Fraser, Clinton Township voters decide county and state election races, millage proposals

Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published July 25, 2018

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In the Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will pick candidates for various offices in county and state primary elections Aug. 7. Clinton Township residents will also be asked to consider three ballot proposals. A county-wide transportation millage is also on the ballot. 

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 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.

Candidates running unopposed during the primary election appear listed by name and party only. Those candidates will be afforded an opportunity to submit a full candidate profile prior to the general election in November.

 

Governor
Four candidates are running for the Republican nomination, three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination, and two candidates are running for the Libertarian nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Brian Calley
Age: 41
Occupation: Lieutenant Governor
Municipality of residence: Portland
For how long: 21 years in Danby Township
Online campaign information: BrianCalley.com
Education: Michigan State, B.A.; Grand Valley State, M.B.A; Harvard, M.P.A.
Previously held elected offices: Lieutenant Governor, State Representative, Ionia County Commissioner
Top goals: I helped lead Michigan’s comeback. I’m the only candidate with a plan to take our comeback to the next level. My detailed plan will: make Michigan the best state in the nation for education; fill more than 800,000 additional new jobs; fix the roads; lower the cost of auto insurance; turn our social services safety net into a springboard for employment; eradicate the opioid epidemic; and strengthen ethics and bring civility to public service.

Republican
Patrick Colbeck
Age: 52
Occupation: Michigan State Senator, Michigan 7th Senate District
Municipality of residence: Canton Township
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: colbeckforgovernor.com
Education: University of Michigan, BS, MS
Previously held elected offices: Serving his second term as state senator. First elected in 2010.
Top goals: My campaign is based on Principled Solutions for Michigan. I will make every decision using guiding principles, not the whims of powerful special interests. I have principled solutions for job growth by soundly eliminating the personal income tax, building higher quality roads with no extra taxes, reducing auto insurance rates and maintaining care by getting rid of unnecessary mandates, eliminating the top-down approach in education and promoting more patient driven approaches for quality, affordable healthcare.

Republican
Jim Hines
Age: 63
Occupation: OB/GYN Medical Doctor
Municipality of residence: Saginaw
For how long: 38 years
Online campaign information: www.hines4michigan.com
Education: BA Indiana University; Indiana University Medical School
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: To implement a real auto insurance reform plan with a fee schedule and fraud agency. Fixing the roads with existing resources, using surplus general fund dollars as well as prioritizing in the budget and using better building and pavement technology. In addition, warranties need to be enforced. My roads plan would prioritize spending and inject $1.75 billion in additional road dollars over two years without raising taxes.

Republican
Bill Schuette
Age: 64
Occupation: Attorney General, conservative candidate for governor
Municipality of residence: Midland
For how long: Since he was a child
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Schuette attended Georgetown University and University of San Francisco Law School.
Previously held elected offices: He has served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Michigan Senate, and as a Judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals.
Top goals: As Michigan’s next governor, I will make Michigan win again. We will grow our paychecks and population. We will accomplish this by finally cutting auto insurance rates (currently the highest in America), improve low-ranking 3rd grade reading scores, increase vocational training for skilled trade careers, and drive a stake through the Granholm Income Tax hike, which has cost Michigan families $8 billion.

Democrat
Abdul El-Sayed
Age: 33
Occupation: Former Health Commissioner for the City of Detroit
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 8 months (lived in Detroit prior).
Online campaign information: Abdulforgovernor.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Political Science & Biology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Ph.D in Public Health from University of Oxford Medical Doctorate from the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Reform campaign finance laws and increase Government transparency, Stand up to corporate welfare, Implement MichCare: a single-payer, Medicare for All style healthcare plan, Raise the minimum wage to $15/hour, Fight Right to Work, Protect Prevailing Wage, Shut Down Line 5 and protect our Great Lakes, De-DeVos our public education, Provide tuition-free and debt-free post-secondary education to families making under $150K Rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, Provide high-speed broadband internet to every community, Support marijuana legalization

Democrat
Shri Thanedar
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Gretchen Whitmer
Age: 46
Occupation: Candidate for Governor
Municipality of residence: East Lansing, MI
For how long: 20+ Years
Online campaign information: gretchenwhitmer.com
Education: Michigan State University, College of Law, Magna Cum Laude
Michigan State University, BA Communications
Previously held elected offices: Senate Democratic Leader, 2010 - 2014; Michigan State Senate, 2006 - 2014; Michigan State Representative, 2000 - 2006
Top goals: Fix our roads the right way, the first time, with high-quality materials and mix so we can get the job done right.
Make sure every Michigander has a quality public education that gets them on a path to a high wage skill.
Make health care more affordable. As Senate Democratic Leader, I negotiated with Republicans to expand health care to more than 680,000 Michiganders. As governor, I’ll take on Republicans who threaten our care.

Libertarian
Bill Gelineau
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Libertarian
John J. Tatar
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

U.S. Senate
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one six-year term in November.

Republican
John James
Age: 37
Occupation: President, James Group International
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills
For how long: 8 Years
Online campaign information: http://JohnJamesForSenate.com
Education: United States Military Academy: Bachelor of Science
Penn State University: Master of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems
University of Michigan: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I have a passion for service. My core values of faith and family, God and country, service before self are why I want to continue to serve our country. I am a combat veteran and a West Point graduate, who understands national security and a business leader who understands economic opportunity. My top goals will be to secure the borders, to give our veterans the care they deserve, protect Michigan jobs, and rebuild our infrastructure.

Republican
Sandy Pensler
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Debbie Stabenow (I)
Running unopposed.

 

U.S. House of Representatives District 9
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination, and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Candius Stearns
Running unopposed.

Democrat
Martin Brook
Age: 53
Occupation: Labor & Employment Attorney
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Twp.
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: www.brookforcongress.com
Education: Michigan State University, James Madison College, B.A. 1987; M.S.U., School of Labor & Industrial Relations, M.L.I.R. 1988; University of Michigan Law School, J.D. 1996.
Previously held elected offices: Trustee, Bloomfield Hills School Board, 2005-2010 and served as Board President.
Top goals: I am running for Congress to disrupt the status quo, restore trust and transparency, and get Congress working for the people. I’m running the way everyone should – I don’t have a PAC and I won’t accept money from one. I’m not interested in rigid dogmas, but in fact-based decision-making to benefit the common good. Hire me and I will insist that a middle-class lifestyle includes retirement, healthcare, and money left to send kids to college.

Democrat
Andy Levin
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Ellen Lipton
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

State Senate District 9
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Jeff Bonnell 
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Fred Kuplicki
Age: 71
Occupation: Business Owner, Heritage Research, Kupco Media, ManuSource Machine Tool Sales Agency & Community Activist
Municipality of residence: Fraser, MI            
For how long: 39 Yrs
Online campaign information: www.silver-wings.us
Education: Wayne Comm College, Business Mgmt, Public Admin ----- National Institute of Technology (RETS), Wilbur Wright Trade HS, Manufacturing
Previously held elected offices: Elected Precinct Delegate Detroit 1976-78, Elected Vice Chairman Detroit Public Schools 1976-78
Top goals: I hope to gain your confidence as the candidate who will better serve you, worthy of your trust to be honored with your vote on Election Day.
Managing small to large corporations and serving within many aspects of the community has provided me with creative negotiating and management skills to successfully work within the community and legislative groups.
I am a Moderate Republican who understands and supports community needs for the betterment of our society. 

Democrat
Kristina Lodovisi 
Age: 37
Occupation: Nonprofit Volunteer
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 6 years
Online campaign information: www.KristinaLodovisi.com
Education: Military Police, United States Army; B.S. Business Management; A.A.S., General Business
Previously held elected offices: n/a
Top goals: As your State Senator for the ninth district, Kristina Lodovisi will advocate for better roads and schools while remaining fiscally responsible to ensure Michigan’s financial security. Kristina Lodovisi will fight for women’s reproductive health care rights. Kristina Lodovisi will advocate for Civil Rights reforms to protect all of Michigan’s citizens from discrimination. Kristina Lodovisi will fight for common sense gun safety legislation focused on protecting Michiganders from gun violence.

Democrat
Paul Wojno
Age: 62
Occupation: Warren City Clerk
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 28 years
Online campaign information: www.paulwojno.com
Education: Center Line High School, Macomb Community College, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Wayne State University (BA) and K-12 Certification, State Level I Assessor Training.
Previously held elected offices: State Representative 28th District, Warren City Clerk
Top goals: Immediately address - ROADS: Corporations must pay their fair share, rebuild not resurface roads, require contractor warranties, NO-FAULT NSURANCE REFORM: that provides affordability, consumer protection, MCCA fund transparency. EDUCATION: Adopt Red Flag legislation, increase early childhood and early college funding, support our teachers. JOBS: reduce taxes on the middle class, support business that stay in Michigan, develop comprehensive infrastructure plan that creates jobs in skilled trades, technology, renewable energy, equal pay for equal work.

 

State Senate District 10
Three candidates are running for the Republican nomination, one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination, and one candidate is running for the Libertarian nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Joseph Bogdan
Age: 31
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 1 year; 9 years in district, have lived in all 3 of the communities I will serve (Clinton Twp., Sterling Heights, and Macomb Twp.)
Online campaign information: www.josephbogdan.com
Education: Oakland University, Bachelor of Science in Industrial & Systems Engineering, Summa Cum Laude (top of class); Macomb Community College, Associate of Mathematics, Summa Cum Laude; Baker College, Associate of Business, Summa Cum Laude
Previously held elected offices: None 
Top goals: Sharing a Message of Love and Healing: Bringing Together the Best Ideas of All the Candidates. Fixing roads efficiently / cost-effectively / rapidly (transparent bidding / “best value” algorithms / optimized road life), fixing traffic congestion (Greenlight Policies), the best tax plan of all the candidates (Build-A-Budget), eliminating government corruption rapidly (Corruption Slayer strategies), reducing insurance costs (CureCare: business-friendly, conscience-friendly alternative to Obamacare), and More! Endorsed by Macomb County Taxpayer Association—“Simply the Best!”

Republican
Michael MacDonald
Age: 38
Occupation: Financial Representative, Doctoral Researcher, VP Michigan Air Force Association
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 3 years
Online campaign information: https://www.electmikemacdonald.com
Education: De La Salle Collegiate Diploma; B.S. Exercise Science Bachelor of Science, Western Michigan University; M.B.A. Master of Business Administration, Oakland University; D.H.A. Doctor of Health Administration, University of Phoenix
Previously held elected offices: None 
Top goals: Macomb County is my home; I grew up here and know the hard working people that make up our communities.  As I listen to the concerns of those I talk to it’s clear that Macomb is not getting its fair share. Whether it’s money to fix our local roads or auto insurance costs supplementing other parts of the state, we need to start getting our fair share back! That’s why I’m running for State Senate. 

Republican
Michael Shallal
Age: 38
Occupation: Owner/Intelligence Analyst
Municipality of residence: Macomb County
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information: www.MichaelShallal.com
Education: BSIT/ISS
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I believe that we should be promoting sense of responsibility, patriotism and traditional values.  I’m concerned!  We have issues that requires immediate attention such as, roads and infrastructure, transparency at all levels of government, more economic growth, promoting skill trades, appropriation of funds, protecting Senior’s benefits, and lowering insurance cost. I’m a firm believer that if you want something done right, do it yourself. “We Can Do Better, We Must Do Better!” M. Shallal

Democrat
Henry Yanez
Running unopposed.

Libertarian
Mike Saliba
Running unopposed.

 

State House of Representatives District 31
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Catherine Osinski Dinka
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Lisa Valerio-Nowc
Age: 51
Occupation: Librarian
Municipality of residence: Macomb County, Clinton TWP
For how long: 40+ years
Online campaign information: No answer given 
Education: B.A., English, WSU; M.S.L.S., WSU
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top priorities are roads, reading and reforming auto insurance. Citizens of District 31 has seen taxes go up with no improvement on the roads. Students are falling behind in reading and that is unacceptable. A life skill as important as reading should not be pushed aside. Our public schools should be equipped with a functional school library. Lastly, auto insurance costs are rising and the brakes should be put on to make it affordable.

Democrat
Michelle Robertson
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
William J. Sowerby (I)
Age: 61
Occupation: State Representative – District 31
Municipality of residence: Charter Township of Clinton
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: www.billsowerby.com 
Education: Wayne State University, B.A. Degree – 1978; St. Clair Shores Lake Shore High School, Diploma – 1974; St. Gertrude Elementary School
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, District 31 – 2017 to present; Treasurer, Charter Township of Clinton – 1996 to 2016; County Commissioner, Macomb County – 1989 to 1996
Top goals: Increase wages and reduce income inequality. People are working harder than ever but they are not seeing their wages rise significantly. People feel the economy is rigged against them. Improving our public education system by increasing funding and ensuring that teachers and schools have the resources needed to successfully prepare students for a modern economy. Better protect our natural resources. We should be valuing clean air, water, and land more than we currently do.

 

Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Eleven candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and six candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one partial term in November that ends Dec. 31, 2020.

Republican
Nicholyn Brandenburg
Age: No answer given
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: nicholyn.brandenburg@yahoo.com
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices: Macomb library board 1996 through 2005 
Top goals: Thank you to all the citizens who have supported me as county commissioner for 18 years As your clerk I would ensure elections were accurate and run with integrity .As many other counties have looked toward outsourcing options I will strive to keep services in-house providing a higher level of privacy accuracy and quality of standard while reviewing ways to reduce the budget parameters in place.I welcome the opportunity of providing you a better (...)

Republican
Jaxon Goodman
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: Less than a year
Online campaign information: Facebook.com/GoodmanForClerk
Education: Criminal Justice from Ferris State University, 2014; Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, September 2018.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I would ensure that the clerk’s office would become more efficient and effective in providing the services that the public deserves. I would provide a unique perspective into handling the e-filing system and use the advanced technology to introduce a more cohesive method of training employees responsible for servicing the community. I would promote teamwork within the clerk’s office to build positive morale among all employees.

Republican
Sylvia Grot
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Ralph Lambert
Age: 60
Occupation: Retired US Navy Officer
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 15 months
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: A.A. ’78 Georgia Military College, B.S. ’84 Eastern Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: First and foremost, fix the problems created by the last Clerk.  Second, do the job that the people of Macomb County expect and do it well.  Build a team with the existing workers in the office by streamlining processes and finding ways to cut costs without cutting services.  I learned in the Navy that as a public official I am accountable, and I am expected to be a good steward of the taxpayer’s dollar.

Republican
James Perna
Age: 77
Occupation: Consultant
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 33 years
Online campaign information: www.jamesperna.com
Education: Associates in Architecture,  Lawrence Tech
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner – Clinton Township (nearly 9 years)
Top goals: The Macomb County Clerk’s office has been in disarray.  My first goal will be to draw upon my 40 years of executive and administrative business experience to ensure that services are provided in manner consistent with the law and as expected by the public.  Second, I will review operations to ensure efficiencies and for cost savings for the taxpayer.  Finally, I will fight to ensure that voting operations are ran effectively and all votes are counted.

Republican
Trese Servitto-Smith
Age: 57
Occupation: Controller Assistance / Accounting Clerk
Municipality of residence: Bruce Township
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: Facebook – Trese Servitto-Smith
Education: High School Graduate, one year of College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I’m currently employed as an accounting clerk and assistant to the controller of a manufacturing company.  Let me put my 30+ years of management skills and accounting knowledge to work in the County Clerk’s office.  I pledge to run an efficient office, to allow employees to do the job they were hired to do, and to continue to investigate new and innovative ways to keep up to date on technology and streamline processes.

Republican
Randell J. Shafer
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Retired Officer from the U.S. Army
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores, MI
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: Friend me on FaceBook
Education: Assoc. of Science, Management and Administrative Studies, 2000, Excelsior College, Albany NY
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: My top goal is to restore confidence in our County Clerk’s Office, I am sure this is already being done, I will build on this effort, the citizens of Macomb County deserve nothing less. I look forward to being fully trained to perform the responsibilities and duties of the clerk. I plan on Learning and Listening, and Leading By Example. Thank you!

Republican
Alan Shepperd
Age: 53
Occupation: Owner, Commercial and Residential Real Estate Inspection Co.
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 53 years
Online campaign information: None
Education: Lincoln Senior High School, Macomb Community College, MBI
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I will bring to the clerks office a comprehensive, productive and constructive involvement plan. All the while providing a respectful environment.
I can assure Macomb tax payers that I will strive for efficiency and cost savings by eliminating waste and redundancy.
Vital records will be processed promptly and safe guarded, while serving the public and agency’s that do business with the clerks office.
In closing, thanks for your support and always exercise your right to vote.

Republican
Lisa Sinclair
Age: 42
Occupation: (RN) Emergency Department, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: Since March 2017
Online campaign information: Facebook.com/Sinclair4clerk
Education: Michigan State University, BA, Political Science/Pre-Law; Macomb Community College, ADN, Nursing
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Macomb County residents deserve a Clerk they are proud of! I want to serve my community and work harder for all the 870,000 residents in Macomb County.
My promise is to provide fair and efficient service to everyone - Macomb County Clerk’s office will be the most well-run office ever in history. I want this opportunity to give excellent service to my neighbors, and to give service with a smile! I will always be there (...)

Republican
Paula Verticchio
Age: 53
Occupation: Macomb County Circuit Court Finance Manager & Michigan Licensed Realtor
Municipality of residence: Washington Township
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information: www.voteverticchio.com
Education: Bachelor’s Degree – Business Administration (Central Michigan University), Associates Degree of Applied Science – Legal Assistance (Macomb Community College), Associates Degree of Applied Science - Computer Information Science (Macomb Community College), Associates Degree of Applied Science - General Studies (Macomb Community College), Completed required Michigan approved realtor education and passed state licensing examination, Utica Community Schools Eisenhower High School graduate
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Reestablish the integrity of the Clerk/Register of Deeds Offices.
Increase community presence: informational sessions-juror importance, document recording requirements, record availability, voter participation, reinstate Mobile Office.
Improve: fiscal responsibility, online capabilities, I.T. infrastructure, technology, training manuals.
Create: transparent department goals, objectives and procedures.
Offer continuing education for staff to understand wants and needs of the public we serve.
Improve relationship with Court Administration, Judiciary, Board of Commissioners, Department Heads, local officials and surrounding communities.

Republican
Julie Williams
Age: 52
Occupation: Self-employed, formerly worked Macomb County Register of Deeds and Purchasing 
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 2 years
Online campaign information: Facebook.com/williams4clerk.com
Education: St. John’s University, Queens, NY, Lakeview High School, St. Clair Shores
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Julie Williams worked for the Register of Deeds office and Macomb County Purchasing. She has the enthusiasm and experience to restore dignity to the Clerk’s office and is eager to appoint a Chief Deputy to assist with staffing and operations. Williams is especially interested in maintaining the integrity of elections and updating on-line record searches. Those in the title & real estate industry will finally have a Clerk that understands their unique needs.

Democrat
Steve Bieda
Age: 57
Occupation: State Senator, Attorney
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 54 years
Online campaign information: www.SteveBieda.net
Education: Bachelor of Public Affairs-Political Science, Wayne State University; Master of Public Administration in Policy Analysis, Wayne State University; Juris Doctor, University of Detroit Mercy College of Law; Master of Laws in Taxation, Wayne State University; Proud graduate of Warren’s Cousino High School.
Previously held elected offices: State Senator for the 9th District (2011- Present), State Representative for the 25th District (2003-2008).
Top goals: After the failed leadership of Karen Spranger, the citizens of Macomb need a Clerk who’s prepared on day one to restore honor, integrity, and efficiency to the office.
As Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds, I promise to work to:
Strengthen ethics legislation for public officials, improve campaign finance reform, and end gerrymandering.
Protect voting rights and expand access to the ballot.
Help veterans and families facing foreclosure keep their homes.

Democrat
Carol Shumard Diehl
Age: 70 yrs
Occupation: 41B District Court 17 years - present. Work Experience: Macomb County Friend of the Court/ Macomb County Clerks Office/ Hudson's-Macy’s/ Gowanie Golf Club
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 39 years
Online campaign information: No answer given.
Education: L’anse Creuse H.S.
Previously held elected offices: No answer given.
Top Goals: “Not only meet, but exceed the expectations of our residents”
One of the main responsibilities of the Clerk is to oversee all county elections, while remaining impartial to politics.
I am often asked, “What changes do I intend to make after elected?” I’m going to put into practice what should’ve have been there in the first place by implementing an open door policy. Suggestions will be welcomed from members of the community to fellow elected...

Democrat
Cynthia Konal
Age: No answer given
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores, Macomb County
For how long: Resident of Macomb for 30 years
Online campaign information: www.cindykonal.com
Education: Master’s of Social Work from Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: Charter Commissioner
Top goals: As a licensed mental health social worker and Macomb County Administrator, I will ensure that the clerk’s office runs smoothly and efficiently, creating a better work environment to enhance the service provision in the county. I am the best positioned to work with the marginalized populations in Macomb including the elderly, disabled, etc. I will work with the IT department to ensure centralization of electronic data, interoffice exchange of data and updating kiosks. 

Democrat
Fred Miller
Age: 44
Occupation: Deputy Treasurer, Oakland County Treasurer’s Office
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 16 years at current address
Online campaign information: www.thefredmillerspot.com
Education: B.A. Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner for 3 terms (2011-2016); Michigan State Representative for 3 terms (2005-2010)
Top goals: Restoring excellent customer service to the Macomb County Clerk’s Office is my top priority and I have the right skill-set to do so. As County Commissioner I chaired the Finance Committee and have a detailed understanding of the Clerk’s budget, duties, and structure. As part of the administrative team of a similar department in neighboring Oakland County, I have managerial experience working with supervisors and front-line workers alike serving the public and other county departments.

Democrat
Eva Tkaczyk
Age: 44
Occupation: Attorney  
Municipality of residence: Chesterfield Township
For how long: 8 years 
Online campaign information: www.evatkaczykforclerk@weebly.com
Education: Wroclaw University, Poland, 1997 Juris Doctoris and Master in Laws in Commercial Law, Wayne State University, 2004, L.L.M. Master in Finance and Corporate Laws. 
Previously held elected offices: No answer given.
Top goals: If elected I will take care that voting machines are safe and efficient. The office should be on high tech level and public friendly.

Democrat
Geoffrey Varga
Age: 28
Occupation: Student
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: More than 20 years
Online campaign information: https://www.facebook.com/Varga forMacombCountyClerk/
Education: Currently at Wayne State University pursuing BLA - English
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: My top goals for the Macomb County Clerk’s Office, if elected, will be to return stable leadership and efficiency to the office. As a U.S. Army Combat Veteran, I have the leadership skills necessary, and experience running an office as diversified in tasks as the County Clerk’s Office while deployed to Afghanistan.

 

Macomb County Executive
Two Republicans and two Democrats will compete for spots on the November ballot for one four-year term.

Republican
Norbert A. Golembiewski
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired College Instructor and Corporate Trainer
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 41 years
Online campaign information: Facebook, Norm Golembiewski
Education: MBA and BS Degrees University of Detroit Mercy, CLU Chartered Like Underwriter and ChFC Chartered Financial Consultant The American College Bryn Mawr PA
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Macomb County faces two crucial issues: Cleaning up the Macomb County Swamp – Let’s get rid of Corruption – e.g. The 15 Mile sewer collapse. Ethics - Honesty must be reintroduced to County Government.
Broken down roads in Macomb County.
I worked in the insurance industry for over 40 years. I understand Auto and homeowners coverage and can offer solutions to provide affordable coverage to all.

Republican
Joseph M. Hunt
Age: 52
Occupation: Computer Systems Engineer
Municipality of residence: City of Warren
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: Google
Education: Macomb Community College, Ferris State College, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts
Previously held elected offices: n/a
Top goals: Several top goals to be addressed once elected to the Macomb County Executive position would be: 1) Appoint proactive citizens to departments, boards, commissions, and authorities 2)Overhaul the IT, Legal, and Human Resources departments with reorganization provisions of the County Charter, 3) engage federal authorities to address internal government corruption regarding pay to play contracts, 4) fix the deplorable roads and unsafe bridges , and 5) promote Macomb as a regionalized, international Motor County.

Democrat
Mark A. Hackel (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Arnold Simkus
Age: 75
Occupation: Small business owner
Municipality of residence: City of Warren
For how long: 34 years
Online campaign information: None
Education: Cass Tech HS, Detroit, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, New York University, New York, Wayne State University, Detroit, UM Oakland, Troy. Math Maj English Min 112 hrs.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 100% Trump Democrat 1) Make Macomb County the greatest county 2) Fix roads now a) Declare Emergency Disaster for federal funds to fix roads; b) brand roads to large companies who fix and maintain them: under 16 Mile Rd signs add “Intel Hwy”. 3) Change curriculums; train youth for jobs paying $35+ per hour with benefits implemented in our Juvenile Justice Center.  Create “Golden Groesbeck New Jobs Alley”, brand Groesbeck as our county’s “Silicon Valley”.

 

Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 11
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term.

Republican
Joe Salvaggio
Age: 61
Occupation: Systems Engineer
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: 1 year
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Physics Bachelor, Master; Business Masters
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Making America Great Again! Starting with Macomb County.
Bringing a voice to the conservative opinion!
From a firm understanding of business, its needs and its need for responsiveness from government, I am well suited to meet the aspirations of business from government.
To position county government to allow the citizens representation on an as needed basis.
To keep in communication with publicists/journalists the status of positions/budgetary-items in front of the Macomb County Chamber Of Commerce.

Republican
John Tenny  
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Fred Barbret 
Age: 54
Occupation: SMART Bus Ombudsperson
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: Life
Online campaign information: Facebook
Education: B.S. & M.A. from Central Michigan University
Certificate in Personal Financial Planning from Oakland University
Leadership Macomb, Class of 2006
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: We must find adequate and equitable sources of funds to address infrastructure needs (both above and below ground) and other essential services such as police and fire. With many aging in place, especially in the south end of the county, local millages will eventually threaten the ability of those on fixed incomes to remain in their homes. We must find alternative funding sources and we must work effectively with state legislators to do so.

Democrat
Charles A. Frontera 
Age: 30
Occupation: Past Small Business Owner; Substitute Teacher for Roseville Community Schools; Member Experience Assosicate
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: 30 Years
Online campaign information: Facebook.com/CharlesAFrontera
Education: Roseville High School; Wayne State University — BA Political Science with Minor in Communications
Previously held elected offices: Roseville City Council, Precinct Delegate
Top goals: My goal is simple: represent the PEOPLE of the district, not special interests. For too long special interests have prevented the county from progressing to its full potential. Road conditions are unacceptable and need to be addressed immediately. Senior and veteran services are also critical and need to be preserved and enhanced. The people deserve ethical representatives. I have proven that I can’t be owned by corrupt special interests. Experience matters, but so does integrity.

Democrat
Harold L. Haugh 
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired from General Motors after forty-two years as an Assistant Director
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: 54 years
Online campaign information: Harold Haugh for Macomb County Commissioner
Education: Attended GMI,Wayne State,MCC classes and numerous hours of GM training
Previously held elected offices: Roseville City Councilman, Roseville Mayor Pro-Tem, Roseville Mayor, State Representative Roseville/Fraser/Warren
Top goals: -Roads/Infrastructure: Working with County Executive Mark Hackel in obtaining more funding to fix our crumbling road/ Infrastructure
-Public Safety: Assuring our First Responder’s have what is required to keep all of Macomb County safe

 

Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 12
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Jeff Ford
Age: 44
Occupation: Self employed
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: since Oct.13 1986, 31 years
Online campaign information: None 
Education: chippewa valley high school: diploma class of 1992; Attended macomb comm. college
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: no.1 Reduce the size of local government and stop any excessive wasteful spending in our Macomb county!, so we can balance the budget so we can make possible tax cuts for all of our tax paying citizens! no.2 and we all should always look out for our senior citizens and veterans that have fixed incomes!, all of us should always thank our veterans for there service!!!, yours truely Jeff Ford for county commissioner 12th district

Democrat
Bob Smith
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

District Court Judge, District 39
Five candidates are running for one six-year term. The top two vote-getters in the Aug. 7 primary will face off in the November general election for the six-year term.

Dana C. Freers 
Age: 39
Occupation: Attorney at Freers, Freers & Freers
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information: Dana Freers for Roseville and Fraser District Judge on Facebook
Education: Michigan State University — B.A., M.P.A., J.D.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I want to continue serving Roseville and Fraser as I have for 14 years, both as an attorney for working families and a charitable and civic volunteer. My work in the Lions, Optimists, Goodfellows and Roseville Eastpointe Chamber of Commerce has prepared me to serve my community as Judge. My advocacy for working families as a lawyer has demonstrated my commitment to justice. My goal is to do justice every day, as every judge should.

Alyia Marie Hakim 
Age: No answer given 
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: 37 years (lifelong) 
Online campaign information: www.votealyiamarie.com
Education: Juris Doctorate — Wayne State University Law School (2006); Bachelor of Science — Western Michigan University (2003)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: If elected Judge of the 39th District Court, I will administer firm and fair justice free from politics. I will work to expand treatment and recovery courts through federal grants and other support programs. I understand the need to balance rehabilitation and recovery with the need to protect the public. The district court is the perfect opportunity to engage in early identification of substance abuse, increasing positive outcomes while reducing the costs of incarceration. 

Melissa M. King 
Age: I turned 50 years old this year just like the District Courts
Occupation: Magistrate/Court Administrator at the 39th District Court — Licensed attorney for 23 years, 12 years in private practice. Currently serving as magistrate of the 39th District Court for the last 15 years and running court operations at the Court for the last ten years.
Municipality of residence: City of Fraser
For how long: I have lived in Fraser since 1999.  Prior to that I lived in Warren for almost thirty years.
Online campaign information: facebook: magistratekingforjudge
Education: Bachelor of Social Work Degree — Wayne State University — 1990
Juris Doctor Degree — Detroit College of Law, 1995
Alumna — Grantmanship Center 
Previously held elected offices: I have never previously held an elected office.
Top goals: I will build on my 15-year track record of effectively running a Courtroom at the 39th District Court ensuring individual rights are protected for both victims and defendants; continue working with community leaders and organizations to promote community safety and to identify evidence-based programs that combat issues of opiate/alcohol addiction, school violence and human trafficking; and provide resources to people who are self-represented to ensure they have full access to Court services.

Kathy Tocco 
Age: 54
Occupation: Macomb County Commissioner and Attorney
Municipality of residence: Fraser
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Kathy Tocco for District Court Judge
Education: Juris Doctor, Detroit College of Law
B.A., University of Detroit
High School: Cousino Sr. High School
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner from 2007 to present
Top goals: The Michigan Code of Judicial Conduct also applies to candidates for judicial office.  The rules prohibit candidates from making promises of conduct in office.  
My goal, if elected, is to use my 27 years of legal experience, and my experience on the Board of Commissioners and the Macomb County Community Mental Health Board to faithfully and impartially apply the law and administer justice for the residents of Fraser and Roseville.

Paul F. Zyburski 
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

Macomb County Public Transportation Millage
If approved, this proposal will renew and increase the .9926 formerly authorized, to 1.0 mills for the years 2018 through 2021, and allow continued support to the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation (SMART) for a public transportation system serving the elderly, disabled and general public of Macomb County.

For the purpose of providing funds in support of public transportation serving the elderly, disabled, and general public, shall the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property located within Macomb County, be renewed and increased from .9926 foremly authorized, to 1.0 mills for a period of four (4) years, being years 2018 through 2021? It is estimated that if approved the millage would raise approximately $27,080,681 in the first year.

 

Police Department Millage Renewal Proposition
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Charter Township of Clinton, Macomb County, State of Michigan, be increased by 0.9875 mills ($.9875 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of six (6) years, 2020 to 2025, inclusive, as a renewal of the 1.000 mill previously authorized by the electors of the Township in 2013 as reduced by operation of the Headlee Amendment, for the purpose of providing funds for: (1) acquiring new police apparatus; and (2) other operational costs for the Police Department? It is estimated that 0.9875 mills will raise approximately Two Million Eight Hundred and Eighteen Thousand Three Hundred and Twelve Dollars ($2,818,312) when first levied in 2020.

 

Fire Department Millage Renewal Proposition
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Charter Township of Clinton, Macomb County, State of Michigan, be increased by 2.2001 mills ($2.2001 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of eight (8) years, 2022 to 2029, inclusive, as a renewal of the 1.000 mill previously authorized by the electors of the Township in 2002 as currently reduced to 0.9659 mills by operation of the Headlee Amendment; and the 1.25 mills previously authorized by the electors of the Township in 2013 as currently reduced to 1.2342 mills by operation of the Headlee Amendment, for the purpose of providing funds for: (1) furnishing and equipping the Fire Department; and (2) other operational costs for the Fire Department? It is estimated that 2.2001 mills will raise approximately Six Million Two Hundred and Seventy-Nine Thousand and Fifty-Six Dollars ($6,279,056) when first levied in 2022.

 

Road Proposition
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property within the Charter Township of Clinton, Macomb County, State of Michigan, be increased by 1.900 mills ($1.900 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for a period of five (5) years, 2018 to 2022, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for: (1) replacing and repairing roads; and (2) installing, replacing, and repairing curbs, storm drainage, sidewalks/pathways and driveway portions within the right-of-way adjacent to such roads? It is estimated that 1.900 mills will raise approximately Five Million Four Hundred and Fifty-Five Thousand and Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($5,455,450) when first levied in 2018.