November 2020 candidates weigh in on issues in Harper Woods

Advertiser Times | Published October 16, 2020

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HARPER WOODS — As Tuesday, Nov. 3, approaches, voters in Harper Woods are preparing to cast their ballots in races both local and national.

Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goal(s) if elected. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.


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.


State House of Representatives District 1
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Tenisha R. Yancey (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Latricia Ann Lanier
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Libertarian
Gregory Creswell
Age: 63
Occupation: Medical Records Clerk (since 1989)
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 63 years.
Online campaign information: gregcreswell.com
Education: (Detroit) Chadsey High School grad, class/1975; studied Fire Science and Fire Protection Technology at Wayne County Community College
Previously held elected offices: 2018 Precinct Delegate/Wayne County for the MI Libertarian Party
Top goals:
#1) Repeal the No-fault law. Because “our car insurance is too damn high”.
#2) Sponsor and or co-sponsor bills to reduce the power, control, and access to our income and property that gov’t has.
#3) Sponsor and or co-sponsor bills to end all city, county, and state asset forfeiture without (a) conviction(s).
#4) Repeal all gov’t fees, licenses, permits, taxes, business regulations, etc.
#5) Defend/support individual rights and the free market.


State House of Representatives District 2
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Joe Tate (I)
Age: 39
Occupation: Legislator
Municipality of residence: Detroit
For how long: 21 months
Online campaign information: joe@tateformichi gan.com
Education: B.A. — Michigan State University, M.B.A./M.S. — University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Education Funding, Coastal Infrastructure, and Housing

Republican
Mayra Rodriguez
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

No party affiliation
DaNetta L. Simpson
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Wayne County Board of Commissioners District 1
One candidate is running unopposed for one two-year term: Tim Killeen (I).


Justice of the Supreme Court
Seven candidates are running for two eight-year terms.

Susan L. Hubbard
Age: 59 years old
Occupation: Judge of Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division
Municipality of residence: Reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
For how long: Lifelong Michigan resident, grew up in Dearborn, moved to Grosse Pointe Farms 8 years ago.
Online campaign information: HubbardforJustice.com
Education: Wayne State University, B.A. Detroit College of Law, J.D. Fordson High School, Dearborn
Previously held elected offices: Elected in 1985 to Dearborn City Council — 1986-1989
Elected in 1989 to Wayne County Commission — 1989-2004
Elected in 2010 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2011-2016
Re-elected in 2016 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2017-present-2022
Top goals: As Justice, I will protect the constitutional rights of Michigander’s by addressing, without delay, important issues such as the constitutionality of the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act. As the third generation in my family to serve in public office, I know the importance of protecting our democracy of representation of the people, by the people, for all the people. I will ensure that our system of checks and balances is upheld.

Mary Kelly
Age: 62
Occupation: Former 30-year assistant prosecutor. Current Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in neglect and abuse cases in foster care system.
Municipality of residence: St. Clair County
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: MaryKellyforJustice.com
Education: Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law; Bachelor of Science Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: As a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, my goals will be simple: to uphold the rule of law and deliver justice for the people of our great state. The role of a judge is not to make law, but to enforce and uphold the law. The Supreme Court also administers the judicial system throughout the state, and I will ensure our court system delivers equal justice for all.

Bridget Mary McCormack (I)
Age: 54
Occupation: Law
Municipality of residence: Ann Arbor, MI
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information: www.bridgetmarymccormack.com
Education: In 1988, I graduated from Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Connecticut where I earned a B.A. with honors in political science and philosophy. I graduated from New York University Law School in 1991, where I was a Root-Tilden Scholar and earned the Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Advocacy.
Previously held elected offices: Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 2013-present
Top goals: If re-elected, I will continue the progress of the Justice For All Taskforce, which aims to achieve 100% access to the civil justice system in Michigan. Currently, eight of 10 Michiganders can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal problems. There is also an absence of innovation and technology in courts, which costs them transparency, efficiency and access. We have made great progress recently, but we need to make processes more user friendly and efficient.

Kerry Lee Morgan
Age: 65
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Redford Township
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: www.pck-law.com/attor ney/kerry-l-morgan
Education: Regent University, M.A. Public Policy, magna cum laude, 1985. Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1981. Michigan State University, B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice, with honors, 1977.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The Supreme Court needs Justices who will apply the law as written, not as it ought to be written in the mind of the Judge. My background in the law for over 40 years has taught me the importance of this purpose. I can bring a balanced respect for the written law and the Constitution in particular to the bench, so that justice may be done.

Katherine Mary Nepton
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Brock Swartzle
Age: 49
Occupation: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Municipality of residence: Ingham County
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: BrockForJustice.com
Education: B.S., University of Michigan; J.D., George Mason University School of Law
Previously held elected offices: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Top goals: We have the greatest legal system in the world — if you can afford it. Justice that is too expensive is not justice. We must make access to justice cheaper for everyone, from the single mom to the corner storekeeper to the low-income juvenile to our major employers. Therefore, (1) we need to make pretrial procedures cheaper and court records free online, and (2) we need to intervene early with juveniles who enter the justice system.

Elizabeth M. Welch
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: East Grand Rapid
For how long: 13 years
Online campaign information: welchforjustice.com
Education: Penn State University, B.A. with honors. Ohio State University, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: East Grand Rapids Board of Education, 2012-Jan. 2020
Top goals: The vast majority of litigants lack access to counsel. We must utilize technology and new pathways to ensure everyone can access justice fairly. Additionally, the lack of complete data makes it impossible to fully understand our criminal justice system. The court should modernize technology platforms in order to gather data in a usable format so that we ensure justice is delivered fairly across all demographics and programs are implemented that ensure safer communities.


Judge of 32A District Court
Two candidates are running for one six-year term

Rebekah R. Coleman
Age: 34
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Harper Woods
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information: www.colemanforjudge.com
Education: Cass Technical High School, BA - Michigan State University, JD - Wayne State University Law School
MBA - University of Detroit Mercy
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The 32A District Court faces the challenge of building a relevant bridge of information, services and engagement with the greater Harper Woods community. My commitment is to bridge the gap between court and community engagement by:
1. Making sure the Court is open and operating on a full service basis M-F,
2. Increasing our innovation programs and updating our technology, and
3. Pursuing available grants and other funding that will fund alternative Court services.

Daniel S. Palmer (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Chief Judge, 32A District Court (Harper Woods)
Municipality of residence: Harper Woods
For how long: 23 1/2 years.
Online campaign information: www.judgedanielpalmer.com
Education: Northwestern University, University of Michigan — Bachelor degree, Wayne State University Law School – Law Degree
Previously held elected offices: Harper Woods City Council — 13 years, 32A District Court Judge — 6 years.
Top goals: My main goal will be to continue to conduct a fair and respectful courtroom. 32A District Court has been rated favorably under my leadership in surveys conducted by the Michigan Supreme Court. Most recently 98 percent of people attending my courtroom thought they were treated fairly and with respect. Dispensing justice and treating people with compassion is at the cornerstone of my judicial philosophy, and I’m proud that people who have attended my courtroom agree.


Harper Woods School Board
Three candidates are running unopposed for three four-year terms: Ramona Dunn Simmons, M. Joan Mannino (I) and Stacey L. White.


Grosse Pointe Public School System
Fifteen candidates are running for four four-year terms.

Kathleen M. M. Abke (I)
Age: 53
Occupation: Licensed Professional Counselor & Vice President, GPPSS Board of Education
Municipality of Residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: B.A. Communications, minors in Journalism and Human Resource Development — Oakland University, 1989 M.A. Counseling — Oakland University, 1994
Previously held elected offices: Board of Education, 2016-present, Grosse Pointe Public Schools.
Top goals: 1. Excellence in Education for every student; this includes a focus on equity in our system. I want to continue the progress we’ve made, recognizing there is more to be done and it needs to be prioritized.
2. Financial Stability: A balanced budget and healthy fund equity are imperative to provide programming without cutting staff pay. My work on the board accomplished this, bringing fund balance up to 15% from a dangerously low 2%.

George Bailey
Age: 47
Occupation: Architect
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 3 1/2 Years
Online campaign information: www.bailey4gpschools.com
Education: Master of Architecture (Professional)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Prudent Budget Management by the Board is the key goal because of Declining Enrollment and other factors.  This provides the ability to maintain and hire the best teachers and the ability to offer and sustain an excellent array of programs in our schools. The District must also address Equity and Inclusion by giving a Voice to those in our District and Community who don’t always feel like their voice is either being heard or acknowledged.

Sherry Betcher
Candidate withdrew.

David Brumbaugh
Age: 39
Occupation: Data analysis, public safety, and national security
Municipality of residence: GROSSE POINTE PARK
For how long: 5 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/brumbaugh 4gppss
Education: I have an MA in Government from the University of Texas and a BA in International Relations and Political Theory from James Madison College at Michigan State. I have received extensive training in critical thinking, data analysis, and financial crime during my career in intelligence.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I want to pivot the district away from the us-vs-them approach it took during reconfiguration and focus on innovation and engagement as better solutions to our problems. I have been advocating for early education expansion by digging into the data, talking to all stakeholders, and thinking big. This is an approach we can apply to many of the problems facing our schools, especially those posed by COVID. We’re stronger together.

Christopher D’Angelo
Age: 40
Occupation: Emergency Physician
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Park
For how long: 7 years, Grosse Pointe Farms for 33 years prior
Online campaign information: Dr. Chris D’Angelo for Grosse Pointe Schools on Facebook
Education: B.S. in Biology at University of Michigan, Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) at University of MIchigan, Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: As a trustee, I would strive for data driven decision making to provide a quality and safe experience for staff, kids and community. I have been working with parents the last couple years independently to bring a objective perspective to the districts issues, including my Pediatrician Census Survey which successfully demonstrated kindergarten projections by Plante Moran were incorrect. Last year the kindergarten class was 30% higher than predicted, so my survey provided correct insight.

Cynthia M. Douglas
Age: 62
Occupation: Executive Assistant for Wayne County Commission
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 4.5
Online campaign information: Facebook:  VoteCynthiaMDoug lasforGrossePointeSchoolBoard
Education: Masters of Science — Administration
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Improving cultural competency. Improve relationships relevant to cultural competence. Teacher Support. The most important factor for our student’s educational achievement is hiring and retaining the highest quality teachers. Support special needs and at-risks students. The district needs to develop a solid plan to safely meet the needs of students who cannot be met in a 100% virtual environment.

Jennifer Goossen
Age: 39
Occupation: Constituent Services Coordinator and District Education Specialist for Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, U.S. House of Representatives
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 1 year (Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Farms for 10 years prior)
Online campaign information: www.Jen4GP.com
Education: B.A. in Philosophy and Marketing, Graduate Researcher at WSU
Previously held elected offices: n/a
Top goals: We have the capacity to be a national magnet district, but only if we are brave enough to be honest with ourselves. Our rankings and enrollment are falling but our student body is becoming increasingly diverse. We see racial and economic disparities in outcomes, which means gaps in student support are dragging us down. The solution is clear: we need to amplify our tradition of excellence and rigor by making academic inclusivity a top priority.

Ahmed Ismail
Age: 67
Occupation: Businessperson
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 20+ years
Online campaign information: www.ahmedismail.org
Education: Grosse Pointe Public School System (Poupard-Parcells-Grosse Pointe High School - Grosse Pointe North High School - 1970 graduate); Michigan Association of School Boards - Certified Board Member Award, Award of Merit, Award of Distinction, Master Board Member Award, Master DiamondAward and Mast Platinum Award.  Of the 4,000 school board members in Michigan, only 113 sitting board members have a higher certification in school system governance and operation.
Previously held elected offices: Grosse Pointe Public School System Trustee (2004-2008, 2008-2009, 2014-2018)
Top goals: Return students safely to in-person classes; re-open Poupard and Trombly elementary schools; return fifth grade to elementary schools; expand Early Childhood and Pre-School Programs to every neighborhood; develop staff-to-school board feedback system to capture staff ideas that keeps staff safe from reprisals; establish regular Town Hall Meetings where questions are asked and answered; introduce strict private-sector financial controls and merit system for administrators; and work tirelessly to re-establish community trust of school board.

James Paul Joseph
Age: 32
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe
For how long: 3 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/JPJforGP Schools
Education: BS, English, Hillsdale College 2010, JD, University of Michigan, 2016
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: We need to manage a safe return to our schools, and, once that emergency is solved, we have to stop our downward enrollment trends. If we do not turn our enrollment around, we will be left with a painful set of options, either closing more buildings or cutting staff and programs that our kids rely on.

Keersten Colleen Kassab
Age: 48
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: City of Grosse Pointe
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: Facebook @keerstencolleengpsb
Education: J.D, from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Masters in International Policy Studies as well as a B.A. in International Relations with a strong background in economics and finance from Monterey Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California.
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: Keersten Colleen Kassab is passionate about neighborhood schools. She believes strong schools equal strong community. She wants to restore trust and transparency to the Grosse Pointe Public School System. Keersten will provide honest and responsible leadership for our schools. The safety and welfare of our students are her utmost priority. She wants to utilize our facilities to the fullest and help offer students as many opportunities as possible.

Lauren Nowicki
Age: 38
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Park
For how long: 2 years
Online campaign information: https://92550.campaignpartner.net/home
Education: Bachelors and master’s degree both in Education from Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: No answer given  
Top goals: If elected I would stop reconfiguration, reopen elementary schools, and get 5th grade back to elementary where they belong, while preserving walkable schools. Gather data and use like districts, community members and teachers to come up with a plan, inclusive of Early Childhood, for our district to solve our financial problem. Create a positive culture where the BOE, Admin, staff and community can come together to share ideas.

Cindy Pangborn (I)
Age: 75
Occupation: retired Realtor, past work K-12 general and instrumental music teacher, instructor of GP adult education in design and dealing with contractors, varied responsibilities in family-owned business.
Municipality of residence: City of Grosse Pointe
For how long: 3 years, life long Grosse Pointe Resident
Online campaign information: cindypangborn.org
Education: Northwood University AA,  Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: Grosse Pointe Public School System, 1995-99; 2009-present
Top goals:  The Reconfiguration program has never been accepted by our community. Even with the Covid-19 virus, our leaders still refuse to except the communities concerns.
We must return all 5th grade students to elementary schools and re-open Poupard and Trombly. Expanding early childhood and pre-school show a young, family friendly district.
We must have a master plan for all grades to return to school in safety so families can make decisions with trust.

Lisa Papas
Age: 53
Occupation: High School and Middle School Teacher
Municipality of residence: City of Grosse Pointe
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.lisapapas.org
Education: B. Music Education from Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate- Grosse Pointe Voting Precinct 2
Top goals: My top goal is to open up our two closed elementary schools, return 5th grade to the elementary schools, ensure our special needs students are receiving their services and create a solid Early Childhood Program. I also want to keep our variety of Honors and AP classes, arts programs and extra-curricular programs strong. Managing a responsible budget and building strong programs will attract new families to live in our district.

Shareef Simaika
Age: 44
Occupation: Turnaround Management and Restructuring Consultant
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Park
For how long: Since 2014 (previously GPS 1983-2000, Harper Woods 2002-2011)
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Elect.Shareef.Simaika
Education: B.A. Finance Michigan State University Eli Broad School of Business
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top goals include providing as much safe F2F instruction as possible while ensuring the virtual option is as effective as possible; Getting a clear understanding of the District’s long-term financial outlook and developing solutions that focus on improving enrollment and ensuring sustainability (for example, by expanding the ECC across the District); Ensuring the Administration is listening and communicating effectively with the community and empowering teachers to foster a culture of innovation and excellence.

Colleen Worden
Age: 52
Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Special Victims Unit, Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: Grosse Pointe resident for 25 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/colleenwor den4gpschools
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Miami University, 1990, Juris Doctorate, University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law, 1997
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: 1. Getting kids back to school Face to Face, safely and effectively. 2. Attract and retain outstanding and high-quality teachers, and maintain high curriculum standards with innovation to keep GP a top tier district. 3. Prioritize the financial stability of GPPSS as we face federal and state budget cuts. We have to ensure that we do not cut programs, resources or teacher salaries and maintain a reasonable fund equity balance to preserve the district’s financial stability.


Grosse Pointe Public School System
Three candidates are running for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2022.

Joseph Herd (I)
Age: 58
Occupation: Deputy Chief United States Probation Officer (Retired)
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Woods
For how long: 12 Years
Online campaign information: Facebook - JHforgpschoolboard
Education: Bachelor’s Degree Criminal Justice, Michigan State University. Master’s Degree Social Work, University of Michigan.
Previously held elected offices: Appointed to Grosse Pointe School Board in January 2020.
Top goals: As a current member of the school board I am running for re-election. My top three goals are: 1) Safe and effective integration into the school year for all students and teachers. 2) Proper fiscal oversight of the district, particularly important this year because of financial deficits caused by the pandemic. 3) Meeting the challenge of educating a student population that is more racially and financially diverse than previous years.

John W. Steininger
Age: 70
Occupation: Executive
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Farms
For how long: Resident of the Grosse Pointes for 65 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Graduate of Grosse Pointe High School 1968, Wayne State University — Bachelor of Science in Education 1974
Previously held elected offices: Grosse Pointe Board of Education Trustee 2008 -2011
Top goals: Reverse neighborhood school closures/reconfiguration, stem declining enrollment and deal with the ongoing pandemic issues that have forced students into a virtual learning environment. Realize when you close neighborhood elementary schools you make declining enrollment a self-fulfilling prophecy. It ultimately affects property values within the community and skews options for developmental opportunities. Realization that neighborhood schools have an inherent value that greatly exceeds their dollar costs should be a major consideration in any reconfiguration process.

Theresa Vogler
Age: 55
Occupation: Home Health Care Assistant
Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Park
For how long: 53 yrs
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/theresa.vogler.505.
Education: No answer given.
Previously held elected offices: No previous political office
Top goals: We need to increase enrollment. I want to build better relations between educators and administration. I want to be the person anyone can approach with a question or concern and I will get them an answer. We need a plan in place for a safe return to school. Keeping in mind that it will constantly change. We must always be prepared for all types of learning. Especially keeping those with special needs at the forefront.


Proposal Section

Wayne RESA Proposal Regional Enhancement Millage Renewal Proposal
Pursuant to state law, the revenue raised by the proposed enhancement millage will be collected by the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency and distributed to local constituent public school districts including eligible public school academies within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency based on pupil membership count.

As a renewal of authority which expires with the 2021 levy, shall the limitation on the amount of ad valorem taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency, Michigan, be increased by 2 mills ($2.00 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for a period of six (6) years, 2022 to 2027, inclusive, to provide operating funds to enhance other state and local funding for local school district operating purposes? It is estimated that 2 mills would raise approximately $90.4 million when first levied in 2022.

The revenue from this millage will be disbursed to public school academies within the boundaries of the Wayne County Regional Educational Service Agency which are eligible to receive enhancement millage under the Revised School Code and (33) school districts:

 

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?

 

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?