Mount Clemens voters to choose commissioners Nov. 2

State senate seat also up for grabs

Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published October 13, 2021

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MOUNT CLEMENS — In Mount Clemens Nov. 2, voters will elect candidates for City Commission and decide on a charter amendment. And in Mount Clemens and Harrison Township, voters will select between a pair of candidates for the vacant state Senate District 8 seat, formerly held by Pete Lucido.

Candidates 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 that 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.

Profile forms were not sent to candidates who are running unopposed.

Mount Clemens City Commission
Four candidates are running for three, four-year terms.

Barb Dempsey
Age: 73
Occupation: Retired
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 60 years plus
Online campaign information:
Education: Mount Clemens High School graduate, class 1967, St. John Institute continuing education certification, Elected Officials Academy, sponsored by the Michigan Municipal League.
Previously held elected offices: Mayor, Commissioner city of Mount Clemens
Top goals: We need to address our infrastructure needs, restore vitality to the downtown area and maintain a healthy budget by outlining a responsible financial plan. These are all critical elements for the city to move forward. I have the experience and the leadership skills it takes to work with everyone in the community.

Laura Fournier (I)
Age: 69
Occupation: Chief Financial Officer
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: Over 40 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: St. Mary High School – Mount Clemens, Central Michigan University – Education / History Major, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – Accounting and Finance
Previously held elected offices: Mount Clemens City Commission was my first elected office
Top goals: My motivation for serving on the Mount Clemens City Commission is my strong desire to preserve our history but protect our future. We need to encourage home and business investment by enhancing the benefits of being part of this community. The infrastructure issues we are facing – roads, water and sewer plants, City buildings – need to be addressed. And NOT by raising property taxes. I believe my financial and managerial experience can contribute to our future.

Wanda Goodnough (I)
Age: 55
Occupation: Educator
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 33 years
Online campaign information: noughMountClemens
Education: Associate Degree /Food Management; Bachelor’s degree Health Care Administration; Master’s Degree Health Care Administration; Ph.D.  Philosophy Organizational Management, Corporate Training & E-Learning Organizational Diversity and Leadership
Previously held elected office: Currently, serving in the position as a Mount Clemens City Commissioner
Top goals: 1).  To work with Mount Clemens High School board members on finding new innovated ways to help bring kids back into the Mount Clemens School districts. Work with the Superintendent on looking at different skill trade programs for Mount Clemens High School.
2). Work to bring new business and revenue into the city
3). Help seniors, disabled people, working single mothers, families and the homeless to stay safe during this next wave of Covid-19. Work other (…)

Denise Mentzer (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Senior Buyer for the County of Macomb
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: none
Education: Bachelor of Business Administration
Graduate of the Grand Valley State University Academy of Small Business Consultants
Previously held elected offices: Incumbent City Commissioner
Top goals: We need to develop a professional marketing plan to showcase our community assets and show business owners and their employees the benefits of working, living and playing in Mount Clemens.
We can enhance our neighborhoods by stepping up rental inspections and encouraging home ownership. By uniformly enforcing blight ordinances.
We can and must achieve fiscal transparency and responsibility. We can share services, purchasing, and skilled and trained staff with surrounding communities, saving money and resources.

Mount Clemens Mayor
One candidate is running for a two-year term.

Laura Kropp (I)
Running unopposed

State Senate District 8
Two candidates are running to win a partial term that will expire Jan. 1, 2023.

Martin Robert Genter
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Doug Wozniak
Did not respond to question of whether he wanted to update his profile after the primary. The profile he submitted prior to the Aug. 3 primary is archived on the C & G website.

Mount Clemens Charter Amendment
The ballot states the Mount Clemens City Charter was adopted in 1954 and contains some provisions that are outdated and no longer practical.

One such provision requires that sealed bids be obtained for all sales and purchases in excess of $1,500. The Mount Clemens City Commission finds that it is necessary and in the best interest of the city to seek voter approval to raise said amount from $1,500 to $15,000 in order to adjust for inflation, expedite processing of invoices and receipts, and improving operational efficiency and economy.

An amendment to Section 10.211, Sec.155 of Article 12 of the City Charter, to provide that sealed bids for all sales and purchases in excess of $1,500.00, be increased to sealed bids for all sales and purchases in excess of $15,000.