2014-07-20 / News

MARGARET GUERRERO DELUCA, 44

BY ALEX PETRIE
810-452-2609 • apetrie@mihomepaper.com


Margaret Guerrero Deluca, 44, a Democratic candidate for state representative, stands in her family’s backyard with husband, Joe, an Imlay City police officer, son, Diego, and daughter, Daniela. Guerrero Deluca was born and raised in Imlay City and lives on the same land that her grandparents owned and farmed. Margaret Guerrero Deluca, 44, a Democratic candidate for state representative, stands in her family’s backyard with husband, Joe, an Imlay City police officer, son, Diego, and daughter, Daniela. Guerrero Deluca was born and raised in Imlay City and lives on the same land that her grandparents owned and farmed. LAPEER COUNTY — Of the six men and women running for State Representative, Margaret Guerrero Deluca, 44, who was born and raised in Imlay City, represents half of the Democratic candidates.

Guerrero Deluca lives on the same plot of land that her grandparents owned and farmed, although she and her husband, Joe, have built a beautiful new home on the 8.5 acres. The home is located in the city, but from the back porch of her home, one would think they were hours from a city.

The family makes sure to keep a barrier between their manicured yard and the Belle River that flows through it. “I’m worried about the runoff of the chemicals we use in the yard, so we keep a barrier so the soil absorbs it before it runs into the river,” said Guerrero Deluca. “I try to get my kids into the environment too. I’m an environmentalist, so I try to get them to appreciate nature as well.”

Guerrero Deluca and her husband have two children, Diego, 7, and Daniela, 5, who attend Weston Elementary in Imlay City. Her children’s education is something that is very important to Guerrero Deluca, herself a substitute teacher, substitute para-pro, and substitute dean of students in Lapeer County. “While I was finishing up my degree, I was substitute teaching, and after I had children, my husband asked if I wanted to go back to work, and I said, ‘I’ll go back part time.’ And I loved substitute teaching before, and it gives me the flexibility to schedule time off for my children, so I went back to it.”

Before substitute teaching, Guerrero Deluca worked as a senior manager for Chrysler Financial, before being elected to City Commission, and was eventually elected mayor of Imlay City. “While I was on City Commission, I also sat on the Planning Commission, on the DDA board, the senior citizen board,” said Guerrero Deluca, adding, “I was also coaching varsity cheer and dance at the time.”

After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University in communications with a minor in history, focusing on African history, Guerrero Deluca brought her studies into her personal life, honeymooning in Africa, going on a photo safari in Kenya and traveling to Tanzania. While on their honeymoon, the couple took school supplies and visited a number of schools in Africa, both observing and helping.

Guerrero Deluca’s husband Joe is a police officer in Imlay City. Of her husband, Guerrero Deluca beamed, “We met, actually, by accident. Literally. I had just moved back home and I was driving around downtown looking at the new shops, and there was a little DPW truck in front of me, and I bumped into the truck. And the guy says, ‘I gotta call this in, it’s a city truck, it’s protocol, but don’t worry I got a new guy, a new police officer that I’ll call.’ And Joe came, and he asked me out shortly after that, and the rest is history.”

According to Guerrero Deluca, she and her family “have been blessed with the ability to live the American dream,” and she wants the opportunity to ensure the same for all of Lapeer County’s citizens.

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