Fraser, Clinton Township voters to decide national, state and local seats, school board

Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published October 7, 2020

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FRASER/CLINTON TOWNSHIP — In the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide one U.S. congressional race, one state representative race, one county commissioner race, several local township races, and one school board race Nov. 3. 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.


Clinton Township Supervisor
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Republican
Robert J. Cannon (I)
Age: 71
Occupation: Clinton Township Supervisor
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 45 years
Online campaign information: reelectrobertjcannon.com
Education: Bachelor of Science – Business Administration; MBA Master of Business Administration; EDS Education Leadership; all from Wayne State
Previously held elected offices: Clinton Township Trustee
Top goals: Roads, continued park improvements, excellent fire and police, water & sewer replacement/repair, financial stability, and support for our award winning recreation and senior citizen programs and the Gratiot Cruise, Festival of the Senses and honoring our Veterans throughout the year.  Installation of a splash pad and inclusive playground are for summer 2021. Implementation of our recently adopted strategic plan is a priority including installation of bike/hike paths, Clinton River recreational accessibility and business development.

Democrat
Jason M. Davidson
Age: 42
Occupation: Business Manager
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/electjasondavidson
Education: Associates of Applied Science in Credit & Finance – Macomb; Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance – Walsh College.
Previously held elected offices: Clintondale Board of Education (2002 – Current)
Top goals: It’s time for a change in leadership to bring about community investment, park & trail enhancements, ethics reform, accountability, and the creation of a “One-Stop Business Center” to spur new economic development & business growth, and address vacant buildings. As a school leader, I led a financial turnaround with conservative budgeting, saved $11M taxpayer dollars through refinancing, and had a 99% meeting attendance. I value a properly staffed police & fire departments and public services.


Clinton Township Clerk
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Carol Shumard Diehl
Age: 72
Occupation: Civil Clerk 41B District Court 20 years
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 41 years
Online campaign information: Online go to Carol Shumard Diehl for Clerk
Education: LCHS and MCCC
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Township Clerks must understand when its appropriate to seek legal counsel. As keeper of the records a Clerk must be trusted.    Without seeking legal advice a Clerk can be sued as this Clerk has. Affidavits to run for office must be processed. Fellow citizens , help us achieve the change Clinton Township so badly needs.

Republican
Kim Meltzer (I)
Age: 56
Occupation: Clerk
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: meltzerforclerk.com
Education: Bachelor’s of Art – Political Science
Previously held elected offices: Clinton Township Trustee, State Representative and presently Clinton Township Clerk
Top goals: Experience and education matter. I am always studying to be the best in my field and recently achieved Master Clerk status.  Of the more than 1500 Michigan Clerks, this status is only held by 59 other Clerks. This means I have prioritized being the best Clerk in the industry and will work to make Clinton Township elections accessible and accurate, making sure every vote counts. I am honored to serve Clinton Township.


Clinton Township Treasurer
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Republican
Robert C. Brandenburg
Age: 67
Occupation: Patent Attorney (retired)
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: Five years
Online campaign information: bob4ctt.com
Education: J.D. (Law), University of Michigan; B.S.E. (Mechanical Engineering), University of Michigan.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I will provide responsive and efficient services as Treasurer. As a township board member, I will make the best use of the taxpayer’s money. My legal background will help since the Treasurer’s duties are defined by law and I can write effective ordinances.

Democrat
Paul Gieleghem (I)
Age: 50
Occupation: Treasurer
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 49 years (with a few stints elsewhere for college or work)
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/PG4CTT
Education: Graduate of Clintondale Community Schools, Associates Degree from Macomb Community College, Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University, and certifications as: Michigan Certified Public Treasurer (MiCPT) from the Michigan Municipal Treasurer’s Association and Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM) from the Association of Public Treasurer of the United States and Canada.   
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 1999 – 2004; County Commissioner, 2005 – 10; Chairman of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners, 2009 – 10; and Clinton Twp. Trustee, 2012-16.
Top goals: Clinton Twp. is mostly developed and residential, with commercial corridors and few heavy-industrial sites--so as residents, we’re in this together!  We must prioritize safety through the pandemic, wise use of funding to maintain services, economic development focused on business retention and attraction for what comes next, and securing state and federal public infrastructure dollars to help improve our roads, water-lines, sewers, public parks and open spaces.  I’m experienced at getting these things done.


Clinton Township Board of Trustees
Eight candidates are running for four four-year terms.

Republican
Mike Aiello
Age: 65
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: Clinton Twp Mi
For how long: 21 years
Online campaign information: Facebook
Education: Doctor of Chiropractic
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: To be the Voice of representation for our voters in our community.
Implementing Citizens survey outreach programs.
To bring the Community together so we can build a Greater Community of tomorrow.
Greater Transparency from the Board to the community.
Making our community a safer community throughout our neighbor hoods & local roads.
Improve Health & Safety programs at all levels.
Expanding Senior programs.
Add a Small business growth support program...
Develop a Lower tax Structures

Republican (I)
Joe Aragona
Age: 32
Occupation: Trustee in Clinton Township
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: I’ve lived in this community my entire life.
Online campaign information: votejoearagona.com
Education: B.S. in Biomedical Diagnostics
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I want to make sure that Clinton Township is a great place to live, work, and raise a family. Improving roads, parks, and trails will bring better quality of life. Promoting and inviting small businesses will ensure Clinton Township is a great place to work. And supporting our public service (police and fire) will keep us and our families safe. I strive to be accessible to all residents. Please call at 586-484-1909 with any questions.

Democrat
Laura Cardamone
Age: 55
Occupation: Social Worker
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: lauracardamone.com
Education: Master of Social Work (1990 Wayne State University)
Previously held elected offices: Chippewa Valley School Board 2014-2020
Top goals: If elected, my goals are (1) ensure effective response to our community and employees to COVID; (2) enhance and support small business opportunities in the township particularly in the south end of the Township; (3) address our roads and sidewalks to improve infrastructure and walkability; (4) improve cohesiveness on the Board and (5) work to be effective community partners with our business and schools.

Democrat
Mike Keys (I)
Age: 28
Occupation: Legislative Assistant, Macomb County
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: Lifelong Resident
Online campaign information: mvkeys.com
Education: BA History and Political Science from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: Clinton Township Trustee
Top goals: My top goals are to adopt a stronger ethics policy, ensure transparent oversight of the Township budget, and to provide local resources during the COVID-19 health crisis. I will continue working to deliver resources, food, and essentials to residents within our community. I intend to build on recent momentum and prioritize the re-development of major corridors like Groesbeck and Gratiot. By working together, we can rebuild our local economy safely. Visit mvkeys.com to learn more.

Democrat
Tammy Patton
Age: 49
Occupation: Counselor and Small Business Owner
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: www.tammypattontrustee.com
Education: Bachelor’s in Community Service, Master’s in Community Counseling, and Ph.D in progress in Human Services
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: As welcome as I have felt in Clinton Township, I know that many cannot say the same, and I will fight for those that do not feel represented. Clinton Township needs increased transparency and honesty towards its citizens. Every voice is important and deserves to be heard. We need to focus on all of our community, not just some. We need to make sure our existing businesses are thriving, while attracting new businesses.

Republican
Phil Rode
Age: 62
Occupation: District Director for State Senator Michael MacDonald of the 10th District.
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 55 years
Online campaign information: www.philrode.com
Education: Received a Bachelors Degree from Wayne State University in business and finance.
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: As a Clinton Township resident for over 55 years, I understand the issues our community faces: vacancies, dangerous roads, and more. To combat these recurring issues, I support re-development of key business corridors (Garfield/Groesbeck/Gratiot), our first responders who work tirelessly for our community, maintaining a responsible budget, implementing services to benefit our senior citizens, and more. As Trustee, I will utilize my extensive knowledge of our community when making decisions that will impact our residents.

Republican
Kenneth A. Tardie
Age: 73
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 16 months
Online campaign information: CTTV Interview (Youtube)
Education: St. Ladislaus High School, Hillsdale College, Detroit College of Law (now Michigan State University)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The Covic pandemic has economically crippled individuals and businesses in our Township. When elected, I hope to offer new insight and leadership to the Board of Trustees in further effort to ameliorate the economic effects of the pandemic. I believe the rental assistance program announced by Supervisor Cannon is one such step. My experience as a small business owner and attorney will provide an excellent knowledge base from which I can draw when elected Trustee.

Democrat
Jenifer Jo West (nickname Joie) (I)
Age: 66
Occupation: Trustee, Charter Township of Clinton
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township, MI; Macomb County
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information: www.west4trustee.com
Education: BS – Medical Technology; MS – Anatomy and Physiology, Both from Michigan State University.  Completed a Fellowship – Creating Healthier Communities
Previously held elected offices: Clinton Township Trustee – since 2004
Top goals: 1. Economic Development. I want to assist, support and maintain the small businesses that were impacted by the Pandemic. I want to see them bring their employees back to work.
2. Safety. I want to improve the safety in the neighborhoods. Starting with improving and maintaining the quality of the Roads.
3. Fiscal Responsibility. Clinton Township has taken a financial hit with the Pandemic. It is important that the trustees make good financial decisions.


Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education
Four candidates are running for two six-year terms.

Jolene Andriaschko
Age: 45
Occupation: Deputy Director for Early Childhood Services, School Readiness
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: On and off for the past 35 years.
Online campaign information:  Facebook Page: Dr. Jolene Andriaschko for Chippewa Valley School Board.
Education:  Doctor of Education
Previously held offices: None
Top goals: My top goal would be to strengthen communication. Chippewa Valley has opportunities for growth in communicating in a timely manner. The pandemic has highlighted this as a growth area, where information is rapidly changing, and families are increasingly anxious about what school will continue to look like.  This can be even further enhanced by meeting people where they are, by understanding at a greater depth the community that it serves.

Christopher Gura
Age: 49
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: Since 2007; Raised in Clinton Township from 1972 to 1995
Online campaign information: www.guraforschoolbaord.com
Education: Juris Doctor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (2002); BA, Michigan State University (1994); Macomb Community College (1989-1991); Chippewa Valley High School Graduate (1989)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top goal is to help ensure that the district continues to prepare our students to be successful, productive members of society. Embracing the non-partisan nature of the position, and building upon my experience as President of the Chippewa Valley Educational Foundation, I would work with all stakeholders to sustain a well-rounded public school experience, focusing not only on academic excellence and safety, but also on fiscal accountability to preserve all programming for our students.

Aimee Spooner Crellin
Age: 47
Occupation: Youth Specialist
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 44 years
Online campaign information: Aimee Spooner Crellin for School Board on Facebook
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: There are several key goals, that as a board member, I would like to focus on. The main goal being security. I believe that every teacher, student and parent should be 100% certain that they are part of a safe learning environment.  Another goal that is as important is increasing community and parent involvement within the district.  Increasing parental and community involvement and participation will strengthen our school district as a whole.

Robert Wojtowicz
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Fraser Public Schools Board of Education
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: James Birko (I) and Todd W. Koch (I).


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 12
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Julie Matuzak
Age: 65
Occupation: Retired/part-time Office Manager
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 38 years in Clinton TWP/Mount Clemens area
Online campaign information: www.JulieMatuzak4Commis sioner.com
Education: B.S., Social Relations and Computers & Management, William James College, Grand Valley State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Covid response – keep people informed of best practices, target help for senior citizens, those living in group settings, front line workers and those in need of food and housing; rebuilding our economy - ensure special funding reaches small businesses, make sure businesses know which programs are available to keep people employed; create tougher ethics rules; provide County services in a safe and efficient manner; reform hiring, promotion, and purchasing to become more inclusive and transparent.

Republican
James M. Perna
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Consultant
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: electjimperna.com
Education: St. Joseph High and L I T
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commission
Top goals: My top goal is fighting Covid-19 to save lives, protect our families and restore the jobs and livelihoods in our community. Testing is key. It must become universal on demand. Contact tracing and stay at home for those exposed is important to stop the spread. Once a vaccine is developed we must have our public health system robustly expanded to provide vaccination for all residents and workers in the county.


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

Democrat
Mary A. Chrzanowski
Age: 58
Occupation: Retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: MaryChrzanowskiforProsecutor.com
Education: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice “With Distinction” 1982. University of Detroit School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, Juris Doctor 1985.
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Circuit Judge, January 1993-June 2016.
Top goals: I would like to bring integrity and transparency to the Prosecutor’s office.  I would like to give the people of Macomb County the confidence that their safety and well being is protected by an office that cares about their families.  I want to be tough on crime but also, maintain an understanding that at times treatment for addiction is important to stop the revolving door of criminal behavior.

Republican
Peter J. Lucido
Age: 60
Occupation: Michigan State Senator, 8th District
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: Over 20 years in Shelby TWP, lifetime Macomb County Resident
Online campaign information: https://www.peterjlucido.com/
Education: St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School, 1974; De La Salle Collegiate High School, 1978; Macomb Community College, Associate Degree, 1981; Oakland University, Bachelor Degree, Public Administration and Business, 1983; Central Michigan University, Master of Business, 1984; Detroit College of Law (now known as Michigan State University School of Law), Juris Doctor, Law Degree 1988
Previously held elected offices: Representative 36th district, Michigan House of Representatives
Top goals: Return trust to the prosecutor’s office and rid corruption in Macomb County. Create an anti-corruption & integrity task force bringing transparency to the office and a process where all citizens can bring corrupt behavior forward and know it will be fairly investigated.
Keep the citizens safe and advocate for victim’s rights, especially the vulnerable such as seniors and disabled.
Bring justice for all citizens of Macomb County regardless of race, nationality, religion, or financial status.


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

Democrat
Anthony Wickersham (I)
Age: 58
Occupation: Macomb County Sheriff
Municipality of residence: Bruce Township
For how long: One year
Online campaign information: Wickersham2020@outlook.com
Education: Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Macomb Community College, Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University . Graduate of the 208th  Session of the FBI National Academy, graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Sheriff since 2011
Top goals: Continue to work with our contracted communities to ensure we are meeting their Law Enforcement needs.  Work with the criminal justice stakeholders in Macomb County to improve the operation of the Macomb County Jail. Recruiting the best candidates to fill our vacant positions and be able to draw from a diverse background of applicants and ensure we retain them.

Republican
Terence Mekoski
Age: 55
Occupation: Senior Financial Investigator for the Opioid Strike Force assigned to the DEA
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: https://www.mekoski.com/, https://www.facebook.com/Terence.H.Mekoski/
Education: Columbia Southern University: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in progress; Northwestern University: School of Police Staff and Command: Command Certification; DEA Training Academy, Quantico, VA: Drug Unit Commanders Academy: Training Certificate; Macomb Community College: 2 Year Associates; Detroit Police Academy: Police Officer Certification; Wayne County Corrections Academy: Corrections Certification
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My three main areas of concern: Opioid crisis, county jail, and department public relations. I’ve commanded drug task forces that took thousands of pounds of drugs off the street. I’ve been part of the best-run jail system while working in Oakland County. I know what it takes to maintain the highest level of care and security. I would assign the right deputies to task forces that will help build positive relationships within the community.


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

Republican
Anthony Forlini
Age: 58
Occupation: District Director for 10th Congressional District
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 34 years
Online campaign information: www.forliniforus.com
Education: BBA Western Michigan University, CFP University of Denver
Previously held elected offices: Harrison Township Supervisor, State Representative
Top goals: The Clerk, the main overseer of elections, should be above political party leanings. My administration will continue our history of putting residents above party politics. I have written laws as a Michigan legislator that protected the sanctity of the ballot and require training for poll workers. The doors of the Macomb County Clerk’s office have been closed to the public since March. We will have them safely reopened for the taxpayers like every other municipality.

Democrat
Fred Miller (I)
Age: 46
Occupation: Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 18+ years
Online campaign information: www.thefredmillerspot.com
Education: B.A. in Political Theory from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Michigan State Representative (3 terms) 2005-2010; Macomb County Commissioner (3 terms) 2011-2016; Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds (partial term) 2018-present
Top goals: As County Clerk, I cleaned up the mess left by the disgraced former clerk and improved services by establishing the ‘Senior Advocate’ hotline, reducing office wait times, and bringing a Mobile Clerk’s Office to every corner of the county. I turned down perks of taxpayer-funded county car and free gas. While neighboring county clerk offices shut down during COVID, we were nationally recognized for finding innovative ways to maintain services while protecting workers and public.


Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Toni Moceri
Age: 41
Occupation: Non-profit management
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 41 years
Online campaign information: https://www.facebook.com/tonimoceri
Education: Master of Research, London Consortium at Birkbeck, University of London
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner, District 4, 2009-2010
Macomb County Commissioner, District 1, 2011-2014
Top goals: Climate resilient infrastructure: Our standards for infrastructure and permitting need to be updated and responsive to climate change. We need climate resilient infrastructure that can withstand increasingly
unpredictable weather and major rain events.
Clean water: Ensuring our water resources are safe and secure through stormwater and pollution management and public education.
Stronger ethics and reform: Stronger ethics rules to keep our elected officials accountable including bans on elected officials receiving political contributions from contractors.

Republican
Candice S. Miller (I)
Age: 66
Occupation: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: All my life!
Online campaign information: None
Education: Northwood University and Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: US House of Representatives — MI 10; Michigan Secretary of State; Macomb County Treasurer; Harrison Township Supervisor
Top goals: Continue to improve water quality and quality of life for all Macomb County residents and remain a critical component of economic prosperity.


Macomb County Treasurer
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Lorie Barnwell
Age: 36
Occupation: City of Warren Treasurer
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: www.barnwellformacomb.com
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Currently elected Warren Treasurer since 2015
Top goals: I will eliminate payment fees, install new money-saving technology that will expand payment options, provide greater investment return and transparency, provide free financial seminars, offer mobile office hours to help residents stay in their home, and establish a task force to ensure businesses have stability through this pandemic crisis. I have achieved many of these things in Warren, and I am ready to help all Macomb County residents obtain the services they need and deserve!

Republican
Larry Rocca (I)
Age: 76
Occupation: Macomb County Treasurer
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: www.larryrocca.com
Education: Bachelor Degree from Oakland University: 1980
Associate Degree from Macomb Community College: 1977
Previously held elected offices: I am the current Macomb County Treasurer and have been a precinct delegate for over 40 years.
Top goals: 1. Continue to enhance services, extend taxpayer outreach programs and further enhance technology, building on the work of the past 4 years.
2. Minimize the impact of COVID-19 by implementing additional programs that support taxpayers and businesses.
3. Continue to grow the “Keep Macomb Your Home” Program, building upon the enhancements of the past 4 years.
4. Continue to be a watchdog for taxpayers. I will speak out to ensure a transparent and accountable government.


State House of Representatives District 31
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Republican
Lisa Valerio-Nowc
Age: 54
Occupation: Librarian
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 28
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The 31st District needs leadership that is based on common sense. My first priority will always be the concerns and issues facing the citizens of the 31st District. My vision simple: support local Police departments, Shaping healthcare policies that protect our children and the elderly, support education initiatives that promote reading, math, and science skills and helping small businesses in their quest to get back to work.       

Democrat
William J. Sowerby (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: State Representative, District 31
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 32 years
Online campaign information: billsowerby.com
Education: Wayne State University, Detroit, MI – B.A. Degree, 1978; Lake Shore High School, St. Clair Shores, MI – Diploma, 1974
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, District 31 – (two terms) 2017 to present; Treasurer, Charter Township of Clinton – (five terms) 1996 – 2016; County Commissioner, County of Macomb – (four terms)
1989 – 1996
Top goals: Rebuilding our economy and getting people back to work, but only in a safe manner. We must work with businesses to provide financial assistance for personal protection equipment for their employees. Provide schools with financial resources for successful virtual learning that may transition to a safe in-classroom experience. Greater availability for Covid-19 testing, including rapid results, so the economy and schools can operate safely, based on real time data.


State House of Representatives District 24
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Michelle Woodman
Age: 37
Occupation: Choir Teacher, Chippewa Valley Schools
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 4 years
Online campaign information: votemichellewoodman.com
Education: Masters in Educational Administration, University of Detroit Mercy
Bachelors in Music Education, Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I promise that I will show up, I will listen, and I will vote for policies that align with the needs and priorities of this district. My top priorities are strong public schools, protecting the environment (especially our waterways), and investing in maintaining/updating infrastructure. The people of this district can trust me to be accessible and accountable regardless of party and I will work hard for the best interests of our community.

Republican
Steve Marino (I)
Age: 31
Occupation: State Representative-24th District
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: All of my life
Online campaign information: www.repstevemarino.com
Education: Michigan State University:B.A. Economics; B.A. Public Policy and Public Administration; B. A. Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commisioner-10th District (2014-16), State Representative-24th District (2017-Present)
Top goals: I am running for State Representative to ensure that Michigan’s economic climate is heading in the right direction. We must continue forging a job-friendly environment by removing unnecessary regulations and barriers, providing a skilled workforce, and collaborating with our key industries so our businesses are able to compete in the global economy.


U.S. House of Representatives District 9
Four candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Andy Levin (I)
Age: 60
Occupation: Member of Congress
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information: andylevinforcongress.com
Education: Williams College, University of Michigan, Harvard Law School
Previously held elected offices: n/a
Top goals: As Education & Labor Committee Vice Chair, I put working families at the center of every policy decision. I want all Americans to find a good-paying job, send their children to an excellent public school, have access to quality, affordable health care, and retire with dignity. Unfortunately, this pandemic has shown how out-of-reach this American dream is for many among us. I’ll work tirelessly until we live in that “more perfect union” we’ve always sought.

Republican
Charles Langworthy
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Working Class Party
Andrea L. Kirby
Age: 43
Occupation: Junior Accountant
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information: www.workingclassfight.com
Education: Bachelor Degree
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: If elected, my top priority would be to ensure that all of the wealth that is generated by the working class are used to take care of the needs of the working class. That would mean funding public services such as public health and education among other things. This would also provide jobs for all those that want to work. The needs of the working class would be my top priority.

Libertarian
Mike Saliba
Age: 36
Occupation: Underwriter
Municipality of residence: Clinton Twp
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: votesaliba.com
Education: Broadcasting
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: JUST SAY NO TO CONGRESS! Whether it’s Democrats or Republicans in charge, Congress hasn’t had an approval rating above 35% in decades. It isn’t working! I pledge to vote NO on any bill that does not 1) Reduce the size and scope of government power, 2) Cut taxes or government spending #defundpoliticians , or 3) Increase the personal freedom of all Americans. It’s a simple promise to keep. JUST SAY NO TO CONGRESS!


Judge of Macomb County Probate Court
Two candidates are running for one six-year term

Kathryn A. George (I)
Age: 69
Occupation: Macomb County Probate Court Judge
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights, Michigan
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: www.reelectjudgegeorge.com
Education: Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Juris Doctorate
Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights Citycouncilwoman
Top goals: Upon reelection, I will continue to meet the needs of the public in spite of COVID restrictions. I am focused on improving services and updating the court due to changes in the law. This court is charged with the responsibility of protecting our most vulnerable citizens, which include guardianship and conservatorship over adults and children needing protection, and mentally ill individuals. My combined medical and legal background help me to better address their needs.

Lynn M. Maison
Age: 55
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: votelynnmaison.com
Education: Wayne State University Law School - J.D. 1996; Wayne State University - B.S. in Education 1992; Macomb Community College - Associates Degree 1989
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: If elected, my goal is to serve residents with the experience, integrity, and compassion they deserve. With 20 years of experience in probate practice, I would deliver decisions consistent with probate law. Having represented clients from all angles of probate practice, I understand the positions of individuals coming before the court and would treat everyone with dignity and respect. Being able to work full-time and prepare for court hearings, I can improve overall court efficiency.


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.


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?


Clintondale Community Schools Board of Education
Six candidates are running for three six-year terms.

Annika Christiani
Age: 21
Occupation: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Ambassador at Wayne State University
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 11 years
Online campaign information: www.clintondalewinningticket.org
Education: Clintondale High School graduate (2017) 4th year Psychology/Sociology Double major with honors and a minor in Creative Writing at Wayne State University.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: If elected my top goals are; bring back after school programming, improve the arts program, build a more connected community, and provide our students with more resources for life outside of school.

Kary A. Davidson
Age: 43
Occupation: Nanny
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 17 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Chippewa Valley / Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I understand the importance of a quality education and will be giving my all for the students to provide them with the best education possible in a safe & supportive environment so they can become successful adults. We need to restore professionalism, transparency, accountability, policy/legal compliance, and fiscal responsibility. The next Superintendent must be one without current district ties so that they can provide a new, clear direction forward and implement the changes desperately needed.

Beverly Lewis-Moss (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Retired Teacher
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 20+ years
Online campaign information: www.clintondalewinningticket.org
Education: I attended and graduated from Clintondale Community Schools.  Thereafter, I earned a Certificate in Clerical Studies from Macomb Community College and an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration from the College of the Bahamas.  I also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management and Marketing from Sojourner Douglas College.  After working many years in the corporate arena and returning to the U.S., I decided to follow my true passion of working with children.  As a result, I went back to school and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Teaching from Wayne State University.
Previously held elected offices: Sixth year on the Clintondale Community Schools Board of Education, currently serving as its Board President; previously served as Vice President and Trustee.
Top goals: If elected, my top goals are to:
1. Continue to partner with key stakeholders to ensure that CCS provides a safe, secure and drug-free environment for our students and staff during these unprecedent times. (Safety)
2. Work with key stakeholders to ensure that CCS students are provided with a quality education that enables him/her to compete in the global market.  (Accountability)
3. Identify areas of opportunity and scrutinize expenditures to ensure maximum use of each dollar. (Financial transparency)

Michael J. Manning
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Lois Anita Murray (I)
Age: 62
Occupation: Administrative Assistant, Macomb Community College
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: Over 50 years
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: Associate Degree
Previously held elected offices: 2 terms as Trustee for Clintondale Schools Board of Education, Clinton Township.
Top goals: I am an incumbent to the board seeking re-election. As a 1976 Clintondale graduate, my heart remains with the success and education of our students. I would like to continue to be a part of helping to insure that high quality academic programs and student services remain in place; with a major focus on student and staff safety. I would also like to explore other funding sources for the district through business partnerships.

James W. Potter, Jr. (I)
Age: 57
Occupation: Senior Buyer
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 43 years
Online campaign information: ClintondaleWinningTicket.org
Education: Alumni – Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: To bring a sense of Pride, Dignity, and most of all Trust back to the district that helped mold me into the person I am today. The district has been hemorrhaging students and staff, and that needs to stop.  I propose to do this in several ways:
1. Negotiating with the unions fairly and with transparency
2. Bring back some programs that were cut, as we are not servicing those kids
3. Accessibility, and have an open door policy

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