Sterling Heights voters to decide state, county primary races

Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 18, 2016

In the Sentry’s coverage area, voters will choose party candidates for multiple county and state races during the Aug. 2 primary election. Profiles appear only for candidates in contested party races. Unopposed candidates will simply be listed by name, with further coverage closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

Candidates were asked, in 150 words or fewer, to state the top items they would wish to accomplish if elected and how they would go about accomplishing them. If candidates went over the word limit,  (…) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.

The answers are printed verbatim.

Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 4
Four candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Ron Babin
Age: 52
Occupation: Small Business Administrative Consultant
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: http://www.facebook.com/ElectBabinCommissioner/
Education: Central Michigan University, College of Business Administration, BS in BA 1987
- Walsh College, MSF 1997
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: ) Making sure taxpayers are getting the best value for their dollar. Communicating with residents on their needs and the cost to service those needs. Increase awareness of what the county does.
) Retaining more of our youth after graduation (High school or college) and connecting them with our businesses and non-profit community for opportunity’s.
) Improve infrastructure for public safety and clean lakes and rivers.

Republican
Norbert Golembiewski
Age: 66
Occupation: Working part time as a college Adjunct Instructor
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information: None.
Education: MBA and BS Degrees University of Detroit Mercy
CLU and ChFC Designations, American College
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Economic development is the number one issue facing Macomb County. I would create and implement a strategic plan (similar to a business plan to attract new business and retain exiting commerce. I would invite a coalition of both public and private resources to work together to achieve success.
2. Providing more opportunities for the education of our young and not so young members of the workforce. More real vocational training programs are needed to help people find good paying, value added jobs. I would form a team made up of existing workforce development staff, area high school vocational training staff career placement departments. The team’s goal would be review and improve current job enhancement and re-training programs.
3. A third challenge is the repair and upkeep of our roads. A community that repairs its roads show residents and visitors that this place cares about its looks to attract new investment to the (…)

Republican
Joseph V. Romano
Age: 74
Occupation: Real Estate Broker, Licensed Insurance Agent
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 46 yrs
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: High school, Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: Going on 20 years as a Sterling Heights Councilman
Top goals: 1. County roads need to be repaired now. As a Sterling Heights Commissioner, I will cross party lines in order to pressure state and federal legislators to provide more money for Sterling Heights.
2. What does a County Commissioner do? More information and transparency regarding what is the job of commissioner and where and how they are contacted.
3. Maintain our most precious commodity. The Clinton River and Dodge Park must be environmentally protected, not only now but for future generations.
Interacting with local, state, and federal elected officials for 20 years has given me the edge in working on local situations. It is not what you know, but who you know.

Republican
Joel Thomas
Age: 24
Occupation: cashier at Wal-Mart
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 6 years
Online campaign information: https://www.facebook.com/joelthomasformacombcounty/
Education: some college pursuing business degree
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: 1. Economy: The State of Michigan makes it harder and harder to create jobs here. Macomb County can combat this by making it attractive for small business and entrepreneurs to come in to the County because they are the job creators.
2. Clean Lake: the Flint water crisis is a wake up call and we have to make sure our lake and rivers are clean as long as it is done with a balanced budget.
3. Pay raises: the politicians on the board gave themselves a 30% raise. They should not even be making that decision it should be up to the boss otherwise known as the voters.

Democrat
Liz Sierawski
Running unopposed

Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 5
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Maria Grot
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Roger Lonsway
Age: 57
Occupation: Bank Examiner for the State of Michigan Office of Banking
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 26 Years
Online campaign information: N/A
Education:  MBA—Central Michigan University; BA—Saginaw Valley State University; HS—Utica High School
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: The top three things I wish to accomplish if elected are strengthening the local economy, reducing taxation, and reinstating the Macomb County Water Quality Board. A stronger local economy gives private businesses an incentive to expand resulting in more jobs for our residents.  Lower taxation will help businesses, provide relief to overtaxed residents, and allow them to keep more of their own money. Eliminating programs that don’t work can pay for these revenue reductions. Finally, reinstating the Macomb County Water Quality Board that was shut down by County Executive Mark Hackel will again provide an effective water monitoring system and reduce contamination.

Democrat
Robert Mijac (I)
Age: 45
Occupation: County Commissioner and Small Business Owner
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 43 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Masters in Business Administration, Wayne State University
Bachelors in Economics, Michigan State University
Macomb Community College
Sterling Heights High School
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner (1995 to 2010)(2012 to Present)
Top goals: I would like to make Macomb County the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
That’s why honesty, integrity and accountability are very important and instrumental in public service. The county government needs a stronger ethics policy & more transparency.
Keeping the county tax rate low and balancing the budget are basic functions of the board of commissioners. In addition, we need the do more for Veterans in Macomb County.  There are about 50,000 veterans in Macomb County.

Democrat
John Myers III
Age: 37
Occupation: Executive Management at CJ Barrymore’s Entertainment
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information: www.mrjm3.com
Education: Some college courses on Finance and Management
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: 1. Continue to eliminate wasteful government spending by cutting taxes and balancing the budget.
2. Continue to improve education for our children.
3. Continue to protect our senior citizens.
According to the Home Rule of Macomb County, Michigan, as Commissioner, I would adhere to Article IV Legislative Section 4.4 Powers and Duties and exercise my ability to collaborate with my colleagues and the County Executive in researching each issue in order to develop an effective resolve that will lead to the submission and passing of an ordinance and resolution.

Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Michael R. Wrathell
Running unopposed

Democrat (I)
Eric J. Smith
Running unopposed

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

Republican
Philip Neumeyer
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

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

Democrat
Anthony Wickersham (I)
Running unopposed

Macomb County Treasurer
Three candidates are running for the Republican nomination and  one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

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

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

Republican
Paul Viar
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Derek E. Miller (I)
Running unopposed

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

Republican
Sylvia Grot
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Debera Guenther
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Karen M. Spranger
Age: 64
Occupation: Organizational Environmental Consultant
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: All my life
Online campaign information: http://www.karen4macombclerk.com
Education: Ascension Catholic School ,  Warren Lincoln High School , vocational training at Van Dyke Public Schools . Lifetime of hands on work experiences and training.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The top three things I will accomplish as  Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds is  1)  Implement advanced website  technology to provide extensive  educational outreach to  all customers  2) Aggressively pursue any reported election fraud affecting the integrity of our voting processes  while eliminating real estate  fraud , and 3) Unite by seminars our  cities, villages, and townships ( CVTs)  Clerks to address their obligations  under the State of Michigan statutes.

After years as a citizen advocate participating in public meetings,  I ran for the Office of Mayor in 2015.  I am very involved  with people, processes, and paperwork. I will promote these County offices to be inclusionary for everyone. Online education and simple document checklists will increase revenue sources.  As your  elected county-wide official  custodian of records , Karen A. Spranger will provide responsive, efficient, transparent and ethical government services to the residents of Macomb County .

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

Democrat
Denise Doherty
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

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

Democrat
Paul Wojno
Age: 60
Occupation: Warren City Clerk
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: Warren/Center Line resident for 52 Years
Online campaign information: www.wojno4clerk.com
Education: BA Wayne State University; State Clerk Certification with 20 state required classes completed.  Michigan Municipal Clerk’s Association and Macomb County Clerk’s Association.
Previously held elected offices: 2007 to Present – Warren City Clerk; 1997-2002 - State Representative 28th District Warren/Center Line.
Top goals: 1. Utilize my experience by working with our county legislative delegation to adopt legislation that expands voter participation while reducing election cost. This can be accomplished with voting by mail for all elections or in primary and special elections.  States such as Oregon and Washington that conduct elections by mail have seen voter participation rise and tremendous cost savings to all municipalities in their states.
2. Expand County Clerk services to seniors, veterans and those with disabilities by providing additional dates and times for mobile clerk’s office to be in use throughout the county.  Having the endorsement of County Executive Mark Hackel, Prosecutor Eric Smith and Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham, I know that I would be provided the necessary support to better serve our senior community.
3. Enhance online services for birth/death records, licensing, Register of Deeds office and “Fast Pass” appointments for citizens to avoid waiting in line.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Joseph M. Hunt
Age: 50 ( Fifty )
Occupation: Computer Systems Engineer
Municipality of residence: Warren, Michigan
For how long: In Warren, a total of 25 years
Online campaign information: http://www.macombforum.com
Education: Madison Height Bishop Foley, Ferris State College, Macomb Community College, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: I plan to implement sweeping changes to positively improve the Macomb County drain and sewage networks. I’ll boldly address the outstanding financial issues that affect the municipal ratepayers. Auditors have indicated the current accounting practices of the existing drainage districts have significant deficiencies and material weaknesses. The Drain Code and County Public Improvement Acts will be enforced. Special assessments will be recalculated.
The prevalence of basement flooding is indicative of a flawed drainage network. I will jet the drains, rework our capacities and controls, while updating reservoirs and pumping stations. The continued sewage overflows from wet weather events requires cordial communications with Oakland County and the Great Lakes Water Authority. The City of Warren must tie into The Interceptor. I will not engage in contract kickbacks. In order to Save Lake St. Clair, a new Public Works Commissioner is overdue. I will use new technology and expertise if elected.

Republican
Candice S. Miller
Age: 62
Occupation: Member of Congress
Municipality of residence: Harrison Twp., MI
For how long: 62 years
Online campaign information: http://can
dicemiller4macomb.com/
Education: Macomb Community College, Northwood Institute
Previously held elected offices:
Harrison Twp. Trustee 1979-1980
Harrison Twp. Supervisor 1980-1992
Macomb County Treasurer 1992-1994
Michigan Secretary of State 1995-2003
Member of Congress 2003-present
Top goals: The first priority for me as Macomb County Public Works Commissioner will be to stop the continued overflow of raw sewage into our lakes, rivers and streams. The people of Macomb County deserve clean water and I will take every action necessary to provide it.
In addition to clean water the people of Macomb County deserve clean government. I will enact transparent policies so taxpayers know how their money is being spent and customer service is dramatically improved just as I did as Michigan Secretary of State.
I also will work with other leaders in the county to streamline government to give the taxpayers the most for their hard earned money. I am proud to be endorsed by Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and look forward to working with him to strengthen the county we all care so deeply about.

Democrat
Anthony V. Morocco (I)
Running unopposed

Judges of Circuit Court 16th District (nonincumbent position)
Five candidates are running for two six-year terms.

Beth I. deBaptiste-Follis
Age: 45
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.BethforJudge.com
Education: Paw Paw High School; 1989 Albion College, B.A. in English, Concentration in Public Service; 1993 University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, J.D.; 1996
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: In a county which has consistently led the state in new home building permits, surprisingly, the Macomb Circuit Court has no court or judge dedicated to handling real property disputes exclusively. With real property disputes being constant, implementing a real property court could very well help streamline the overall system.
Furthermore, hiring an attorney to file and litigate a lawsuit in court can be very expensive and, at times, cost prohibitive. By requiring all court matters, not just some, to be filed and handled electronically, improved technology could help minimize these costs. Similarly, conducting hearings and other court matters by video conference could help reduce attorneys’ fees.
If elected, I would like to form and participate in a task force which studies (a) the effect of implementing a real property court/judge and (b) how technology can add more efficiency to our court system and make litigation more cost-effective.

Teri Lynn Dennings
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Rachel Rancilio
Age: 39
Occupation: Partner, Law Firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa, and Rancilio, Macomb Township
Municipality of residence: Macomb County
For how long: Lifelong
Online campaign information: Ran
cilio2016@gmail.com
Education: B.A., University of Detroit/Mercy, J.D., Wayne State University Law School
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My fourteen years as a trial lawyer in Macomb County Circuit Court have taught me one thing above all else:  that the courtroom belongs to the people, both those who appear in it, and those who are affected by what happens there.  If elected, I will stand behind the ideal that the judge and the attorneys are there to serve the people, not simply rule over them.  I will work hard to be the judge you’d most like to have on your day in court:  firm, but fair; respectful and courteous to all legal parties: and always ready to listen fully to every legal argument before rendering an opinion or verdict.  If you’re in the wrong, you’ll be held accountable; but everyone’s legal rights will be safeguarded in my courtroom.

Michael E. Servitto
Age: 38
Occupation: Macomb County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Chief of the District Court and Chief of the Cold Case Unit
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www@Ser
vittoForJudge.com
Education: Michigan State University – College of Law: 2003, Magna Cum Laude, Law Review - Editorial Board; Michigan State University: 1999, B.A. in Political Science, Cognate in Spanish; De La Salle Collegiate: 1995 (Warren).
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: The three most important issues are interwoven and should be addressed simultaneously. First, Macomb County is experiencing epidemic levels of addiction to prescription opiate-based painkillers and heroin. Second, mental health afflictions are contributing to much of the criminality we encounter. Finally, the Macomb County Jail continues to declare overcrowding emergencies. With inmate levels increasing, we cannot expect our jail to serve as a substance abuse and mental health treatment center. I intend to use all resources and programs available to curb the risk of recidivism while reducing our inmate population. Continued engagement has proven to be effective in establishing a network of support and increasing an addict’s chance of rehabilitative success.
Addiction and mental disorders afflict all ages and demographics. Not only do we have a moral obligation to treat these diseases, but it’s in our community’s best interest to assist these individuals in becoming productive members of society.

Armand Velardo
Age: 58
Occupation: Attorney and Managing Partner of Ruggirello, Velardo, Novara & Ver Beek, P.C.
Municipality of Residence: Shelby Township
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www.velar
doforjudge.com
Education: A. Wayne State University Law School Masters of Laws – Taxation, 1986 B. Wayne State University Law School Juris Doctor – General, 1982 C. Wayne State University Bachelor of Science – Accounting, 1980 D. Certified Public Accountant, 1983.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: A. Move cases along to reduce the cost to litigants. This can be accomplished by utilizing Early Intervention Conferences with the parties and attorneys, and by narrowing the issues each time the attorneys appear before me in a given case. B. Encourage litigants to resolve their case between themselves so they are able to control the outcome, but be ready and willing to make decisions if the litigants are unable to do so. C. Encourage attorneys to work together to be part of the solution, and not the problem.

State House of Representatives District 25
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Ronald Simon Albers
Age: 75 Years
Occupation: Retired, Former Operations Manager, Corporate Purchasing Manager
and Director of Sales
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: Since 1972
Online campaign information: www.rona4staterep25.com
Education: Graduated from East Detroit High School, Attended Macomb County
Community College and Detroit Institute of Technology
Previously held elected offices: Republican Precinct Delegate
Top goals: I will pass legislation to support the following: Pro-Life, 2nd Amendment to defend oneself and I will have biweekly meetings with senior citizens in my district to hear their concerns.

Republican
Steve Naumovski
Age: 60 years.
Occupation: Doctor of Medicine, Researcher and Developer of Medical Information technology (author of the Fist Patients Medical Record Discs), also worked in various capacities for the US Department of Commerce – The US Census Bureau. Retired.
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 30 (thirty) years.
Online campaign information: Face Book:  Committee to Elect Steve Naumovski
Education: University- Medical School – M.D.
Also attended University of Sports, as well as numerous additional professional development and training  programs including the filed of Medicine, Science, Information technology, Real-estate, Insurance, CDL instructors, Financial Services, Financial Securities,  linguistics, foreign languages etc.
Previously held elected offices: City Councilman (as elected representative of the Health Care field)– Tetovo/Macedonia 1986;  Health Care Delegate in the Macedonia’s North Western Regional Parliamentary Health Care Commission;
Top goals: To protect the principle of federalism, making  own laws in the interest of the Michiganders, preserving the sovereignty and autonomy of the State of Michigan in Health Care, Education, Banking, Business and all other areas.
1)  Free choice of Doctor (Dentist), Hospital across HMO/Insurances lines.
Legislation to mandate free choice of providers and eliminate/limit HMO’s control of providers. Simplifying the compensation (payment) to providers (similar to collision shop).
2) Primary Health Care – revision. Simplifying the Michigan Public Health Code and Licensing of all levels in Health Care. New graduates M.D., FMG’s,  (e.g. California , Florida , Mississippi , Missouri …). Incentives for new general practitioners.
3) Education- improving the position of educators. Incentives for new educators. Free choice of school and second language of choice for all students ( in addition of English), ESL and availability of mothers language, native languages. Redefinition of the word ethnic and protecting the identity of individuals and families.

Democrat
Jacqueline Sproles
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Henry Yanez (I)
Age:  58
Occupation: State Representative/Former Firefighter
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information:  http://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfHenryYanez/
Education: Associates Degree in Fire Sciences and General Studies
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top priorities are about creating jobs.  They are to fix our roads, fully fund education, and invest in our communities.
I voted against the Republican roads “plan” in 2015 that raises your taxes and doesn’t fix our roads.  Individuals have seen their taxes increase 32% over the past 5 years, while businesses have seen an 83% decrease. Businesses that put the most wear on our roads should pay their fair share.
Education funding, when adjusted for inflation, is below year 2000 levels. We have thousands of jobs that need to be filled, but aren’t, because workers don’t have the necessary skills. Investing more in K-12, post-secondary education, and job training will help fill those vacancies and create jobs.
Ensuring that our communities receive adequate state funding for police, fire, medical, and other essential city services helps create safe and prosperous communities where businesses locate and individuals live and work.  

State House of Representatives District 30
Four candidates are running for the Republican nomination and two candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Joseph Bogdan
Age: 29
Occupation: Quality Engineer, ISO/TS 16949 Internal Auditor
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: Involved in our community for 15 years and a resident of Sterling Heights for 6 years.
Online campaign information: http://www.josephbogdan.com
Education: Oakland University, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Industrial & Systems (2016) Summa Cum Laude (“With Highest Honor”).
Baker College, Associate of Business (2012) Summa Cum Laude (“With Highest Honor”).
Member of Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Tau Sigma Honor Society, Golden Key International Honour Society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.
Top goals: Let’s heal our country! 1. PREVENT A GOVERNMENT-CREATED CRISIS LIKE FLINT’S FROM EVER HAPPENING AGAIN. If Farrington had listened/implemented the reforms I recommended, the Flint water crisis would have been averted! Visit JosephBogdan.com for how citizens can be fully protected from future government mismanagement! 2. $100 million more FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS by eliminating government waste. 3. Pro-life, pro-family victories: visit JosephBogdan.com to learn my strategy to win BIG--even if the Supreme Court is stacked against us! If other candidates adopt this, we can achieve REAL victories faster! 4. FIX OUR ROADS, reduce business and personal taxes, substantially reduce unemployment, eliminate the senior pension tax, help our veterans, eradicate corruption, reduce crime, and bring jobs back to Michigan using innovative, powerful strategies--see JosephBogdan.com for these and more! Also visit JosephBogdan.com for links to voting locations and nonpartisan voters’ guides comparing candidates!

Republican
Diana Farrington
Age: 51 years old
Occupation: Mortgage Auditor
Municipality of residence: Utica
For how long: 39 years in district, 17 years in current home
Online campaign information: www.DianaFarrington.com
Education: Attended Macomb Community College & Oakland University
Previously held elected offices: I have not been an elected official
Top goals: Become a top 10 state for jobs and wages. We have moved from the worst economy in the country to the top 50% by welcoming investment instead of punishing small businesses. Continue this while investing more in our roads and infrastructure. Create an atmosphere that allows our families to get jobs here and return to Michigan.
Become a top 10 state for education.  This means funding our public education system properly while providing parents with the options and choices they feel are best for their family. Requiring 3rd graders to be able to read is a common sense reform that has worked in other states.
Pay down our debt. Michigan’s debt is a huge burden on our children and grandchildren. We need to prioritize our spending, not raise taxes and make sure we lower our debt when making choices instead of putting today’s problems on the shoulders of the next generation.

Republican
Jackie Ryan
Age: 55
Occupation: Educator/Teacher, Accountant/Financial Analyst
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information: www.Jacki
eRyan.org Ryan for Rep
Education: Utica High School 1979 Graduate With Honors
Accounting and Business Administration Degrees –Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate Sterling Heights
Top goals: The #1 issue is our safety and security concerning the refugee resettlement that is happening in our county. Local police need to have the tools to handle who is coming into our communities and the residents need to be informed and educated as to what is happening in the area as to the vetting of these refugees and how many can our economy support. Secondly, we need less government spending and lower taxes for the residents. There needs to be more accountability and transparency. Instead of raising taxes we need to stay within a budget and cut needless spending. Common sense needs to be used in making decisions for the people especially concerning our roads and infrastructure. Restore the freedom to the people to make decisions without government interference. Thirdly, we need to have better education and better quality jobs for the residents with emphasis on growing small businesses.

Republican
Michael Shallal
Age: 36
Occupation: Senior Intelligence Analyst
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: www.ElectMi
chaelShallal.com
Education: B.S., Information Security Systems
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate
Top goals: I will work to reduce taxation at all levels, including getting rid of the Senior Pension Tax.
I will work to reduce the size of government so as to allow the free market to operate as efficiently as possible to create more jobs and opportunities for our citizens.
I will defend our constitutional rights. This includes the rights of the unborn, our right to bear arms and all other rights enumerated in our federal and state constitutions.
To accomplish these three goals, I will do more than simply cast votes. I will work with and listen to all the people of Sterling Heights, Utica and Shelby to get ideas and input from them about what the problems facing them are and what needs to be done to solve them. I will truly represent the district by fighting bureaucracy and cutting any red tape that entangles us here in the district.

Democrat
Michael R. Notte
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
John Spica
Age: 48
Occupation: Sales
Municipality of residence: Utica
For how long: 5 1/2 years
Online campaign information: www.electspica.com
Education: BA in Political Science, Minor in Communications at Oakland University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: As your state representative I will be a voice in Lansing that will fight for you. I am not a career politician or part of the Lansing establishment. My top three priorities are protecting our seniors and veterans, funding our public schools and fixing our roads and infrastructure. I will accomplish these by not cutting programs aimed to support our seniors and veterans, I will fight to protect Social Security and Medicare as they are important safety nets. Investing in public education is essential so all of our kids have access to a good education. I will support the use of public tax dollars to fund public schools and not privately owned charter schools. I believe we need to invest in our youth as they will become the leaders of tomorrow. I will fight to secure new revenue aimed at funding our infrastructure program and putting people back to work.
U.S. House of Representatives District 10
Five candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

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

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

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

Republican
Alan Sanborn
Age: 58 years old
Occupation: Probation Officer
Municipality of residence: Richmond Township
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices: State Representative (District 32, four years)
State Senator (District 11, nine years)
Top goals:
1. Stimulate the economy with less taxes and regulation for businesses to grow and create jobs. I will not support any policy that is counter to this, such as Obamacare. America must have a more competitive tax and regulatory structure so companies will stay.
2. We must have strong homeland security by adding 20,000 new border police.  Our military– which has been budget-gutted -- needs to be a military second to none.
We need to close the borders to refugees from terrorist watch list countries until they can be properly vetted. If just 1% infiltrates this population, we’ll see more terrorist attacks like San Bernadino and Orlando. Americans’ safety must come first.
3. We need to preserve Social Security by combating fraud. The Sanborn Plan will stop illegals from collecting SS and other unearned benefits. It will ensure that if you haven’t paid in, you don’t draw out.

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

Democrat
Frank Accavitti, Jr.
Running unopposed

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

MACOMB COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL AUTHORITY
The Macomb County Zoological Authority was established pursuant to Public Act 49 of 2008 and formed to allow for continuing zoological services for the students, residents and visitors of Macomb County. The law allows the Authority to seek authorization from the electors to levy a tax on real and personal property to provide revenue to an accredited zoological institution for this purpose. Accordingly, as a renewal of the previously approved millage authorization which expires with the 2017 tax levy, to continue providing zoological services to benefit the residents of the County, shall the 0.1 mill (10 cents per $1,000 of taxable value) on all of the taxable property located within the County continue to be imposed for a period of ten (10) years, being years 2018 through 2027? It is estimated that if approved and levied, this millage would generate approximately $2,563,833 in 2018.
Shall this proposal be adopted?