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Grosse Pointe voters to decide party nominees in county, state, federal races

Grosse Pointe Times | Published July 20, 2016

In the Grosse Pointe Times’ coverage area, voters in the Aug. 2 primary will choose which individuals will represent their political party in several national, state and local races, including state representatives and Wayne County commissioner. There also are two millage renewal questions.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or less, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaced the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

For additional information about these candidates and others, as well as the ballot proposals, visit the League of Women Voters of Grosse Pointe website at or

State House of Representatives District 1
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and six candidates are running for the Democratic nomination.

William Broman
Age: 24
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information:; Facebook
“William Broman for Michigan”; @bromanw on other social media platforms
Education: B.S. Biomedical Engineering - George Washington University
Previously held elected offices: not given
Top goals: 1. Expand access to childcare assistance for parents who are attending college or trade school
2. Create a standard procedure for handling sexual assault complaints/cases on Michigan college campuses; Fund investigators and prosecutors to close and prosecute the previously untested rape kits in Detroit
3. Create innovation districts to attract R&D activities from companies across the country. Pay for it all by finding inefficiencies in government, and fixing them, thereby freeing up money that can be reallocated.

Kameshea Amos
Age: 32
Occupation:  Assistant Property Manager
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 32 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Kameshea Amos for State Representative District 1
Education: Northwood University B.B.A (Marketing and Business Management)   Real Estate One Academy  Martin Luther King Jr. Sr. Hs.
Previously held elected offices: This is my first Political Campaign
Top goals: If elected my prioritizes will be to bring back the true meaning of Community, Restructure our Public School Systems, Encourage and Create Economic Empowerment for all of District 1! Joining forces with Government Officials, Community leaders and local Businesses will be key factors in accomplishing my goals. I plan to effectively provide solutions and execute them while being accessible and active not only in District 1 but surrounding Communities as well. I hope my passion for civic engagement will be felt in efforts to spread the spirit of community while encouraging more constituents to get involved, NOW IS THE TIME!!!

Brian Roderick Banks (I)
Age: 39
Occupation: State Representative
Municipality of residence: Harper Woods, Michigan
For how long: Over 8 years           
Online campaign information:
Education: Bachelor of Science, Wayne State University
Masters of Education, Wayne State University
Juris Doctor, Michigan State University College of Law
PhD Candidate, Walden University
Previously held elected offices: State Representative 2013-present
Top goals: Education – I am committed to providing adequate funding and support for public education as I was successful in my fight for a per pupil increase for all students. Accessible, affordable, high quality education closes the opportunity gap. We must continue to provide a strong and vibrant public education that values the whole child.
Insurance – I will continue to end red-lining and reduce auto & homeowners insurance rates. Insurance companies should not be allowed to use education, zip codes, credit scores, or occupations to determine what our insurance rates should be.
Growing our economy – I will continue to look at new and innovative ways to attract and retain businesses, workers and new families to Michigan. Our state’s economy is constantly changing - we need progressive policies that keep Michigan growing - not only in jobs, but in quality of life.

Corey J. Gilchrist
Age: 36
Occupation: Former City of Detroit employee; Former U.S. House of Representatives employee; Community Activist
Municipality of residence: City of Detroit
For how long: 36 Yrs
Online campaign information: Friends of Corey Gilchrist@
Education: Criminal Justice, AAS; Public Administration, BA in Progress
Previously held elected offices: not given
Top goals: 1. Auto Insurance Reform - The red lining of auto insurance between the Urban Communities and the Suburban Communities is completely out of control. It’s time for the State of Michigan to take action on lowering insurance rates across the board for all Michiganders.  As I talk with citizens within my district, the overall response is that it’s too expensive.
2. War on Poverty & Homelessness- Education and job creation is a crucial weapon to the war against poverty and homelessness. Michigan is in a great position to show the world how to resolve the issue. Higher Wages, Repeal Right-to-Work, Repeal Emergency Management,    Establish Residency for Public Workers, and Increase funding for Public Safety & Schools.
3. Criminal Justice Reform- I don’t support any criminal activity. However, I believe all people are entitled to Due Process. Many people are being convicted of crimes short of their Bill of Rights.

Keith Delano Hollowell Sr.
Age: 56
Occupation: Educator-Teacher Consultant
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 4.5 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Doctoral Candidate Transformational Leadership, Master of Science Educational Leadership, Teacher Certification in General and Special Education, Bachelors of Public Affairs
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Public Education is my top priority, I would seek to have the emergency manager law and the recent legislation that no longer requires teacher certification in Detroit repealed and the voter’s right returned by returning to an elected school board. I would advocate for a partnership between the elected board and the city government to address the issues in public education that adversely impacted the City of Detroit’s rebirth.  
Youth Employment is my second priority, I would address this concern by pushing for legislation that would establish a partnership between business and government to provide jobs and vocational training to at risk youth between the ages of 16 - 25.  
Lastly I would push for insurance reforms that not only ensure a competitive market to provide options but removes the redlining issues and discriminatory practices that adversely effects residents of Detroit and some of the surrounding suburbs.

Pamela M. Sossi, Esq.
Age: 32
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of Residence: Harper Woods
For how long: 32 Years
Online Campaign Information:
Education: Diploma, Harper Woods High School, 2002; B.A. with High Distinction Honors, Political Science and Psychology, University of Michigan, 2007; M.A., Secondary Education and Teaching, University of Michigan, 2008; J.D. Magna Cum Laude (Top 5%), University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, 2011.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1) Under law, cities receive revenue to help pay for services such as police and fire, roads and infrastructure.
Since 2005, District 1 has lost $840 million from a lack of revenue sharing.
As District 1’s next Representative in Lansing, I will work to ensure that District 1’s communities get their full revenue sharing.
2) Since 2005, District 1 has lost 1,025 police officers.
I will fight to stop the rise of crime in the District by: Increasing funding for MSP forensic labs; Investing in Veteran’s courts, mental health courts and drug treatment courts; Increasing participation in the FBI’s Safe Streets Violent Crimes Initiative; Increasing funding to expand the MSP’s Secure Cities Partnership.
3) A recent study of ethics and transparency laws ranked Michigan last.
As District 1’s Representative, I will support removing the Governor AND the Legislature’s exemption from FOIA and requiring public financial disclosures by elected officials.

Washington Youson, Jr
Age: 31
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Small Business Owner
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 31 years - all my life
Online campaign information:
Education: Cass Technical High School, Wayne County Community College District, University of Detroit- Mercy
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: My top three legislative priorities are 1) providing the opportunity for all people to have a fair chance to get a job; 2) defending public education; and 3) fixing our transportation systems. I will work to implement Ban The Box legislation, fight to return our schools to local control and invest in both early childhood and public education, and support investment in a regional transportation system founded on good roads and affordable public transit options. I believe strong families are essential to strong communities and that the state must do more to support entrepreneurs who create community-based ‘lifestyle’ businesses instead of giving corporate handouts to large corporations.

State House of Representatives District 2
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and seven candidates are running for the Democratic nomination.

Molly Augustine
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Anthony Matthew Murray
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Willie Bell
Age: 72 as of August 17
Occupation: Retired as Lieutenant from the Detroit Police Department after 32 years of service.
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: East English Village for 40 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Central Michigan University; BS in Community Development, 2004
Previously held elected offices: Elected to the Detroit Board of Police Commissioners, 2013; serving second term as Board Chairman.
Top goals: The “HOW” encompasses the same strategy for all three goals: As a Democratic member of the House, I can accomplish very little without working with the Republican members. Politics used to be known as the art of the compromise. We need to get back to that standard in a positive way and we can by working together. I am a proud Democrat, but for me, “Job One” is working for the people of District 2 with whomever will help me to achieve my goals for my constituents.
My top three goals are to:
Increase food security as too many children in District 2 are going to bed hungry at night.
Improving our K12 education system and increasing access to higher education.
Passing an infrastructure bill to repair our roads and bridges that will create jobs and save lives.

Bettie Cook-Scott
Age: 64
Occupation: Retired
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 50+ years
Online campaign information:
Education: Wayne State University & Northwestern University — Police Staffing & Command
Previously held elected offices: State Representative (2 terms)

Jeremy Henner
Age: 45
Occupation: Trial Attorney & Counselor at Law
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Farms
For how long: 3 Years
Online campaign information:
Education: Juris Doctor, B.S. Info. Systems/ Mgmt. Studies, A.A.S., A.A., Teaching Practicum
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: I shall demand and allocate fiscal resources available to the communities and municipalities fairly and neither abuse nor squander them by creating and sustaining healthy bi-partisan relationships that benefit the both the interests of House District 2 as well as the entire state.
I shall protect our natural resources that are so very vital to our continued existence at all costs by sponsoring legitimately purposeful legislation that demands access, transparency and accountability of all corporations that even remotely may risk hazardous conditions to those resources.
I shall publically advocate and promote that all mass development efforts must be planned and executed responsibly with the community benefit being weighted over the economic benefit to any single corporation and that the taxes collected from such development are ultimately used beneficially to the communities that support such development.

Angles L. Hunt
Age: 60 years blessed
Occupation: City of Detroit – Retiree (30 years of service from Detroit Health Department in 2008).
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 60 years
Online campaign information: StateRep2
Education: Graduated, Detroit Business Institute, 1975
Graduated, Kettering High School, 1974
Previously held elected offices: Elected Precinct Delegate in Precinct 2, since 2002 (in Detroit, MI).
Top goals: 1. Gerrymandering, to help create an independent redistricting commission
2. Remove or revamp the Emergency Manager Law, to continue the fight already in Lansing.
3. Fight for retirees and unions, which is a fight with Right to Work, already in Lansing.

E. Regina Jones
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Joseph (Joe) Tate
Age: 35
Occupation: Graduate Student/Summer Associate — Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC) 
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 17 years (total years of residence in Detroit)
Online campaign information: 
Education: Michigan State University — B.A. Public Policy (2003) / M.S. Kinesiology (2009)
University of Michigan —
M.B.A./M.S. Natural Resources (Expected Graduation Date: April 2017)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Youth Programs
We must take a holistic approach to supporting our young people as they grow and mature. I propose identifying effective nonprofit organizations who focus on youth services, and provide resources plus partnership opportunities to allow them to grow and serve a larger number of our young residents. 
Mobility for our residents is crucial. I am advocating for the millage increase in November to bring viable public transit to Southeast Michigan and ensure our residents can travel throughout the region. 
Job Growth
We must allocate resources towards effective workforce development programs to meet the human capital demand of our regional companies. Also, I will to seek solutions on how to lower the barriers to entry for those wanting to to start a small business. 

Carla Tinsley-Smith
Age: 32
Occupation: Communications Executive
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 25+ years
Online campaign information:
Education: Florida A&M University, B.S. Public Relations
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Through collaboration with community leaders, city, state and federal officials Carla will work to address:
• Education — This is the great equalizer and it’s our duty to ensure balanced standards with qualified teachers, teacher protections, performance oversight, and adequate funding along with affordable college tuition costs for all students.
• Jobs — Equal rights issues such as the wage gap between men and women while creating an environment to attract entrepreneurs, offer resources for existing businesses, and training for citizens to re-enter the workforce with good paying jobs to help families, ultimately leading to a reduction in crime.
• Environment — Examine how thoughtful energy and land use can enrich lives and bottom lines throughout Michigan. Our district is bursting with natural resources that must be protected. I will support legislation that aims to provide clean water and air, remove blight, and adequate investments in infrastructure and technology. 

Wayne County Commissioner District 1
One Republican and two Democrats are running for their party’s nomination.

John W. Steininger
Running unopposed

Timothy P. Killeen (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: Wayne County Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 51 years
Online campaign information: No campaign website
Education: B.S. Biology, Michigan State University
Detroit DeLaSalle H.S.
Previously held elected offices: Completing 5th term as Wayne County Commissioner
Top goals: 1) Successful completion of the new County Jail: I am committed to getting the sorely needed new jail completed in a way that is both the correct size and the least possible cost to the taxpayers.
2) Evaluation of County Personnel: The County is long overdue to evaluate county-wide staffing. I am pressing for an audit to show whether the County has the correct personnel in the correct jobs. Careful staffing can save a lot of money by not duplicating jobs. I also do not want the situation of not having enough personnel in place to cover all of our responsibilities to our citizens.
3) Continue to Upgrade County Health and Social Services: As Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, I am committed to continuing upgrades to the safety net for our citizens. Services need to be located where citizens have easy access.

DaRell Andre Reed
Age: 43
Occupation: Sr. Pastor @ Spirit of Love Church in Detroit MI
Municipality of residence: Born and raised in Detroit MI
Online campaign information: Facebook/DaRell Andre Reed for Wayne County Commissioner District 1
Education: Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Theology
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: 1. Property taxes are over assessed in parts of the district and there are complaints that some houses have been tax foreclosed and actioned off as a result. I would advocate for properties to be reassessed before it goes to foreclosure and use the reassessed value as amount owed or whichever is lower. 
2. The Incumbent spends over half of the county district’s funding for parks on parks outside of the district he serves. I would spend all district’s funding on parks in the district.
3. I would start the conversation to add a ten cents tax on items purchased from the county and on county property to finance the county road repairs. (copies of records, certificates, purchases at Airport, etc.) I believe we can improve our driving experience with ten cents.

U.S. House of Representatives District 14
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.

Howard Klausner
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Brenda L. Lawrence (I)
Age: 61
Occupation: US Representative in Congress, MI-14
Municipality of residence:  Southfield
For how long: 31 years
Online campaign information:
Education:  Central Michigan University, Public Administration
Previously held elected offices:  Mayor of Southfield, Southfield City Council, Southfield Schools Board of Trustees
Top goals: Sensible gun reform: I will continue to stand with my colleagues and demand action on common sense gun reforms.
Reinvestment in our nation’s infrastructure: I am working with my colleagues across the aisle as this is a national issue that has impact everywhere, we cannot stand by and allow another Flint to happen.
Education: We must improve access and affordability to education that will lead directly into jobs. I will continue my work promoting the skilled trades and public/private partnerships with universities.

Terrance Morrison
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Vanessa Moss
Age: 53
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Southfield
For how long: 23 years
Online campaign information:;
Education: Wayne State University B.A. 1987; University of Detroit School of Law Juris Doctor 1999
Previously held elected offices: Not applicable
Top goals: Greater employment opportunities, better education and increased safety are the top three things I wish to accomplish if elected. I would support legislation which would institute a living wage, strengthen job training and streamline our regulatory system. I would work to renew our commitment to quality public education, expand after school and summer programs, and renew our commitment to teacher funding. Additionally, I would fight to end the cradle-to-prison pipeline, improve public safety in our neighborhoods and work towards a more comprehensive approach to fighting crime.

Proposition P Parks Millage Continuation
To continue the millage authorized in 2010, shall Wayne County levy this millage at the estimated 2015 rollback rate of .2459 (about 25 cents per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for five more years (2016 through 2020) to continue to improve and operate several parks and related facilities, including Hines Park, Elizabeth Park, Chandler Park, and improvements to municipal parks in the 43 communities as provided in an implementing ordinance through an annual allocation by commission district of the greater of $50,000 or 15% of the total funds generated from that district, on the condition that, for any year for which this continued levy would be imposed, Wayne County must budget from other sources an amount equal to its 1995-1996 fiscal year appropriation for parks? This renewal is projected to generate $9,865,514 in 2016.

Wayne County Zoological Authority Renewal Millage
The Wayne County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008 and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of Wayne County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax on real and personal property to provide revenue to an accredited zoological institution for this purpose. Accordingly, as a renewal of the previously approved millage authorization which expires with the 2017 tax levy, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall the 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on all of the taxable property located within the County continue to be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2018 through 2027? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this millage would generate approximately $3,940,066.55 in 2018.
Shall this proposal be adopted?