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Voters to choose leaders in Bloomfield Township, Oakland County

Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published July 20, 2016

In the Aug. 2 primary election, voters across the Eagle’s coverage area will select candidates vying for U.S., state and county offices.

Those in Bloomfield Township, though, have the even tougher task of deciding races for township supervisor, township treasurer, township clerk and trustee.

As part of the Eagle’s election coverage, we asked candidates to provide brief profiles of who they are and their top priorities. Questionnaires were only sent to candidates in contested races. Unopposed candidates will simply be listed by name, with further coverage closer to the Nov. 8 general election.

Candidates were asked to express their top goals, in 150 words or fewer. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.


Bloomfield Township Supervisor
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Leo C. Savoie (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: Bloomfield Township Supervisor
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township:
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: http://www.reelectleo.com
Education: Bachelor of Science, Major: Business Minor: Economics
Previously held elected office: Bloomfield Township Trustee 2004 to 2011
Top goals: Bloomfield Township has always been an outstanding community to live in. Our public safety department, the Senior Center and our attention to the roads are just a few areas in which we excel and serve as a model for other communities. As supervisor my objective always is to make sure we can continue to provide the finest service possible to our residents.
It’s also important that we are fiscally prudent in providing these services. We have a responsibility to the community to spend money wisely.
My final objective is to insist that commercial development complements the residential community. First and foremost is the development at Bloomfield Park (now the Village at Bloomfield). With your support we will continue to make Bloomfield Township a premier community to reside in.

Republican
Dave Thomas
Age: 62
Occupation: Retired manager, Ford Motor Company. I am presently working at Ford as a Program analyst. I am also an adjunct professor at Henry Ford Community College.
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: www.electdavidthomassupervisor.com
Education: University of Michigan: B.S. Engineering, MBA, Non-Profit Board Certificate. Oakland University: Certified Financial Planning Certificate.
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate Republican Party
Top goals: Transparency
Make the Township governance completely transparent via televised/videotaping all meetings. Place all contracts, bids, spending, and financials on the web.
Professional management
Install purchasing policies that require competitive bidding for professional services.  Establish conflict of interest policies. Ensure checks and balances by putting the Finance Department under the Clerk.
Provide strong leadership as chair of the Trustee meeting and not allow person conflicts.
Respect the Citizens
Put the Township on a 5-day work week.
Conduct Trustee Meeting’s so citizens can make comments and ask questions. Questions will be directed to the Trustees unless others make presentations. The public will be able to ask the presenter questions.
Citizen questions will be answered in public. Their participation in the governance process will be encouraged and not mocked or snickered at when they ask questions of the Trustee’s.
Citizens will be shown grace and respect.




Bloomfield Township Clerk
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Susie Kern
Age: 59
Occupation: Financial and Accounting Manager/Community Volunteer
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 34 years
Online campaign information: http://www.electsusiekern.com/
Education: Rollins College, B.A. in Business Administration
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Perform the Clerk’s statutory duties of the Accounting Function: re-establishing the ONE required ‘Checks&Balance’ between Supervisor and Treasurer in order to safeguard against potential mismanagement/misappropriation of our tax dollars.
The Financial Director currently reports to the Supervisor, unbalancing our Township Administrators’ duties and responsibilities. Enabling: no-bid contracts; Water&Sewer and road project cost over-runs; hidden expenses & fees; and spending your tax dollars without accountability or transparency. Overseeing the Finance Department and reclaiming the Township checkbook from the Supervisor would re-establish the financial ‘Checks&Balances’, accountability, and transparency, and alleviate the disrespect effecting our current Board and residents.
Implement basic accounting practices and procedures: would enable residents to easily access and understand how and where their $60 million/year tax dollars/fees are being spent/invested.
Serve residents in a ‘full-time’ position 5 days/week: with organizational, research and financial management & analysis skills, talents and experience to respectfully serve all the duties of the Clerk.

Republican
Janet M. Roncelli (I)
Age: 67
Occupation: Bloomfield Township Clerk
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 40 years
Online campaign information: www.roncelliforclerk.com
Education: Ph.D., Communication, Wayne State University, M.A., Wayne State University, B.A., Marygrove College
Previously held elected offices: Trustee, Bloomfield Township, 1996 – 2004
Top goals: Public Safety is the foremost concern for residents. We are a model community for safety and response time to police and fire calls. Maintaining a safe environment for our residents requires proven leadership like mine to assure we provide the best in public safety personnel and services.
Senior services are significant to Township residents. As an advocate of our Senior Center and member myself, I believe seniors must have the ability to live comfortably in their home for as long as they can. I will continue to champion our Community Block Development Grants for needy seniors and promote the Senior Center as a means to provide healthy living.
Water, sewer and roads remain important to our Township residents. I will continue to promote cost-effective measures for the distribution of safe drinking water, provisions to collect sanitary sewage disposal, infrastructure upgrades, and maintenance of the subdivision roads and unpaved gravel roads.




Bloomfield Township Treasurer
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Dan Devine (I)
Age: 55
Occupation: Bloomfield Township Treasurer
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: Life time resident of the area
Online campaign information: www.votedandevinetreasurer.com
Education: Notre Dame Grad, Detroit College of Law Juris Doctorate and CPFIM - Certified Public Funds Investment Manager
Previously held elected offices: County Commissioner 1994-2000
Top goals: 1. Return Statutory Accounting Function to Clerk, away from Supervisor who spends the money.
2. Require Competitive Bids on all projects and services.
3. I intend to reverse increases in Water and Sewer fees that I believe were used to fund pet projects for special friends.
I believe water and sewer project were over-spent from their approved budgets without being properly accounted for. I believe residents have been purposely kept in the dark to the benefit of no-bid contractors and campaign contributors.
My Resolution for an Independent Audit was shot down.
To accomplish these goals, residents need to vote out Savoie, Roncelli, Real Estate Developer Kepes (running for Treasurer), and Trustees Barnett and Khederian.

Republican
Brian E. Kepes
Age: 55
Occupation: SRK Realty & Management Companies, President and Founder
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 27 great years
Online campaign information: www.briankepes.com
Education: Michigan State University, BA Accounting, CPA
Previously held elected offices: Bloomfield Township Trustee
Top goals: Oppose tax increases. Unlike Dan Devine, I have never suggested the Township unilaterally increase the property tax burden on residents by levying a 1% administration fee. As a fiscal conservative, I will consistently advocate for low taxes, limited government, and maximize every taxpayer dollar spent.
Wise management of taxpayer funds. I believe that management of investments currently benefits campaign donors instead of residents. As a result, we have received returns 85% less than Oakland County’s investment fund and been saddled with excessive fees. Taxpayers deserve better.
Work as a team leader for a stronger Bloomfield. Our current treasurer has been a source of unnecessary division and animosity in Township operations causing conflict with Department heads including the Police and Fire Chiefs. I have earned the support of County Executive Brooks Patterson because I have a proven track record of working cooperatively towards building a stronger community and solving problems.




Bloomfield Township Trustee
Eight candidates are running for the Republican nomination to compete for one of four four-year terms in November.

Republican
Jeffrey Axt
Age: 56
Occupation: Entrepreneur, Founder and President of Protect Our Land and Rights (POLAR)
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information: www.jeffaxt2016.com
Education: Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: No elected offices in the public sector.
Top goals: Eliminate the practice of no-bid contracts. No-bid contracts are the hallmark of poor governance. Open bidding spurs competition and as a result helps ensure that we get the best product or service for the best price. It is also a defining principle of a transparent government.
Second is water rates. While the township is entitled to mark-up the water rates from the wholesale price, that markup is limited. The public understandably questions why the township continues to raise rates even though the township is receiving a rate decrease. I will establish clear and simple communication so water and sewer rates are not a mystery to residents. 
My third priority is to protect the quality of life and property values of residents in the township. We must protect the natural resources that make the township rare and unique. I support smart growth strategies that balance the needs of developers and residents.

Republican
Neal Barnett (I)
Age: 62
Occupation: Attorney/Psychologist
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 42 years
Online campaign information: none
Education: Michigan State University Honors College, BS
Oakland University, Masters, Clinical Psychology
Wayne State University Law School, JD
Previously held elected offices: Bloomfield Township Trustee (12 years)
Top goals: 1. Strategic Financial Plan. Continue to develop a strategic financial plan to insure Bloomfield Township’s financial sustainability. Long-term planning is essential. Give serious consideration to the recommendations of the Financial Sustainability Committee. Develop an investment sub-committee. Provide checks and balances to the Treasurer’s financial decisions to protect the resident’s tax dollars.
2. Strategic Consumer Plan. Develop a plan that addresses the overall concerns of the residents. Use a data driven plan that is reflective of the residents wishes.  An example would be days/hours of operation and providing a  more robust interactive website.
3. Rehabilitate Bloomfield Township’s Reputation. The Township’s reputation has been seriously tarnished by the Treasurer’s troubling behavior and political pandering. We as a Board are elected to do the business of the residents. We are elected to put the resident’s concerns  first -  not our own political aspirations.

Republican
Kirk Brannock
Age: 58
Occupation: Retired Executive/Corporate Officer AT&T
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 23 Years  (1982-2000, 2010-Present)
Online campaign information: electkirkbrannock.com
Education: BA with Honor- Business Administration (Michigan State University Class of 1980)
Previously held elected offices: None- First time running for Office
Top goals: My thirty years of Operational experience and hands-on detailed approach will benefit Residents.
Bring teamwork/transparency  back to the Board (no matter who is elected) driving improvements to insure fiscal issues impacting the Township are addressed. As a retired executive, I would be no stranger at Board/Financial Sustainability meetings.  Board Meetings with Department heads would become the norm, addressing growing expenses in the Township.
Maintain outstanding services when it comes to Police, Fire/EMS making the right decisions fiscally & operationally to remain financially solid. When it comes to managing costs and debt, we are, “kicking the can down the road.” We need a three year plan with actions to lower our debt & costs without placing the burden on the taxpayers. 
Bring Accountability back to the Board to benefit our residents. My leadership experience and track record speaks for itself here.  

Republican
David Buckley (I)
Age: 51
Occupation: Account Executive; Sanofi Diabetes/LTC
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
Online campaign information: Davidbuckleyfortrustee.com
Education: BA Business, Marketing/Finance Michigan State University 1987
CLU, CHFC, RHU
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Commissioner
Top goals: 1. Work with a majority of resident supporting conservatives that will restore integrity and decorum to the Township and eliminate a “pay to play” attitude, nepotism in hiring and no bid service contracting. I would also introduce a resolution requiring our full time elected officials do not maintain employment outside their duties and responsibilities to our residents. The current Supervisor makes over $200,000 in total compensation from the taxpayers and maintains outside employment.
2. Review water rate methodology and include resident input to develop both an understanding and a fair policy to sustain our system.
3. Assure residents are made fully aware of developers’ intentions and look for input throughout the process. Along these lines I would introduce an ethics policy for all of the elected officials. This would include clearer conflict of interest disclosure particularly around business and real estate interests in Bloomfield Township.

Republican
Geoff Hockman
Age: 48
Occupation: Owner of Bloomfield Sports Shop Inc.
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: Resident Since 2005
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: 1991 graduate of Colorado State University with a BA in accounting.
Previously held elected offices: Bloomfield Village Trustee 2011 - 2014
Top goals: The 3 issues that will be my top priority are Police and Fire, infrastructure and township finances.
The Bloomfield Township Police and Fire Departments are the most important services to the citizens of Bloomfield Township. I’d like to help expand the pilot program that was started in 2015 with St. Joseph Hospital to other hospitals in the area.
The township’s infrastructure related to roads, water and sewer needs to be addressed. We need to amend the Special Assessment Districts to allow the financial burden to pass with the land instead of the homeowner. The framework for this to happen has already been passed in Lansing with bipartisan support.
Maintaining fiscal responsibility to ensure our bond rating stays at AAA will be a priority. This can only happen by having a balanced budget, necessary reserves in place and making sure we spend our money wisely.

Republican
Corinne Khederian (I)
Age: 57
Occupation: Office of Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: khed4trustee@gmail.com
Education: BA with a major in Government and Minor in Communications from State University of New York at Binghamton / JD from Syracuse University College of Law
Previously held elected offices: I have served as Bloomfield Township Trustee since 2011.
Top goals: 1) I serve as citizen advocate for our residents. If re-elected, I plan on continuing to meet with residents, taking calls, attending extra meetings and researching all sides of an issue before making the best possible decisions for our community.
2) It is important that we maintain the excellent level of services our citizens expect including, but not limited to, our police, fire and senior services. I have and will continue to partner with our top notch department heads and employees who strive daily to do the best for our citizens.
3) As an incumbent Trustee, government transparency is and will continue to be a priority for me.  After careful review and research, we recognized that our investments should be guided by professionals in order to maintain our AAA bond rating and services so we formed an Advisory Board to guide us.  I will support future measures of transparency.

Republican
Michael Schostak
Age: 37
Occupation: University Professor / Business Consultant
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information: https://www.MichaelSchostak.com
Education: MBA, University of Michigan-Ross School of Business; B.S. Economics (concentrations in finance and management) The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The most important task for the board will be restoration of both the board’s and the township’s reputation following the unprecedented vitriol of this election cycle and Dan Devine’s embarrassing behavior during the last 18 months. This can be accomplished through outreach to residents on key strategic issues and by creating committees that leverage the depth of expertise in the community on various issues, including innovative township services, senior services, and the attraction of young families.
There is a misalignment between the growth in tax revenue and operating expenses that will strain future budgets. Some issues are already identified, I will encourage the board to continue working to mitigate expense growth and keep the budget balanced.
Bloomfield’s median age has increased from the mid 30’s to 49 over the last generation. We need to attract young families to maintain the strength of property values and the vibrancy of our community.

Republican
Dani Walsh
Age: 44
Occupation: Senior Strategic Planner & Business Development Manager for a Global Corporation servicing the Global 1000
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 44 Years
Online campaign information: www.ElectDaniWalsh.com
Education: University of Michigan - Kinesiology, Marketing & Communication
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1)  Reinstate the standard business practice of competitive bidding on professional services over $25,000. The current board voted against competitive bidding in a 5-2 vote, only Devine and Buckley supported it. It is fiscally irresponsible and opens the door for a “pay to play” system within our township. Bringing back competitive bidding immediately will ensure we are getting a) a wider and more diverse vendor pool, b) better pricing, c) recover penalties for projects that are late, d) protect us against excessive “unforeseen” overages, and e) removes the opportunity for any impropriety, such as friends, family, and campaign donors being awarded contracts over more qualified vendors. Competitive bidding will help reduce the wasteful spending that currently occurs and will hold vendors accountable. This can be accomplished with a vote of support by at least 4 trustees at a board meeting. I will vote yes.
2) Develop and reinstate a long-term (…)


Oakland County Commission, District 12
Two 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
Chuck Moss
Age: 62
Occupation: Writer
Municipality of residence: Birmingham, MI
For how long: 35 Years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: JD, University of Detroit School of Law 1979.
BA Michigan State University, James Madison College.
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 40th District. 2007-2012
Oakland County Commissioner, 2001-2006
Birmingham City Commissioner, 1997-2001. Mayor & Mayor Pro Tem.
Top goals: 1) Lock in honest government and financial best practices. HOW: I chaired Finance at the County and Appropriations in Lansing, got the state budget done four months early. I know how to lead and get budget reform done. Start with ensuring honest contracting, AAA Bond rating process, and multi-year budgeting.
2) Assist local governments with infrastructure issues. Road and lead pipe/clean water issues will only get larger and more expensive. Local governments can will come under immense pressure from new mandates and requirements. I previously worked assisting local governments with tri-party road funding, bond rating assistance, and best practices assistance at Oakland County.
3) No more pay raises for politicians while county families are still hurting. I will not take a pay hike as County Commissioner.

Republican
Shelley Goodman Taub (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Oakland County Commissioner, District # 12
Municipality of residence:  Bloomfield Township
For how long: 42+ years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education:
University of Michigan, BA Ed; Ann Arbor
University of Kansas , post-Grad; Education
University of Missouri, post-Grad; Education; KC,MO
Business Management course work
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Commissioner, State Representative
Top goals: Roads: The Board of Commissioners created a tri-party road program with the Road Commission and local governments. Funding was $1 million, increasing to $2 million last fiscal year. An additional $1 million for cities will take care of immediate needs and pothole patching.
Economic Growth: Cutting my salary twice, fiscal constraints, conservative budgeting and innovation allowed Oakland County to weather the Great Recession without raising taxes. We lowered taxes twice in the last two years trying to compensate for the new pension tax and loss of Homestead deductions imposed by Lansing on Seniors.
I am proud to be a leader on the AAA Rated County Team that has a five year balanced budget!
Unpaid Water Debt: Should we be paying water bills for Highland Park because they did not bill their customers for four years?   
I say,”No!” That is why I am sending their $30 million + bill to Lansing. 

Democrat
Charles Gaba
Running unopposed




Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 13
Two 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
Michelle Dinardo
Age: 48
Occupation: Compliance and Operations Administrator
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills
For how long: 1 year, lived in West Bloomfield last 20 years.
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: B.S. Financial Administration from Indiana University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1. Maintaining a balanced budget with fiscal responsibility; keep spending in line with revenue.
2. Maintain our AAA bond rating, which saves residents thousands of dollars in interest payments.
3. No tax increases for residents. Allot funds for what is needed to best benefit residents of Oakland County and not special interests.

Republican
Max Rohtbart
Age: 25
Occupation: Student
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: maxforoakland.nationbuilder.com
Education: Currently Student at Oakland University
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate since 2010
Top goals:  I have a four-part platform. Michigan roads are ranked near the bottom nationally, yet we pay some of the highest gas taxes. I plan to use existing revenue to expand our county’s matching fund program to compliment state money to fix the roads.
I plan to improve our water infrastructure so that what happened in Flint will not happen here. The City of Birmingham recently began to replace its aging pipes. I want to duplicate that program in our own community.
No more pay raises for our county commissioners. They gave themselves a 5% pay raise last year. I will not accept pay raises if elected to the commission. Our AAA bond rating must be maintained, it lowers what taxpayers have to pay on our various local bond issues. Maximize your vote on August 2nd and vote for Max Rohtbart

Democrat
Marcia Gershenson (I)
Running unopposed
 



Running unopposed Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 14
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination, and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Bill Dwyer (I)
Running unopposed

Democrat
William Miller III
Running unopposed


OAKLAND COUNTY ZOOLOGICAL AUTHORITY RENEWAL MILLAGE
The Oakland 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 Oakland 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 $5,609,562 in 2018. Shall this proposal be adopted?


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP PUBLIC SAFETY MILLAGE RENEWAL
Shall the Charter Township of Bloomfield be authorized to renew up to 1.9935 mills for a period of ten years to finance continued fire, police and public safety protection, commencing with the December 2017 levy? Approval of this proposal would permit a tax of $1.9935 per $1,000 of taxable value on all taxable property in the Township. This proposed millage is a renewal of previously authorized millage which expires in 2016. This millage will be subject to applicable constitutional tax limitation provisions at the time of levy, and will not exceed the above-stated rate. It is estimated that this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $6,706,547 in the first year if approved and levied.


BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP ROAD MAINTENANCE MILLAGE RENEWAL
Shall the Charter Township of Bloomfield be authorized to renew up to .7115 mills for a period of ten years to finance continued road maintenance, commencing with the December 2017 levy? Approval of this proposal would permit a tax of $0.7115 per $1,000 of taxable value on all taxable property in the Township. This proposed millage is a renewal of previously authorized millage which expires in 2016. This millage will be subject to applicable constitutional tax limitation provisions at the time of levy, and will not exceed the above-stated rate. It is estimated that this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $2,393,633 in the first year if approved and levied.


AVONDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT REPLACEMENT AND RESTORATION OF NON-HOMESTEAD OPERATING MILLAGE
This proposal would authorize Avondale Public Schools to continue to levy up to 18.00 mills for general school district operating purposes only on non-homestead property (business, commercial, rental and seasonal homes) in the School District. Principal residences are exempt from this millage. This authorization would (i) replace an authorization previously approved by voters which expires with the School District’s 2017 tax levy; (ii) restore the authority to levy mills previously authorized which has been reduced by 0.0432 mill by application of the Headlee Amendment; and (iii) increase the prior authority by two mills. This authority would allow the School District to levy only that portion of the mills against non-homestead property required for the School District to receive revenues at the full foundation allowance permitted by the State in the event of future Headlee rollbacks.
Shall the limitation on the amount of tax upon taxable property in the Avondale School District, Oakland County, Michigan be increased by 20.00 mills ($20.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for ten (10) years, the years 2016 to 2025, inclusive, to provide funds for operating expenses of the District? If approved, this millage would raise an estimated $7,000,724 for the District in 2016.


AVONDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT REPLACEMENT SINKING FUND MILLAGE PROPOSAL
Of the 1.00 mill requested, 0.5993 mill constitutes a continuation of authority which would have expired with the 2017 levy, as reduced by operation of the Headlee amendment, and 0.4007 mill constitutes new additional millage which would restore authorization reduced by operation of the Headlee amendment.
Shall the Avondale School District, Oakland County, Michigan, be authorized to levy 1.00 mill to create a sinking fund for the purpose of the construction or repair of school buildings and the improvement and development of sites and for any other purpose which may be authorized by law for the use of sinking fund proceeds, by increasing the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the School District for a period of ten (10) years, being the years 2016 to 2025, inclusive? It is estimated that 1.00 mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) would raise approximately $905,472 in 2016.
YES
NO
(Under state law, sinking fund proceeds may not be used to pay teacher or administrator salaries.)


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

Republican
L. Brooks Patterson (I)
Running unopposed

Democrat
Vicki Barnett
Age: 61
Occupation: Consultant for Emerge America
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills
For how long: 35 years (I have lived in Oakland County my entire life)
Online campaign information: Vicki Barnett for Oakland County
Education: MBA from University of Michigan Dearborn 1993; BGS from University of Michigan Dearborn 1981
Previously held elected offices: State Representative for the 37th District, 2009-2014, Mayor of Farmington Hills, 2003-2007, Farmington Hills City Council Member, 1995-2003
Top goals: 1) Economic Development (County has lost 16% of its jobs since 2007): Expand focus to include agriculture/urban farming technology; invest in job training; require “clawbacks” of corporate tax subsidies when promised jobs are not created; institute county purchasing guidelines to support women-, minority- and veteran-owned small businesses; support RTA so workers can get to jobs, and to encourage redevelopment around transit hubs and reduce pollution.
2) Poverty (County poverty rate is up 76% since 2005): Expand pre-school education; increase access to health care; improve support for Community Mental Health; invest in programs to end homelessness (average age of homeless person is 8!).
3) Infrastructure and Environment: Test drinking water in schools and child care centers for lead; enact “fix it first” policy for roads and bridges; ban deep injection fracking around county lakes and streams; institute inspection and repair schedule for all private underground transportation pipes.

Democrat
Mark Allen Danowski
Age: 58
Occupation: Eligibility Specialist for State of Michigan DHHS
Municipality of residence:  Rose Township
For how long: 18 years / 32 in Oakland County
Online campaign information: Mark Danowski for County Executive on Facebook
Education: Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and a double minor in History and Coastal Environments from Eastern Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My first priority is to revive our middle class through a series of initiatives that will help make Oakland County prominent in the renewable energy industries and create significant manufacturing jobs, the building of the “Small Towns” bike path will create jobs and welcome growth, and the new Regional Transit master plan will provide transportation to allow residents a way to get to and from employment.
My second priority is to reduce costs. This will be achieved by phasing in new county facilities that are self-sustaining smart buildings that use the latest technologies to make them incredibly energy efficient. The initial costs will be offset through energy savings, it will save taxpayers millions in the long run and stimulate job growth.
Lastly I will deal with environmental issues through EPIC a consortium that brings together college research teams and environmental engineers to develop new technologies to protect our natural resources.




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

Republican
Tina Louise Barton
Age: 44
Occupation: City Clerk for the City of Rochester Hills
Municipality of residence:  Springfield Township
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information:  www.bartonforcountyclerk.com
Education: Master of Arts – Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Arts – Business Administration
Previously held elected offices: None, I’m appointed in my current role
Top goals: Protect the Integrity of Elections - New election equipment is in the process of being certified and considered by the Bureau of Elections.  The Clerks of each county will be selecting the equipment to be used in their county. I am the candidate with years of experience using election equipment and that understands the needs of Clerks, election workers, and communities. As your County Clerk, I will ensure that election laws are followed, voter rolls are secure, and election fraud prevention is a top priority.
Collaboration – I will engage citizens, attorneys, title companies, and employees in discussions about becoming more user-friendly and efficient. I will empower employees to be creative and innovative with solutions.
Fiscally Conservative – More with less is possible when you work smarter, not harder. I will leverage the technological resources Oakland County has to streamline processes and procedures.

Republican
Bill Bullard Jr.
Age: 72
Occupation: Consultant
Municipality of residence:  Highland Township
For how long: 42 years
Online campaign information: www.billbullard.com
Education:  B.A. University of Michigan; J.D. Detroit College of Law.
Previously held elected offices:   Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds; County Commissioner (Chair of the County Commission six years); State Senator; State Representative; Highland Township Trustee & Supervisor
Top goals:   I am the only candidate in the Republican Primary running for Oakland County Clerk/Register who has experience as Clerk/Register. I was a successful Clerk/Register who won six national service awards for new innovative programs. I want to accomplish as Clerk/Register
1.) More electronic transactions--e-filing and e-recording. These transactions are more convenient for the customers and save taxpayers dollars.
2.) I implemented “Express Deeds” which allows a person recording a deed to walk out of the office in 3-4 minutes with a fully recorded document. I will re-install the streamlined electronic recording system I implemented.
3.) Increased outreach by scheduling more mobile offices and more visits to Farmer’s Markets. Any transaction that can be completed in the Pontiac office can be completed off site. The present Clerk did just a handful of mobile offices before a slight uptick in mobile offices this election year.

Democrat
Lisa Brown (I)
Age: 49
Occupation: Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information:  LisaBrown4Michigan.com
Education:  B.S., Michigan State University; J.D., Detroit College of Law
Previously held elected offices: State Representative 2009-2012
Top goals:  1) I want to insure every citizen has access to the ballot. I have held voter registration drives around the county and will continue to do so. I have worked with the State’s Bureau of Elections and L. Brooks Patterson’s senior staff on the purchase of new voting equipment for Oakland County and will work with our municipal clerks to make our selection.
2) I will continue to fight fraud in the Register of Deeds office. I brought Super Index, a free searchable database, and Property Records Notification, a free alert system, the first of its kind in the country, earning an award from the National Association of Counties, to Oakland County.
3) To continue providing accessibility to services by more local office visits and Passport Days (office open on Saturday), and programs I pushed for, like eliminating the fee for Veterans cards, while continuing to cut expenditures.

Democrat
Michael D. Smith
Age: 35
Occupation: Current Deputy City Clerk for the City of Clawson – prior 6 years experience working at the Oakland County Clerks Office
Municipality of residence: White Lake Township
For how long: for over 35 years – except while attending GVSU for college
Online campaign information: www.smithforcountyclerk.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Leadership & Diversity from Grand Valley State University in 2003. Master of Public Administration from Oakland University in 2008. Post Masters Certificate in Local Government Management from Oakland University in 2011.
Previously held elected offices: I was an elected School Board Member for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District from 2010-2013. I have been an elected Precinct Delegate as well since 2008.
Top goals: 1) Elections – I will advocate for no reason absentee voting, early voting, same day registration, and the continue efforts to fight for voters rights and the sanctity of open and secure elections. I will fight to create an Independent Redistricting Commission and to modernize our election equipment.
2) Outreach – I will create a culture that is open, fair, and one that listens to the people, both customers and employees, by reaching out through social media, education initiatives, satellite offices and local visits to increase communication and accessibility. I will push for the expansion of services online while also focusing on decreasing inline wait times.
3) Security – I will research the best practices across the nation to make sure our record keeping efforts are the most up to date, secure and user friendly that they can be to fight fraud and to allow for more transparency.




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

Republican
Mike Goetz
Running unopposed

Democrat (I)
Jessica R. Cooper
Running unopposed




Oakland County Sheriff
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Michael J. Bouchard (I)
Running unopposed

Democat
Craig S. Covey
Running unopposed




Oakland County Treasurer
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term in November.

Republican
John P. McCulloch
Running unopposed

Democrat
Andy Meisner (I)
Running unopposed


Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination for one four-year term in November.

Republican
Robert E. Buxbaum
Running unopposed

Democrat
Jim Nash (I)
Running unopposed


State House of Representatives District 40
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Michael D. McCready (I)
Running unopposed

Democrat
Nicole Bedi
Running unopposed


U.S. House District 9
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
Christopher R. Morse
Running unopposed

Democrat
Sander Levin (I)
Running unopposed


46th District Court Judge
Six candidates are running for one six-year term.

Cynthia M. Arvant (I)
Age: 45
Occupation: Judge of the 46th District Court
Municipality of residence: Beverly Hills
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: JudgeArvant.com
Education: B.A., Michigan State University, 1992
J.D., Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law), 1995
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
1. Serve my community in a just and compassionate manner, as I’ve done since taking the bench, by treating all who come before me with courtesy and respect, and by applying the law consistently and fairly.
2. Protect the public by fashioning appropriate sentences in criminal cases. I take into consideration the nature of the offense, the circumstances of the offender (including criminal, personal, educational, substance abuse and physical/mental health history) and the resources and programs I have available for the offender, with the goal of preventing recidivism.
3. Manage my docket in an efficient manner, by being prepared every day, taking the bench in bench in a timely manner, and scheduling matters as expeditiously as possible, so that justice is not delayed.

Dorothy Dean
Age: 58
Occupation: Attorney at Law
Municipality of residence: Southfield
For how long: 21 years
Online campaign information:  www.deanforjudge.com
Education: Juris Doctor
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Bachelor of Arts
Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: None  
Top goals: I will create an innovative Youth Crime Deterrent program to offer to area schools aimed at prevention of young adult crimes. I will implement this program by scheduling forums in schools to educate our youth about the most common crimes youth are charged with and show youth why they should respect the law. The program will require our youth to tour the strictest areas of juvenile detention facilities and Oakland County Jail before a crime is committed.
Additionally, I will promote electronic filing at the District court in order to provide more efficiency at the court. I will start with the civil docket at the District Court.
Finally, I will implement a program in the 46th District Court to accept felony pleas from Defendants who choose to accept responsibility for their actions, which would help to relieve the courts of some of the current congestion as well as provide overall (...)

Kameshia D. Gant
Age: 42
Occupation: Attorney in private practice and Consultant for Neighborhood Legal Services Michigan, Children’s Justice Center
Municipality of residence: City of Southfield
For how long: 16 yrs.
Online campaign information:  http://electgant46judge.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan and Juris Doctor Degree from Wayne State University Law School
Previously held elected offices:  N/A
Top goals:
1. Reduce Recidivism: Having represented the disenfranchised for 10 years across the state as a Trial Attorney, I have the insight to recognize issues faced by the community and knowledge of community based programming to address the needs of the clients that the 46th District Court serves.
2. Program Development: I believe in education and providing access to programming over incarceration to reduce recidivism in the community when appropriate. I intend to utilize my unique experience working in different facets of the legal system to develop specialized programming at the 46th District Court that would better serve the public.
3. Youth Outreach: I am committed to educating youth regarding the legal system to deter them from criminal behavior and other legal issues. I will continue to devote my time mentoring youth, volunteering with programs and activities, and serving as an inspiration for the youth to make positive career choices.

Marc S. Herschfus
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Attorney and Physician
Residence: Southfield
How long: Most of my life
Education: Wayne State University - J.D. degree
Wayne State University - M.D. degree
Tufts University - D.M.D. degree
Wayne State University - B.A. Political Science and Biology
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: If I am elected judge: (1) All parties will receive respect from me and my staff, regardless of how many attorneys they have hired or whether they are representing themselves. We serve the public. (2) A party will prevail in a civil case depending on the law. In criminal cases, we need to be mindful that rehabilitation is usually a far better result for society. (3) No unnecessary adjournments. People have arranged for time off from work; they may have arranged for childcare; they may have paid experts that are present; they are often paying attorneys to be present; and there is the stress of being a litigant or witness. It is my responsibility to be prepared and make sure the docket moves efficiently.

Eman H. Jajonie-Daman
Age: 51
Occupation: Attorney/Magistrate of the 46th District Court
Municipality of residence: 46th, Franklin Village
For how long:  15 years
Online campaign information:  www.daman4judge.com
Education:  Juris Doctor from University of Detroit Law School
Previously held elected Offices:  None
Top goals: I am running for judge because we need someone who can make a difference on the bench and because I can bring about the greatest positive impact in our court. My judicial philosophy is prevention of recidivism (repeat offender) over punishment; I advocate education over incarceration; I am the bridge which can link the youth to the business community and can open doors for job opportunities because I have access to over 942 employers throughout Southeast Michigan, and can expand on what I am already doing as a magistrate and will do so more effectively as a Judge. Furthermore, I will bridge the gap between public understanding and civic responsibilities to respect the law and be respected by the law. My compassion for equality, readiness to serve, social activism, vast legal experience on the bench and behind the bar has qualified me to be the best candidate and most unique.

Devlin K. Scarber
Age: 41
Occupation: Attorney and Counselor at Law
Municipality of residence: No answer given
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information:  www.scarber4judge.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Social Science – Law and Society, Michigan State University
Juris Doctor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Promote better interactions between the community and law enforcement: Conduct forums on police interactions. Provide guidance to males about police stops, conducting ourselves, and our rights. I too have been stopped unlawfully numerous times. I’ll address racial profiling and sentencing discrepancies. 
Inspire children to pursue legal careers and expose them to the positives of court: Inspired into law by my grandmother’s battle to become the first African American teacher in Taylor Michigan School District, I will work with students to emphasize writing, analytical, and advocacy skills. I believe they will identify with me and be inspired.
Bring high level of practical experience to the bench:  There is a significant increase in complex civil and No-Fault insurance cases being filed. As an attorney recognized for obtaining some of this State’s most successful trial/court results in these areas, I will use my expertise in making these cases efficient and fair for (...)