Candidates seek opportunity to compete in November for partial state Senate term

Shelby - Utica News | Published July 28, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — When Macomb County voters elected Republican Peter Lucido as county prosecutor last year, Lucido had to vacate his Michigan Senate seat. In the Aug. 3 primary, voters will choose the Democratic Party and Republican Party nominees to advance to the Nov. 2 general election, when the remainder of Lucido’s term will be awarded to the winner. The partial term will expire Jan. 1, 2023. Voters Aug. 3 may vote in only one party’s primary.

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. The answers are printed verbatim.

 

State Senate District 8
Two Democrats and seven Republicans are running in the Aug. 3 primary to win their party’s nomination and advance to the Nov. 2 general election.

Democrat
John Bill
Age:
58
Occupation: CEO uDroid LLC
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Associates Degree in CIS, A+ Certificate, Network+ Certificate, MSCE Certificate, Google Analytics Certificate
Previously held elected offices: NA
Top goals: My top goal is to ensure that Michigan laws and governance are based on science and logic rather than insane and racist conspiracies about Hugo Chavez and Dominion voting machines. We need leadership that understand the risks of ignoring proven science like vaccines and Climate Change. We need to move forward not backwards.

Democrat
Martin Robert Genter
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Mary Berlingieri

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Bill Carver
Age:
 56
Occupation: CDL Driver  — former senior technical support representative. Also former business owner.
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: four years
Online campaign information: http://billcarver21.com
Education: Did not attend college.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I will work toward the restoration of free, fair and trustworthy elections in the State of Michigan. I intend to do that by modeling our laws from Florida’s new laws. Florida had the most accurate and speedy election. Regardless of how one feels about the election of 2020, all good people believe that we should be able to trust our elections. I do too.

Republican
Kristi Dean

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Grant G. Golasa
Age:
N/A
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township    
For how long: Lifelong Resident
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: I will be your voice. The constituents’ interests have been forgotten and replaced with special interest groups. Politicians are all talk and no action. When casting your vote, ask yourself if the person you are voting for has done anything while in office. Have they represented your interests? Is the individual fighting for: the unborn? Vaccination Passports? Critical Race Theory? I’ll always represent you and ensure your God given Constitutional rights are never infringed.

Republican
Pamela Hornberger
Age:
53
Occupation: State Representative, Former Teacher 23 years
Municipality of residence: Chesterfield Township
For how long: 23 Years
Online campaign information: www.pamelahornberger.com
Education: Master’s Ed Administration, SVSU, B.S., MSU, Teacher Certification, Wayne State
Previously held elected offices: Board of Education Trustee, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools 2010-2016
Top goals: Championing “Constitutional Carry” and the ban on “Dismemberment Abortion”, and other conservative bills, until we have a Republican Governor who will sign conservative legislation into law. Continue fighting for Macomb County. As a donor county we need to ensure more of our tax dollars are coming back to Macomb to fix our roads and infrastructure. Advocating for students and families that are completely ignored in our public education system. www.facebook.com/PamelaHornbergerforState Senate.

Republican
Terence Mekoski
Age:
56
Occupation: Senior Financial Investigator for the Drug Enforcement Administration
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: four months
Online campaign information: www.Mekoski.com
Education:
Macomb Community College, Clinton Twp., MI, 1985
Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, 2010
Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach, AL, 2020
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Restore integrity and transparency to our elections to include full support of a full and complete forensic audit. Fight to defend our Constitutional rights and defend our second amendment. Introduce legislation to fight human trafficking, the opioid epidemic and support law enforcement. End the promotion of vaccine mandates. Expose RINOS and corruption in Lansing and ensure I always make sure the voice of the PEOPLE is heard.

Republican
Doug Wozniak
Age:
74
Occupation: State Representative, Attorney
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: DougWozniak.com
Education: Law degree from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University; Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Shelby Township Trustee (2008-2018), State Representative (2019-present)
Top goals: Election reform to make it easy to vote but hard to cheat. Continued reforms to No-Fault Auto Insurance to ensure that catastrophically injured receive their necessary and reasonable medical care while pursuing ways to drive down our insurance rates. Upgrading our infrastructure - not just roads and bridges but separating our water and sewer systems to reduce flooding and clean our surface water essential to our quality of life. www.facebook.com/dougcwozniak

 

Shelby Township proposals

Police services millage renewal
If approved, this proposal will renew for twenty years the 2.73 millage rate to support and fund the operations for police services within the Township for Years 2023 through 2042, inclusive.

Shall the Millage for Police Operations previously approved by electors in 2002 authorizing the Charter Township of Shelby, Macomb County, Michigan to levy upon real and tangible personal property up to 2.73 mills ($2.73 per $1,000 of taxable value) as reduced by required millage rollbacks to a levy of 2.512 mills ($2.512 per $1,000 of taxable value) in 2020, be renewed at and increased up to the original 2.73 mills ($2.73 per $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of twenty (20) years, 2023-2042, after the millage expiration in 2022?

The renewal millage will continue to be allocated for police protection services, including vehicles, apparatus, equipment, and personnel. It is estimated that this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $10,032,466 in the first year if approved and levied.
 

Police and fire pension millage renewal
If approved, this proposal will renew for twenty years the 0.50 millage rate which will be paid into the Shelby Township Police and Fire Pension Fund to fund retiree pension expenses and pay down retiree pension debt for Years 2023 through 2042, inclusive.

Shall the Millage for Police and Fire Pension funding purposes previously approved by electors in 2002 authorizing the Charter Township of Shelby, Macomb County, Michigan to levy upon real and tangible personal property up to .50 mills ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) be renewed for a period of twenty (20) years, 2023-2042, after the millage expiration in 2022?

The renewal millage will continue to be levied for the purpose of raising funds for Police and Fire Pension obligations pursuant to Act 345, Public Acts of Michigan 1927 as amended. It is estimated that this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $1,837,448 in the first year if approved and levied.

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