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Livonia City Councilwoman Announces Candidacy for Wayne County Commission

Laura Toy has the support of community leaders including Northville's Teresa Folino.

City of Livonia councilwoman Laura Toy will run for the 9th District seat on the Wayne County Commission, which represents Northville, Northville Township and Livonia. Credit: City of Livonia
City of Livonia councilwoman Laura Toy will run for the 9th District seat on the Wayne County Commission, which represents Northville, Northville Township and Livonia. Credit: City of Livonia

Source: news release

Laura Toy officially announced Tuesday her candidacy in November's election for the 9th District seat on the Wayne County Commission, which represents the City of Northville, Northville Township and Livonia. 

“I am running for the District 9 Wayne County Board of Commissioners seat," Toy said in a news release. “9 out of the 15 current members of the board are former legislators whom I have worked with. As a member of the legislature and local government, I have built relationships with members of both parties. This has allowed me to work across the aisle and achieve real results."  

Toy, a current Livonia city council member, said she is running on her proven track record of accomplishments at the state and local level. 

“I strongly believe if elected my years of leadership experience and ability to work in an inclusive fashion will be a benefit to the residence of Wayne County,” Toy said. “At the end of the day these positions are about public service, not partisan politics.” 

As the possibility of an emergency financial manager looms over Wayne County, Toy offered these thoughts on that issue: “I am not philosophically opposed to an emergency financial manager. However, I don’t think we are to that point yet. If we put strong leaders in place who are unafraid of making tough decisions, then we can lead Wayne County out of this fiscal crisis without resorting to intervention from the State.”

Several community leaders have already endorsed Toy’s candidacy. Jim Baringhaus of Livonia offered the following words of encouragement: “Laura Toy is a dedicated public official who has an extensive background of city and state government experience. She continually demonstrates an ability to lead, set goals, and bring forth new ideas for the community. I heartily endorse her candidacy for Wayne County Commissioner”.

Teresa Folino gave the following endorsement: “I am a life long resident of Northville; I have known Laura Toy since she served Northville and Northville Township as a Schoolcraft College Trustee. She is a very hard worker with diverse experience at many levels of public service. Her ability to recognize and creatively fix complex problems uniquely qualifies her to serve as our next Wayne County Commissioner. Laura Toy has always been an accessible and courageous servant to her constituents. She has never been afraid to speak up on their behalf”. 

A lifelong resident of Livonia, Toy has owned and operated Cardwell Florist for the last 35 years. 

“As a small business owner I know what it means to balance a budget. Just like a personal budget, with a small business you either make tough decisions, or face the consequences," she said.

 

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