Long-Time Educator Running for Livingston County Commission!

A career educator has announced she is running for the Livingston County Commission to bring a new voice to Livingston County government.

“There are many advantages to living in Livingston County, including rural living while being close to city shopping, access to many venues for the arts, and good schools. To really enhance these positive amenities, Livingston County needs to welcome more diverse voices into County government,” said Lorrie McMahon.

McMahon is running for the Democratic nomination for county commissioner in District 6, which includes Brighton Township precincts 2 and 6, the southwest corner of Oceola Township (precinct 2), and northern and western Genoa Township (precincts 1,2,3,5,9,10, and 11).

After starting out as a high school math and science teacher in the Lake City Area Schools, McMahon went on to develop curriculum for the Ionia Public Schools and to become superintendent at Brandon School District for six years. She is now retired.

McMahon said she believes public officials such as county commissioners must be responsive and responsible to all the people in the county, and that her experience in public education has given her the skills to do that well.

“My years as a teacher, administrator and superintendent provided me with a broad variety of experiences that have prepared me to hold office. I have been on both sides of the bargaining table, first as teacher and union member and then as the district’s representative. I strongly believe that unions are very important in the workplace,” she said.

“I also worked at the State level, developing the Michigan Science Curriculum and MEAP tests and being a presenter on best curriculum practices. Finally, my years as district administrator taught me about budgeting and setting priorities for residents’ tax dollars.”

As a commissioner, McMahon said she would be sensitive to environmental issues such as water contamination by PFAS and the potential threat poised by asphalt and other primary processing plants. She would also focus on developing the county’s businessbase, expanding recreational opportunities, and addressing public health challenges including future pandemic response.

McMahon has a bachelor’s of science degree from Grand Valley State University and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. She has two grown sons and four grandchildren who reflect American society’s racial diversity and physical disabilities.

She was active in Boy Scouts with her sons, and helped with their basketball, soccer, and hockey teams.

Persons wishing more information may contact McMahon at lorriem4@gmail.com.

(Paid for by Committee to Elect Catherine “Lorrie” McMahon, 2959 Breckenridge Dr., Brighton, MI 48114. Labor donated.)

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