My name is Doug Helzerman, and I am a lifelong resident of Livingston County. I was born in Detroit and moved with my family to Roseville at age 3. By age 5 we lived in Fowlerville where I attended school Kindergarten to 12th grade. I graduated from Fowlerville High School and was drafted into the Army where I served during the Vietnam era in Korea.
I taught math and science at Wixom Christian School and oversaw the live interactive distance learning. I had the opportunity to run Fowlerville Baptist School as principal where I was able to implement educational innovations including individualized curriculum and personalized learning plans for each student. I also led the athletic programs and managed the facilities.
For over 40 years, I have led in three area churches serving Livingston county as a Deacon, Teacher and director of Outreach and Music. I have also served as an Assistant to the Pastor as well as Financial Secretary.
I was elected to the Fowlerville Village Council where I was able to begin serving in local government and promote business growth and city development. During my time on the council I helped choose new village managers and chiefs of police as well as re-write the city employees’ handbook. As a council member I also helped welcome Wal-Mart and Ventra to our village. I believe my lifelong residency in Livingston county, years of leadership experience, military service, and success in local government have prepared me to best represent this county as its commissioner.
As county commissioner, I want to lead county growth and development that preserves the rural and agricultural heart of Livingston County. As a Fowlerville council member I was able to encourage and attract new businesses including Wal-Mart and Ventra. I wish to see Livingston county develop growing communities, local businesses, modern infrastructure, and strong families.
Part of my long term vision for the county includes the development of the Gregory Road Interchange. This future reality requires some foundational groundwork and vision that I can bring to the county commissioner’s office.