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Beacon voters to decide local races, bond renewal

West Bloomfield Beacon | Published July 20, 2016

In the Beacon’s coverage area, voters will decide local, state and federal races, and a ballot proposal Aug. 2. Candidates in a contested race — contested within a party — 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 a candidate went over the word limit, ( … ) replaces the rest of their answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim.


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

Democrat
Steven Kaplan
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Township Trustee, Law Professor, M.S.U. College of Law, and Practicing Attorney
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Oakland University, Juris Doctor Cum Laude Degree, Detroit College of Law
Previously held elected offices:
A. Township Trustee, West Bloomfield, 2000 - 2004, and 2008 - present
B. School Board Trustee, Southfield Public Schools, 1987 - 1995
C. President, Southfield Public Schools Board of Education, 1990 -1192
D. Vice-President, Southfield Public Schools Board of Education, 1989 -1990
Top goals: 1. Maintaining the police department and fire department staffing at the maximum levels, to ensure rapid responses and high quality services.  This can be accomplished by careful and conservative budgeting.
2. Collaborating with, and lobbying, the Oakland County Road Commission to repair and resurface the township’s dilapidated surface streets and neighbor roads. Since the county, not the township, owns and maintain our roads, we are dependent on having a good relationship with the road commissioners to ensure that our needs are met in a timely fashion.
3. Continuing to improve the township’s downtown district, near Maple Road and Orchard Lake Road, to attract businesses and provide additional and restaurants and interesting venues for both residents and non-residents. The township has amended its ordinances to expand the types of businesses that can operate in our downtown district.

Democrat
Sam Logan Khaleghi
Age: 33
Occupation: Executive Creative Director
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 23 years
Online campaign information: www.VoteSamLogan.com
Education: Master of Science in Communication Management - Northwestern University
& Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communications - University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The officially endorsed candidate of the “West Bloomfield-Lakes Area Democrats” for Supervisor and only candidate being a product of WBHS (Go Lakers!) - West Bloomfield is a gem that represents the American Dream for my family. We moved here as immigrants to the US in my early youth. I bring years of executive leadership experience alongside a passion and strive to restore peace and prosperity to the Township Board with financial accountability.
Quality of Life: Honing a commonwealth that exercises the health of a core community culture. We can develop and forge that core - Can you imagine a bookstore or cinema or famers market?
Diversity inclusion: We have a richly diverse population that feels deprived of representation due to years of adverse publicity from lack of leadership. We can promote dialogue and communication.
Public Safety: Serving the men and women who serve us on a daily basis through consistent community.


West Bloomfield Township Clerk
Three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Democrat
Debbie Binder
Age: 49
Occupation: Educator and Realtor
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Approx. 40 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Master of Arts in Teaching, Wayne State University, Detroit, 1997; Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Psychology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, 1989; High School Diploma, Kingswood School Cranbrook, Bloomfield Hills
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: 1) Professionally, expertly and ethically fulfilling the job requirements of township clerk by supporting automation in the election process and establishing an open door policy for the public and township employees. I would increase the visibility of the clerk’s office by participating in community outreach with voters of all ages and community organizations, and with clerks of other townships to exchange ideas and explore best practices.
2) I would promote civility and cooperation within the township as a conciliatory agent on the township board, and, most importantly, in the workplace. I would create a supportive work environment for all township employees, as the high employee turnover rate is costly to taxpayers. I pledge to serve the township in a respectful manner while striving to use common sense on the board.
3) I would demonstrate fiscal responsibility through conservative spending, increasing operational efficiencies, empowering township employees, and maintaining stringent auditing practices.

Democrat
Mary Schulman
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Catherine Shaughnessy (I)
Age: 59
Occupation: West Bloomfield Township Clerk
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 28 years
Online campaign information: Cathy Shaughnessy on Facebook
Education: Attended Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Township Clerk since 2008
Top goals: Roads - All of the Township roads are owned and maintained by the Road Commission for Oakland County. The Township’s leadership needs to maintain a good working relationship with RCOC and strongly advocate for our share of road dollars. I have served on the Road Committee for 8 years and have the experience to get this done. Public Safety - Over the next 4 years I will to continue to be THE watchdog of the Townships money to ensure that the dollars are there to maintain the high level of service we currently enjoy. Quality of Life - we have spent the last 40 years protecting our environment. This has kept property values strong and helped to make West Bloomfield one of the top places to live in in the country. Our challenge will be to maintain that special character our conservation efforts have created as the Township becomes almost completely built out.


West Bloomfield Township Treasurer
Three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one four-year term in November.

Democrat
Muhommed Hussain
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Business Owner
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 17 years
Online campaign information: None
Education: Executive MBA – Marketing & Finance from Wharton, MS in Physics from Michigan
Previous held elected office: None
Top goals: 1. First priority is addressing the lack of collaborative and cooperative behavior among the current Township officials. I will work in a cooperative manner with other Township officials toward coming to a common consensus to achieve the best solution for the community.
2. Second priority is the funding of road repair. The cost to the residents for road repair and the wait time to repair subdivision roads is unacceptable. I will work toward steam-lining operating expenses to allocate a shared budget (State/County, Township and resident) to address infrastructure needs in a timely manner.
3. Third priority is addressing the poor decisions made by various departments (Planning commission, Parks & Rec, Code Enforcement, Water & Sewer) resulting in unnecessary expenditures and damage to the Township parks, wetlands and residential property. I will help standardize and justify inter-office processes to address community issues and hold Township departments responsible for their actions.

Democrat
Gary Morof
Age: 52
Occupation: Certified Public Accountant
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: ElectGaryMorof.com
Education: Bachelor’s Arts Accounting Michigan State University Graduated in 1985
Previously held elected office: No
Top goals: I plan to restore faith in the position of township treasurer. I pledge to fulfill all of the position’s responsibilities in a transparent manner, including collecting and properly investing our tax dollars in safe and secure funds and to provide my fellow board members with timely reports that they currently are not receiving.
I will work to restore the integrity that existed within the township board but has been lacking over the past 8 years. Numerous lawsuits amongst the board have resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on legal fees and has negatively impacted the ability of the board to govern properly.
I will continue to support our township’s incredible police, fire and ems departments providing them with the resources they need to continue keeping township residents safe. I will also work with the police department to crack down on texting and driving, making our roads safer.

Democrat
Teri Adelberg Weingarden (I)
Age: 47
Occupation: Treasurer
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Treasurer 7.5 years, West Bloomfield resident 40 years
Online campaign information: not applicable
Education: Wayne State University: Masters of Industrial Relations; University of Michigan: Bachelor of International Relations & Bachelor of Organizational Psychology; Advanced Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM); Advanced Treasurer Institute; Certified Cash Handler training.
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Treasurer 2008, West Bloomfield Treasurer 2012
Top goals: 1. Fiscal Security: By investing township funds in a prudent manner, I safeguard the financial resources of the township. Due to my expertise and hard work our bond rating was raised from AA to AA+. I recognize that our investment goal is safety, liquidity and yield (in that order) and still surpass all investment benchmarks.
2 Ethics: As the watch dog of the township, I have exposed financial improprieties including checks to fictitious vendors. Despite many accusations and personal attacks, I continued and will continue to be a fiduciary of the public’s money. I recognize that I serve the public and need to ensure the public is served in a fair manner.
3. Welcoming: West Bloomfield is a wonderfully diverse and educated community. I will continue to represent all residents equally. I will encourage diversity and inclusion, celebrating the advantages of our rich and diverse community.


West Bloomfield Township Trustee
Three candidates are running for the Republican nomination and six candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for four four-year terms in November.

Republican
Paul Karmo
Age: 29
Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Wayne County
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: ---
Education: Juris Doctor
Previously held elected offices: Parks & Recreation Commissioner, West Bloomfield Township
Top goals: Priorities are 1) Reliable township governance, 2) a thriving business atmosphere, and 3) thriving schools. A number of our departments’ heads and staff have been driven out because of an unreliable and dysfunctional Town Board, which cripples the township’s ability to gain and retain the talent that provide for important township services. My experience with Parks and my relationships with the current Town Hall will allow me to work with them in a sense of respect and mutual understanding to stabilize the Board. Secondly, we recently went through a thorough review of the “overlay district” to provide for reasonable and consistent zoning that will allow businesses to grow. This effort needs to be expanded throughout the township and not just a 1.5-mile stretch of roadway. Lastly, schools are the backbone of our community its finances and quality need to be in good order to retain families and new residents.

Republican
Don Perry
Age: 66
Occupation: Self Employed -Communications Industry 35 years
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 30+ years
Online campaign information: No online campaign site
Education: High School, some college
Previously held elected offices: No previously held office
Top goals: There are many issues that we as a community face, below are a couple that I plan to pay particular attention to.
1. Excessive Township regulations are stifling the economic growth in our community.
I plan to have a review of Township regulations and how they are applied. To what extend do these regulations apply to the overall well-being of our community? I want the government out of our back yard with excessive rules and regulations. It is simply another form of taxation without representation.
2. School of Choice is robbing our citizens of critical tax dollars
We are a school district of 5875 students. Of that, 1505 are school of choice students (26%). A very large percentage of our property tax dollars goes to education. Our school district is losing the tax dollars from school of choice students, yet our school budget increases annually. I plan on working to (…)

Republican
Sheila Siegel Weissman
Age: 52
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information:  (pending)
Education: University of Michigan, B.A., English; Wayne State University Law School, J.D. (Juris Doctorate)
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Restore integrity lost, due to municipal in-fighting, waste and disunity. A seasoned divorce attorney, I have significant experience handling high-conflict situations and a successful record negotiating and resolving opposing positions. I can address these issues, if they persist, to resolve them positively.
Fiscal responsibility is paramount. I’m a responsible business owner, realizing significant profits every year since inception (2007).  I assist my family law clients, often negotiating resource allocation for two households. My professional and entrepreneurial experience will allow me to contribute positively in township management. I am fiscally conservative with a skill set that appropriately ensures we budget wisely and spend responsibly.
West Bloomfield’s business district has diminished some - losing a theatre, bowling alley and recently, a bookstore. We can improve at stimulating business growth by focusing on sensible, if not reduced, taxation and providing incentives.  This will increase local employment opportunities and benefit our township’s economy.

Democrat
Jim Manna
Age: 55 years
Occupation: Real Estate Broker for 28 years
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield (17 years)
Online campaign information: Facebook (Jim Manna)
Education: Attended University of Detroit and Sacred Heart Seminary
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Growing a Welcoming Community
Orchard Lake Gate Corridor: I will work to achieve the right mix of retail, office and will amplify environmental features, pathways and walkways for all to share and enjoy.
Senior Citizens: It is important for West Bloomfield to become designated a “Community for Life” so our seniors may continue to enjoy the benefits of living here. I will support “Aging in Place”, affordable housing and a senior community center.  To achieve this, the planning and approval process must become more focused and coordinated.
Township Employee Moral: The quality of public services depends on Township Hall morale. I will respect State law and my role as a part-time Trustee by not micro-managing daily Township business and instead focusing on policy, fiscal responsibility, and respecting and appreciating our employees.
In short, I will work to enhance West Bloomfield as a growing, welcoming, multicultural community for all.

Democrat
Patty Goldberg
Richie
Age: 61
Occupation: I am a retired businesswoman. I was an area chairman for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Livonia. I was a volunteer probation officer for the city of Livonia. I was a volunteer at Friendship Circle at West Bloomfield.
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield (14 years)
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: I have Associate’s Degree from Oakland Community College, where I was on the Dean’s List. I graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in criminal justice in 1977.
Previously held elected offices: I have not previously held an elected office
Top goals: My objectives as a West Bloomfield Township Trustee are to: 1) work diligently and collaboratively with township residents to resolve weighty issues, which are of concern to the residents at large, and maximize the township’s fund balance; 2) to commit to open, transparent and ethical conduct such that public officials do not even remotely violate ethical standards; and 3) to respect state statute that provides no administrative authority to Township Trustees by not micromanaging daily township business in order to greatly improve employee morale and not impede with township productivity.

Democrat
Howard Rosenberg (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: Chiropractor (Hiller Chiropractic in West Bloomfield)
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 32 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Wayne State University and Palmer College Chiropractic
Previously held elected offices: West Bloomfield Parks Commissioner
Top goals: Community, cooperation and complacency are the three issues facing the
township.
Community: I view my job as working to solve neighborhood concerns. If each neighborhood and business has their concerns met and problems solved, I will have helped maintain the sense of community that keeps a town strong and cohesive. I respond to all concerns quickly.
Cooperation:  When the Town Board cooperates problems are solved rather than created. I have always worked hard to cooperate with my colleagues on the board to find solutions, promote our township and grow our future. I will continue to do so.
Complacency: Having negotiated labor agreements, cut non-essential budget items, eliminated retiree health care legacy costs and successfully campaigned to restore lost millage dollars, the budget is stable. I will not allow us to become complacent; we must be vigilant and continue to manage our costs and expenses carefully. 

Democrat
Igor Shpunt
Age: 60
Occupation: Business Owner, Auto Repair
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Twp
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/IgorFor Trustee
Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Mechanical Engineering & Bachelor’s Degree, Metal Technology, National Technical University (Ukraine).
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: #1–Business Development: I will advocate for family-friendly development while also protecting the natural beauty of West Bloomfield. It is important to create safe and interesting environments for families to congregate, bond, and have fun. I will support entrepreneurs looking to invest in West Bloomfield.
#2–Public Safety: I strongly believe in supporting and improving public safety in West Bloomfield. Police, fire, and first responders will always be a top priority so that West Bloomfield remains safe for families, children, and the elderly. If forced to make sacrifices in times of hardship, I would not be willing to make cuts to public safety services.
#3–Parks and Recreation: West Bloomfield’s natural beauty is one of its distinguishing features. I believe parks are a cornerstone to supporting healthy activities for residents and for strengthening the community. I will support maintaining and improving the parks and recreation system.

Democrat
Diane Rosenfeld Swimmer (I)
Age: 47
Occupation: Registered nurse and West Bloomfield Township Trustee
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield Township
For how long: 43 yrs
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Andover High School class of 1977
Grand Valley State College-Special Education
Oakland Community college: Hotel/Motel MGMT and culinary arts
Oakland Community college- ADN Nursing
University of Detroit- advanced nursing classes
Previous held elected offices: West Bloomfield Township Trustee 2012-present
Top goals: 1. Currently, we enjoy a healthy financial position and I will continue to look for the best value in goods and services.
2. Keeping Public Safety Services at the highest level will be a challenge as costs rise. I am committed to finding ways to maintain the current standards of Public Safety for our residents.
3. Our residents deserve a Township Board that can work together and accomplish what is best for our residents. I am looking forward to being a  part of that for the next 4 years.

Democrat
Jonathan Warshay
Age: 55
Occupation: Analyst, Cengage Learning
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 6 years
Online campaign information:  warshay4wb.com
Education:  JD (Law), Wayne State University
MBA (Finance & Business Economics), Wayne State University
BA (Economics), Kalamazoo College
Previously held elected offices: Ferndale City Council, 1998-2001
Top goals: 1) Disharmony and divisiveness of the current administration has drained morale and impaired the ability of the Board to operate effectively. I will use my professional management skills to help create an environment where conflicts are resolved cordially and fairly -- in the boardroom instead of the courtroom.
2) I will address areas that enhance the quality of life for residents, such as public safety, lakes and woodlands, and roads/traffic. I will work within the township and with other agencies such as the Road Comission for Oakland County to improve the quality of our roads and address congestion.
3) We need a more diverse and stable tax base through responsible economic development. I will support ordinance and code changes that will help large and small businesses to move to or expand in West Bloomfield, without damaging our township’s natural beauty.


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

Republican
Tom J. Berman
Age: 37
Occupation: Attorney; Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel – (reverie.com)
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long: 11 years
Online campaign information: TomBerman.com
Education: B.A. Criminal Justice, Michigan State University; J.D. University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Previously held elected offices: Multi-Term Republican Precinct Delegate and current Member of the Keego Harbor City Council
Top goals: 1. There is nothing more vital than maintaining Oakland County’s AAA bond rating and sustaining the passage of multi-year balanced budgets through responsible, fiscally conservative principles. I will cut wasteful spending, help negotiate the best deals and will spearhead a transparent, fair and consistent vendor bidding process.
2. It is essential to keep our property taxes low. Low taxes will continue to help stimulate our economy and attract new residents and businesses.
3. Economic Development is a critical component to the future success of Oakland County. Individuals and businesses, not the government, stimulate the economy. Therefore, it is mission critical that Oakland County provides a favorable business climate, which includes reducing stifling regulations, keeping taxes low, and cutting bureaucratic red tape to allow businesses to spur the economy. My laser focus and specialty will be seeking out new economic development opportunities by working with both the public and private sectors.

Republican
Thomas D. Isaacs
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Attorney, Partner at Bowman and Brooke LLP
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Approximately 6 years
Online campaign information: www.votetomisaacs.com
Education: B.A. in Economics, Oakland University 2004 (Summa Cum Laude); J.D., Wayne State University Law School 2007 (Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif)
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate
Top goals: First, I recognize that while Oakland County has been a model for decades, past success does not guarantee future success. To ensure future prosperity, the Board of Commissioners must maintain the county’s tradition of responsible and accountable government, and this starts with promoting balanced budgets. I will work with my fellow Commissioners and county departments to reach this goal. Second, the Board needs to engage in long term planning to encourage private sector led economic growth. This is best accomplished by keeping property taxes low, cutting red tape, and educating, attracting, and retaining workers with skills necessary for the growing technological, service based economy. Finally, the Board must maintain the high quality, effective services that make Oakland a destination county, such as the Sheriff’s Department and Parks Department. As a Commissioner, I would also prioritize services for the mentally ill and disabled by working with the OCCMHA.

Republican
S. Bobby Jasti
Age:  57
Occupation: Entrepreneur/Job Creator/Banker – Founded a bank in Oakland County
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 20 Years (25 years in Oakland County)
Online campaign information: www.bobbyjasti.com
Education: MBA, University of Chicago; BS in Accounting: Wayne State University, Detroit
Previously held elected offices: Elected to 11th Congressional District Republican Committee
Top goals: My top three priorities are to 1) improve our roads, 2) lower property taxes, and 3) create jobs in our community by attracting new businesses to Oakland County. By partnering with the private sector, we can incentivize businesses to come to the county, and work with companies to help fix our roads. This will allow our community to grow, and become even better, while using fewer tax dollars.  By careful conservative budgeting we can save money and use the savings to improve roads. By bringing in more businesses and creating jobs, we will be increasing the tax revenue of the County while lowering tax rates. I have worked with Automation Alley and the County Economic Development to bring in new companies to the County. I am the only candidate with a sitting County Commissioner’s endorsement and 30+ years of finance experience. Please visit my website, www.bobbyjasti.com for more (...)

Republican
Pat Ogg
Age: 62
Occupation: Police Officer
Municipality of residence: Waterford Twp.
For how long: 62 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Oakland Community College – Criminal Justice and Health Science, California College of Respiratory Therapy
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I am committed to the growth and vitality of this county and its communities. At the heart of this is a belief that we must all work to build the economic development of our community.
Every business which employs workers and attracts shoppers to our county helps to support our schools, police and firemen, parks, libraries, and other public services which are essential to our community.
I am strong supporter of our local law enforcement agencies and the County Sheriff’s Office that provide the protection and safety of Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, Waterford and West Bloomfield.
Improving safety on roads within Oakland County is critical to the health and economy of our county. I will seek long-term planning to fund our roads and other infrastructure.
My experience working with the Planning and Development Department in Waterford will be a valuable asset to the citizens of Oakland County.

Republican
Phillip A. Trzos
Age: 70
Occupation: Owner of Otto A. Trzos Co, Heating and Air Conditioning Contractor
Municipality of residence: Keego Harbor
For how long:  56 years
Online campaign information:  philtrzos.com
Education: I possess seven individual professional licenses needed for mechanical contracting, and have ran a successful business for 50 years.
Previously held elected offices: None 
Top goals: 1. I want to provide permanent improvement to Oakland County roads by working with other commissioners to prioritize quality construction and ensure long-lasting roads that don’t need to be patched constantly. Contractors repairing roads would be required to provide a performance guarantee ensuring longevity. Patching is an expensive means of providing temporary maintenance for roads.
2. I oppose Common Core and feel that education should be locally controlled. Parents know better than politicians what is best for their families.
3.  I want do to everything I can do reduce taxes and fees for services in Oakland County. I would do this by prudently evaluating all budgets with an eye on cutting waste and redundant services.

Democrat
Jane Felice-Boudreau
Age: 51
Occupation: Chief Executive Officer/ Owner Jane Doe Investigations. Business opened in 2014, specializing in Insurance Fraud.
Former Police Officer (Sergeant) 28 years.
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information: https://www.facebook.com/voteforjane/
Education: 2 years Oakland Community College, Criminal Justice
1 year Rochester College, Business Administration, CJ minor.
Previously held elected office: No answer given
Top goals: As the Oakland County Commissioner for District 5, one objective will be to continue the county’s recovery in the area of economic growth by first increasing opportunities to start new businesses, retain established businesses, and to encourage businesses to relocate to Oakland County just as I have done in the past year. Another priority will be to use my twenty-eight years of law enforcement to ensure that public safety agencies, both local and county wide are working together and have adequate resources and training needed for the protection of those who live, work and play in Oakland County.  Finally, I am committed to fostering community partnerships to reduce the number of heroin and drug related deaths in our community. The increased use of heroin has taxed our emergency services, jails, law enforcement and families in Oakland County. I look forward to continuing to serve and protect Oakland County.

Democrat
Julia A. Pulver
Age: 33
Occupation: Nurse Case Manager/Managing Partner of HPS Consulting, LLC
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 1 year, previously of Farmington for 6 years
Online campaign information: www.votepulver.org
Education: Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Certified Case Manager
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Many of the most pressing problems in Oakland County have to do with health. As a nurse, I know how vital these issues are for everyone. The water crisis in Flint, and the discovery of lead in Farmington Public Schools, has made us all rethink the safety of our own water. The opiate epidemic has shed a huge light on the need for addiction recovery services, and increased resources for mental health. Despite increased access to health insurance, many residents in Oakland County still struggle with access to preventative healthcare. As part of the County Commission, I will work to create resources for Oakland County Schools, Health Department, Mental Health Authority and the Regional Transit Authority of South East Michigan to address these pressing issues. When we are able to give people the care they need up front, we all have better outcomes in the end.


Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 7
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
Ekbal Bahoda
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Christine A. Long (I)
Age: 52
Occupation: Owner/Operator of The Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill, Oakland County Commissioner, formally a Registered Nurse at the University of Michigan Medical Center.
Municipality of residence: Commerce Township
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Received a baccalaureate degree from Michigan state University, College of Nursing.
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Commissioner, District #7 serving Commerce Township, City of Walled Lake, Village Wolverine Lake, and a portion of West Bloomfield. I have held this office since 2002.
Top goals: 1. DWSD. The biggest problem confronting Oakland County at this time is the lack of cooperation from the Detroit Water and Sewer Department. While I believe that Detroit water is one of the highest quality in the United States, its mismanagement of the department is a disgrace. Oakland County cannot enter into an agreement that forces “our” ratepayers a 40 to 50 million dollar annual increase so that Detroit can fully fund the City’s annual pension obligation for the next 10 years, freeing up City money for “other issues” It is not taxpayers job to fund Detroit’s general fund. 2. Budget. As a Finance Committee member, I will continue to review county spending with diligence. It is imperative to keep taxes low while providing quality services within a tight budget. 3. Economy. Continue to diversify the County’s economy with initiatives such as Automation Alley, Emerging Sectors,Small Business Loan Program.

Democrat
Frederick Golding
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


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 29
Two candidates are running for the Republican nomination and one candidate is running unopposed for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Garren W. Griffith
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican
Peter A. Trzos
Age: 35
Occupation: Chief Medical Officer, Medical Consultant, Political Consultant
Municipality of residence:  Keego Harbor, District 29
For how long: 35 years
Online campaign information: petetrzos.com
Education: Medical Doctorate, Ross University School of Medicine, BS in Movement Science, The University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Republican Precinct Delegate, Keego Harbor
Top goals: 1. Elect good people into leadership positions within the Republican Party. Like most Americans, I’m sick to death of establishment politicians running our country into the ground and sacrificing our liberty for their personal gain. By winning the primary on August 2nd, I will be granted a seat on the Oakland County Executive Committee, which will give me voting power within the party to elect Libertarian-minded Republicans into party leadership within arguably the most powerful county in the state. Good people have been infiltrating the GOP for the past several years, and this election cycle could be the one where we finally take the party back!
2.  Change party policy to reflect our core values of liberty, small government, and free markets. The GOP has strayed far, far from the Libertarian values that it was founded on, and this could be the year good people take the party back and (...)

Democrat
Tim Greimel (I)
Running unopposed


State House of Representatives District 39
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
Klint Kesto (I)
Running unopposed

Democrat
Michael Stack
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 of Representatives District 11
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
David A. Trott (I)
Running unopposed

Democrat
Anil Kumar
Running unopposed


U.S. House of Representatives District 14
One candidate is running for the Republican nomination and three candidates are running for the Democratic nomination to compete for one two-year term in November.

Republican
Howard Klausner
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Brenda L. Lawrence (I)
Age:  61
Occupation:  US Representative in Congress, MI-14
Municipality of residence:  Southfield
For how long:  31 years
Online campaign information:  brendalawrence.com
Education:  Central Michigan University, Public Administration
Previously held elected offices:  Mayor of Southfield, Southfield City Council, Southfield Schools Board of Trustees
Top goals: Sensible gun reform: I will continue to stand with my colleagues and demand action on common sense gun reforms.
Reinvestment in our nation’s infrastructure: I am working with my colleagues across the aisle as this is a national issue that has impact everywhere, we cannot stand by and allow another Flint to happen.
Education: We must improve access and affordability to education that will lead directly into jobs. I will continue my work promoting the skilled trades and public/private partnerships with universities.

Democrat
Terrance Morrison
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Democrat
Vanessa Moss
Age: 53
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Southfield
For how long: 23 years
Online campaign information: http://www.vanessamoss4congress.com;
Education: Wayne State University B.A. 1987; University of Detroit School of Law Juris Doctor 1999
Previously held elected offices: Not applicable
Top goals: Greater employment opportunities, better education and increased safety are the top three things I wish to accomplish if elected. I would support legislation which would institute a living wage, strengthen job training and streamline our regulatory system. I would work to renew our commitment to quality public education, expand after school and summer programs, and renew our commitment to teacher funding. Additionally, I would fight to end the cradle-to-prison pipeline, improve public safety in our neighborhoods and work towards a more comprehensive approach to fighting crime.


West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Renewal of Existing Parks and Recreation Millage
Shall the Charter Township of West Bloomfield be authorized to continue to levy up to [.3892] of one mil for a period of ten (10) years (2018-2027, inclusive) for the purpose of providing funds for the acquisition, preservation, enhancement, and maintenance of land for parks and recreational purposes? Approval of this proposal would result in the renewal of a previous approval and would authorize a levy of up to [38.92] cents per $1,000 of taxable value for all taxable property in West Bloomfield Township. It is estimated that approval of this proposal would result in the authorization to collect $1,231,000 in the first year of levy.


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?