Jim Plakas

Biographical Information

Born: November 29, 1929 in Detroit
Marital Status: Married
Spouse/Partner: Dorothy
Education: Ford Engineering Program at Ford; Henry Ford Trade School; journeyman tool and die maker, attended various community colleges, Lawrence Institute
Employment/Military Record: Retired; was product design engineer at Ford Motor Company; former restaurant owner
Community Activities: Currently serving on Garden City Osteopathic Hospital board as a trustee; served on Schoolcraft Community College committee when first organized; Schoolcraft Community College advisor, member of board-Radcliffe Center; served on planning commission library board; chair Central Wayne Co. Sanitation Authority; commissioner on Garden City planning commission; volunteer probation officer for 21st district court; Veteran of Korean War (served in US army counterintelligence corps during military tenure); member of Garden City Goodfellows, active in local community for 45 years, member of Masons, Shriners

Governmental Leadership (Elected or Appointed)

House (1/1/2003 - 12/31/2006)
Other Offices: First elected to state House in 2000 and re-elected in 2002 and 2004 (Primary Election results, General Election results), former member of Garden city council (1968-75, mayor pro-tem and then mayor 1983-93)

Elections and Political Participation

Michigan House 16th District 2004
General Vote: 25,756 of 36,641 (70%)
Primary Vote: 3,830 of 3,830 (100%)

Michigan House 16th District 2002
General Vote: 19,693 of 26,201 (75%)
Primary Vote: 10,189 of 10,189 (100%)

Political Activities: Administrative asst. to U.S. Rep. William Ford, politically active in Democratic Party, 15th Congress, district membership chair

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