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St. Clair Shores voters to decide City Council members, school proposals

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 18, 2019

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In the St. Clair Shores Sentinel’s coverage area, voters will choose three members of the City Council in the Nov. 5 general election. Voters in the South Lake Schools district will also consider a proposal to approve a 1-mill sinking fund, while voters in the Lakeview Public Schools district will decide whether to approve a $54 million bond proposal.

Candidates were asked, in 75 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 the answer. (I) indicates that 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.


St. Clair Shores City Council
Six candidates are running for three four-year terms.


Peter Accica (I)
Age: 61
Occupation: Retired Business Agent Bricklayers Local 2 and Apprentice Instructor Coordinator
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 61 years
Online campaign information:
Education: Lake Shore High School Graduate; Apprenticeship Tile, Marble, and Terrazzo; Five-year Instructor Certification from the International Masonry Institute.
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Council
Top goals: 1. Keeping our lake clean is a top priority. We must preserve our valuable natural resource for the enjoyment of our residents, visitors, and local businesses.
2. Preserving our strong police and fire departments to keep residents safe and secure throughout the city. A safe city is a vibrant city in which the residents and business may flourish.
3. Maintaining our wonderful senior center and parks for all to enjoy by adding benches, pavilions, and other amenities as needed.


Ronald J. Frederick (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: Director of Advertising Sales for Focus Media & Marketing
Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores
For how long: 60 years! (64 minus 4 years for college)
Online campaign information: Facebook - Ron Frederick Councilman
Education: Bachelor of Science Degree - Eastern Michigan University - Majored in Broadcasting & Political Science
Previously held elected offices: South Lake School Board, Ypsilanti City Council - 2 years while in College.
Top goals: Attract young families & Businesses through strong Parks and Rec programs & facilities, solid Fire & Police and great city services. Continue the Roads and infrastructure plan to Repair and Replace. Expand senior’s programs. Bring a Hotel to the Nautical Mile. Promote our Great Library! Inform those in and out of our great city. Work to Protect Lake St. Clair. While we fight the flooding this year, Lake St. Clair is key for future generations!


Justin Maniaci
Age: 42
Occupation: Operation Director for the non-profit of Homes of Opportunity Inc.
Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores
For how long: last 15 years
Online campaign information: facebook Justin Maniaci
Education: Studied Business and Music Education at Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: Advocate to Macomb county to acquire county funds, federal and/or state funding to fix the sewer system to prevent sewage ending up in Lake Saint Clair. The city must work together with Macomb County government to create a long term infrastructure solution! I will involve residents by hearing their stories of beach closings and how they won’t let their young children swim in the lake. Additionally, we must increase the awareness of the pollution (...)


Gordon Miskelly
Age: 51
Occupation: Controller at Kimberly Fence & Supply in Warren
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: Lifelong SCS resident
Online campaign information: Committee to Elect Gordon Miskelly on Facebook
Education: Studied Finance at University of Wisconsin - Superior
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Keep Police and Fire strong—Make sure both are properly manned and funded. We may need to add more to properly service the needs of the community since both emergency and non emergency calls are increasing yearly.
Hold contractors accountable—Make sure projects are bid to the city’s benefit.
Maintain our aging infrastructure—Need to spend money wisely. Can’t purchase non essential items until we ensure proper funding for current needs


Lawanda Turner
Age: 35
Occupation: Real estate and paralegal professional
Municipality of residence: Macomb County, Saint Clair Shores
For how long: 7.5 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: @lturnerforprogression
Education: Real Estate One Academy: Real Estate Fundamentals for Salespersons Certification
Lawrence Technological University: Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification
Macomb Community College: AAS, Legal Assistant; ABA, Business Administration
Marygrove College: BA, Business & Social Science
University of Michigan student studying Urban & Regional Studies
Lawrence Technological University professional development student studying: Project Management Professional, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: I want to work with the city planner to explore the development of anchor attractions that would encourage neighboring communities to visit and patronize businesses of St. Clair Shores. I will continue to cultivate The MARVIN Blueprint to help foster small business growth and prevent population decline. I will also maintain a regular line of communication with residents that promotes transparency, honesty, and open dialogue that ensues change as it is needed.


Chris Vitale (I)
Age: 47
Occupation: Prototyping Technician
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 40+ years
Online campaign information:
Education: Associate Degree
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Council
Top goals: If you don’t know me, ask a neighbor. I’ll stand on my record of financial discipline, passion for the city and concern for resident issues. I’m active on several resident Facebook pages and I’m known for viewing issues in-person. I never forget our homes represent 90% of city property value and the average person’s largest investment. My motivation is to see St. Clair Shores reach its full potential as THE place to call home.

Lakeview Public Schools Bonding Proposal
Shall Lakeview Public Schools, Macomb County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Fifty-Four Million Dollars ($54,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of:erecting, furnishing, and equipping additions to and remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, and equipping and re-equipping school buildings; acquiring and installing instructional technology in school buildings; and erecting, furnishing, equipping, developing, and improving playgrounds, athletic fields and facilities, and sites?


South Lake Building and Site Sinking Fund Tax Proposal
Shall the South Lake Schools, County of Macomb, State of Michigan, be authorized to levy 1 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of ten (10) years, from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2030, to create a building and site sinking fund to be used for the construction or repair of school buildings, school security improvements, the acquisition or upgrading of technology and other purposes, to the extent permitted by law? This millage would provide estimated revenues to the School District of approximately Five Hundred Thirty One Thousand Four Hundred Seventy Nine ($531,479.00) Dollars during the 2020 calendar year, if approved and levied.