Meet the Team

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Janet Kiley

Janet grew up as a Texas girl – and Democrat of the Molly Ivins variety.  She has been a Laingsburg resident for 25 years and worked in state government for 30 years as a public health consultant. She has a Bachelor's of Arts in Spanish and a Master's of Science in Human Nutrition. 


She has three children and three grandchildren.  Her interests beyond politics are travel, gardening, reading, and biking. Her broader passions are recycling and solar energy.

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Mark Zacharda

Mark grew up here in Shiawassee county on a dairy farm. After graduating from Ovid-Elsie high school, he attended Lansing Community College and then Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Science, followed by obtaining a teaching certificate from Saginaw Valley State University.


He taught high school biology in Stafford, VA for 4 years before returning home to work on the family farming operation. He has been married to his lovely wife, Stephanie,  since 2009 and has two daughters, ages 10 and 9. They live on a farm in rural Owosso.



Janae has lived in Shiawassee County since 2003 and has been involved with local politics since the 2016 election. She previously served as the the SCDP secretary for one term and stepped in to assist the party when Chair Mark Zacharda made the brave decision to run for State Representative this year. 


Janae and her husband are raising their three children in Owosso. They also have two dogs and two cats. She serves as a board member for the Memorial Healthcare Foundation and is a nonpartisan elected official in the City of Owosso.

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Becky Perry

Becky was born in Shiawassee County and has continued to live here her whole life. She studied sociology at Alma College, counseling at Central Michigan University, and social work at Michigan State University. 


She works as a mental health therapist. Becky has been married to Steve Perry since 2005. They live in rural Owosso and have three children. 




Born in Germany and moving to the United States at age three, Aaron has lived in Owosso for very nearly his entire life, graduating from Owosso High School with honors in 2011.


Aaron's family has an extensive history of military service, and he currently serves in the Michigan National Guard; participating in military emergency responses in Michigan, such as the Flint Water Crisis and the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The Democratic Party has been part of Aaron's life since college when he was an active supporter of President Obama and worked for his re-election campaign in conjunction with the Central Michigan University College Democrats. He was elected to the role of Secretary-Treasurer for the CMU Democrats and served in that office in 2012 and 2013. Aaron studies political science at Lansing Community College while working for McCarthy Construction, building a solar power plant in Shiawassee County.

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