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Winter 2017 Clinton Currents Page 7 Get to know your new Trustees
Each election cycle brings an opportunity for change on the Board of Trustees. In 2016, two new trustees, under the age of 30 were elected to serve the residents of our community. Mike Keys and Joe Aragona began their new roles in November. Both are lifelong residents of Clinton Township.
Mike Keys, Trustee
Mike Keys grew up surrounded by family in his home at the south end of Clinton Township. A graduate of Central Michigan University, his passion for serving the community really began during his senior year at Fraser High School when he chose to become a co-op student and asked to serve an unpaid internship in Congressman Sandy Levin’s office.
The internship sparked Keys’ passion for politics and a love for volunteering to serve the community. After college, he wanted to volunteer again and took a teaching position in China, where he described the experience as, “incredible.”
Keys’ experience at Congressman Levin’s office led to a job working for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners as a legislative aid. His duties as an aid included acting as a liaison to the commissioners in regard to their meeting agendas and minutes.
Although he currently resides in the southern part of the Township, Keys sees his new role as a representative for all Township residents. He felt the 2016 election was the perfect time to bring new energy and ideas to the Board.
“I wanted to start local so I could represent where my family lives and is committed,” he said. “But I learned a lot going door to door during the campaign,” he said. “People throughout
the Township are looking for transparency. I hope to establish an ethics board, work on getting board meetings online, create an upswing in beautification throughout the township and work with the County to provide a list of roads in need of repair.”
He’s new to the Board of Trustees but you might recognize his name from Aragona Family Jewelers in Clinton Township. That’s where Joe Aragona grew up and spent a lot of time learning about local business.
A graduate of Lutheran High North, Aragona received a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University. Electing to chart a path away from his major in biomedical diagnostics, Aragona instead committed his time to community service.
Following a brief stay working for an industrial electronic repair business, he began work as a legislative director for State Representative Anthony Forlini, where he helped run the Financial Services Committee for the State House of Representatives.
“I wanted to serve the community where I grew up, to give back,” he said. “I’ve learned a lot from Rep. Forlini in regard to budgets. At the Township, I want to make sure we are using our dollars wisely.”
Aragona hopes to encourage new business to move to Clinton Township, filling vacant properties and growing the local economy.
Joe Aragona , Trustee
“I plan to reach out to the Detroit Regional Chamber, to attract small businesses to our community,” he said. “One of the challenges that we face in Clinton Township is that we are well-developed residentially but we still need to focus on bringing new business to our industrial areas.”
Aragona is ready to listen to the needs of township residents. “I’m doing this to be accessible,” he said. “I’m not doing this for the title but to be there for the people of Clinton Township.”

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