June 13, 2013It's a challenge, but after a few months in office, Alberta Tinsley-Talabi said she's confident her district is coming together.
Tinsley-Talabi edged fellow Democrat Tim Bledsoe, City of Grosse Pointe, when the district lines were redrawn for the 2nd House District.
The lifelong Detroiter has served the the Detroit City Council and on the
Wayne County Board of Commissioners.
Her district includes part of Detroit, Grosse Pointe Park, the City of
Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Farms.
District 1 includes part of Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods and Grosse Pointe Shores.
Tinsley-Talabi said her district is diverse in many ways, but the goals
- and what her constiuents want - are the same.
"It doesn't matter if you're from Detroit or the Grosse Pointes, you want safety, you want a good education," she said. "You want the same things."
The Southeastern and Eastern Michigan University graduate said she's working to bridge the communities through communication.
"The people I serve here in Detroit and the Grosse Pointes, they want to work together and find solutions to the problems we have in the region, in Detroit," she said.
To focus on her important core values, Tinsley-Talabi said she has invited three families from the Pointes and Detroit to have dinner together and discuss the issues.
"It's amazing when people sit down and talk," she said. "We want the same things. We want more opportunities to succeed."
Tinsley-Talabi said her efforts have focused on insurance legislation, education, job creation and working to help Detroit turn the corner.
Tinsley-Talabi said the positives of Detroit need to be protected, including the arts, nonprofi ts and anything that benefits education and job creation.
"We have to tell our stories of success and work with them," she said. "Nonprofits are key to our community. There is a lot of support." As for emergency manager Kevyn Orr, Tinsley-Talabi said she hopes the work he's here to do happens fast so control of the city can be turned back to the elected officials.
"We need to clean up the city and stop the spread of blight," she said. "It affects all of us. It doesn't matter what community, we're all affected by what goes on in Detroit. People care and we have to work together. That's what I'm working to do."