Grosse Pointe News | April 26th, 2018 | News section
Hollier seeks support in the Pointes in Senate race By Melissa Walsh
Grosse Pointe Farms — “I’m on the lookout for the next wave of great young leaders,” said Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen as he introduced Michigan Senate candidate Adam Hollier to speak to supporters at a meet and greet event Tuesday, April 3, at The War Memorial.
Among the crowd were several leaders from Michigan’s District 2, which Hollier hopes to represent in Lansing, including Harper Woods Mayor Ken Poynter, Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Bob Denner and former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. The district includes the five Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Hamtramck and much of Detroit.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was scheduled to speak at the event, but was delayed in San Antonio, Texas, following the NCAA championship men’s basketball game the day before. Speaking on the mayor’s behalf was Chief of Staff Alexis Wiley, who called Hollier “someone we see as a true leader.
“If there’s something we need in Lansing right now it’s true leaders,” she added. “People who don’t have a problem taking tough positions, people who want to lead with integrity. And that’s who Adam is.”
The mayor’s son, Ed Duggan, followed Wiley, noting, “Grosse Pointe is going to play a big part in the primary.”
Grosse Pointe Farms Councilman Joe Ricci said, “Whoever gets in in August will probably be our guy. And it’s not going to be a Republican. Let’s face it.”
Calling Hollier, a Democrat, “a breath of fresh air,” Ricci added, “(Hollier) talks straight. And he walks the talk.”
Grosse Pointe Woods Councilman George McMullen said, “(Hollier) is very thoughtful in his comments. Grosse Pointe will not only be part of his platform, he knows a lot of people here. He’s also going to represent us as well.”
Denner said, “I think (Hollier) has got a very good resume to be successful and I appreciate that he’s reached out to us in the Pointes.”
Hollier, 32, is a lifelong Detroiter. His mother, Jacqueline, is a retired social worker and his father, Carl, a retired Detroit firefighter.
The married father of an infant daughter is a member of the North End Central Woodward Governance Board and a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Hollier attended Cornell University, earning an undergraduate degree in industrial and labor relations, and the University of Michigan, earning a master’s degree in urban planning.
Before his run for Michigan Senate, Hollier served as director of government affairs and community relations for the Michigan Fitness Foundation, vice president of Hantz Woodlands, Mayor Bing’s liaison to Detroit City Council and chief of staff for Michigan Senate District 2.
Volunteering at the event were several students, all of whom said they’re supporting Hollier because he reached out to them on campus and impressed them with his approachability and concern for issues that matter to them.
Hollier’s platform focuses on public education, small business development and increased community financial support from Lansing.
“The big thing is kids should be able to walk to school,” Hollier said. “And kids being able to walk to school is something measurable. In the ’60s and ’70s, about 75 percent of kids walked to school. And they walked to school because they lived within one mile of their schools. And right now that’s very rare. Less than 5 percent of kids are walking to school because schools are further and further apart. And so you look at, even in the Grosse Pointe school district, which is talking about (school closures), it makes a big difference in what our quality of life is.”
As for improvements along the Mack business corridor Grosse Pointe and Detroit share, Hollier talked of bringing about a common streetscape along Mack.
“So it’s kind of like ‘Field of Dreams,’” he said. “If you build it, people will come and if you develop the systems and the infrastructure, all of those things happen.”
Hollier added leaders in Lansing need to ensure local communities have the funding they need.
“It’s all about local funding,” he said. “So one of the biggest challenges that we have as a community is that we don’t fund local government and municipalities in any way, shape or form to do the work they need to do. And as a result, they can’t do what they need to do. So schools are underfunded. Police stations are underfunded.”
Farms resident Erik Moin, an Independent, expressed his support for Hollier, emphasizing Grosse Pointe support will be critical for winning the primary election.
“(Hollier) is definitely an overachiever,” Moin said. “He’s highly qualified. He has an incredible resume.”
“What makes Grosse Pointe special is Grosse Pointers consider themselves Detroiters, rather than suburbanites,” Hollier told supporters gathered in the ball room.
“A strong Detroit is really critical for a strong Grosse Pointe.”