Alyshia's background has shaped her dedication to community service and social justice. Coming from a family of Polish immigrants who settled in Detroit, Michigan, three generations ago, Alyshia was instilled with the values of hard work and supporting those in need. Growing up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, she faced periods of homelessness as a runaway, leading her to develop a deep appreciation for the importance of community support.
Throughout her upbringing, Alyshia also had personal encounters with the criminal justice system, experiencing both respectful and harmful treatment from law enforcement officers. These experiences had a profound impact on her and solidified her commitment to improving the system.
Driven to make a difference, Alyshia underwent training at the police academy and served as a road patrol deputy at the Washtenaw Sheriff's Office for 10 years. Simultaneously, she pursued her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan University, demonstrating her determination and commitment to personal growth. During her time as a Deputy Sheriff, she witnessed the tragic loss of young lives due to gun violence, further emphasizing the need to address issues such as childhood criminalization, poverty, and mental health within our legal system.
To equip herself with the necessary knowledge and skills, Alyshia decided to pursue degrees in public policy and social work. With the aim of reducing harm in our legal system, she made the courageous decision to run for Sheriff. Through her candidacy, she strives to address the underlying causes of injustice, advocating for policies that prioritize the well-being and dignity of all individuals.