expanding voting rights in our community and look forward to continuing the rewarding work of being your Clerk.
Sommer got her passion for public policy, advocacy and her work ethic from her family. As a child, Sommer would spend every Sunday afternoon, after church listening to her Godfather, Parents, Uncle and Grandfather talk about the news of the day. Since she came from a politically active family, those weren’t abstract conversations, they were about how actual laws and policies impacted real people.
Before becoming a Canton Township Trustee in 2016 Sommer was the Director of Political Advocacy at Equality Michigan and worked with State, County and local governments, including working with over 15 communities to write inclusive policies and ordinances.
In 2014, she worked with Trustee Steven Sneideman and Former Supervisor Phil Lajoy to pass a Human Rights Ordinance prohibiting employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
She was the Vice-Chair of the Canton Library board and oversaw the renovation of two sections of the Library. She was on the finance committee and worked to pay off the bond early, saving taxpayers over $300,000.
My name is Steven Sneideman and for the past eight years I have had the privilege of serving you on the Canton Township Board of Trustees. My wife Kelli and I along with our daughters Emily and Maggie, have called the Canton Community home for over 25 years. I work as a technology professional as a Program Manager with AT&T.
Serving you the past eight years as your Canton Trustee and prior to that as the President of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Board of Education have been an honor. I have had the opportunity to work with so many of you as a leader in our neighborhoods, schools, volunteer groups, and the Canton community.
When you first elected me in 2012 I promised to increase transparency in our government, to ensure smarter development planning, to find sustainable solutions to our traffic issues, and create a more welcoming community for everyone to call home. I've never forgotten that you have elected me to fight for and serve you, not the special interests and big money developers.
I moved to Michigan from India 20 years ago in search of the American Dream. My husband and I chose Canton to make our home and raise our daughter because of its welcoming neighbors, quality schools, and vibrant community life. If elected as a Trustee I will work to keep Canton a thriving, growing, and welcoming place to live.
I am proud of my long and varied record of community involvement. I am grateful to be part of Canton’s Inclusion Task Force and its “You belong here” initiative which seeks to keep Canton a diverse and inclusive place to live. As president of Swajan, an Indian American nonprofit serving the greater Detroit area with a focus on culture and traditions, I helped to raise $45,000 for the organization. As the president of my subdivision’s homeowner’s association, I have learned a lot about helping communities thrive and welcoming new neighbors. I have also been a proud member of the Summit on the Park community center family for a number of years and would like to improve and expand its role in serving the recreation and health needs of Canton Township.
My community involvement also extends to education. When my daughter was in elementary school I volunteered as a parent helper. I was co-chair of the parents’ committee for the Plymouth Canton Community Schools Talented and Gifted Program. When my daughter was in middle school, I helped coach the East Middle School Science Olympiad team and volunteered for the various athletic events.
While this is my first run for office, I am no stranger to the political process. I am on the board of the Canton Democratic Club and am an Officer-At-Large for the Michigan Eleventh Congressional District Democratic Party. I have experience as an organizer for the last three presidential elections where I helped phone bank and knock doors. In 2017-18, I volunteered as an organizer for One Fair Wage and collected signatures for the minimum wage ballot measure. In 2018, I was the grassroots co-chair for Congresswoman Haley Stevens’ primary campaign and have organized fundraisers for candidates including Attorney General Dana Nessel, Michigan Supreme Court candidate Sam Bagenstos, State Rep. Kristy Pagan, State Rep. Matt Koleszar, and State Senator Dayna Polehanki, as well as school board candidates. I am also a founding member of a progressive South Asian group called SAMOSA which helps to connect candidates to South Asian voters.
Since you elected me in 2014, I have had had the honor of being a member of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools Board of Education, first as Secretary and Vice President, then as President and now as Trustee. My husband Tom and I have been homeowners in Canton since 2000 and have raised our three children, Ned, Rowan and Nicholas here. My bachelor’s degree is from the University of Michigan and went to graduate school at Eastern Michigan University.
I have also had the honor of serving the school district on the board of the Educational Excellence Foundation for 4 years. The EEF provides funding for innovation in P-CCS classrooms and schools. In 2013, I helped found PFLAG Plymouth-Canton and served on its board for several years as its treasurer.
As a member of the PCCS Board of Education, I helped bring much needed stability to the district by hiring and retaining our current superintendent, Monica Merritt. We were able to balance the budget every year and grow our fund balance back into healthy territory. In addition, I was president of the Board when we approved a Safety and Security package that brought needed changes to every school in the district. We also started a new Business Academy which will join the other Academies on our high school campus this fall. And, I’m happy that we were able to bring step increases to our teachers after years of salary freezes. I am so proud of the many partnerships started since I took office, including PRIME, a partnership with SME and industry which will prepare students for apprenticeships and jobs in manufacturing. I have been a member of the school board subcommittees on policy, student performance & achievement, and superintendent evaluation. From 2017-2019, I served as President of the Board of Education and also have served as Vice President (2016-2017) and Secretary (2015-2016).