Michael is the most prepared of the candidates running for City Council. Unlike some of his opponents, he hasn't run for public office previously, but instead he has spent decades working hands-on on the issues that matter to District 7. No other candidate knows Tulsa as well as Michael and can be as effective on day one. Michael knows the city and knows this district. He's taken part in dozens of public meetings in the district, and probably hundreds of meetings in the city as a whole. He has worked successfully with every Mayor and City Councilor from this District since it was formed in 1989. In fact, Michael worked for the last streets commissioner and volunteered in the campaign back then to change to our current Mayor-Council form of government. Michael and his wife, Anna, have lived in several different parts of Tulsa raising their kids, now 16 and 19 years old. Wherever they lived, Michael got involved and helped. In the six years they have lived in this district they have seen many changes including long-time retailers closing their doors. Michael attends Tulsa Development Authority meetings and is committed to working with prospects to infill those existing centers. Public safety has always been a priority for Michael. His father is a retired Tulsa Police office and his mother worked to help mitigate and prevent natural disasters. Michael believes the most important thing for all Tulsans is to feel safe and he will make this his top priority. That means a commitment to necessary funding for police, fire and 911 operators.