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Adam Hollier was born in Detroit and raised on the North End, where he and his wife, Krystle, are restoring a formerly vacant home. He is the son of Carl (retired Detroit firefigher) and Jacquelene Hollier (retired social worker). He is a graduate of Renaissance High School. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations, where he played varsity football and was a decathlete. His commitment to service includes volunteer firefighting and disaster response. While working in Biloxi, Miss. post-Katrina, he was inspired to pursue a master’s in Urban Planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After graduating in 2009, he returned home with creative ways to fight blight and promote economic development.

While serving as Senator Johnson’s chief of staff (2009-2012), Hollier was instrumental in major pieces of legislation: Regional Transit Authority, Utility Shut-Off Protections for seniors and the partial repeal of the Drivers Responsibility Fee. As the mayor’s liaison to the City Council, he shepherded the creation of the Public Lighting Authority, a $180 million investment in neighborhoods. He recently won the primary election for City Council in District 5. In his free time the enjoys Brazilian jiu-jitsu and coaching youth football.


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