Why I am running
You deserve a legislator with a fresh voice, who represents your best interests and fights for what matters most — our children and our families.
As your next state representative, I will fight for a better education system, a safe and modern infrastructure, and protection for our precious resources. With your support, I will work hard each and every day to make Michigan the state in which we want our kids to grow up and thrive.
The infighting and us-versus-them mentality that permeates Lansing is getting us nowhere.
Think about it: Are you happy with how your hard-earned tax dollars have been spent?
Our schools aren’t making the grade. Our infrastructure is crumbling. We’re not protecting our kids, our environment, or our precious resources. We can’t responsibly continue down this path.
This is why I am running to represent you in Lansing.
Michigan needs good public policy, not partisan lines drawn in the sand, infighting, and nonsense legislation. We must tackle the issues that matter most, and those issues aren’t about one party or another — they’re about our future, and that of our kids. The truth is that we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, work that will only get done if we roll up our sleeves and dig in, side by side, together.
We MUST do better, and we will, TOGETHER.
Michigan’s 42nd House District
Michigan’s 42nd state house district includes the City of Brighton, the Village of Pinckney, as well as the townships of Brighton, Genoa, Green Oak, Hamburg, and Putnam.
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Mona Shand loves Livingston County.
In 2007, with their first child on the way, Mona and her husband, Mark, an automotive engineer, chose Brighton as where they wanted to settle down, raise a family and build a life.
For years, Mona commuted through Livingston County, falling in love with the beauty of the area, and drawn by the lakes and parks and recreational opportunities. When the Shands looked for a place to put down roots, Brighton’s small-town feel, vibrant downtown, and community spirit sealed the deal. Since then, the Shand family has grown to include three active kids and two cats.
Volunteerism plays a big part in Mona’s life. She’s a member of the board of directors of LACASA, Livingston County’s non-profit organization that offers comprehensive services and support to survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Mona also serves on the Livingston County Community Alliance, an anti-drug coalition aimed at reducing and preventing youth substance abuse. She is a board member of the Club Wolverine Swim Team, and the publicity coordinator for Brighton School of Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker.” The Shand family is also active in St. Patrick Catholic Church.
In her spare time, Mona volunteers in her kids’ classrooms at St. Patrick School, and is a health and fitness enthusiast. She and her family are fixtures at local races and fitness events, including Brighton’s Hungry Duck Half-Marathon and 5k, the Howell Aquathalon Open Water Swim at Thompson Lake, and the T-Rex triathlon series at Island Lake.
A Michigan native, Mona grew up in suburban Detroit, the daughter of Egyptian immigrants who came to this country with nothing but their education. From them — her father, a physician, and her mother, a nurse educator — she learned the value of hard work and dedication to the American dream.
After attending Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she graduated with honors, she went on to earn a master’s degree at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. Mona taught French and English at the prestigious Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn., before joining the AmeriCorps national community service program. Through the initiative, she coordinated a reading intervention program for at-risk students in grades K-3 on the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Upon returning to the mainland, Mona made a career transition into journalism, working as a writer and producer at Fox 2 News in Detroit before taking an on-air position as a reporter at WLNS TV-6 in Lansing, where she covered politics and capitol news. She later worked as an anchor at WHMI 93.5-FM in Howell, and is currently the Michigan producer and correspondent for Public News Service. An award-winning writer, she also appears regularly on WDIV TV’s “Live in the D” midday program.
As your state representative, Mona will work hard every day to improve education, protect our children and resources, rebuild our infrastructure, and be an inspiring voice for our community and our future.