Eastpointe voters to consider councilmembers, ballot questions

Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 8, 2021

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — On Nov. 2, voters in Eastpointe will see six candidates for City Council on the ballot running for two four-year terms. The election will be decided using ranked-choice voting. Voters in Eastpointe also will decide the fate of a proposed charter amendment seeking to require a primary election for the nomination of the office of mayor, and a library millage renewal request.

Candidate profiles were not sent to candidates who are running unopposed for office. In Roseville, all candidates running for city offices are unopposed.

Candidates in the contested Eastpointe City Council race were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goal(s) if elected. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.

Eastpointe City Council
Six candidates are running for two four-year terms.

Rob Baker
Age: 42
Occupation: Joining Inspector at Ford Motor Company
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: https://www.facebook.com/councilmanrob.baker
Education: Cass Tech Graduate & Focus Hope Machinist Training Institute Core 1 Program
Previously held elected offices: Appointed to City Council in 2019
Top goals: My top goals are to continue showing my heart for the community by making sound decisions, advocating for what’s right, listening to the residents so that I can represent them the best way possible and be a voice for their concerns.

Cardi DeMonaco Jr. (I)
Age: 33 years old
Occupation: Software Developer at the Michigan Court of Appeals
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: www.VoteCardi.com
Education: High School diploma from Eastpointe Community Schools, and a Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Michigan-Dearborn
Previously held elected offices: Eastpointe City Councilman since 2014
Top goals: I will work diligently on planning the City’s future, pushing for a more reasonable water bill, and investing in infrastructure. With a renewed focus, I will keep the pressure on our city administration to continually improve services. I look forward to discussion and action on housing, environmental, and social justice initiatives. COVID is not gone yet, and I will continue to make decisions based on this fact. Please rank me #1 or least #2!

Tonia Gladney
Age: n/a
Occupation: Women & Babies Divine Purpose
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 13 yrs.
Online campaign information: n/a
Education: Bachelor Degree Criminal Justice
Previously held elected offices: No answer given.
Top goals: If elected, I will have structure diversity and fair practices in city contracts, business grants, police department, and fire department as a public candidate. Allocating dollars back into Eastpointe community for all residents and voting to have grant funds used for the purpose given. Redirecting tax dollars.

Michael Jones
Age: 49
Occupation: Certified Social Studies Teacher
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: voteformikejones2021@gmail.com
Education: East Catholic High School, grant writing (Wayne County Community College), Labor relations (Wayne State University), Bachelors of Art in History, Minor in Political Science (Marygrove College), Master’s of Art in Educational Leadership (Marygrove College)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: If elected my top goals are to create new and improve youth programs, seek various grants and resources to accompany Eastpointe’s “Master Plan”, provide state of the art training and equipment for Eastpointe’s city employees, create and expand commercial projects, assist educational institutions to strive for “Blue Ribbon” recognition, seek ways to repair infrastructure and strive for Eastpointe to be listed as one of America’s top cities.

Shenita Lloyd
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Sylvia L. Moore (I)
Age: 57
Occupation: Construction Superintendent at Military Bases
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 21 years
Online campaign information: facebook.com/ReelectCouncilwomanSylviaMoore
Education:  BS in Construction Engineering Technology and Management — Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence Technological University, Journeyman Sheet Metal Worker, Licensed Residential Builder
Previously held elected offices: City Councilwoman for the City of Eastpointe
Top goals: My original election in November 2020 was for one year and I have developed relationships which will allow me to implement these goals:
Lower home property taxes by bringing in new businesses to generate revenue.
Develop a skilled trade program with hands on training and help students find construction employment after completion.
Create a program for first time home buyers and walk them through the process of becoming a homeowner vs being a renter.

Eastpointe City Charter Amendment
Shall the Charter of the City of Eastpointe, Chapter IV, Sections 2 through 7, be amended to add the requirement of a Primary Election for the nomination of the office of Mayor?

Eastpointe Library Millage Renewal Proposal
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed for library purposes upon taxable property in the City of Eastpointe, County of Macomb, State of Michigan, be renewed in an amount not to exceed 1.0 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) on the taxable value of all taxable property in the City of Eastpointe beginning with the 2022 levy, for a period of 5 years, in order to provide funds for the operation and maintenance of the City’s public library known as the Eastpointe Memorial Library? If approved and levied in its entirety, this millage would raise an estimated amount of $527,111.00 for the Library in 2022. The proposal is a renewal of the current millage.

Roseville Mayor
One candidate is running for one four-year term.

Robert R. Taylor (I)
Running unopposed.

Roseville Clerk
One candidate is running for one four-year term.

Jennifer A. Zelmanski (I)
Running unopposed.

Roseville Treasurer
One candidate is running for one four-year term.

John Chirkun
Running unopposed.

Roseville City Council
Three candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Jan Haggerty (I)
Running unopposed.

Bill Shoemaker (I)
Running unopposed.

Steven Wietecha (I)
Running unopposed.

Roseville City Council
One candidate is running for a partial term expiring Nov. 13, 2023.

Kurmmell W. Knox (I)
Running unopposed.