Eastpointe, Roseville council candidates prepare for November election

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 20, 2019

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Both Eastpointe and Roseville will have candidates on the ballot for their city councils in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. In Eastpointe, four candidates will be running for two four-year terms, while in Roseville, three candidates — all incumbents — will be running for three four-year terms.

All of the candidates were interviewed by phone.

Eastpointe

Harvey Curley

How long have you lived in Eastpointe? 

“I have lived in Eastpointe for 55 years.”

What is your education and work experience relevant to the position? 

“I was mayor from 1988 to 2000, I was on the school board for nine years and the City Council for two years. From 1986 to 1988 I worked at Michigan Works, which is run by the state and county to help people out of work.”

Why are you qualified for this position? 

“I’m bringing many years of experience to a council with many relatively younger council members. I have a strong background in running this city.”

What would your priorities be if elected or reelected? 

“I would want to get some federal and state funds to fix some of our residential streets which are in extreme disrepair. I would contact some of the people I know in Lansing and Washington to do that. I also would want to improve our relationship with the school board. 

There’s a good relationship now, but I would like the two bodies to meet on a quarterly basis to see how we can work together and improve our parks and promote youth activities.”

What is your message to the residents of your city? 

“I’m not making any empty promises to voters, I’m just offering my experience and my track record of service. I want to improve our fire and EMS services as well as police protection. I think first responders deserve the best equipment we can provide.”


Mary Hall-Rayford

How long have you lived in Eastpointe? 

“I have lived in Eastpointe since 2012.”

What is your education and work experience relevant to the position? 

“I hold a master’s degree in teaching and completed a Ph.D. (all but dissertation). I have a number of years of volunteering, work with nonprofits and public service.”

Why are you qualified for this position? 

“I have what it takes to be a public servant. I campaigned for the governor last year and it made me aware of being a voice for people who might feel city hall doesn’t listen to them. They have a number of complaints, and I think I can be a voice for those residents because I know how to speak truth to power.”

What would your priorities be if elected or reelected? 

“I’m concerned about enhancing the partnership between the school district and the city. I also am looking at how infrastructure priorities are set. Community safety is a priority, and I think we can find a middle ground to create a safe community that exemplifies being a family town.”

What is your message to the residents of your city? 

“Now is the time we can come together and show the world what it means to be a thriving community that is a family town for all families.”


Sarah A. Lucido

How long have you lived in Eastpointe? 

“I have lived in Eastpointe for around 30 years.”

What is your education and work experience relevant to the position? 

“I went to Macomb Community College for two years and I used to be a licensed real estate agent.”

Why are you qualified for this position? 

“I believe that I represent the average family in Eastpointe and I am a good voice for families because of my experience. I know what the needs and desires of families in this community are.”

What would your priorities be if elected or reelected?

“My priorities would be to keep open communications with the school district and continue working with them. I also would want to keep the city’s police and fire services strong, keep the budget strong and balanced, and make improvements in our parks; our parks have been neglected in recent years, and we have begun some work in improving them in recent years, and I would like to continue.”

What is your message to the residents of your city? 

“I love the city of Eastpointe, I was raised in the city of Eastpointe and I will always be a proud resident of the city of Eastpointe. I will do what is best for this community; it’s my No. 1 priority.”


Larry Edwards

Larry Edwards is on the ballot; he could not be reached for an interview.


Roseville

Charles A. Frontera

How long have you lived in Roseville? 

“I have lived in Roseville my whole life — 31 years.”

What is your education and work experience relevant to the position? 

“I have a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University with a major in political science and a minor in communications.”

Why are you qualified for this position? 

“I feel like the last four years of my being on council speaks for itself. I was the youngest member elected to the board, and I’ve been a volunteer and active in the community for more than 10 years. I was the chair of the Roseville Community Coalition and sat on the Parks and Rec board as chair for two years.”

What would your priorities be if elected or reelected? 

“Keeping the positive momentum we have going. We want to continue with downtown development and building up other areas such as the south end of Roseville, which is a location I would particularly like to focus on in a second term. I also would like to talk to developers to see about building new homes as well. I also want to continue advocating for government transparency.”

What is your message to the residents of your city? 

“Look at my track record. I was the only councilperson who opposed a pay increase for elected officials, for instance. I don’t always go along with the grain and do my best to represent everyone in the community.”


Catherine J. Haugh

How long have you lived in Roseville? 

“I have lived in Roseville for 68 years.”

What is your education and work experience relevant to the position? 

“My education is I graduated from Roseville High School. I was the city treasurer from 2000 to 2013. Then I went on council in 2013.”

Why are you qualified for this position? 

“I have proven myself through my time as city treasurer and the six years on council. I think my belonging to many local organizations such as St. Pio’s parish, the Roseville Optimist Club, the Roseville Retirement Board and the Goodfellows shows I love this community. That’s why I have lived here for so long and raised four children here.”

What would your priorities be if elected or reelected? 

“Public safety; a balanced budget, which we need to provide city services; keeping those city services where they are without raising taxes. My goal would be to keep Roseville moving in a positive direction by bringing in more residents and businesses.”

What is your message to the residents of your city? 

“I love my city, I am here to try and help move this city forward and maintain all the services we have while adding more.”


Colleen M. McCartney

How long have you lived in Roseville? 

“I have lived in Roseville for 53 years.”

What is your education and work experience relevant to the position? 

“I have been on City Council since 2007. I went to Roseville High School and went on to Ross Medical School.” 

Why are you qualified for this position? 

“I am a dedicated citizen. I am committed to my constituents, and I am a hard worker. I want to continue doing the job I’m doing now, which is helping my community.”

What would your priorities be if elected or reelected? 

“I’m on the (Downtown Development Authority) as a board member, so I am very committed to getting that up and going and seeing it develop. I also want to continue implementing the vision of Roseville, including those of constituents.”

What is your message to the residents of your city?

“I was very involved in the schools and PTO president for Roseville Schools. I will continue to work hard, and I will always fight for the wants and needs of citizens. I want to keep the services and quality of life good here in Roseville, and keep crime down.”

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