Meet the candidates in West Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Keego Harbor, Sylvan Lake

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published October 1, 2020

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In the West Bloomfield Beacon’s coverage area, voters will decide on multiple local, county, state and national races Nov. 3. Below are profiles for many of those races.

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. An (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.


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

Democrat
Steven Kaplan (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Township Supervisor for West Bloomfield Township (full-time)
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: I am a graduate of Detroit College of Law, obtaining my juris doctorate degree, with honors. I obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Management, from Oakland University.
Previously held elected offices: I served 12 years as a West Bloomfield Township Trustee and eight years as a school board trustee for Southfield Public Schools.
Top goals: My goals are ensuring the safety of the residents by maintaining a highly trained, qualified staff of police officers, 911 dispatchers, firefighters and emergency medical responders. Equally important is providing superlative services to the residents, contractors and visitors to town hall. Adopting a budget that maintains a strong fund balance, maintaining the integrity of the wetlands and woodlands, and ensuring our ordinances are followed, so that property values remain at optimal levels, are additional priorities.

Republican
Donald L. Perry
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


West Bloomfield Township Clerk

Debbie Binder (I) is running unopposed for a four-year term.


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

Democrat
Teri Weingarden (I)
Age: 51
Occupation: West Bloomfield Treasurer
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Since November 2008 (approximately 12 years)
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: Masters, Industrial Relations
Concentration in Labor Relations and Management — 1995
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
Bachelor of Arts, Concentration in Organizational Psychology and International Relations — 1991
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Township Treasurer  — 2008-present.
Top goals: As your elected West Bloomfield Treasurer, since November 2008, I have the demonstrated skills and core competencies necessary to be your Treasurer for four more years. Protecting the financial health of the township continues to be my top priority. I have saved the township $3.8 million by bonding our retiree health care costs. I worked with S&P to increase our credit rating from AA to AA+ and will diligently protect this rating.

Republican
William J. Burris
Age: 69
Occupation: Retired CFO
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 37 years
Online campaign information: None
Education: B.S., Architecture, University of Michigan; M.B.A., Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Utilize my experience as a CPA, Certified Fraud Examiner and corporate executive to run the township like a business. Perform an in-depth review of both operating and capital budgets with the objective of substantially reducing expenditures. Use my extensive experience working with auditors and consultants to reduce professional fees paid by the township. Spend more time on-site than the current treasurer working for the residents/taxpayers, representing their interests, with the goal of reducing taxes.


West Bloomfield Township Trustee
Seven candidates are running for four four-year terms.

Democrat
Jonathan Warshay (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: Attorney, Project Manager
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: facebook.com/WarshayForWest Bloomfield
Education: Kalamazoo College: B.A. (Economics)
Wayne State University: M.B.A. (Finance) and J.D. (Law)
Previously held elected offices: Trustee, West Bloomfield since 2016; Ferndale City Council, 1998-2001
Top goals: As the pandemic continues, I will work with the board to ensure that West Bloomfield continues to provide the high-quality services our residents expect and deserve while maintaining a budget that is manageable and realistic. In addition, I will prioritize the quality-of-life issues that have a direct impact on the health and well-being of our community. Finally, I will support development that enhances the township and is consistent with the Township’s vision.

Democrat
Jim Manna (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: Real Estate Broker Owner level Plus Realty
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information: www.jimmanna.com
Education: Oakland Community College and University of Detroit
Previously held elected offices: Trustee
Top goals: Jim’s continued goal is to make West Bloomfield the best place to live and work now and in the future years to come.

Democrat
Howard Rosenberg (I)
Age: 68
Occupation: Chiropractor (retired)
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Doctor Of Chiropractic
Previously held elected offices: Parks Commission 2004-2008, Trustee West Bloomfield 2008-2012, 2012-2016, 2016-2020.
Top goals: West Bloomfield is a highly desirable place to live, ranking high on national surveys, in no small part as a result of effective governance by the town board. I am proud to be a voice on these boards for the past three terms. I have advocated for responsible budgeting, reduction of legacy costs, efficient services while representing the interests of our residents both individually and as a whole.
I will continue to be the responsible voice of the (...).

Democrat
Diane Rosenfeld Swimmer (I)
Age: 61
Occupation: Registered nurse. Trustee for West Bloomfield Township
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 47 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: ADN with certifications in Chemotherapy and Biotherapy
Previously held elected offices: Trustee since 2012
Top goals: My top 3 priorities continue to be the same. My first priority is to treat all residents with respect and respond promptly to neighborhood concerns. My second priority is to continue to control Township spending, always looking for the best value in goods and services. My third priority is to protect our quality of life with strong public safety, parks and library system.

Republican
Lauren Bayleran Burris
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired commercial real estate broker
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 37 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: B.B.A., University of Michigan; M.B.A., Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Find ways to work with taxpayers, not against them. At meetings, I’ve witnessed some homeowners’ requests denied without good cause. Dig into W. Bloomfield finances. Where is money going? Can we lower taxes given our large surplus? Find economies to save money without compromising quality. Review the logic of past bad decisions and fix them. Look at issues from cost/benefit perspective. Some good ideas cost more than they are worth. And I Back the Blue.

Republican
Bill Ponkowski
Age: 62
Occupation: General Manager for AutoWares Inc. out of Grand Rapids. Past work experience, Owner, Glendale Auto Supply.
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 37 years
Previously held elected offices: I’ve never held elected office before.
Top goals: One of my top priorities would be to make the process of updating one’s property more homeowner friendly. The township belongs to the citizenry, yet when homeowners want to improve their property, they are met with a long list of cant’s, regulations and expensive permitting. Everything seems to be over-regulated. The cost of landscaping projects includes thousands of dollars in permits. It shouldn’t be that way. Homeowners should be welcomed in their township office, not fearful of asking “permission” to do improvements. I also want to take a very close look at the budget and see where the money is going.

Republican
Stephen Matheny
Age: 58
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 26
Online campaign information: No answer given.
Education: Bachelor and Masters in Civil Engineering, Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Provide full transparency to the community of West Bloomfield.
Work for the community by analyzing data and providing solutions for West Bloomfield.
Evaluate Tax Structure of the Township and Optimize Tax Dollars.
Eliminate waste within the Township.


West Bloomfield Township Parks Commission
Ten candidates are running for seven four-year terms.

Democrat
Terrance T. Adams
Age: 41
Occupation: Financial Advisor/Travel Agent
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Roughly six years
Online campaign information: TerranceAdams4ParkCommission.webs.com/
Education: MBA; Graduate Certificate In Financial Planning
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: According to the CDC, creating, improving and promoting places to be physically active can improve individual and community health. I understand this importance and plan to promote neighborhood parks, health fairs and other recreational activities to serve the needs of the community. Ensuring sufficient and sustainable funding is important. I am prepared and trained to consider all budget items for review/approval and be instrumental in continuing to provide insight to the park master plan.

Democrat
Robert V. Brooks (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: Director in field of Transportation Engineering and Investment
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: B.S. Mechanical Engineering/M.B.A. – University of Detroit Mercy
Previously held elected offices:
WB Parks Commissioner 2013-present
Top goals: Continue executing the Strategic Plan set forth in 2014 to revitalize our West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation capital assets. Support the creation of diversity among the activities available, such that all residents can participate. Maintain fiscal responsibility to keep West Bloomfield Parks among the top tier in the state. I will continue to bring experience while empowering the operations staff to be the best in the region.

Democrat
John A. Erich
Age: 71
Occupation: Executive Director of Community Services of Oakland (Retired)
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Twp.
For how long: Seven years
Online campaign information: johnaerich@yahoo.com
Education: University of Michigan — Masters in Social Work
Previously held elected offices: Democratic Precinct Delegate, West Bloomfield Precinct 5
Top goals: Top goals include keeping the ability to maintain recreation services during this time period of great change. Staying focused on serving the needs and interests of our multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-generational populations. Remaining open to new ideas and ways to develop services throughout our community. Bringing my past 30 years of Human Service experience in Oakland County to the Recreation Commission to work positively with my fellow Commissioners and staff.

Democrat
Sally Wenczel (I)
Age: 40
Occupation: Mother, Writer, Community Garden Educator, Massage Therapist
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: Seven years
Online campaign information: no personal website
Education: B.A. English-Albion College; Clinical Massage Therapy-Blue Heron Academy of Healing Arts and Sciences
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Township Parks and Recreation Commissioner 2016-present
Top goals: My top goal is to preserve the natural places in this community so that we can all enjoy the healing benefits of nature. The health of our natural surroundings is the health of us. The more we instill this knowledge in our community, especially in our children, the more we can truly call this place a home that we can take pride in for many years to come.

Democrat
Mervin Aronoff (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
David Barash
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Vincent Kirkwood (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Lois Shulman
Age: 67 years old
Occupation: Substitute Teacher
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 40 years
Online campaign information: loisshullman.com
Education: J.D. Cooley Law School, B.S. Kalamazoo College, South Haven High School
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Respect for the other commissioners, valuing each, their sharing and lived experience. Serve with integrity, bringing my own lived experience. Practice active listening and ensure pathways for community, director and staff voices to be heard in decision making. Apply COVID-19 alerts and guidelines to reopen areas safety. Transparent communication with community. Advocate for appropriate funding to support maintenance and collaborative innovation with adherence to the goals and spirit of the Strategic Plan.

Republican
William J. Rauwerdink
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

No Party Affiliation
Michele Hembree (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Keego Harbor City Council
Three candidates are running for two three-year terms.

Ashley Attisha
Age: 28
Occupation: Attorney & Grant Writer
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long: 1.5 years
Online campaign information: voteattisha.com
Education: J.D., Wayne State University Law School; B.A. Communication, Michigan State University.
Previously held elected offices: I am a first-time candidate
Top goals: My mission is to continue growing Keego Harbor into an equitable, friendly and walkable neighborhood. My top goals are: (1) providing support to our local businesses during this economic recession and encouraging new business to establish roots in Keego Harbor, (2) researching and drafting grants to increase funding for the city to prevent raising taxes, (3) improving and expanding our outdoor spaces.

David Emerling
Age: 61
Occupation: Engineer
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: facebook.com/KeegoCityCouncil
Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: We must keep our residents/businesses safe during this pandemic by following the federal/state guidelines. Guided by residents/businesses, the master plan and market studies, my goal is to make Keego the best possible place to live/work as an appealing, walkable destination. Supporting Parks and Rec is key. I will review ordinances/codes to make sure they help us thrive. Making sure our police officers receive the latest training, community relations skills and equipment is a high priority.

Robert Kalman (I)
Age: 51
Occupation: President and owner of Michigan Technology Services, a successful Agile and IT training and consulting business.
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long: Purchased property 17 years ago and built a new home
Online campaign information: facebook.com/groups/keegoharbor
Education: Master of Business Administration, Michigan State University
Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan
Graduate, Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI Citizen’s Academy
Graduate, OAKWAY Fire Ops Workshop, Mutual Aid Program for Oakland and Wayne County Fire Departments
Graduate, Oakland County One Stop Ready Municipal Economic Development Program
Attended Numerous Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Municipal Workshops
Attended Professional Planning and Zoning Board Training Sessions
Previously held elected offices: Current Keego Harbor Mayor. Previous Mayor Pro Tem and Councilman.
Top goals: I use solid business experience to work constructively with our city council. I will continue to develop sound financial strategies so we provide essential services. I’ll continuously bring costs in line and find affordable, creative solutions to our city infrastructure challenges. We’ve been awarded numerous grants while I have been on council, and we’ll certainly pursue more. When re-elected, I will encourage a greater sense of community and participation in safe, enhanced cultural and recreational activities.


Sylvan Lake City Council
Six candidates are running for two four-year terms.

Graham Cousens
Age: 50
Occupation: Technology Professional
Municipality of residence: Sylvan Lake
For how long: 6.5 years
Online campaign information: grahamcousens.com
Education: B.S.B.A., Information Systems Management, Summa Cum Laude, Wayne State University 1999
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Maintaining the spirit and character of our Prettiest Little City must be at the forefront of everything we do. Build a stronger partnership with the community, through a more positive, collaborative and inclusive dialogue. Revitalize the Orchard Lake Road corridor, and bring our business district back to life. Support our police to eliminate dangerous speeding through our neighborhood. Address our infrastructure needs, in a pro-active, fiscally conservative manner.

Aron Lorenz (I)
Age: 60
Occupation: Owner and President of WMV Incorporated
Municipality of residence: Sylvan Lake
For how long: 31 years
Online campaign information: Aron Lorenz Facebook
Education: Bachelor for Business Administration, University of Wisconsin, with a major in Marketing and a minor in Finance.
Previously held elected offices: Mayor of Sylvan Lake, Mayor Pro Tem of Sylvan Lake and City Council Sylvan Lake.
Top goals: Secure funds for improvement and maintenance of our infrastructure. We recently completed a Stormwater and Wastewater Asset-Management Plan through grant funding. This year, we will vote on “Charter Amendment Proposal 1.” This millage starts in 2023, after the road/drain bond is paid in full. The city’s total millage will be reduced by 2 mills and assures we have partial funding to maintain and upgrade our critical infrastructure. Please vote yes on proposal 1. Thank you.

E. Cassar (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

James L. Cowper
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Philip Ross
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Sally Segal
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


West Bloomfield Township Library Board
Seven candidates are running for six four-year terms.

Judith A. Holtz (I)
Age: 75
Occupation: Retired Attorney/Magistrate
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 48 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Detroit Public Schools, University of Michigan, B.A; Wayne State University Law School, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Township Trustee; West Bloomfield Township Library Board Trustee
Top goals: Continue the fiscally responsible management of the Library along with providing the best in person and digital service possible while safeguarding the health and safety of patrons and staff. This has been a challenging year, but we have managed to provide service and expand our offerings digitally and keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Carol A. Kravetz (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Prior to retirement, I taught middle school in Walled Lake and still work on Religious Diversity with seventh graders. I have also worked for the West Bloomfield School District and still do summer work for grades K-8.
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Since 1977
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: My priorities for the library, which I regard as the Heart of the City, are: (1) To maintain the excellent quality of the programming for youth, young adults, residents and senior residents with outreach to all ages. (2) To be fiscally responsible to the community, maintaining our exceptional facilities. (3) To continue to provide a wide variety of materials both online and in person so that our community is well served.

Karen Eickemeyer (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Carol Foster (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Ken Macon (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Thomas Meyer (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Ann C. Rauwerdink
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


West Bloomfield School District Board of Education
Four candidates are running for two six-year terms.

Stacy Gold Brickman (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: No answer given
Previously held offices: President, West Bloomfield School Board 2019 and 2020
Top goals: Increase student achievement and growth by focusing on our instructional priorities while supporting our teachers and staff to meet the needs of ALL students. Increase focus on meeting the social and emotional needs of our students, prioritize building strong relationships and support social justice initiatives. Stay focused on the financial health of our district. Ensure that our budget reflects our educational priorities. Support initiatives that attract families to West Bloomfield.

Cristina Elsen (I)
Age: 46
Occupation: Account Executive
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: cristinaelsen@sbcglobal.net
Education: Master’s Degree in Public Service and Urban Administration with an emphasis in Criminal Justice
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Board of Education 2014-2020
Top goals:
• Continue Education Development during COVID through collaborative discussions with key stakeholders and data from MDHHS/Community to provide best options for student education.
• Continue right-sizing district by evaluating enrollment trends, building usage/age data and offering attractive 21st-century educational programs to attract students.
• Continue collaborations with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee through Oakland County to identify social justice issues and create change within WBSD.
• Continue Fiscal Responsibility to maintain robust educational opportunities.

Deborah J. Evans
Age: 56
Occupation: CEO – Walter Canyon Consulting L.L.C.
Municipality of residence: Orchard Lake Village
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: electdeborahjevans.weebly.com
Education: Historically Black College – Tuskegee University – B.S. Accounting
Walsh College of Accountancy and Business Administration – Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
Previously held elected offices: No
Top goals: A top goal is to understand and support students’ social, emotional and academic needs during the disruption of COVID-19 in our schools. COVID-19 may widen the student achievement gap and manifest symptoms of depression.
Equitable school funding is a priority. Safeguarding our community assets and reconciling the expenditures to district goals ensures the ability to provide the most effective resources for our children. I will support strategic plans to properly allocate revenue.

Kirsten Sonneville-Douglass
Age: 46
Occupation: International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long: Five years
Online campaign information: fb.me/votekirstensonneville douglass
Education: Bachelor of Arts – Communication, Associates Degree – Sign Language Interpreting
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I understand the importance of being a contributing member of one’s community and have a passion to serve. I have been an active volunteer in the schools since 2008. With over 20+ years of project management experience and as a mother of a K-5 child, I would bring a different perspective to the board. And as a WB graduate, I want to see my district continue to excel and ensure that every student has a safe path to graduation.


Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 5
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Kristen Nelson (I)
Age: 37
Occupation: Board Certified Behavior Analyst
Municipality of residence: Waterford Township
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: VoteKristenNelson.com
Education: Completed Board Certification coursework at Florida Institute of Technology, earned a master’s degree in Education with a major in Special Education and a bachelor’s in Science Education with a major in Special Education from Wayne State University.
Previously held elected office: Oakland County Commissioner, District 5
Top goals: I am committed to expanding access to critical services and resources to protect our health and safety, providing economic recovery and support for working families and small businesses struggling with the lingering costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, preserving our precious natural resources, investing in outdoor recreational opportunities such as expanding walking-biking trails and kayaking water trails, and enhancing outdoor activities for older adults.

Republican
Klint Kesto
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 7
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Karen J. Adams
Age: 64
Occupation: Retired but active volunteer
Municipality of residence: Commerce Township
For how long: Eight years
Online campaign information: https://www.votekarenadams.com
Education: B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Previously held elected office: Elected to the Central Bucks School Board, Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Top goals: I support expanding the health department, ensuring adequate COVID testing and making sure our frontline workers have PPE. Improving our water and sewer systems will protect our lakes and drinking water for generations. Reliable utilities, especially the internet, is crucial. I want to bring Oakland County into the 21st century. County government should work for residents. I pledge to be accessible and responsive to the people I represent and to promote transparency in government.

Republican
Christine A. Long
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


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

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

Republican
Max Rohtbart
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


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

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

Republican
Jim Stevens
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

Libertarian
Connor Nepomuceno
Age: 26
Occupation: Test Lab Technician
Municipality of residence: Village of Clarkston
For how long: Three years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Nepo4Oakland/
Education: Associate’s degree, Automotive/High Performance — University of Northwestern Ohio 2016
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Lower Cost of Living: Abolish the Property Tax, Reform Zoning/Building Codes, Deregulate Utilities
Get Out of the Way of Business: Streamline Business/Occupational Licensing/Zoning, Cut Red Tape, Deregulate Marijuana Dispensaries. Constitutional Sanctuary: Protect Oakland from the Feds, Expand Gun Rights, Protect the Immigrant Population, Free Speech on Campus, End the War On Drugs. Police Reform: End Qualified Immunity, Pursue Officer Personal Liability Insurance, Enhanced De-Escalation and Non-Lethal Apprehension Training, De-Militarization.


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

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

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


State House of Representatives District 29
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Brenda Carter (I)
Age: 66
Occupation: State Representative
Municipality of residence: Pontiac
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information: brendajcarter.com
Education: Bachelor’s in Business Administration, master’s degree in Public Administration
Previously held elected offices: Pontiac School District Board of Education
Top goals: My top priority was providing equitable education funding and resources for our children in Michigan schools during my current term, and it still is. My second priority is to provide the needed resources for working families. Finally, there is a critical need for economic development opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs. COVID-19 exacerbates these priorities. It is my goal to find solutions that will ease the pressure on Michigan families.

Republican
S. Dave Sullivan
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


State House of Representatives District 39
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Republican
Ryan Berman (I)
Age: 39
Occupation: State Representative
Municipality of residence: Commerce Township
For how long: 10 years in Commerce, but lifelong resident of the district, as I grew up in West Bloomfield.
Online campaign information: ElectRyanBerman.com
Education: Michigan State University (B.A.) and Wayne State University Law School (J.D.)
Previously held elected offices: Current State Representative for the 39th District
Top goals: My goal has always been to ensure our district and state continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. I’ve been focused on expanding government transparency and accountability measures, as well as maintaining fiscal responsibility. Our budget should prioritize education funding, public safety and infrastructure. I look forward to continuing my work across the aisle where I put people over politics.

Democrat
Julia Pulver
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Libertarian
Anthony Croff
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


State House of Representatives District 40
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Mari Manoogian (I)
Age: 28
Occupation: State Representative
Municipality of residence: Birmingham
For how long: 28 years
Online campaign information: www.mariformi.com
Education: M.A., The George Washington University, Global Communication (2017); B.A. The George Washington University, International Affairs, Security Policy (2014); high school: Birmingham Seaholm High School (2010)
Previously held elected offices: None previous to being elected State Representative in 2018.
Top goals: Protect the health of my district and all Michiganders by fighting for quality, affordable healthcare, regardless of pre-existing conditions; enact an equitable education funding model for public schools so that all children, regardless of zip code, can access their constitutional right to education; prioritize local businesses over large corporations; and continue to ensure clean and safe drinking water for all Michiganders.

Republican
Kendra Cleary
Age: 53
Occupation: Sales Executive
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: www.choiceiscleary.com
Education: B.A. Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate
Top goals: 1. Keeping our community safe and reopening our economy by focusing on how to re-engage our state workforce back into the economy and get all our citizens back to work.
2. Ensuring our kids safely receive a quality education — I don’t want to see one child left behind because of this pandemic.
3. Environment — I am committed to working with others to come up with common-sense solutions to the environmental issues facing our state.


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Sylvan Lake Charter Amendment Proposal 1
Shall the Charter be amended to add a new Section 13.5(c), establishing a single new additional millage of 3.0 mills for infrastructure maintenance and improvements for the City’s water, sanitary sewer, storm sewer and street (including roads and sidewalks) systems, commencing July 1, 2023, and effective through and including July 1, 2037. It is estimated that if levied, 3.0 mills would raise approximately $315,000 when first levied in 2023. The City’s other Charter authority to levy taxes would be unaffected.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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