St. Clair Shores voters to decide City Council, state Senate elections

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published October 13, 2021

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In the St. Clair Shores Sentinel’s coverage area, residents will elect members of City Council and a new state Senator during the Nov. 2 election.

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.

John Caron (I)
Age: 50
Occupation: Engineering Manager — General Motors
Municipality of residence: St Clair Shores
For how long: Lifelong Resident
Online campaign information: keepcarononcouncil@att.net
Education: Lakeview High School Class of 1989.  Bachelors of Science in Metallurgical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.  Masters of Science in Engineering from Purdue University
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Councilman since 2012
Top goals: Keeping the City’s finances strong and balanced is key to continue our investments in Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation, Senior Activities, Streets, and Infrastructure.  Absolutely No Defunding of our Police!  5 straight years of a balanced budget with a 5% reduction in the City’s millage tax rate shows strong fiscal discipline.  Continuing an efficient government will keep bringing new business developments to our community.  Encourage community engagement through our City’s boards, commissions, and committees.

Justin Maniaci
Age: 44 years old
Occupation: State Farm Claims Adjuster
Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores
For how long: 17 year resident of Saint Clair Shores and lifetime resident of Macomb County
Online campaign information: www.maniaciforcouncil.com
Education: Fraser High School
Wayne State University
Fully Licensed Insurance Adjuster
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: My top goals if elected to city council are to speak up more for the senior citizens of St. Clair Shores, support small business, more advocacy to stop polluting our lake, stop flooding our streets and allow vacation rentals. The county, state and federal government must provide a long term infrastructure fix to our sewer and drain systems that are polluting our precious Lake Saint Clair and flooding our streets.

Jennifer Oresti
Age: 28
Occupation: Yoga Teacher, Former Field Organizer, and Healthcare Worker
Municipality of residence: City of St. Clair Shores
For how long: 4.5 years
Online campaign information: www.jenoresti.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Biology with a Minor in Spanish Language from Oakland University in 2016, Graduate of Anchor Bay High School in 2011, Certified 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher as of December 2017
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My goal is to ensure residents have the tools they need to feel empowered and supported by increasing accessibility to community-based programs, mental health support, and resources across age, race, and place. I will utilize my Biology, healthcare, and community organizing experience to push for common-sense environmental initiatives, work to establish an Equity Committee, and streamline our city’s digital presence. I am ready to bring our community out of this pandemic stronger, together.

David J Rubello (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: C&G Newspapers Sales Representative /St Clair Shores Sentinel
Municipality of residence: St Clair Shores
For how long: 59
Online campaign information: David Rubello Face Book Page
Education: Bachelor of Arts Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: St Clair Shores,Michigan  Councilmman 2007-2011; Current 2020-21
Top goals:  LIFELONG RESIDENT OF SCS :
I WILL CONTINUE TO BE AN ADVOCATE :
1) Street and Sewer updates
2) Police and Fire Services
3) Address Flooding issues
4) Strong BUSINESS COMMUNITY
5) Development of Downtown SCS
6) PROTECTON OF  SENIOR SERVICES & PARKS AND RECREATION MAKING SCS APPEALING TO EVRYONE FOR GENERATIONS TO COME
7) COMMUNITY SERVICE , VOLUNTEER AND ORGANIZER INCLUDING SENIOR /DISABLED SNOW REMOVAL
8) PROTECTION OF LAKE ST CLAIR
9) Solving Residents problems

Candice B. Rusie (I)
Age: 39 years old
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: approx. 30 years
Online campaign information: My personal Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/CandiceBRusie
Education: Lake Shore High School – 1999; Wayne State University – BA in psychology, summa cum laude 2004; Michigan State University College of Law – Juris Doctor, magna cum laude 2007
Previously held elected offices: St. Clair Shores City Council, first elected in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017
Top goals: Continue park renovations.  Support Police and Fire services. Update City website.  Update ordinances. Continue fiscal responsibility and conscientious stewardship of resources. Infrastructure improvements and investment. Support measures for cleaner Lake.  Smart budgeting while maintaining/increasing services. Insist on fair bidding processes; refuse “no bid” contract extensions.  Advocate for residents; promote City Hall accountability.  Continued protection of residents’ Constitutional rights. Promote and support local businesses. Continue resident outreach on social media. Continued volunteerism and community service.

Lawanda Turner
Age: 37
Occupation: Great Lakes Real Estate: Realtor®; Honigman: Real Estate Assistant
Municipality of residence: St. Clair Shores
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: @LTurnerforprogression
Education: Marygrove: BA, Business & Social Science; Macomb Community College: AAS, Paralegal Studies; ABA, Business Administration; studied grant writing; Lawrence Technological University: Lean Six Sigma Green and Black Belt; Certification in Project Management; Studying at the University of Michigan: Urban & Regional Studies
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: I will continue to analyze data that reveals the cause of extended storefront vacancies. I will also look for resources that may aid in securing tenants for retail properties. I will work to launch The Marvin Blueprint (a non-profit organization designed to teach younger demographics essentials to start a small business).
I will also continue to assist with improving community relations with law enforcement and bridge the gap were members of SCS feel unwelcomed.


State Senate District 8
Two candidates are running to win a partial term that will expire Jan. 1, 2023.

Democrat
Martin Robert Genter
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Doug Wozniak
Did not respond to question of whether he wanted to update his profile after the primary. The profile he submitted prior to the Aug. 3 primary is archived on the C & G website.

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