Leading with Empathy. Focused on Equity.
Good public policy is all about empathy. In order for us to move the needle on systemic issues of all stripes, we must be empathetic to one another and look for solutions with an equity lens. Equity, justice, and representation are constituent service issues. We pledge to continually engage all parts of this community and work to advance each individual's standard of living.
Supporting Public Transit
Alpine Township is a great place to start a business. However, many of our businesses along the Alpine corridor are not accessible to many residents. We will push for an expansion of the Rapid Bus Route east to Comstock Park and west to Alpine Meadows. We will also seek to gain a permanent seat on the Rapid Transit Board for Alpine Township so that our community has a seat at the table. Kenowa Hills has the third highest homeless student population and supporting public transit can greatly benefit families and students in all of our districts and buildings.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Everyone should be free to be who they are and love who they love here in Alpine Township. We will work to create a nondiscrimination ordinance so that township residents cannot be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
We will also formalize the appointments process to involve more of our community on the boards and committees.
Meeting Locations & Constituent Services
Government should work for you. By hosting meet and greets throughout the township, our elected officials can better understand the needs of Alpine Township. We will schedule Board meetings in different areas in the community and proactively engage with those residents to hear their feedback. This will help your elected officials better engage with those we serve and will provide an outlet for all residents to share their ideas for the future of Alpine Township.
Environment and Health
- We will rezone to allow medical and recreational marijuana facilities in Alpine Township, as the voters supported in 2008 and 2018, and, using the taxes generated, work with county partners to fight the opioid epidemic.
- We will invest in green energy alternatives and reduce the carbon footprint of Alpine Township facilities.
- We will implement recycling initiatives in the township.
- We will ensure that all parts of our community have access to parks.
- We will invest in internet hotspots to ensure that all Alpine Township residents have access to reliable internet in today's digital age.
Paid for by "Eric-John Szczepaniak for Alpine Township Clerk" and "Sabra Szczepaniak for Treasurer" 3725 Saint Moritz St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544