The Craig Fahle Show

Mayor Series: Oak Park

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marian McClellan has had 31-year career in education before officially entering politics. She is now the two-term mayor of Oak Park. In 2011, she ran a grassroots campaign that included a listening tour and talking with voters at 5,000 homes. It worked. She defeated a 30-year incumbent.

"I just got tired of watching my town go down hill," says McClellan. "It is a joy to be able to make a difference."

Among the issues Mayor McClellan is removing a 50-year law that makes Oak Park a dry, alcohol free city.

In addition to leading the 30,000-resident city, Mayor McClellan is active in many organizations: South Oakland Mayors Association, Michigan Municipal League, 8 Mile Boulevard Association. She also works with Millennial Mayors working to encourage our grandchildren to be active participants in local government. She was a keynote speaker at Women Officials Network - Why Don't More Women Run for Office? She comes from a political family. Her husband Keith helped run Robert Kennedy's campaign in Indiana. Her son Andy Meisner, is the Oakland County Treasurer. Her daughter Michelle, works as a public defender in Bend, Oregon.