Macomb Township voters to decide on races, ballots in primary

Macomb Township Chronicle | Published July 20, 2016


In the Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide local, county and state races Aug. 2, as well as weigh in on a pair of countywide ballot proposals. Candidates in a contested race — contested within a party — were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.

Macomb Township Supervisor
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination for one four-year term in November. There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Janet Dunn (I)
Age: 75
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 50 years
Online campaign information:  No answer given
Education: Graduate of Utica High School,  Attended Michigan State University,  Graduate of Citizen Planner,  Graduate of Township Governance Academy,Colorado Design School for Parks and Recreation Development, Level  III State of Michigan Certified Assessor, Retired.
Previously held elected offices: Macomb Township Trustee from 1995 to 2012.
Top goals:
1.Continue to do more with less. I believe new residents expect to have the same services they had where they lived previously. Residents who have lived in Macomb for a long time expect the Board to keep taxes low and still offer the same or more services they have had in the past without taking into account how costs have consistently risen.
Continually watch expenditures, right size the staff and pursue efficiency.
2. Continue with the road paving program for the next four years and double the sidewalk construction for the next year as established by the Township Board. Pursue Federal  Funding for the main roads and budget over several years for the remaining.
3. Bring cultural events to the Township, such as the DIA Inside out program from  last year and the sculpture exhibit currently on display on Township grounds and Macomb Corners Park. These are no or very little expense.

Mark Grabow
Age: 48
Occupation: CEO of Brentwood’s Distinguished Executive Transportation
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 48 Years
Online campaign information: www.mark
Education: Graduated High School, attended Macomb Community College to obtained Fire Fighter II/EMT Accreditation along with Business administration classes.
Previously held elected offices: Former Macomb Township Supervisor 2008-2012
Top goals:
Having an opportunity of being the Macomb Township Supervisor From 2008 -2012, I have had great experience in handling the township and its day to day affairs along with the options of being able to understand the way everything works together.  My dedication to the sustainability and future direction for the townships health must be done with the input of the people of the community.  My focus and goals In Macomb Township is that of the future development of the infrastructure of Macomb Townships roads and service items of water and sanitary.  We badly need road improvements to eliminate traffic issues.  Residents have been clear about the concerns and it must be a priority to have them feel safe for the services they need.  Police, Fire & EMS all must be reviewed and decided upon based on resident input. Our services to the Senior Community must be restored and enhanced.

Macomb Township Clerk
Three candidates are running for the Republican nomination for one four-year term in November. There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Mickey Todd
Age: 58
Occupation: Macomb Township Deputy Clerk
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 2 years
Online campaign information: todd
Education: Bachelor of Science Michigan State University; State of Michigan Certified Municipal Clerk CMC
Previously held elected offices: Appointed Harper Woods City Clerk 1984-2011; Elected Roseville City Clerk 1981-1984
Top goals:
1. Working with the Board of Trustees I will work to manage the growth of the Township through sound planning so that future development does not exceed the resources of our infrastructures. If managed properly and methodically we can maintian a strong infrastructure resulting in Macomb Township maintaining its place as the top destination for families and businesses in Michigan, while maintaining its low tax rate and financial strength well into the foreseeable future.
2. With the state’s impending change in voting systems, I will work with both State and County officials to ensure that Macomb Township residents are provided with the best new voting system possible. This is an extremely important function of the Clerk’s Office and having done this on two different occassions, my experience will greatly benefit the Township.
3. I will work to improve recreational activities for our residents and make Macomb a bike freindly and walkable community.

Charles Thomas Missig      
Age: 56
Occupation: Retired-31 years employed at Macomb County Sheriff Department (Deputy Sheriff for 26 years)
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township resident
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Associate Degree in Law Enforcement; Associate Degree in Criminalistics; Pursuing Bachelors Degree in Psychology at Oakland University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
If elected Clerk, I will be a part of the Macomb Township Board. First and foremost, the safety of the township residents is paramount!  The Fire Department manpower shortage situation must be corrected, and corrected soon!  If the current committee formed to address this problem doesn’t act in a timely manner, I have many friends in command positions in neighboring fire departments that want to assist with this process.  They have systems in place that work, and are cost effective to their communities.
Secondly, I will make certain that there is integrity and transparency on this Township Board!  When you add-on items to the agenda at the last moment, and they include deluxe health care benefits for part time trustees and a ridiculous 14% pay raise for members of the Board, I have a major problem with that!!
Lastly, as Clerk, we need to upgrade our machinery for elections.

Kristi Lee Pozzi
Age: 44
Occupation: Circuit Court Medical Program Specialist and Board Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals
Municipality of residence:  Macomb Township
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: Facebook page: Kristi Haugh-Pozzi for Macomb Township Clerk
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
•    Listen, react, and seek resolutions for the residents – Committed to seeking out innovative resolutions to resident’s concerns while expediting the response time from the Clerk’s office.  My work and life experiences serving the public and private sectors for 10+ years have adequately provided me with skills and training required to carry out these responsibilities.
•    Public safety – Ensure the community is safe and recognizing the importance of civil servants that protect our community.  Maintaining open lines of communication and exploring all avenues available to enhance the allocated resources required for effective public safety. 
•    Business Development - Promote new business growth and support existing businesses throughout Macomb Township.  Our family is fully aware of the challenges and responsibilities associated with business ownership.  Committing to providing easier access to information for all business owners and playing an active role in helping businesses be successful and thrive.

Macomb Township Board of Trustees
Six candidates are running for four four-year terms.

Nancy Jane Nevers (I)
Age: 75
Occupation: Administrative Assistant; Retired from Chrysler Corporation after 36 years
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 16 years
Education: Graduated from Our Lady of Mercy H.S. Five years of college education - Business Administration
Online campaign information: No answer given
Previously held offices: Macomb Township Trustee – three terms
Top goals: My motivation to run for re-election is pride in being part of Macomb Township’s Board of Trustees.  Our Township is truly “Gold Standard” when it comes to Township Governance.  Collectively, we work toward judicious use of our tax dollars.  Our Board is open, transparent, and fiscally sound with a strong sense of community. 
I take pride in the inception and fundraising efforts of our “Veterans’ and First Responders’ Memorial”.  It is a respectful and reverent reminder of the sacrifices our “Heroes”, living and dead, have made for our great Country. 
I will use my leadership skills to represent all taxpayers.  If I win re-election, my top three goals are the following:
.    Explore the opportunities of mixed usages in industrial areas  
.   To continue progress on paving all of our roads
.   And to see all our sidewalks connected throughout our Township.

Roger Krzeminski (I)
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired from Chrysler Corp. in 2001 after 36 Years
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 38 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: CMU B/S Degree; Chrysler Institute of Engineering Associate Degree; MSU Citizen Planner Program; Colorado Parks & Recreation Facilities Design and Management School
Previously held elected offices:  80-84, 88-2000, 2004-current Re-elected in 2012 as Trustee.
Top goals:
Macomb Township Board is a very conservative Board.  The Board looks at all areas of the Township and is always trying to improve them.
The tax rate for Macomb Township is 3.6702.  This rate includes protection by Macomb County Sheriff Department and a Paid on Call Fire Department.
Plante Moran our Financial Auditors has rated Macomb Township year after year with highest rating you can achieve, Triple A.
The Township has recently updated its web site so it will be user friendly for our residents. They will be able to access all records on line.
Parks and Recreation department are offering a plethora of various lessons, travels, concerts and organized team play. They are continually updating their curriculum.

Clifford W. Freitas (I)
Age: 43
Occupation: Project Manager for C.W. Property Management 
Municipality of residence:  Macomb Township
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Bachelors of Business Administration Davenport University.
Previously held elected offices:  Macomb Township Trustee
Top Goals:
My job as a Macomb Township Trustee is to deliver the best services to taxpayers at the lowest price possible.  I have a record of keeping control of spending and voting to improve our quality of life.  I support open and honest local government.  We need to further enhance the use of technology to help our residents better connect with their government.  Another part of open and honest government involves competitive bidding for government goods and services. Bidding the trash contract out saved residents a great deal of money and provided enhanced recycling services. These savings translate directly into a greater quality of life for those living here.  I will continue to work for maintaining high quality public safety services. Our libraries and recreation center are the envy of surrounding communities in Macomb County.  I will fight to protect these services and expand them without raising taxes. 

Dino Bucci (I)
Age: 56
Occupation: Operation manager – engineering
Municipality of residence:  Macomb Township
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information:  No answer given
Education: Albion College (Business Administration)
Previously held elected offices:  Macomb Township trustee since 2000
Top goals: As an elected Macomb Township trustee for the past 16 years, I have made it my priority to continue to make our township a safe, clean and service-oriented community.
“Safe” means strong support for all of our township’s law enforcement personnel and programs.
“Clean” means encouraging strategies to make our township cleaner and more beautiful.
“Service-oriented” means helping township residents with their neighborhood problems and treating visitors to the township hall with courtesy and respect.
Also, I will continue to be involved in volunteer activities that benefit those in need, like Run-the-Plank that helps many organizations.
Finally, as a member of the Township Board of Trustees, I will do my homework on all issues, ask questions, expect honest answers, and treat everyone with respect.
I invite all residents to call me at 586.405.3242 if they have any questions about my candidacy, or our township.

Timothy F. Bussineau
Age: 45
Occupation: Teacher (Romeo High School), Former Account Representative Palace of Auburn Hills , Retail Jewelry Manager.
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Masters of Arts in Teaching Social Studies. Wayne State University
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science/Criminal Justice, Saginaw Valley State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
1. Macomb Township’s population is estimated to be slightly under 90,000.  Within ten years projections are 100,000;  which will place us in the top ten of all Michigan municipalities. We cannot govern this township like we did when the population was 30,000. I personally know many families that moved into our Township and are no longer here because they realized they had to deal with heavy traffic to get across town for work, or soccer practice because there weren’t any good business options close by.   I have also spoken to long-time residents who are empty-nesters that plan to leave the Township because they have concerns with our fire staffing levels, incomplete sidewalks and lack of an area for seniors to gather. If elected I will fight for basic services for residents .
2. Create a business friendly climate by creating an economic advisory board.
3. I will respect all residents and...

Michael J. O’Lear
Age: 65
Occupation: I worked for Center Line Schools as a Maintenance Leader for 34 years. Served as Union President for AFSME Local 2722. Joined Macomb Twp. Fire Dept in 1985 as a paid-on-call. Retired as Sergeant in 2015.
Municipality of residence: Macomb Twp.
For how long: for over 32 years
Online campaign information: Mike O’Lear for Macomb Township Trustee
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals:
1.  Develop a new Master Plan for the maintenance, budgeting and Parks and Rec Facilities.  I support the construction of a Dog Park for the residents of the Township.
2.  Fight for improved quality of life issues affecting the senior citizens of Macomb by ensuring safe and accessible housing and shopping areas.
3.  I will work to ensure improvements  in the Fire Dept, for the safety of all residents.

Macomb Township Treasurer
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination for one four-year term in November. There are no Democratic candidates on the ballot.

Karen M. Goodhue (I)
Running unopposed

Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 13
Five candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Joe Sabatini (I)
Age: 40
Occupation: County Commissioner & Vice President for RE/MAX of Southeastern Michigan
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: Over 10 years 
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Bachelor of Science in Accounting-Oakland University; Bachelor of Science in Finance-Oakland University; Licensed Realtor in the State of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner-District 13 (2011-Present)
Top goals:
·      Secure Funding for Roads & Infrastructure in Macomb Township
·      Evaluate Macomb County Jail Capital Improvement Plans
·      Streamline Contract Approval Processes with New Technology
During my tenure as a County Commissioner, I have defended the voter adopted Charter of Macomb County. I have been able to bridge what Macomb Township needs at the county level and get results with less politics. My business experience has allowed me to identify issues and solve them in a collective manner. This has led to consecutive year-over-year multi-million dollar investments in Macomb Township for new road additions, multiple road maintenance projects and other infrastructure projects. I have increased public accessibility, financial transparency and provided oversight of capital improvements. Thank you for this privileged opportunity to represent District 13 as your County Commissioner. My goal is to preserve the future of Macomb County as a great place to live, work and raise a family.

Frank A. Cusumano Jr.
Age: 54
Occupation: Attorney and Counselor at Law.
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 15 years.
Online campaign information:
Education: Phb./BA (1985) University of Michigan; Juris Doctorate (1985). Univ. of Detroit School of  Law.
Previously held elected offices: Macomb Community College Trustee. 01/2012-14; Re-Elected 01/2015-Present
Top goals: If elected, half my Commissioner salary after taxes will be donated to student scholarships at Macomb Community College (MCC). The County’s Ethics Code need to be amended or an ordinance adopted requiring that all elected officials must disclose, before each and every vote (and the County Executive before submitting a budget), all the campaign contributions received from all persons and entities (including CBUs) a/k/a “investors” with a pecuniary interest in budget and/or the transaction. Blatant conflicts of interest exist on matters that affect campaign donors. This has to stop. I will fight for change to the culture of influence and corruption – hard and soft. That is the job, as I see it. I am a Trustee at Macomb Community College. Read the MCC BOT minutes to confirm how I represent you, the PEOPLE. I come prepared. I do independent research. I have no investors and don’t want them.

Leon Drolet
Age: 49
Occupation: Chair, Michigan Taxpayers Alliance
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Bachelor Studies, Oakland University
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner from 1999 - 2000, 2007 - 2008; MI State Representative from 2001 - 2006.
Top goals:
1. End tax hikes for mass transit. Incumbent Commissioner Sabatini supported hiking mass transit taxes and joining the new Detroit mass transit authority - costing Macomb Township homeowners hundreds more per year while our local roads fall apart.
2. End pay hikes for politicians. Incumbent Sabatini voted in April to give his own position a 15% pay hike and 30% pay hikes for other county officials. Citizens never get such pay hikes in one year - neither should politicians.
3. Respect taxpayers by not imposing more taxes on their families and homes. Citizens spend their own money far more responsibly than politicians. Allocate tax dollars toward essential infrastructure and services people actually need - like roads, quality public safety, drains, etc. Reduce spending on empty SMART buses, the Detroit Institute of Arts, and lucrative pensions for government officials and employees. The government class should not live extravagantly at the expense of taxpayers.

Anthony D. Giglio
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Arnold Slominski
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Martha O’Kray
Running unopposed

State House of Representatives District 24
Three candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Steve Marino
Age: 27
Occupation: Macomb County Commissioner & Small-business owner
Municipality of residence:
Harrison Township
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Michigan State University: B.A., Economics; B.A., Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy; B.A., Public Policy and Public Administration
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner (Current)
Top goals: I am running for State Representative to ensure that Michigan’s economic climate is heading in the right direction and toward a full recovery from the “lost decade.” We must continue forging a job-friendly environment by removing unnecessary regulations, limiting government and unfunded mandates, providing a skilled workforce, and collaborating with our key industries so our businesses are able to compete in today’s global economy.

Arzo F. Smith
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Daryl L. Smith
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Dana Camphous-Peterson
Running unopposed

State House of Representatives District 33
Six candidates are running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Mel Koch
Age: 30
Occupation: Legislative Aide at the Michigan House of Representatives, 2011-2016
Municipality of residence: Macomb
For how long: Lifelong
Online campaign information:
Education: Chippewa Valley H.S., 2004; Alma College graduate, BA in history, 2008; Eastern Michigan University, MA in American history, 2009
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
The state income tax was raised during the Granholm years with the promise that it would go back down after the recession but it hasn’t gone back down.  We need to reduce our individual state income tax to help out all of our hard working taxpayers. 
We need to value civics education for our children the same way we value math, reading and science.  This would mean stronger curriculum on an essential subject without adding more testing mandates.  
We need to stop frivolous government spending and continue to cut burdensome regulations.  People create jobs, not the government!
As the first person in my family to run for office, I have not been a politician for decades.  I’m the only candidate with the necessary experience and education to not be bullied by Lansing bureaucrats or strong armed by special interest groups.  I will be a conservative voice for Macomb! 

Charles Karafa
Age: 50
Occupation: Director of IT Recruiting and Staffing
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 17 years
Online campaign information:
Education: UCS Graduate, Attended Wayne State Engineering Program
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
As a business leader for over 20 years I have managed costs and stayed within budget.  Current issues including underfunded pensions I believe the state must honor, crumbling roads and increasing school classroom sizes can be resolved with strong budgeting skills.  I will first focus on prioritizing spending and removing fiscal waste. 
For the last 10 years I have worked in job services and noted wages have stagnated across the board.  I feel I can use my unique experiences as both a job creator and fortune 500 hiring consultant to improve Michigan’s job economy.  I know what the market should look like.
My third goal, as a fiscal conservative, is to lower taxes.  Once spending is in check and our job market has improved we will need to cut the burden on Michigan’s hard working taxpayers.

Jeff Yaroch
Age: 45
Occupation: Firefighter/ Fire Captain/ Paramedic/ Attorney
Municipality of residence: City of Richmond
For how long: 23 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Juris Doctorate, WMU Cooley Law School; BBA of Human Resource Management, Baker College; AAS of Fire Science, Macomb Community College; Graduated, Chippewa Valley High School
Previously held elected offices: Richmond City Council 16 years, Republican Precinct Delegate 2 years
Top goals:
Fiscal Responsibility: I believe every expenditure should be scrutinized for value to the taxpayers. Just as I have done in Richmond, I will work to rein in government spending and lower taxes.
Jobs and Prosperity: We must maintain a state in which our residents can live and work. Our youth should be able to get a world class education and find jobs here in Michigan. In Lansing, I will fight for a reasonable tax rate, eliminate unnecessary regulations and government bureaucracy, and work toward an education system that prepares our youth for today’s job market.
Roads: It seems that Lansing is always searching for a last-minute solution for road funding that costs taxpayers more money. That is not acceptable. Just as I have done in Richmond, I will work to plan for our road funding needs years in advance, eliminating the need to take on unnecessary debt or raise taxes.

Colleen Carl
Age: 28
Occupation: Educational Business Owner
Municipality of residence: Memphis
For how long: One year
Online campaign information:
Education: Clearwater Christian College, M.A. Counseling Psychology, Moody Seminary & Graduate School
Previously held elected offices: Appointed to Charter School Board, Prevail Academy, Mt Clemens, 2015-2016; Appointed to 10th COngressional District Executive Committee, 2015-2016; Elected Precinct Delegate as well as Delegate to the State Convention 2010-2015
Top goals:
Jobs and the Economy -
I will take a conservative philosophy to Lansing. This includes a conservative approach to lowering taxes, voting against tax increases and lessening government regulations so that businesses can thrive. When businesses thrive, jobs are created and the economy flourishes. I support free market and believe that conservative policies effectively protect it.
Protection of Freedoms -
I support our second amendment. I am a NRA member, and will vote to protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Additionally, I support our first amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. As a Christian, my worldview is shaped by Judeo-Christian principles that teach respect for life. I am 100% Pro-Life and endorsed by Right to Life of Michigan.
Infrastructure -
Our roads and waterways are a priority. When elected, I will utilize common sense fiscal responsibility by seeking to fix infrastructures by using existing revenue.

Julianne Cusumano
Age: 52
Occupation: Certified Medical Assistant
Municipality of residence: Macomb Township
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Carnegie Medical Institute
Previously held elected offices: Since 2010 Macomb Township Precinct 32- Precinct Delegate
Top goals: I am running for office as a concerned citizen. Concerned for the safety of our children, elderly, and the family unit as a whole. I am not a career politician. I am a fellow citizen. We need to have people in office that are representing the people. I am just that person. My concerns in my district are the same as what each and every person has. We need to have safe roads, safe areas for children and families to live, water that is not tainted, lakes that we can actually swim in, schools that give back the funds we send to Lansing (our money),  the right to bear arms,  jobs that pay well, and affordable healthcare.  We need elected officials to start taking care of our own- our families, our fellow Michiganians. If elected I want to hear directly from my constituents, helping them get solutions. Vote Cusumano.

Steven Stoll
Age: 58
Occupation: Project Manager / Small Business Owner       
Municipality of residence: Macomb
For how long: 51 years
Online campaign information: Not provided
Education: BA, Biochemistry – Oakland University   MS, Administration – Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices:  None
Top goals:
1. Fix the roads and related infrastructure.  Drastically change how we administer and fund road projects.  Over 50% of road funding does not go to actually fixing the road, but to managing traffic flow during construction (cones, barriers, signage, etc.)  This is due to the unnecessarily long times allowed to complete a project.  Force contractors to do repairs in a fraction of the time currently allowed, and make them warrant the work.  Reduce the weight limit on trucks from current 160,000 to 80,000 lbs like every other state.
2. Get the State out of picking winners and losers. The state uses general fund tax dollars to attract/help particular industries.  Whether it be the Michigan Film Council or Pure Michigan campaign, these programs are not to the benefit of all industries.
3. Abolish no-fault auto insurance and the Catastrophic Claims Fund.

Yani Warda
Running unopposed

Macomb County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term.

Philip Neumeyer
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Paul. M. Smith
Age: 70
Occupation: Retired Industrial Engineer
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 39 years
Online campaign information: No answer given  
Education: Detroit Cooley High School, General Motors Institute, USAF Officer Training School, USAF Pilot Training, Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights City Councilman
Top goals: I will give the voters a chance to fairly elect a NEW candidate for sheriff. Far too many so-called “elected” offices operate as hereditary monarchies with fathers handing the job over to their sons or closely-connected protégées.
I will offer the services of the County Sheriff to small communities that cannot efficiently continue to operate micro-police departments.
I will make the scope of work fit the income available at current tax rates.  I will not supplement my budget with tax increases or revenue-motivated law enforcement.

Anthony Wickersham (I)
Running unopposed

Macomb County Treasurer
Three Republicans and one Democrat are running for one four-year term.

Larry Rocca
Age: 72
Occupation: Real Estate Broker
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 11 years, I have resided in Macomb County over 40 years.
Online campaign information: LARRYROCCA.COM
Education: Graduate of Oakland University-1980- Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major: Political Science/History/Bus.
Previously held elected offices: NONE
Top goals: My top 3 priorities for the Treasurer’s Office  #1. To have an outside AUDIT. #2. Eliminate Waste and Abuse where found. #3. Create a smoother running Treasurer Office conservative and more efficient with more cooperation between all existing departments.

Erin A. Stahl
Age: 46
Occupation: Self-employed (projects involving MLB, NHL, antiques, finance, etc.)
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores (18 years) / Macomb County (23 years)
For how long: SCS-18 years / MC-23 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Masters in Finance (2006) – Walsh College
Bachelors in Entrepreneurship - MSU
Former SCS General Employee Pension Board Trustee
Financial Peace University ( class coordinator
Senior graduate of
Previously held elected offices: 2003-7: St. Clair Shores Councilwoman, 2007: SCS Mayor Protem
Top goals: I’m the only elected official, I know of, who has earned their Masters in Finance and was a Market Research Analyst, DURING their time as a City Councilperson. These unique experiences trained me to look at budgets and contracts differently than government normally does. I look at trends and various other factors instead of just adding more debt hoping our problems will “magically” be solved.
I am running because we need proven leaders, like me, who are able to stand up and make the best decisions for the whole community, despite any possible pressures from social media or special interests to do differently.
The only way to truly fix the problems is to:
1) ANALYZE the budgets/contracts in a new way
2) RESPECT each tax dollar as if it was your own (and not add more devastating debt)
3) TRANSPARENCY of information including free and unlimited access to various statistics.

Paul Viar
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Derek E. Miller (I)
Running unopposed

Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Four candidates are running for the Republican nomination and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Sylvia Grot
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Debera Guenther
Age: 51
Occupation: Paralegal
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: They have to email me directly or can find me on Facebook
Education: Two Associates Degrees, Paralegal and General Studies
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: *Main Goal - Create a database in which all communities are linked and sharing the same information, at city, county and state levels.
Through my paralegal/underwriting experience having worked for one of the largest title companies in the nation and my background in real estate, I have first-hand knowledge of issues our state and local governments face, A lack of Communication. City, county and state governments do not share the same information. The lack of communication of records not only affect the government data bases but create monetary damages to citizens and corporations in our communities.
2. Keep better track of the records at the county level.
3. Prepare a better way to make sure documents are recorded properly at the register of deeds.
4.  Create a position wherein a court “personnel” would provide affordable, paid assistance to people trying to represent themselves in court. They can review paperwork to make sure it is filled out properly and answer questions, while not giving legal advice. This could be a way to increase revenue and save the court clerks time!

Karen A. Spranger
Age: 64
Occupation: Organizational Environmental Consultant
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: All my life
Online campaign information:
Education: Ascension Catholic School ,  Warren Lincoln High School , vocational training at Van Dyke Public Schools . Lifetime of hands on work experiences and training.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The top three things I will accomplish as  Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds is  1)  Implement advanced website  technology to provide extensive  educational outreach to  all customers  2) Aggressively pursue any reported election fraud affecting the integrity of our voting processes  while eliminating real estate  fraud , and 3) Unite by seminars our  cities, villages, and townships
(CVTs)  Clerks to address their obligations  under the State of Michigan statutes.
After years as a citizen advocate participating in public meetings,  I ran for the Office of Mayor in 2015 .  I am very involved  with people, processes, and paperwork.    I will promote these County offices to be inclusionary for everyone. Online education and simple document checklists will increase revenue sources.  As your  elected county-wide official  custodian of records , Karen A. Spranger will provide responsive, efficient, transparent and ethical government services to the residents of Macomb County .

Julie Ann Williams
Age: 50
Occupation: Mortgage Closer/Notary public  (self-employed)
Municipality of residence: Macomb Twp 7/10/16  previously Mt Clemens
For how long: 1 day Macomb Twp, 3 years Mt Clemens
Online campaign information:
Education: Lakeview High School/St.John’s University, Queens, NY
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Simplify processes for senior citizens 2. Maintain integrity of elections 3. Review operations and procedures, some areas may be working perfectly, others may need improvement. The first year will be review, unless an area has urgency for immediate action.

Denise Doherty
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Fred Miller
Age: 42
Occupation: Macomb County Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information:
Education: BA of Political Theory & Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner 2011-present; State Representative 2005-2010
Top goals: My priorities as Clerk/ RoD would include creation of the “Senior Advocate” position to better meet the needs of our aging population, proactive outreach to new county residents to welcome and include them in Macomb County, and standing up against further efforts to erode voting rights. I will push the entire department to place older customers at the center of our thinking and reform the office to better serve the needs of older citizens, including doing outreach to places seniors live and socialize. Newer residents are similarly important. Again, proactive outreach to update voter registration as well as familiarize new residents with available services will help make the Clerk’s Office an important “welcome wagon” for new residents. Lastly, Carmella Sabaugh has been an outspoken advocate for voting rights and if I am able to serve as Macomb County Clerk, I will be similarly outspoken both locally and in Lansing.

Paul Wojno
Age: 60
Occupation: Warren City Clerk
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: Warren/Center Line resident for 52 Years
Online campaign information:
Education: BA Wayne State University; State Clerk Certification with 20 state required classes completed.  Michigan Municipal Clerk’s Association and Macomb County Clerk’s Association.
Previously held elected offices: 2007 to Present – Warren City Clerk; 1997-2002 - State Representative 28th District Warren/Center Line.
Top goals: 1. Utilize my experience by working with our county legislative delegation to adopt legislation that expands voter participation while reducing election cost.  This can be accomplished with voting by mail for all elections or in primary and special elections.  States such as Oregon and Washington that conduct elections by mail have seen voter participation rise and tremendous cost savings to all municipalities in their states. 
2.Expand County Clerk services to seniors, veterans and those with disabilities by providing additional dates and times for mobile clerk’s office to be in use throughout the county.  Having the endorsement of County Executive Mark Hackel, Prosecutor Eric Smith and Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, I know that I would be provided the necessary support to better serve our senior community.
3. Enhance online services for birth/death records, licensing, Register of Deeds office and “Fast Pass” appointments for citizens to avoid waiting in line.

If approved, this proposal will increase the 0.04 mills levied by Macomb County that expires in 2018 by 0.029 mills to a revised total of 0.069 mills for two years, 2017 and 2018 and renew the increased millage for four years, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. This will continue the funding of financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and support the administration of the Macomb County Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Macomb County Veterans’ Affairs Commission.

Shall the 0.04 mills, (4 cents per $1,000 of taxable value), increase on the limitation on the amount of taxes imposed on taxable property in Macomb County which expires in 2018 be increased by 0.029 mills to a revised total of 0.069 mills for 2017 and 2018 and be renewed at 0.069 mills for four (4) years, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 to be levied by Macomb County on taxable real and personal property for the remaining two years of the current authorization, 2017 and 2018 and an additional four years, 2019 through 2022, inclusive, for the purpose of providing financial aid and services for Macomb County veterans and to support the administration of the Macomb County Department of Veterans’ Affairs and Macomb County Veterans’ Affairs Commission? It is estimated that a levy of 0.069 mills will raise approximately $1,756,375 in the first calendar year of the levy. For example, on a property having a residential market value of $100,000 (estimated taxable value of $50,000), 0.069 mills would be $3.45 of levied tax annually.

The Macomb 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 Macomb 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 $2,563,833 in 2018.
Shall this proposal be adopted?

U.S. House of Representatives District 10
Five candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one two-year term.

Tony Forlini
Age: 54
Occupation: State Representative, 24th District and Owner, Design Financial
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 29
Online campaign information:
Education: B.A. – Business, Western Michigan University, Certified Financial Planner
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 24th District – 2011 – present
Supervisor, Harrison Township – 2004 – 2011
Top goals: I want to utilize my budgeting expertise gained helping eliminate Michigan’s budget deficit to find solutions to the structural budget deficit in Washington and eliminate debt. A balanced budget Constitutional amendment will instill discipline. Start with a zero baseline budget and no automatic spending increases. Root out wasteful spending and resist growing entitlement programs.
The economy and jobs is a high priority with workforce participation at record low levels. Lower taxes and less regulation will promote growth. I have participated in trade delegations promoting the skills of American workers to foreign firms to bring jobs here.
I want to put Americans first in immigration policy and ensure foreign trade policy allows Americans a fair chance to compete. Reject amnesty for illegal aliens. Create an orderly immigration policy. Keep out refugees from countries supporting terrorism. Negotiate enforceable trade policy prohibiting currency manipulation, intellectual property theft and unfair labor practices.

Paul Mitchell
Age: 59
Occupation: Businessman
Municipality of residence: Dryden, MI
For how long: 1 year
Online campaign information:
Education: BA from James Madison College at Michigan State University focused on Public Policy and Economics
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair City Council
Top goals: Keep our nation safe by securing our borders, restoring our military, and destroying ISIS and other terrorist enemies that threaten our security.
The only way to bring about prosperity in our nation is to reform and simplify our tax code and reduce the federal regulatory burden on our economy. Our nation is currently $20 trillion in debt and that number continues to grow because spending in Washington is out of control and the career politicians are incapable or unwilling to address this challenge. I have created jobs in our community, I know what it takes to grow a business, and I will use those skills to bring spending under control and get government out of the way so our economy can grow.
I will also focus on issues important to our “Home Team” like protecting our Great Lakes, defending Michigan manufacturing, and building our defense corridor.

Philip Pavlov
Age: 53
Occupation: State Senator District 25
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Township
For how long: 53 Years
Online campaign information:
Education: Graduated from St. Clair High School and attended St. Clair County Community College, where he studied business administration
Previously held elected offices: Michigan House of Representatives, 81st District (2005-2010); and St. Clair County Commission (2003-2005)
Top goals: Macomb County deserves better from Washington, D.C.
Just look at the way Congressional Democrats’ attack on the Constitution following June’s terror attack in Orlando. Their anti-gun laws wouldn’t have stopped the terrorist from buying a firearm. Gun free zones didn’t stop him. Laws against murder didn’t stop him.
Instead of attacking law abiding Americans and the Constitution, it’s time Congress focus on the real problems threatening our safety here at home – Islamic extremism and poorly controlled borders.
I’ve done that in Lansing, and I’ll do it Washington.
We also need a voice in Congress fighting to create jobs, not handouts.
President Obama’s policies have destroyed American jobs, crushed small businesses and Obamacare has made the 40-hour work week an endangered species. Then Congress expects us to be happy with their handouts. I’m fighting for jobs – not handouts – and we have to win this fight or we’ll lose the middle class.

Alan Sanborn
Age: 58 years old
Occupation: Probation Officer
Municipality of residence: Richmond Township
For how long: 24 years
Previously held elected offices: State Representative (District 32, four years)
State Senator (District 11, nine years)
Top goals:
1. Stimulate the economy with less taxes and regulation for businesses to grow and create jobs. I will not support any policy that is counter to this, such as Obamacare. America must have a more competitive tax and regulatory structure so companies will stay.
2. We must have strong homeland security by adding 20,000 new border police.  Our military– which has been budget-gutted -- needs to be a military second to none.
We need to close the borders to refugees from terrorist watch list countries until they can be properly vetted. If just 1% infiltrates this population, we’ll see more terrorist attacks like San Bernadino and Orlando. Americans’ safety must come first.
3. We need to preserve Social Security by combating fraud. The Sanborn Plan will stop illegals from collecting SS and other unearned benefits. It will ensure that if you haven’t paid in, you don’t draw out.

David J. Van Assche
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Frank Accavitti Jr.
Running unopposed