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For Immediate Release
March 8, 2019
Laura M. Toy Announces Run for Livonia Mayor
LIVONIA, MI - Laura M. Toy announced she is running for Livonia Mayor today. Toy is currently President of the Livonia City Council and would be the city’s first female mayor if elected in November.
“I’m so pleased to announce our campaign for Livonia’s future,” said Toy who is also a Livonia small business owner of Cardwell Florist on Plymouth Rd. “I love this city and its people. Especially for our size, we have such a sense of community and we should treasure that and protect it.”
“We have excellent programs for our seniors and youth, top-notch public safety and city services, great events like the parade and Spree, and some of the best schools around,” Toy said. “We need to continue to build on our strengths and make this a welcoming place to live and work for all people.”
“Laura Toy loves this city, you can really tell that about her,” said Jim Crowley who joined Toy at Livonia City Hall to sign as her witness on filing paperwork. “She has a passion for helping others just like I do. That’s why I think Laura is the best choice to be our next mayor,” continued Crowley who is a Livonia resident and volunteer best known for shoveling snow and mowing lawns free of charge for local seniors and disabled residents.
Among Toy’s priorities, she says high on the list is keeping the city within financial reach for the many seniors and young families who call Livonia home. She also highlighted the need for smart development that “fits” with existing neighborhoods.
“We have great city services and you want to maintain that, but at the same time you can’t price people out,” Toy said. “Seniors are on fixed incomes, young families buying homes in the city are already stretching their budgets, you have to be fiscally responsible with people’s tax dollars.”
“Laura Toy is honest and genuine, you never doubt that she’s representing you,” said local resident Joann Seaman. Seaman and her twin sister Janet Hicks are very active Livonia seniors who are both supporting Toy for mayor.
In regards to development in the city, Toy says that balance must be sought between the interests of landowners and developers and those of residents. She also has serious questions about a proposal to sell Wayne County park land for development.
“You need to hear the voice of the people in what you’re doing,” Toy said. “Owners have a right to make productive use of their land, but you don’t want one sided decisions, you want win-wins that consider the input of neighbors too.”
“I do have strong concerns about the proposal by Wayne County to sell park land to developers” Toy said. “There has been an outcry from residents on this. As I understand it some of this land was donated to be used as parks and there may be deed restrictions to consider. I think we need to look at this very carefully and demand transparency from the county.”
Toy is a lifelong Livonia resident and graduated from Bentley High School where she was president of her class. She got her start in community service by creating the city’s first recycling center with the help of former Mayor Ed McNamara. Toy went on to win election to the Schoolcraft College board, as well as serve on the city council, as city treasurer, and to represent Livonia in the state legislature.
“I have deep roots in this community,” Toy said. “My father was badge number six on the Livonia Police Department. My heart is in this city and I will work hard every day to see that it continues to thrive.”
Livonia is the ninth largest city in Michigan and third largest in Wayne County. In 2017, Realtor.com named the city’s 48154 zip code the second hottest real estate market in the country. Livonia has received numerous other accolades including Top 100 Best Cities to Raise a Family, Top 10 Happiest Cities, and one of the safest large cities in the country.
Current Mayor Dennis Wright has formally announced he will not seek reelection due to health concerns.