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August 21, 2012

Kamp, Moceri set to compete for county’s District 1

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — Macomb County Commissioner Toni Moceri said she’s proud of the experience she has gained over four years on the Macomb County Board of Commissioners.

Former Warren City Council member Mary Kamp said her strong showing at the polls during the primary was a reflection of her name recognition, and the work she did over eight years on the Warren City Council.

Both candidates pledged to reach out to voters in the run-up to the November general election.

Up for grabs is a seat representing Warren’s District 1 for the next two years, as the county continues to face economic challenges and completes its transition to county executive rule.

“I think we made a strong presence at the polls. The feedback was very positive, obviously a lot of recognition of the name and the work that I’ve done on council,” said Kamp, of Warren. “I’ve always been known for going door-to-door. I’ll be doing that.”

Kamp said she wants to see county government become more responsive to residents. She also wants the Macomb County Board of Commissioners to continue reviewing contracts under Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, adding the scrutiny and control voters expect.

“I think we need to make sure that completes the transition that way and does not end up being a loss of control for the voters,” Kamp said. “In addition to that, I think, not only on just a local level, but on a county, state and national level, I think we definitely need fiscal conservativeness, and that we need to be doing an audit of the services that are offered — not with the intent of eliminating them, but in making them efficient.”

Kamp also said she’d like to see the county marketed effectively, so that residents and businesses are aware of existing programs.

Moceri, of Warren, a Democrat elected to her first two-year term serving what was the county’s District 4 in 2008, was re-elected to the redrawn District 1 in 2010.

She said the Macomb County Board of Commissioners has obviously changed during her tenure, after voters approved the county’s Home Rule Charter in 2010, but that she wants to continue working to manage the transition through her experience.

“The county has a AAA bond rating. It has to do partly with the measures previous leadership has done, but also the continued management under the new form of government,” Moceri said. “Obviously, we’re both experienced, so it’s going to come down to the voters in Warren.

“I would just emphasize that my working to reform county government was part of that fiscal management, and that’s what we’ve been focused on, especially this term, defining the relationship of the Board of Commissioners and the county executive.”

Moceri said she’d also use her experience as chair of the county’s Health and Human Services Committee and as a board member for the Area Agency on Aging 1-B to work on behalf of District 1’s senior citizens.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.

It is a shame that Moceris misses almost 30% of the meetings according to the roll calls in the published meeting minutes, as a representative of the people that is unacceptable.