Farmington-area voters to decide state, county, local races

Farmington Press | Published October 7, 2020

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FARMINGTON/FARMINGTON HILLS — In the Farmington Press’ coverage area, voters will see a variety of races to decide upon during the Nov. 3 election — from choosing a representative for the United States Congress and a candidate to represent voters in the Michigan House of Representatives, to several Oakland County seats, a district judge and Farmington Public School District Board of Education members.

Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goals 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.


United States House of Representatives District 11
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Haley Stevens (I)
Age: 37
Occupation: United States Congresswoman
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills, MI
For how long: Since 2017
Online campaign information: HaleyStevensforCongress.com
Education: American University (B.A., M.A.), Ernest W. Seaholm High School in Birmingham, Michigan
Previously held elected offices: U.S. Congresswoman representing Michigan’s 11th District since 2019
Top goals: As Chief of Staff on President Obama’s Auto Rescue Task Force, my top priority is rebuilding our economy and getting Michiganders back to work safely. We also have to make our economy more resilient by strengthening our supply chains, securing better trade deals and holding China accountable. Lastly, I plan to focus on finding bipartisan solutions to the problems we faced before the pandemic, from climate change to our underfunded public schools.

Republican
Eric S. Esshaki
Age: 36
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Birmingham, MI
For how long: 2 years, previously lived in Troy, MI
Online campaign information: www.EricEsshaki.com
Education: Juris Doctor, University of Michigan; Bachelor of Integrative Studies, Oakland University; Associates Nursing, Oakland Community College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: We must continue to reopen our economy in a safe manner, which means that we must clearly define the at-risk population and implement policies to protect them. We know that COVID-19 is a serious and deadly virus that is most dangerous to approximately 20% of the population, yet we shut down 100% of our nation and failed to protect the most vulnerable 20%. Science-based solutions are the key to moving forward.

Libertarian
Leonard Schwartz
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired professor of business law and economics
Municipality of residence: Oak Park, MI
For how long: 28 years
Online Campaign information: www.leonardschwartz.us
Education: B.A., University of Chicago; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; J.D., Wayne State University Law School
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: (1) End the war on herbal medicine, thereby reducing the opioid problem. (2) End foreign quagmires and trade wars. (3) Repeal civil asset forfeiture laws, which allow the government to confiscate your property without even accusing you of committing a crime.


U.S. House of Representatives District 14
Five candidates are running for one two-year term

Democrat
Brenda Lawrence (I)
Age: Not necessary and and odd questions
Occupation: US Congresswoman
Municipality of residence: Southfield
For how long: 30+ years
Online campaign information: www.BrendaLawrence.com
Education: B.A. in Public Administration from CMU and master’s from UM
Previously held elected offices: Mayor of Southfield
Top goals: As a member of Congress, Brenda Lawrence has been on the front lines fighting for what our communities need. Here are a few pieces of legislation she has worked to implement. Invest in America Act: Rebuilds our highways, bridges, transit, rail, airports, ports and harbors by investing nearly $500 billion to improve safety, reduce gridlock and put the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector, all while protecting American jobs (...)

Republican
Robert Vance Patrick
Age: 57
Occupation: Owner construction general contractor
Municipality of residence: Southfield
For how long: Lifelong resident
Online campaign information: rvancepatrick.com
Education: Two associates from Oakland community college and a bachelors of science from Grand Valley state university.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: In 2005 the Belle Isle Aquarium was in danger of closing. I couldn’t let this happen. I built a coalition of dedicated metro Detroiters and against all odds we reopened and restored one of Detroit’s gems!
I am running to improve trade school training. We need careers not just jobs. I support law enforcement, safe streets and communities. My goal is to unite this district working together with residents and businesses.

Libertarian
Lisa Lane Gioia
Age: 52
Occupation: Small business owner
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 17 years
Online campaign information: lisaforliberty.org
Education: B.A. with Distinction, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (majors: Economics and Japanese)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Immediately eliminate, or begin processes that lead to the eventual elimination, of unnecessary, wasteful and useless federal programs and agencies, as well as those that infringe on individuals’ natural rights and autonomy.
2. Review the federal budget to determine where spending should be reallocated and/or slashed.
3. Take immediate action to return all savings resulting from reduced government to the taxpayers, to whom it rightfully belongs.

Working Class Party
Philip Kolody
Age: 84
Occupation: (Retired) Investigator for State of Michigan Dept. of Civil Rights
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, Michigan
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: https://workingclassfight.com
Education: Detroit public schools, WSU in History; U of Michigan master’s in History
Previously held elected offices: No previous offices held
Top goals: My experience working in the Michigan Department of Civil Rights for 30 years showed me that piecemeal reforms can only fall short. We need a complete transformation and restructuring of the whole social and economic order. That can’t be done overnight. It is a long-term goal, and it is what the Working Class Party aims at. To talk about practical solutions, without trying to transform society, is just empty promises and electioneering slogans.

Green Party
Clyde K. Shabazz
Age: 57
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 45 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Some College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: To work towards a minimum guaranteed income of $1000.00 a month. This would be for citizens making under $60,000.00 a year to supplement their monthly income. Additionally, I will work towards The Green Party National Platform goals of implementing The Green New Deal and obtaining full reparations for Blacks in America who are the descendants of chattel slavery.


State House of Representatives District 37
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Samantha Steckloff
Age: 36
Occupation: Farmington Hills City Councilmember
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills
For how long: My entire life
Online campaign information: Samanthasteckloff.com
Education: B.A. from Purdue University in Political Science
Previously held elected offices: 7 years serving on the Farmington Hills City Council
Top goals: As a Breast Cancer Survivor, access to healthcare is an important issue. A public insurance option will reduce costs and expand access. Education is vital to our future. A focus on funding public schools, keeping tax dollars out of for-profit charter schools, and increasing access to a range of higher education options. We’re at the brink of a climate crisis. Immediate action will preserve our resources, protect our air and water, and fight climate change.

Republican
Mitch Swoboda
Age: 65
Occupation: Retired
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: https://www.facebook.com/MitchJSwoboda
Education: Air Force, Some College
Previously held elected offices: Delegate Oakland County GOP Executive Committee   
Top goals: First: Open up businesses in the state of Michigan. I want to be in the state house to see to it that checks and balances are followed in order to operate the way democracy should; Second: Senior care. This includes coverage for nursing home care and lowering the cost of prescriptions and health care. I care because I am one of them; Third: We need vocational training to fit critical job shortages (i.e. welders (…)

Libertarian
James K. Young
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 13
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Marcia Gershenson (I)
Age: 70
Occupation: County Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield
For how long: 20 year resident
Online campaign information: Marcia Gershenson for County Commissioner Facebook page
Education: Graduate University of Michigan BA education
Previously held elected offices: County Commissioner since 2005
Top goals: My first priority is to continue my efforts to keep our residents COVID free and send millions of Federal grant dollars to assist our local businesses to re-open. In addition, I help residents everyday to secure their unemployment, or apply for relief money that is available. I am currently working to expand our Health Department to address the needs of families with the establishment of community Health Centers.

Republican
Max Rohtbart
Age: 29
Occupation: Independent Contractor
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: six years
Online campaign information: maxforoakland.com
Education: B.A. History with minor in Political Science at Oakland University, also JD candidate University of Detroit Mercy Law graduation May 2021
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate 2010-present.
Top goals: Clean water by investing in our water infrastructure to stop the dumping of sewage into the Great Lakes. No gerrymandering by supporting a 2022-2030 map that follows all laws, keeps communities together, and is not drawn to keep a partisan advantage for either party. Need to also keep strong fiscal practices to keep our AAA bond rating.


Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 14
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
William Miller (I)
Age: 40
Occupation: Political Director OE324
Municipality of residence: Farmington, MI
For how long: 4Years
Online campaign information: Facebook: @williammiller14thcountycommissioner
Education: Trade School
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Infrastructure, Clean Water for all, Equality and protect the Better than 50

Republican
Theresa Noseworthy
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 21
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Janet Jackson (I)
Age: Fifties
Occupation: AT&T Administration and Union member CWA 4009
Municipality of residence: Southfield, MI
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: oakgov.com/janet jackson
Education: Spring Arbor University, Bachelor of Arts, Management and Organizational Development
Previously held elected offices:  Precinct Delegate
Top goals: Democratic Caucus Vice Chairperson assisting our first Officer of Diversity and Inclusion a position I originally proposed tackle racial equity issues. Strengthen social justice, promote use of officer body cameras. Address COVID-19 and minority health disparity, financial resources for individuals, families, businesses and municipalities. Serve as secretary, board member OLHSA protecting the disadvantaged, shape affordable housing and financial assistance. Chairing, co-founder of Human Trafficking taskforce providing survivor and community resources fighting this crime.

Republican
Bill Smith
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


47th District Court Judge
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

James B. Brady (I)
Age: 67
Occupation: District Court Judge
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 39 years
Online campaign information: votejudgejimbrady.com
Education: B.G.S.-University of Michigan-’75, J.D.-Wayne State University-’79
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: To continue my 18 year mission as judge, which is, “to listen” to all parties who come before the court and decide each case in a fair manner consistent with the law, “to protect” the rights of the citizens and taxpayers of our community and those individuals who come before the court, and “to make sense” out of a judicial system that intimidates many of the very citizens which it is supposed to serve.

Matt Savich
Age: 59
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: Savichforjudge.com
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1987; Law Degree from University of Detroit 1993
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: One thing I can promise is I will be the hardest working Judge Farmington and Farmington hills has ever had. I will diligently work to develop and implement programs to help the citizens and not myself. Such as a veteran’s court, mental health treatment court, and neighborhood dispute resolution court. There will be an open-door policy for everyone. I will encourage teachers and students to come in to observe and learn.


Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Jim Nash (I)
Age: 63
Occupation: Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: www.nash4wrc.com
Education: B.S., Florida State University, 1988, Political Science and Peace Studies
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Commissioner, (D) Farmington Hills — 2005-2013
Top goals: To continue my work leading collaborative regional efforts to make our water, sewer and stormwater systems as efficient and effective as possible to protect public health and safety, preserve and protect our water resources, and contribute to the economic success of the region. I will continue working with community partners across Oakland County to further develop the new technologies and infrastructure management practices that will protect our water resources for generations to come.

Republican
Jim Stevens
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Oakland County Executive
Three candidates are running for one four-year term. Additionally, Coulter and Kowall are running for a term that will last approximately two months from the Nov. 3 election to Dec. 31, 2020.

Democrat
David Coulter (I)
Age: 60
Occupation: Oakland County Executive
Municipality of residence: Ferndale, MI
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information: www.davecoulter.com
Education: Michigan State University; B.A.
Previously held elected offices: Current County Executive. Mayor of Ferndale. Oakland County Commissioner.
Top goals: My top priority as county executive is to manage the coronavirus and support the economic recovery. My team acted quickly to acquire PPE, make testing widely available, and provide financial support to small businesses, schools, community organizations and local governments hard hit by COVID-19. Additionally, we’re focused on our Oakland 80 incentive to provide education and career training to Oakland County residents.

Republican
Mike Kowall
Age: 69
Occupation: Former Oakland County Economic & Legislative Liaison, family business owner and carpenter
Municipality of residence: White Lake Township
For how long: 40 years
Online campaign information: KowallforOakland.com
Education: Five-year carpentry apprenticeship, Oakland Community College, Detroit Henry Ford High School, St. Mary’s of Redford School
Previously held elected offices: Former State Majority Floor Leader, State Representative and Township Supervisor
Top goals: Mike has fought, and won, against the Administration’s plan to raise homeowner’s taxes by $1,020.00 per year. This money would have harmed seniors, and many of the homeowners and local communities around our county, taxing homeowners out of their homes. Mike has worked hard to promote sustainable economic development, protect our environment, quality of life and create an environment of fiscal responsibility.

Libertarian
Connor Nepomuceno
Age: 26
Occupation: Test Lab Technician
Municipality of residence: Village of Clarkston
For how long: Three years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Nepo4Oak land
Education: Associate’s degree, Automotive/High Performance — University of Northwestern Ohio 2016
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Lower Cost of Living: Abolish the Property Tax, Reform Zoning/Building Codes, Deregulate Utilities
Get Out of the Way of Business: Streamline Business/Occupational Licensing/Zoning, Cut Red Tape, Deregulate Marijuana Dispensaries. Constitutional Sanctuary: Protect Oakland from the Feds, Expand Gun Rights, Protect the Immigrant Population, Free Speech on Campus, End the War On Drugs. Police Reform: End Qualified Immunity, Pursue Officer Personal Liability Insurance, Enhanced De-Escalation and Non-Lethal Apprehension Training, De-Militarization.


Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Karen McDonald
Age: 50
Occupation: Private Practice Attorney
Municipality of residence: Birmingham
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www.mcdonaldforprosecutor.com
Education: After graduating Alma College (1992) with an English & Political Science degree, I attended Wayne State University Law School, where I attained my Juris Doctorate (1998).
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Circuit Court Judge (2012-2019)
Top goals: As prosecutor, I will reduce mass incarceration and address racial disparity in Oakland County by building a transparent, accountable Prosecutor’s Office, eliminating cash bail, holding youth accountable without unnecessary incarceration, and giving assistant prosecutors discretion to reduce or amend charges. I will also invest and participate in treatment courts and diversion programs for low-level, nonviolent offenders; create new mental health programs; and establish both a functioning Hate Crimes Unit and Conviction Integrity Unit.

Republican
Lin Goetz
Age: 53
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Lake Orion
For how long: 13 years, Village of Beverly Hills Resident for six years
Online campaign information: www.linforprosecutor.com
Education: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Juris Doctor; Michigan State University, B.A.
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: My No. 1 goal is to protect you, your business, your family and your home. I support good law enforcement, who are there to protect and serve our community. I will implement a public integrity unit to give victims reassurance that former convictions were correct, or to correct wrong convictions. I will fight for domestic violence and child abuse victims to make sure their voice is heard in the court. I will fight for you.


Oakland County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Vincent Gregory
Age: 72
Occupation: Volunteer at Judson Center
Executive board member
Municipality of residence: Lathrup Village
For how long: Nine years
Online campaign information: www.vincentgregoryforsheriff.com
Education: B.S., Criminal Justice, Madonna University
Previously held elected offices: Former Oakland County Commissioner 10 years
Former State Representative 2 years
Former State Senator 8 years
Top goals: 1. Transparency. Currently, Oakland County Sheriffs do not wear body cams. I will implement policies that require officers to wear active body cams at all times.
2. Community policing. Increasing the presence of officers in the community.
3. Accountability. After my platform release, a woman was promoted to Captain. As Sheriff, I will not wait 20 years to promote a woman.
4. Integrity. I will enforce executive orders from the Governor relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican
Michael J. Bouchard (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: Oakland County Sheriff
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield
Online campaign information: sheriffbouchard.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts with honors, Criminal Justice and Police Administration, Michigan State University
Graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute Program (NEI)
Graduate of the United States Secret Service in Dignitary Protection Program
Mid-Michigan Law Enforcement Center, Valedictorian
Graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Sheriff (1999-present)
Michigan State Senate (1991-1999); Elected Senate Majority Floor Leader in 1998
Michigan State House of Representatives (1990-1991)
Village of Beverly Hills Council (1986-1990)
Top goals: As a police officer for 33 years, I know better hiring and better training leads to better outcomes. We need a state-of-the-art training center built for law enforcement in the county. To hold police more accountable, we need to focus on training to produce better results. I’ll continue to focus on getting police reform enacted in the capitol. I’m proud to be the only sheriff from Michigan ever named national sheriff of the year.


Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Lisa Brown (I)
Age: 53
Occupation: Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Almost 30 years
Online campaign information: LisaBrown4Michigan.com
Education: Michigan State University, B.S. , Detroit College of Law, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: Started Representative 2009-2012, County Clerk/Register 2013-present
Top goals: I am running for re-election to continue providing an accessible, efficient, transparent, and fiscally responsible office to the residents of Oakland County. Now more than ever, it is vital to have a Clerk/Register with experience and knowledge in each area of this important office and continue the award winning, innovative programs I created, like PRN. I will build on my track record of success and ensure our elections are accurate, secure and fair.

Republican
Tina Barton
Age: 48
Occupation: City Clerk — City of Rochester Hills
Municipality of residence: Springfield Township
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.tinaforclerk.com
Education: Liberty University, master’s degree in Management and Leadership; Great Lakes University, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I will innovate, collaborate and protect. I will bring my nationally recognized, award-winning passion for working smarter and not harder. I will be a partner for our residents and Clerks. I will create a roundtable for our exterior partners such as realtors, attorneys and voter advocacy groups to review our services and processes. I will protect your finances, vote and property records. I will continue to work with security experts across the country.


Oakland County Treasurer
Three candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Robert Wittenberg
Age: 39
Occupation: State Representative
Municipality of residence: Huntington Woods, MI
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: www.RobertWittenberg.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Indiana University
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 1/2015-current
Top goals: Securing the financial well-being of every resident during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, maintaining our AAA bond rating and preventing foreclosures, and helping to recruit new businesses while supporting existing ones. I will ensure that people are able to stay and thrive in our neighborhoods. I believe an effective public servant should be both fiscally responsible and socially conscious. That is why I’ll be a compassionate steward of resources for all residents across the county.

Republican
Joe Kent
Age: 62
Occupation: Tax Accountant, partner at Kent & Edwards Tax Advisors LLC
Municipality of Residence: Oxford, MI
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: https://electjoekent.com
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Michigan State University College of Business; M.B.A. University of Michigan School of Business
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: Protect property rights through an impartial review of procedures leading to this summer’s MI Supreme Court ruling against the Oakland County Treasurer’s office. Stop tax increases and stop risks to the county’s AAA bond rating. Protect the county’s assets through an impartial review of investment policies. Achieve best practices for privacy, security and ease of use in online payment tools and other Treasurer’s Department online resources. Restore openness in the county’s books.

No Party Affiliation
Nicholas G. Luppino (write-in)
Age: 29
Occupation: Political research and development.
Municipality of residence: Oakland County
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: change.org/chapter401
Education: Personal study
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Policy fulfillment. Follow through with voting’s past. Corrections and reductions to monopoly’s and privateering. Restoring resource standards. Corroborating United States program intentions. Employment upkeep. Modernizing the impacts automation has had on the community.


Oakland County Sixth Circuit Court Judge, non-incumbent position
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

Clarence Dass
Age: 35
Occupation: Attorney and Founder, The Dass Law Firm; Previously Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office (2012-2016)
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township, Michigan
For how long: 35 years
Online campaign information: www.dass4judge.com
Education: B.A., Wayne State University; J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Having been a prosecutor, defense attorney and manager of a law firm, I will utilize my diverse, well-rounded experience to provide empathy for every litigant, while still upholding the law. As judge, I will seek to improve access to our courts, utilize treatment courts wherever possible and protect our community from violent crime. Whether it is a family, civil or criminal docket, I will treat each case with care and concern — always striving for justice.

Lorie Savin
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information: wwwSavinForJudge.com
Education: University of Michigan, A.B. in Political Science & Sociology 1992; Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1995
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: As a judge, my goals are to: (1) Be an effective judge that helps people resolve disputes in a meaningful, fair, and timely fashion. (2) Continue efforts to improve access to the legal system for everyone and improve civility and professionalism within the legal community. (3) Partner with community organizations that support struggling families, reduce intimate partner violence, and help our youth avoid entering the juvenile justice system.


Justice of the Supreme Court
Seven candidates are running for two eight-year terms.

Susan L. Hubbard
Age: 59 years old
Occupation: Judge of Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division
Municipality of residence: Reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
For how long: Lifelong Michigan resident, grew up in Dearborn, moved to Grosse Pointe Farms 8 years ago.
Online campaign information: HubbardforJustice.com
Education: Wayne State University, B.A. Detroit College of Law, J.D. Fordson High School, Dearborn
Previously held elected offices: Elected in 1985 to Dearborn City Council — 1986-1989
Elected in 1989 to Wayne County Commission — 1989-2004
Elected in 2010 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2011-2016
Re-elected in 2016 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2017-present-2022
Top goals: As Justice, I will protect the constitutional rights of Michigander’s by addressing, without delay, important issues such as the constitutionality of the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act. As the third generation in my family to serve in public office, I know the importance of protecting our democracy of representation of the people, by the people, for all the people. I will ensure that our system of checks and balances is upheld.

Mary Kelly
Age: 62
Occupation: Former 30-year assistant prosecutor. Current Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in neglect and abuse cases in foster care system.
Municipality of residence: St. Clair County
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: MaryKellyforJustice.com
Education: Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law; Bachelor of Science Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: As a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, my goals will be simple: to uphold the rule of law and deliver justice for the people of our great state. The role of a judge is not to make law, but to enforce and uphold the law. The Supreme Court also administers the judicial system throughout the state, and I will ensure our court system delivers equal justice for all.

Bridget Mary McCormack (I)
Age: 54
Occupation: Law
Municipality of residence: Ann Arbor, MI
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information: www.bridgetmarymccormack.com
Education: In 1988, I graduated from Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Connecticut where I earned a B.A. with honors in political science and philosophy. I graduated from New York University Law School in 1991, where I was a Root-Tilden Scholar and earned the Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Advocacy.
Previously held elected offices: Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 2013-present
Top goals: If re-elected, I will continue the progress of the Justice For All Taskforce, which aims to achieve 100% access to the civil justice system in Michigan. Currently, eight of 10 Michiganders can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal problems. There is also an absence of innovation and technology in courts, which costs them transparency, efficiency and access. We have made great progress recently, but we need to make processes more user friendly and efficient.

Kerry Lee Morgan
Age: 65
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Redford Township
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: www.pck-law.com/attor ney/kerry-l-morgan
Education: Regent University, M.A. Public Policy, magna cum laude, 1985. Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1981. Michigan State University, B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice, with honors, 1977.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The Supreme Court needs Justices who will apply the law as written, not as it ought to be written in the mind of the Judge. My background in the law for over 40 years has taught me the importance of this purpose. I can bring a balanced respect for the written law and the Constitution in particular to the bench, so that justice may be done.

Katherine Mary Nepton
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Brock Swartzle
Age: 49
Occupation: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Municipality of residence: Ingham County
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: BrockForJustice.com
Education: B.S., University of Michigan; J.D., George Mason University School of Law
Previously held elected offices: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Top goals: We have the greatest legal system in the world — if you can afford it. Justice that is too expensive is not justice. We must make access to justice cheaper for everyone, from the single mom to the corner storekeeper to the low-income juvenile to our major employers. Therefore, (1) we need to make pretrial procedures cheaper and court records free online, and (2) we need to intervene early with juveniles who enter the justice system.

Elizabeth M. Welch
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: East Grand Rapid
For how long: 13 years
Online campaign information: welchforjustice.com
Education: Penn State University, B.A. with honors. Ohio State University, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: East Grand Rapids Board of Education, 2012-Jan. 2020
Top goals: The vast majority of litigants lack access to counsel. We must utilize technology and new pathways to ensure everyone can access justice fairly. Additionally, the lack of complete data makes it impossible to fully understand our criminal justice system. The court should modernize technology platforms in order to gather data in a usable format so that we ensure justice is delivered fairly across all demographics and programs are implemented that ensure safer communities.


Farmington Public Schools Board of Education
Six candidates are running for two six-year terms.

Cheryl Blau
Age: 58
Occupation: Teacher
Municipality of residence: Farmington, MI
For how long: 34 years
Online campaign information: voteblau.org
Education: Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Masters in Education, Masters in Psychology, Bachelors in Liberal Arts/Education, Post-Doctoral work in Cognitive Neuroscience, Curriculum Development, and Instructional Design.
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Many are frustrated by our district’s failure to address diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. New policies, training, and curricula must be implemented to address and remedy these issues at every level. Additionally, we must be brave enough to design an educational system that supports students of all learning styles and ability levels, including expanding vocational education opportunities. Overall, our board must be more accessible to our community and more responsive to its needs.

Mable Fox
Age: 67
Occupation: Education Technology Consultant
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 23 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Elect Mable Fox For Farmington Schools Board
Education: BA, Political Science, Master, Education
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate, Detroit, MI, 1976?
Top goals: My Students “First! Every Child Deserve A Champion” campaign is built upon serving students and my community. My goal is to bring a data-driven approach and to govern through the lens of accountability, transparency, and equity. I want to promote policies that raise the bar in education by creating a culture of excellence where students are motivated to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment, and teachers’ professionalism is respected.

Steven Goldberg
Age: 55
Occupation: Director, Consumer Transparency, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 9 years (2011)
Online campaign information: https://m.facebook.com/Steve-Goldberg-for-Board-of-Education
Education: MBA, BA Finance
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Drive clarity for all stakeholders, starting with how well we are helping our children and where we are headed. We also must look at how we compare to other districts and private schools.
Change the culture of our Board, which is highly divisive. This reflects poorly on our city and is a major hindrance to performing our job.
Attract great educators. We need to ensure that great teachers continue to come to FPS.

Janet L. Ravitz Meir
Age: No answer given.
Occupation: Retired Special Education Teacher
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield, MI
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: www.academiagem.me
Education: Bachelor’s Degree-Special Ed. Teacher-Wayne State University; Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)-Oakland University.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Nurses: Nurses should be in every school.   School staff is not qualified to make medical decisions, especially with Covid-19. The pandemic makes nurses in the school a necessity.
In-person Schooling: The students need to go back to the classroom in a safe environment. The next thing that needs to happen is to make a hybrid (in-person & virtual) schedule. Farmington is losing students to other districts, which are already doing this.

Richard Mukamal (I)
Age: 62
Occupation: Self Employed
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Richard Mukamal for School Board
Education: BA, Social Sciences, The University Of Western Ontario,1980
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Ensure a safe return to in-person instruction.
2. Conduct a review of our curriculum and assessment  to ensure our kids will be successful and productive citizens in the 21st century.
3. Continue to transform how we operate as an educational organization. Communication with all stakeholders and holding employees accountable is a priority.
4. We must ensure students and staff feel safe in an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, irrespective of their circumstance.

Frank Raines III
Age: 61
Occupation: Professor, RTD Pastor and government employee
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Frank Rainesiii for Farmington School Board
Education: A.A.; B. S. M.Div. M.Ed.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Because I believe that one should survey the land prior to legislating matters without scoping out the atmosphere, my priority, because I am a listener will be to focus on the orientation and process what has taken place during the course of time the other boards members have to express that my assessment might bring to light areas where others may not have reflected upon.


Farmington Public Schools Board of Education
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Kevin J. Hammer
Age: 62
Occupation: Retired
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 33 years
Online campaign information: hammerforfps.com
Education: B.S., Accounting, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: In addition to restoring safe, in-person classroom instruction, my top goals would be:
1. Establish clear and aggressive goals for improved academic outcomes in order to prepare our students for responsible citizenship, and for college or vocational career, and 2. Enhance the parent/student/teacher relationship by using the latest technology and by developing robust personal bonds. Doing this, we can reduce achievement gaps, and alleviate many of our academic and social challenges.

Claudia Heinrich
Age: 66
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 45 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Claudia Heinrich Farmington School Board Candidate
Education: BA Education, University of Michigan Ann Arbor; MA Mathematics, Eastern Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: A solid curriculum that addresses the needs of all learners; ensuring that every student leaves FPS with a post secondary plan to be successful in life, whether it is entering the workforce, trade school, 4 year college, 2 year college, certificate programs or the military. Make sure that lessons in teaching tolerance and social justice are included across the curriculum at every grade level along with reading materials that reflect a diverse student population.

Donald Walker
Age: 52
Occupation: Director, Multimedia
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI
For how long: 13 years
Online campaign information: donwalker4fpskids.org
Education: BA Communications, MBA Business Administration, Broadcast and Digital Media Certifications
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to create a safe, encouraging and inclusive environment for students and teachers to grow.
Increased College Prep and CTE Participation - I will work to increase student participation in our advanced programs through greater awareness and academic support and support career pathways as additional life
choices for students.
Accessibility - 30 day response to public comments and virtual meetings with community stakeholders. Leadership must be accessible to be accountable.


Oakland County Parks and Recreation Millage Replacement and Increase
The Oakland County Parks System includes 7000 acres and 80 miles of trails preserving and protecting the environment. There are 13 Oakland County Parks and recreational activities throughout the County including campgrounds, dog parks, golf courses, water parks, and mobile recreation units. To continue to provide revenue to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, shall the current millage, which has been reduced by required rollback, be replaced and increased to .35 mills for 10 years from 2020 to 2029? The .35 mills is equal to 35 cents per $1,000.00 of taxable value. The millage, if approved and levied, will generate approximately $22,026,860.00 in 2020. The purpose of the millage is to improve, operate, and maintain parks, open space and water areas, trails, and recreation facilities; to allow for free day-use park admission for seniors (62 and over), military, veterans, and residents with permanent disabilities; to expand trails; to enhance local recreation programs; and to increase environmental conservation and recreation activities. Revenue from this millage will be disbursed only to the County of Oakland to be used solely for the purpose of funding the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission with external audits and oversight by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

 

State of Michigan Proposal 20-1
A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent.

This proposed constitutional amendment would: - Allow the State Parks Endowment Fund to continue receiving money from sales of oil and gas from state-owned lands to improve, maintain and purchase land for State parks and for Fund administration, until its balance reaches $800,000,000. - Require subsequent oil and gas revenue from state-owned lands to go into the Natural Resources Trust Fund. - Require at least 20% of Endowment Fund annual spending go toward State park improvement. - Require at least 25% of Trust Fund annual spending go toward parks and public recreation areas and at least 25% toward land conservation. Should this proposal be adopted?

 

State of Michigan Proposal 20-2
A proposed constitutional amendment to require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications.

This proposed constitutional amendment would: - Prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of a person’s electronic data and electronic communications. - Require a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications, under the same conditions currently required for the government to obtain a search warrant to search a person’s house or seize a person’s things. Should this proposal be adopted?

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