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Editor's Note: Jewish candidates seeking
elective office this year are welcome to
announce their candidacy in the Jewish
News. Jeffrey Jenks is running for state
representative against Simon I. Galed,
Justen Grech and Andy Meisner in the
Democratic primary. The Republican
candidate is Keith 1? Sanford. Primary
election day is Tuesday, Aug. 6

Citing a need to bring money and
resources back to the cities of south-
eastern Oakland County, Huntington
Woods Mayor Pro Tern Jeff
Jenks is running as a
Democrat for the newly
drawn 27th District state
House seat.
Rep. Gilda Jacobs, who
Jenks credits as "an invalu-
able political resource," is
vacating the seat as she
seeks a Democratic nomi-
nation for the state Senate.
"I will fight on behalf of
these cities in our district
— Berkley, Huntington
Woods, Hazel Park,
Jeff Jenks
Pleasant Ridge — which
have been hurt financially
by changes in revenue
sharing," said Jenks, 63, a longtime
Democratic activist and 23-year resi-
dent of Hunting-ton Woods.
He traces the problem "to the way
the Legislature has changed funding
formulas to discriminate against every
older city and suburb in Michigan,"
he said. "This means budgets have
been slashed on road improvements,
city services, schools and recreation
programs for seniors and children."
Jenks ousted an incumbent to win a
commission seat on the Huntington
Woods City Commission in 1999,
before becoming mayor pro tem.
Since 2000, he has served on the
Michigan Municipal League's legisla-
tive and urban affairs committee,
which develops policies to benefit
cities, and as the state legislative liai-
son for the city.
Four years ago, Jenks said he was
knowledgeable about the major state
issues of employment, education,
health and the environment. "But my
experience since 1999, as an elected
official has given me an additional
understanding of the problems and
solutions that are critical to the finan-
cial survival of our cities and our
schools," he said. "These problems
will be solved by the next

Legislature."
As a Huntington Woods commis-
sioner, Jenks works closely with mem-
bers of the current Legislature to
build coalitions and get legislation
passed into law.
In the past 40 years, Jenks has filled
several county, community and
regional and state-level government
leadership roles. They include 20
years as a member of the data adviso-
ry council for the Southeast Michigan
Council of Governments; he moved
up to chair in 2000.
Recently, Jenks com-
pleted a yearlong fellow-
ship at Michigan State
University's Michigan
Political Leadership
Program.
Previously, Jenks
served as a compliance
supervisor for the
Michigan Department
of Transportation. He
was responsible for civil
rights enforcement and
contract compliance
programs statewide
and developing and
monitoring .equal
employment contract compliance for
the construction industry, job train-
ing and disadvantaged business pro-
grams.
Jenks worked for the Michigan
Department of Civil Rights in Flint,
where he served as research director
before being promoted to district
executive. At Wayne State
University, he served as assistant
director in its Office for Research
Administration. He has experience
in teaching fund-raising on the uni-
versity level as well.
Jenks served in the Peace Corps
from 1962-64 as a rural teacher and
trainer of teachers. Today, he serves
as president of the Southeast
Michigan Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers organization.
Professionally, Jenks is a Certified
Travel Consultant licensed by the
Institute for Certified Travel Agents.
The company he launched in 1988,
Travel Is Fun, is a specialty travel
agency that sells cruises and tours
primarily on the Internet. Jenks is
president of the Caribbean Tourism
Organization and serves on the local
board of the Association for Retail
Travel Agents. His phone number is
(248) 546-3361.

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