Warren Weekly voters to consider primary candidates, ballot proposals

Warren Weekly | Published July 20, 2016

Voters in the Warren Weekly’s coverage area will head to the polls Aug. 2 to trim the candidate fields for three state House races, four countywide offices and two seats on the state’s 16th Circuit Court. They’ll also be asked to cast votes for or against a series of ballot proposals, including requested millage extensions for public safety and local streets in Warren and a proposal that would make Warren mayors eligible to serve five four-year terms instead of three.

Candidates running opposed in individual primary election races this year were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over their word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

Candidates running unopposed in the primary — and thus automatically set to appear on the November ballot — are listed below by name only in their respective races due to space restrictions. Full profiles of all candidates appearing on the ballot in November will be published at a later date.

The various proposals set for inclusion on the Aug. 2 primary ballot are also included below. The ballot language is printed verbatim.

 

City of Warren: Millage renewal proposal for police and fire safety protection
Shall the City of Warren continue to be authorized, in City Charter section 9.1, to levy up to an additional 4.9 mills ($4.90 per $1,000.00) on taxable value of property located in the City of Warren each year for five (5) years, beginning with the July 2017 tax levy and continuing through the December 2021 tax levy, inclusive? This millage will raise in the first year of such levy estimated revenues of $15,990,400 for the specific purpose of preserving police and fire safety protection at current levels. If approved, this would be a renewal of a previously authorized millage.


City of Warren: Charter amendment proposal to extend term limits for mayor
Shall the Charter of the City of Warren (sections 4.3 (d) and 4.4(d)) be amended to extend the term limits for the office of mayor from the greater of (3) complete terms or 12 years, to the greater of five (5) complete terms or 20 years? Any years or terms served prior to this amendment are included.


City of Warren: Millage renewal proposal for local street and road repair and replacement
Shall the City of Warren continue to be authorized in section 9.1 of the City Charter to levy up to 2.1 mills ($2.10 per $1,000) on taxable value of property located in the City of Warren each year for five (5) years beginning with the December 2016 tax levy, and continuing through December 2020 tax levy, inclusive? The millage will raise in the first year of such levy estimated revenues of $6,853,050, and will be used for the specific purpose of repairing and replacing local streets and roads. If approved, this would be a renewal of a previously authorized millage.



State House of Representatives District 22
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Jeff Bonnell
Running unopposed

Democrat
John G. Chirkun (I)
Age: 63
Occupation: Current State Representative, 22nd District; former Mayor of Roseville; retired Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputy (29 years)
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: 35 years
Online campaign information: www.johnchirkun.com
Education:  Attended Macomb Community College and Highland Park Community College. Graduated from the Wayne County Police Academy in 1979 and the State Police Instructor’s School in 1984. Also served in the United States Air Force from 1971-1977.
Previously held elected offices: Roseville City Council, November 1995-January 2009; Roseville Mayor, January 2009-December 2014; State Representative, January 2015-present
Top goals: Economy: Strengthen economic development efforts and crafting a fairer tax structure that promotes entrepreneurship and creates good paying jobs; review existing tax incentives; repealing Right to Work and pension tax; restoring the EITC and Homestead Property Tax exemptions to put money back into people’s pockets.
Public Education: Investing in our future, from preschool to public universities/community colleges by ending the raiding of the School Aid budget and reprioritizing existing funding to reflect priorities; finding a long-term, sustainable funding model for public education investments.
Keeping Communities Safe: Restoring revenue sharing dollars to local communities to fund police, fire, EMS; financing sewer/water improvements to protect our water and Great Lakes; implementing a fair road funding plan that actually funds the roads; preventing dangerous felons from being released back into our communities; provide funding for proven methods to reduce crime such as mental health/substance abuse counseling and enforcement; keeping dangerous criminals locked up.

Democrat
Nicole Reid
Age: 31
Occupation: Substance Abuse Therapist
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 3 years
Online campaign information: Nicolereid.org
Education: BA of Criminal Justice & Organizational Communication, MA of Sociology
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My first priority is  to end political corruption, through campaign finance reform and getting big money out of politics.  I also want to establish an independent news reporter who writes daily press releases, in laymen’s terms and sends them to local newspapers so that citizens can easily follow what their elected officials are doing.  It is imperative that we start protecting the environment, we need to separate storm water and sewage to reduce pollution into our lakes and invest in renewable energy sources.  Finally, protect Michigan families by repealing the pension tax and right to work laws.  I want to reduce spending on prisons and use that money to improve our schools and roads. We must also decrease economic inequality by creating high paying jobs for the working class, increasing minimum wage and lowering college costs. Vote Reid for Rep, August 2nd.


State House of Representatives District 25
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Ronald Simon Albers
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired, Former Operations Manager, Corporate Purchasing Manager
and Director of Sales
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: Since 1972
Online campaign information: www.rona4staterep25.com
Education: Graduated from East Detroit High School, Attended Macomb County
Community College and Detroit Institute of Technology
Previously held elected offices: Republican Precinct Delegate
Top goals: I will pass legislation to support the following: Pro-Life, 2nd Amendment to defend oneself and I will have biweekly meetings with senior citizens in my district to hear their concerns.

Republican
Steve Naumovski
Age: 60
Occupation: Doctor of Medicine, Researcher and Developer of Medical Information technology (author of the Fist Patients Medical Record Discs), also worked in various capacities for the US Department of Commerce – The US Census Bureau. Retired.
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 30 years.
Online campaign information: Face Book:  Committee to Elect Steve Naumovski
Education: University-Medical School – M.D.
Also attended University of Sports, as well as numerous additional professional development and training  programs including the filed of Medicine, Science, Information technology, Real-estate, Insurance, CDL instructors, Financial Services, Financial Securities,  linguistics, foreign languages etc.
Previously held elected offices: City Councilman (as elected representative of the Health Care field)– Tetovo/Macedonia 1986;  Health Care Delegate in the Macedonia’s North Western Regional Parliamentary Health Care Commission;
Top goals: To protect the principle of federalism, making  own laws in the interest of the Michiganders, preserving the sovereignty and autonomy of the State of Michigan in Health Care, Education, Banking, Business and all other areas.
1)  Free choice of Doctor (Dentist), Hospital across HMO/Insurances lines.
Legislation to mandate free choice of providers and eliminate/limit HMO’s control of providers. Simplifying the compensation (payment) to providers (similar to collision shop).
2) Primary Health Care – revision. Simplifying the Michigan Public Health Code and Licensing of all levels in Health Care. New graduates M.D., FMG’s,  (e.g. California , Florida , Mississippi , Missouri …). Incentives for new general practitioners.
3) Education- improving the position of educators. Incentives for new educators. Free choice of school and second language of choice for all students ( in addition of English), ESL and availability of mothers language, native languages. Redefinition of the word ethnic and protecting the identity of individuals and families.

Democrat
Jacqueline Sproles
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Henry Yanez (I)
Age: 58
Occupation:  State Representative / Former Firefighter
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information: http://www.facebook.com/
Education: Associates Degree in Fire Sciences and General Studies
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Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: My top priorities are about creating jobs.  They are to fix our roads, fully fund education, and invest in our communities.
I voted against the Republican roads “plan” in 2015 that raises your taxes and doesn’t fix our roads.  Individuals have seen their taxes increase 32% over the past 5 years, while businesses have seen an 83% decrease. Businesses that put the most wear on our roads should pay their fair share.
Education funding, when adjusted for inflation, is below year 2000 levels. We have thousands of jobs that need to be filled, but aren’t, because workers don’t have the necessary skills. Investing more in K-12, post-secondary education, and job training will help fill those vacancies and create jobs.
Ensuring that our communities receive adequate state funding for police, fire, medical, and other essential city services helps create safe and prosperous communities where businesses locate and individuals live and work. 


State House of Representatives District 28
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and four candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November. Candidates will appear on the ballot twice: for one two-year term and one partial term ending on Jan. 1, 2017.

Republican
Antoine M. Davidson
Running unopposed

Democrat
Patrick Green
Age: 51
Occupation: Insurance Agent
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: 48 years
Online campaign information: Facebook Page Pat Green for State  House of Representatives — District 28
Education: Warren Consolidated Elementary and Middle Schools, Notre Dame High School, University of Detroit, Insurance Certifications
Previously held elected offices: Warren City Council – November 2007 – November 2011; Warren City Council – November 2011 to November 2015; Warren City Council – November 2015 to Current. 
Top goals: Education: Our education system has to be improved. Test scores are getting lower and our national rankings continue to decline. We need to better fund education, raise standards, reduce class sizes, and stop attacking teachers. Without a better education system we will not be able to fully turnaround Michigan’s economy.
Investing in Cities: Michigan must increase revenue sharing to local municipalities to ensure they have the funding and resources needed to provide the public services residents expect and deserve. By disinvesting in our cities the State is hurting infrastructure, public safety, and our natural resources.
Jobs: Michigan needs to create and attract more and better paying jobs. We need to make Michigan a more attractive and welcoming place to locate your business or start a family. Keeping our talented and educated graduates in the state instead of them moving away from Michigan is a good place to start.

Democrat
Paul M. Kardasz
Age: 30
Occupation: U.S. Army Retired
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: Lifelong
Online campaign information: www.macombforum.com
Education: Various U.S. Army (Leadership Development & Transportation) Baker College,
Human Resource Management
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Going into this election my purpose was to offer residents of Warren and Center Line an alternative to the established political dynasty that continues to hold elected office. Demonstrated through my military service, quality leadership and integrity is what I promise to bring to Lansing. Warren and Center Line residents deserve better representation committed to growth and development, and not selfserving political goals. I am committed to focusing on responsible state spending, addressing failing infrastructure affecting our water and working to eliminate common-core standards while fully funding our public schools.

Democrat
Lori Stone
Age: 36
Occupation: Teacher
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: www.electloristone.com
Education: Fitzgerald High School and Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center, 1998
Bachelor’s degrees: Michigan State University, Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy and Elementary Education, 2002
Master’s degree: Michigan State University, Science Education, 2008
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: My priority is education. As a veteran teacher of 12 years, I bring a unique qualification for developing effective educational policies. We need to adequately funded public school districts and to support teachers in order to prepare students for the 21st century workforce. All children need access to early childhood education that will give them a foundation for starting school. A K-12 STEM Curriculum needs to be developed so students are prepared for a knowledge based economy. Public education is key to many issues. Another goal is infrastructure. Our infrastructure needs to be updated and maintained. Roads, bridges, sewers, and water treatment must have sustainable revenue established for ongoing repairs and updates. Finally the economy, we need a living wage so workers can support their families. As a union representative, I stand up for a worker’s right to bargain collectively in order to maintain the middle class standard of living.

Democrat
Mike Westphal
Age: 31
Occupation: Data Entry Specialist
Municipality of residence: Center Line, MI
For how long: 2 years (Warren for 29 years)
Online campaign information: www.votemikewestphal.com
Education: Oakland University, B.A. History, 2008
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top three priorities are progressive family values, income inequality, and education. I consider family values to be paid maternity leave, paid sick days, and paid vacation days for all workers. Workers deserve time to spend with their families because they are valuable assets and profit creators.  Before the next Mother’s day, I plan on sponsoring a bill that promotes these values, so Michigan families will know where our politicians stand on family values.  Michigan can address income inequality by making our state income tax rate fair for working families. I will draft a tax equality bill that asks the top 1% to pay 1% more in taxes while lowering the bottom 95% taxes by .5 %, this will generate revenue for the state so we can fully fund education and fix our roads. I will fight for these ideals to become a reality.


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 1
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Danita R. Buchholtz-Feirstein
Running unopposed

Democrat
Andrey Duzyj (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 2
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Ronald C. Michals
Running unopposed

Democrat
Marvin E. Sauger (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Philip Neumeyer
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Paul. M. Smith
Age: 70
Occupation: Retired Industrial Engineer
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 39 years
Online campaign information: No answer given 
Education: Detroit Cooley High School, General Motors Institute, USAF Officer Training School, USAF Pilot Training, Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights City Councilman
Top goals: I will give the voters a chance to fairly elect a NEW candidate for sheriff. Far too many so-called “elected” offices operate as hereditary monarchies with fathers handing the job over to their sons or closely-connected protégées.
I will offer the services of the County Sheriff to small communities that cannot efficiently continue to operate micro-police departments.
I will make the scope of work fit the income available at current tax rates.  I will not supplement my budget with tax increases or revenue-motivated law enforcement.

Democrat
Anthony Wickersham (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Michael R. Wrathell
Running unopposed

Democrat
Eric J. Smith (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Four candidates are running for the Republican nomination and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Sylvia Grot
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Debera Guenther
Age: 51
Occupation: Paralegal
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: They have to email me directly or can find me on Facebook
Education: Two Associates Degrees, Paralegal and General Studies
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: *Main Goal - Create a database in which all communities are linked and sharing the same information, at city, county and state levels.
Through my paralegal/underwriting experience having worked for one of the largest title companies in the nation and my background in real estate, I have first-hand knowledge of issues our state and local governments face, A lack of Communication. City, county and state governments do not share the same information. The lack of communication of records not only affect the government data bases but create monetary damages to citizens and corporations in our communities.
2. Keep better track of the records at the county level.
3. Prepare a better way to make sure documents are recorded properly at the register of deeds.
4.  Create a position wherein a court “personnel” would provide affordable, paid assistance to people trying to represent themselves in court. They can review paperwork to make sure it is filled out properly and answer questions, while not giving legal advice. This could be a way to increase revenue and save the court clerks time!

Republican
Karen M. Spranger
Age: 64
Occupation: Organizational Environmental Consultant
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: All my life
Online campaign information: http://www.karen4macombclerk.com
Education: Ascension Catholic School ,  Warren Lincoln High School , vocational training at Van Dyke Public Schools . Lifetime of hands on work experiences and training.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The top three things I will accomplish as  Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds is  1)  Implement advanced website  technology to provide extensive  educational outreach to  all customers  2) Aggressively pursue any reported election fraud affecting the integrity of our voting processes  while eliminating real estate  fraud , and 3) Unite by seminars our  cities, villages, and townships ( CVTs)  Clerks to address their obligations  under the State of Michigan statutes.
After years as a citizen advocate participating in public meetings,  I ran for the Office of Mayor in 2015 .  I am very involved  with people, processes, and paperwork.    I will promote these County offices to be inclusionary for everyone. Online education and simple document checklists will increase revenue sources.  As your  elected county-wide official  custodian of records , Karen A. Spranger will provide responsive, efficient, transparent and ethical government services to the residents of Macomb County .

Republican
Julie Ann Williams
Age: 50
Occupation: Mortgage Closer/Notary public  (self-employed)
Municipality of residence: Macomb Twp 7/10/16  previously Mt Clemens
For how long: 1 day Macomb Twp, 3 years Mt Clemens
Online campaign information: www.electjulieannwilliams.com
Education: Lakeview High School/St.John’s University, Queens, NY
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Simplify processes for senior citizens 2. Maintain integrity of elections 3. Review operations and procedures, some areas may be working perfectly, others may need improvement. The first year will be review, unless an area has urgency for immediate action.

Democrat
Denise Doherty
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Fred Miller
Age: 42
Occupation: Macomb County Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information: www.thefredmillerspot.com
Education: BA of Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner 2011-present; State Representative 2005-2010
Top goals: My priorities as Clerk/ RoD would include creation of the “Senior Advocate” position to better meet the needs of our aging population, proactive outreach to new county residents to welcome and include them in Macomb County, and standing up against further efforts to erode voting rights. I will push the entire department to place older customers at the center of our thinking and reform the office to better serve the needs of older citizens, including doing outreach to places seniors live and socialize. Newer residents are similarly important. Again, proactive outreach to update voter registration as well as familiarize new residents with available services will help make the Clerk’s Office an important “welcome wagon” for new residents. Lastly, Carmella Sabaugh has been an outspoken advocate for voting rights and if I am able to serve as Macomb County Clerk, I will be similarly outspoken both locally and in Lansing.

Democrat
Paul Wojno
Age: 60
Occupation: Warren City Clerk
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: Warren/Center Line resident for 52 Years
Online campaign information: www.wojno4clerk.com
Education: BA Wayne State University; State Clerk Certification with 20 state required classes completed.  Michigan Municipal Clerk’s Association and Macomb County Clerk’s Association.
Previously held elected offices: 2007 to Present – Warren City Clerk; 1997-2002 - State Representative 28th District Warren/Center Line.
Top goals: 1. Utilize my experience by working with our county legislative delegation to adopt legislation that expands voter participation while reducing election cost.  This can be accomplished with voting by mail for all elections or in primary and special elections.  States such as Oregon and Washington that conduct elections by mail have seen voter participation rise and tremendous cost savings to all municipalities in their states.
2.Expand County Clerk services to seniors, veterans and those with disabilities by providing additional dates and times for mobile clerk’s office to be in use throughout the county.  Having the endorsement of County Executive Mark Hackel, Prosecutor Eric Smith and Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, I know that I would be provided the necessary support to better serve our senior community.
3. Enhance online services for birth/death records, licensing, Register of Deeds office and “Fast Pass” appointments for citizens to avoid waiting in line.


Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Joseph M. Hunt
Age: 50
Occupation: Computer Systems Engineer
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: In Warren, a total of 25 years
Online campaign information: http://www.macombforum.com
Education: Madison Height Bishop Foley, Ferris State College, Macomb Community College, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: I plan to implement sweeping changes to positively improve the Macomb County drain and sewage networks. I’ll boldly address the outstanding financial issues that affect the municipal ratepayers. Auditors have indicated the current accounting practices of the existing drainage districts have significant deficiencies and material weaknesses. The Drain Code and County Public Improvement Acts will be enforced. Special assessments will be recalculated.
The prevalence of basement flooding is indicative of a flawed drainage network. I will jet the drains, rework our capacities and controls, while updating reservoirs and pumping stations. The continued sewage overflows from wet weather events requires cordial communications with Oakland County and the Great Lakes Water Authority. The City of Warren must tie into The Interceptor. I will not engage in contract kickbacks. In order to Save Lake St. Clair, a new Public Works Commissioner is overdue. I will use new technology and expertise if elected.

Republican
Candice S. Miller
Age: 62
Occupation: Member of Congress
Municipality of residence: Harrison Twp., MI
For how long: 62 years
Online campaign information: http://candicemiller4macomb.com/
Education: Macomb Community College, Northwood Institute
Previously held elected offices:
Harrison Twp. Trustee 1979-1980
Harrison Twp. Supervisor 1980-1992
Macomb County Treasurer 1992-1994
Michigan Secretary of State 1995-2003
Member of Congress 2003-present
Top goals: The first priority for me as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner will be to stop the continued overflow of raw sewage into our lakes, rivers and streams. The people of Macomb County deserve clean water and I will take every action necessary to provide it.
In addition to clean water the people of Macomb County deserve clean government. I will enact transparent policies so taxpayers know how their money is being spent and customer service is dramatically improved just as I did as Michigan Secretary of State.
I also will work with other leaders in the county to streamline government to give the taxpayers the most for their hard earned money. I am proud to be endorsed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and look forward to working with him to strengthen the county we all care so deeply about.

Democrat
Anthony V. Morocco (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Philip Neumeyer
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Paul. M. Smith
Age: 70
Occupation: Retired Industrial Engineer
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 39 years
Online campaign information: No answer given 
Education: Detroit Cooley High School, General Motors Institute, USAF Officer Training School, USAF Pilot Training, Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights City Councilman
Top goals: I will give the voters a chance to fairly elect a NEW candidate for sheriff. Far too many so-called “elected” offices operate as hereditary monarchies with fathers handing the job over to their sons or closely-connected protégées.
I will offer the services of the County Sheriff to small communities that cannot efficiently continue to operate micro-police departments.
I will make the scope of work fit the income available at current tax rates.  I will not supplement my budget with tax increases or revenue-motivated law enforcement.

Democrat
Anthony Wickersham (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Treasurer
Three Republicans and one Democrat are running for one four-year term.

Republican
Larry Rocca
Age: 72
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 11 years, I have resided in Macomb County over 40 years.
Online campaign information: LARRYROCCA.COM
Education: Graduate of Oakland University-1980- Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major: Political Science/History/Bus.
Previously held elected offices: NONE
Top goals: My top 3 priorities for the Treasurer’s Office  #1. To have an outside AUDIT. #2. Eliminate Waste and Abuse where found. #3. Create a smoother running Treasurer Office conservative and more efficient with more cooperation between all existing departments.

Republican
Erin A. Stahl
Age: 46
Occupation: Self-employed (projects involving MLB, NHL, antiques, finance, etc.)
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores (18 years) / Macomb County (23 years)
For how long: SCS-18 years / MC-23 years
Online campaign information: www.ErinStahl.com
Education:
Masters in Finance (2006) – Walsh College
Bachelors in Entrepreneurship - MSU
Former SCS General Employee Pension Board Trustee
Financial Peace University (DaveRamsey.com) class coordinator
Senior graduate of LandmarkEducation.com
Previously held elected offices: 2003-7: St. Clair Shores Councilwoman, 2007: SCS Mayor Protem
Top goals: I’m the only elected official, I know of, who has earned their Masters in Finance and was a Market Research Analyst, DURING their time as a City Councilperson. These unique experiences trained me to look at budgets and contracts differently than government normally does. I look at trends and various other factors instead of just adding more debt hoping our problems will “magically” be solved.
I am running because we need proven leaders, like me, who are able to stand up and make the best decisions for the whole community, despite any possible pressures from social media or special interests to do differently.
The only way to truly fix the problems is to:
1) ANALYZE the budgets/contracts in a new way
2) RESPECT each tax dollar as if it was your own (and not add more devastating debt)
3) TRANSPARENCY of information including free and unlimited access to various statistics.

Republican
Paul Viar
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Derek E. Miller (I)
Running unopposed


Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Republican
Michael R. Wrathell
Running unopposed

Democrat
Eric J. Smith (I)
Running unopposed


Judges of Circuit Court-16th District (nonincumbent position)
Five candidates are running for two six-year terms.

Beth I. deBaptiste-Follis
Age: 45
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long? 20 years
Online campaign information: www.BethforJudge.com
Education: Paw Paw High School; 1989 Albion College, B.A. in English, Concentration in Public Service; 1993 University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.; 1996
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: In a county which has consistently led the state in new home building permits, surprisingly, the Macomb Circuit Court has no court or judge dedicated to handling real property disputes exclusively. With real property disputes being constant, implementing a real property court could very well help streamline the overall system.
Furthermore, hiring an attorney to file and litigate a lawsuit in court can be very expensive and, at times, cost prohibitive. By requiring all court matters, not just some, to be filed and handled electronically, improved technology could help minimize these costs. Similarly, conducting hearings and other court matters by video conference could help reduce attorneys’ fees.
If elected, I would like to form and participate in a task force which studies (a) the effect of implementing a real property court/judge and (b) how technology can add more efficiency to our court system and make litigation more cost-effective.

Teri Lynn Dennings
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Rachel Rancilio
Age: 39
Occupation: Partner, Law Firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa, and Rancilio, Macomb Township
Municipality of residence: Macomb County
For how long: Lifelong
Online campaign information: Rancilio2016@gmail.com
Education: B.A., University of Detroit/Mercy, J.D., Wayne State University Law School
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My fourteen years as a trial lawyer in Macomb County Circuit Court have taught me one thing above all else:  that the courtroom belongs to the people, both those who appear in it, and those who are affected by what happens there.  If elected, I will stand behind the ideal that the judge and the attorneys are there to serve the people, not simply rule over them.  I will work hard to be the judge you’d most like to have on your day in court:  firm, but fair; respectful and courteous to all legal parties: and always ready to listen fully to every legal argument before rendering an opinion or verdict.  If you’re in the wrong, you’ll be held accountable; but everyone’s legal rights will be safeguarded in my courtroom.

Michael E. Servitto
Age: 38
Occupation: Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chief of the District Court and Chief of the Cold Case Unit
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www@ServittoForJudge.com
Education: Michigan State University – College of Law: 2003, Magna Cum Laude, Law Review - Editorial Board; Michigan State University: 1999, B.A. in Political Science, Cognate in Spanish; De La Salle Collegiate: 1995 (Warren).
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: The three most important issues are interwoven and should be addressed simultaneously. First, Macomb County is experiencing epidemic levels of addiction to prescription opiate-based painkillers and heroin. Second, mental health afflictions are contributing to much of the criminality we encounter. Finally, the Macomb County Jail continues to declare overcrowding emergencies. With inmate levels increasing, we cannot expect our jail to serve as a substance abuse and mental health treatment center. I intend to use all resources and programs available to curb the risk of recidivism while reducing our inmate population. Continued engagement has proven to be effective in establishing a network of support and increasing an addict’s chance of rehabilitative success.
Addiction and mental disorders afflict all ages and demographics. Not only do we have a moral obligation to treat these diseases, but it’s in our community’s best interest to assist these individuals in becoming productive members of society.

Armand Velardo
Age: 58
Occupation: Attorney and Managing Partner of Ruggirello, Velardo, Novara & Ver Beek, P.C. Municipality of Residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www.velardoforjudge.com
Education: A. Wayne State University Law School Masters of Laws – Taxation, 1986 B. Wayne State University Law School Juris Doctor – General, 1982 C. Wayne State University Bachelor of Science – Accounting, 1980 D. Certified Public Accountant, 1983.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: A. Move cases along to reduce the cost to litigants. This can be accomplished by utilizing Early Intervention Conferences with the parties and attorneys, and by narrowing the issues each time the attorneys appear before me in a given case. B. Encourage litigants to resolve their case between themselves so they are able to control the outcome, but be ready and willing to make decisions if the litigants are unable to do so. C. Encourage attorneys to work together to be part of the solution, and not the problem.


Macomb County Zoological Authority
The Macomb County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008 and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of Macomb County.  The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax on real and personal property to provide revenue to an accredited zoological institution for this purpose.  Accordingly, as a renewal of the previously approved millage authorization which expires with the 2017 tax levy, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall the 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on all of the taxable property located within the County continue to be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2018 through 2027?  It is estimated that if approved and levied, this millage would generate approximately $2,563,833 in 2018.  
Shall this proposal be adopted?


Macomb County Veterans' Millage
If approved, this proposal will increase the 0.04 mills levied by Macomb County that expires in 2018 by 0.029 mills to a revised total of 0.069 mills for two years, 2017 and 2018 and renew the increased millage for four years, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. This will continue the funding of financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and support the administration of the Macomb County Department of Veterans' Affairs and Macomb County Veterans' Affairs Commission. 

Shall the 0.04 mills, (4 cents per $1,000 of taxable value), increase on the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property in Macomb County which expires in 2018 be increased by 0.029 mills to a revised total of 0.069 mills for 2017 and 2018 and be renewed at 0.069 mills for four (4) years, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 to be levied by Macomb County on taxable real and personal property for the remaining two years of the current authorization, 2017 and 2018 and an additional four years, 2019 through 2022, inclusive, for the purpose of providing financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and to support the administration of the Macomb County Department of Veterans' Affairs and Macomb County Veterans' Affairs Commission? It is estimated that a levy of 0.069 mills will raise approximately $1,756,375 in the first calendar year of the levy. For example, on a property having a residential market value of $100,000 (estimated taxable value of $50,000), 0.069 mills would be $3.45 of levied tax annually.


U.S. House of Representatives District 9
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Christopher R. Morse
Running unopposed

Democrat
Sander Levin (I)
Running unopposed