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Monica Sparks

Office: Kent County Commissioner (District 12)
Party Affiliation: Democratic
City: Kentwood
State: Michigan

My father, Alonzo Edward Sparks is the recipient of the Purple Heart as a Korean War Veteran and my mother, Joyce Ann Sparks is retired public school teacher. They adopted my twin sister and I at the age of 8 out of foster care, so I can tell you that life started out very rough. God blessed my parents to raise me to live life through the lens of a grateful giving heart and service to others is part of my DNA. They also taught me to be a humble, yet fierce advocate to stand up for my rights as well as the rights of others.

I am married to a wonderful supportive husband Lonnie Polk, Jr. who is a Laser Operations Manager at a local manufacturing company and we share two amazing teenage boys, Todd and Tyler.
•Planning Commissioner, City of Kentwood
•Former Zoning Board of Appeals Commissioner, City of Kentwood
•Vice President, National Heritage Academy (Vista)
•Vice President, Woman’s Life Chapter 881
•Certified SCORE Mentor and Business Counselor
•Member, Wyoming Kentwood Chamber of Commerce and West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
•Member, Small Business Association of Michigan
Member, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
•State of Michigan Licensed Real Estate Broker 20+ years
•Selected by Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the “50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan”