Michael, who has been married for 35 years, has lived in Forest Lake for 33 years and has owned an area business since 1993. He is also a member of St. Peter UCC. In addition, he has served as an elected Ela Township Precinct Committeeman and has been a Forest Lake Homeowners Board member since 2013. Michael retired as a Skokie firefighter/paramedic after 26 years. The Army veteran was also employed by the Department of Navy for three years and Department of Air Force for six years.