Voters to choose candidates, decide state and local proposals

Woodward Talk | Published October 6, 2020

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In the Talk’s coverage area, voters in the Nov. 3 election will choose candidates for local, state and federal offices.

Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state their top goal(s) if elected. If a candidate went over the word limit, (…) replaces the rest of the answer. (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim except where material is omitted due to personal attacks or items we know to be false or that are blatant misrepresentations.

Profile forms were not sent to candidates who are running unopposed, which includes candidates for the Ferndale and Berkley school boards and the Ferndale Area District Library Board.

 

U.S. House of Representatives District 9
Four candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Andy Levin (I)
Age: 60
Occupation: Member of Congress
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township
For how long: 14 years
Online campaign information: andylevinforcongress.com
Education: Williams College, University of Michigan, Harvard Law School
Previously held elected offices: n/a
Top goals: As Education & Labor Committee Vice Chair, I put working families at the center of every policy decision. I want all Americans to find a good-paying job, send their children to an excellent public school, have access to quality, affordable health care, and retire with dignity. Unfortunately, this pandemic has shown how out-of-reach this American dream is for many among us. I’ll work tirelessly until we live in that “more perfect union” we’ve always sought.

Republican
Charles Langworthy
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Working Class Party
Andrea L. Kirby   
Age: 43
Occupation: Junior Accountant
Municipality of residence: Eastpointe
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information: www.workingclassfight.com
Education: Bachelor Degree
Previously held elected offices: none
Top goals: If elected, my top priority would be to ensure that all of the wealth that is generated by the working class are used to take care of the needs of the working class. That would mean funding public services such as public health and education among other things. This would also provide jobs for all those that want to work. The needs of the working class would be my top priority.

Libertarian
Mike Saliba
Age: 36
Occupation: Underwriter
Municipality of residence: Clinton Twp
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: votesaliba.com
Education: Broadcasting
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: JUST SAY NO TO CONGRESS! Whether it’s Democrats or Republicans in charge, Congress hasn’t had an approval rating above 35% in decades. It isn’t working! I pledge to vote NO on any bill that does not 1) Reduce the size and scope of government power, 2) Cut taxes or government spending #defundpoliticians , or 3) Increase the personal freedom of all Americans. It’s a simple promise to keep. JUST SAY NO TO CONGRESS!


State House of Representatives District 27
Four candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Regina Weiss
Age: 34
Occupation: Teacher/City Councilwoman
Municipality of residence: Oak Park
For how long: 7 years
Online campaign information: www.reginaweissforstaterep.com
Education: B.A. Secondary Education and History, Valparaiso University
Previously held elected offices: Oak Park City Council (2018-Present)
Top goals: As a public school teacher and local elected official, I’ve seen firsthand the effects of decades of poor public policy; reinvesting in our schools and communities will be critically important in the wake of COVID-19 and years of underfunding. We must continue to pursue economic, racial, and environmental justice and ensure that we are building a better future that’s accessible to all.

Republican
Elizabeth Goss
Age: 44
Occupation: Housewife
Municipality of residence: Pleasant Ridge
For how long: 6.5 years
Online campaign information: liz4michigan.net
Education: BA, Philosophy, Wichita State University; MA, Philosophy, University of Texas
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top legislative priorities are: first, a sensible and safe reopening of Michigan’s schools and economy; second, funding long-term infrastructure solutions to bring our state’s roads and water systems into the 21st century; third, guaranteeing that families in Michigan are able to make educational choices for their children; and, finally, clearly defining the limits of executive power so that future crises don’t leave Lansing embroiled in lawsuits rather than working toward solutions.

Libertarian
Gregory Scott Stempfle
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Green
Sherry Wells
Age: 73
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Ferndale
For how long: 32 years
Online campaign information: www.sherryawells.net
Education: Wayne State University Law School, JD
Michigan State University, BA Education, minors: Spanish, Political Science
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: To listen to, learn from and legislate for the district; to advocate full and equitable funding for education; to reduce the harm of the criminal justice system and redirect funds to treatment and prevention; provide health care for all; to make polluters pay; sustainable energy jobs; amend the Regional Transit Authority Act to a 3-county project; fair wages; gun sense; reproductive rights; promote Green Party Pillars: Environment, Social Justice, Grassroots Democracy, Nonviolence.


Oakland County Executive
Three candidates are running for one four-year term. Additionally, Coulter and Kowall are running for a term that will last approximately two months from the Nov. 3
election to Dec. 31, 2020.

Democrat
David Coulter (I)
Age: 60
Occupation: Oakland County Executive
Municipality of residence: Ferndale, MI
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information: www.davecoulter.com
Education: Michigan State University; B.A.
Previously held elected offices: Current County Executive. Mayor of Ferndale. Oakland County Commissioner.
Top goals: My top priority as county executive is to manage the coronavirus and support the economic recovery. My team acted quickly to acquire PPE, make testing widely available, and provide financial support to small businesses, schools, community organizations and local governments hard hit by COVID-19. Additionally, we’re focused on our Oakland 80 incentive to provide education and career training to Oakland County residents.

Republican
Mike Kowall
Age: 69
Occupation: Former Oakland County Economic & Legislative Liaison, family business owner and carpenter
Municipality of residence: White Lake Township
For how long: 40 years
Online campaign information: KowallforOakland.com
Education: Five-year carpentry apprenticeship, Oakland Community College, Detroit Henry Ford High School, St. Mary’s of Redford School
Previously held elected offices: Former State Majority Floor Leader, State Representative and Township Supervisor
Top goals: Mike has fought, and won, against the Administration’s plan to raise homeowner’s taxes by $1,020.00 per year. This money would have harmed seniors, and many of the homeowners and local communities around our county, taxing homeowners out of their homes. Mike has worked hard to promote sustainable economic development, protect our environment, quality of life and create an environment of fiscal responsibility.

Libertarian
Connor Nepomuceno
Age: 26
Occupation: Test Lab Technician
Municipality of residence: Village of Clarkston
For how long: Three years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Nepo4Oak land
Education: Associate’s degree, Automotive/High Performance — University of Northwestern Ohio 2016
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Lower Cost of Living: Abolish the Property Tax, Reform Zoning/Building Codes, Deregulate Utilities
Get Out of the Way of Business: Streamline Business/Occupational Licensing/Zoning, Cut Red Tape, Deregulate Marijuana Dispensaries. Constitutional Sanctuary: Protect Oakland from the Feds, Expand Gun Rights, Protect the Immigrant Population, Free Speech on Campus, End the War On Drugs. Police Reform: End Qualified Immunity, Pursue Officer Personal Liability Insurance, Enhanced De-Escalation and Non-Lethal Apprehension Training, De-Militarization.

 

Oakland County Prosecuting Attorney
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Karen McDonald
Age: 50
Occupation: Private Practice Attorney
Municipality of residence: Birmingham
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: www.mcdonaldforprosecutor.com
Education: After graduating Alma College (1992) with an English & Political Science degree, I attended Wayne State University Law School, where I attained my Juris Doctorate (1998).
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Circuit Court Judge (2012-2019)
Top goals: As prosecutor, I will reduce mass incarceration and address racial disparity in Oakland County by building a transparent, accountable Prosecutor’s Office, eliminating cash bail, holding youth accountable without unnecessary incarceration, and giving assistant prosecutors discretion to reduce or amend charges. I will also invest and participate in treatment courts and diversion programs for low-level, nonviolent offenders; create new mental health programs; and establish both a functioning Hate Crimes Unit and Conviction Integrity Unit.

Republican
Lin Goetz
Age: 53
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Lake Orion
For how long: 13 years, Village of Beverly Hills Resident for six years
Online campaign information: www.linforprosecutor.com
Education: Thomas M. Cooley Law School Juris Doctor; Michigan State University, B.A.
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: My No. 1 goal is to protect you, your business, your family and your home. I support good law enforcement, who are there to protect and serve our community. I will implement a public integrity unit to give victims reassurance that former convictions were correct, or to correct wrong convictions. I will fight for domestic violence and child abuse victims to make sure their voice is heard in the court. I will fight for you.

 

Oakland County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Vincent Gregory
Age: 72
Occupation:
Volunteer at Judson Center
Executive board member
Municipality of residence: Lathrup Village
For how long: Nine years
Online campaign information: www.vincentgregoryforsheriff.com
Education:
B.S., Criminal Justice, Madonna University
Previously held elected offices:
Former Oakland County Commissioner 10 years
Former State Representative 2 years
Former State Senator 8 years
Top goals:
1. Transparency. Currently, Oakland County Sheriffs do not wear body cams. I will implement policies that require officers to wear active body cams at all times.
2. Community policing. Increasing the presence of officers in the community.
3. Accountability. After my platform release, a woman was promoted to Captain. As Sheriff, I will not wait 20 years to promote a woman.
4. Integrity. I will enforce executive orders from the Governor relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Republican
Michael J. Bouchard (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: Oakland County Sheriff
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield
Online campaign information: sheriffbouchard.com
Education:
Bachelor of Arts with honors, Criminal Justice and Police Administration, Michigan State University
Graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute Program (NEI)
Graduate of the United States Secret Service in Dignitary Protection Program
Mid-Michigan Law Enforcement Center, Valedictorian
Graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute
Previously held elected offices:
Oakland County Sheriff (1999-present)
Michigan State Senate (1991-1999); Elected Senate Majority Floor Leader in 1998
Michigan State House of Representatives (1990-1991)
Village of Beverly Hills Council (1986-1990)
Top goals: As a police officer for 33 years, I know better hiring and better training leads to better outcomes. We need a state-of-the-art training center built for law enforcement in the county. To hold police more accountable, we need to focus on training to produce better results. I’ll continue to focus on getting police reform enacted in the capitol. I’m proud to be the only sheriff from Michigan ever named national sheriff of the year.

 

Oakland County Clerk and Register of Deeds
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Lisa Brown (I)
Age: 53
Occupation: Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: Almost 30 years
Online campaign information: LisaBrown4Michigan.com
Education: Michigan State University, B.S. , Detroit College of Law, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: Started Representative 2009-2012, County Clerk/Register 2013-present
Top goals: I am running for re-election to continue providing an accessible, efficient, transparent, and fiscally responsible office to the residents of Oakland County. Now more than ever, it is vital to have a Clerk/Register with experience and knowledge in each area of this important office and continue the award winning, innovative programs I created, like PRN. I will build on my track record of success and ensure our elections are accurate, secure and fair.

Republican
Tina Barton
Age: 48
Occupation: City Clerk — City of Rochester Hills
Municipality of residence: Springfield Township
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.tinaforclerk.com
Education: Liberty University, master’s degree in Management and Leadership; Great Lakes University, bachelor’s degree in Business Administration
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I will innovate, collaborate and protect. I will bring my nationally recognized, award-winning passion for working smarter and not harder. I will be a partner for our residents and Clerks. I will create a roundtable for our exterior partners such as realtors, attorneys and voter advocacy groups to review our services and processes. I will protect your finances, vote and property records. I will continue to work with security experts across the country.

 

Oakland County Treasurer
Three candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Robert Wittenberg
Age: 39
Occupation: State Representative
Municipality of residence: Huntington Woods, MI
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: www.RobertWittenberg.com
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Indiana University
Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 1/2015-current
Top goals: Securing the financial well-being of every resident during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, maintaining our AAA bond rating and preventing foreclosures, and helping to recruit new businesses while supporting existing ones. I will ensure that people are able to stay and thrive in our neighborhoods. I believe an effective public servant should be both fiscally responsible and socially conscious. That is why I’ll be a compassionate steward of resources for all residents across the county.

Republican
Joe Kent
Age: 62
Occupation: Tax Accountant, partner at Kent & Edwards Tax Advisors LLC
Municipality of Residence: Oxford, MI
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: https://electjoekent.com
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Michigan State University College of Business; M.B.A. University of Michigan School of Business
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: Protect property rights through an impartial review of procedures leading to this summer’s MI Supreme Court ruling against the Oakland County Treasurer’s office. Stop tax increases and stop risks to the county’s AAA bond rating. Protect the county’s assets through an impartial review of investment policies. Achieve best practices for privacy, security and ease of use in online payment tools and other Treasurer’s Department online resources. Restore openness in the county’s books.

No Party Affiliation
Nicholas G. Luppino (write-in)
Age: 29
Occupation: Political research and development.
Municipality of residence: Oakland County
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: change.org/chapter401
Education: Personal study
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Policy fulfillment. Follow through with voting’s past. Corrections and reductions to monopoly’s and privateering. Restoring resource standards. Corroborating United States program intentions. Employment upkeep. Modernizing the impacts automation has had on the community.

 

Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Jim Nash (I)
Age: 63    
Occupation: Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills
For how long: 26 years
Online campaign information: www.nash4wrc.com
Education: B.S., Florida State University, 1988, Political Science and Peace Studies    
Previously held elected offices: Oakland County Commissioner, (D) Farmington Hills — 2005-2013
Top goals: To continue my work leading collaborative regional efforts to make our water, sewer and stormwater systems as efficient and effective as possible to protect public health and safety, preserve and protect our water resources, and contribute to the economic success of the region. I will continue working with community partners across Oakland County to further develop the new technologies and infrastructure management practices that will protect our water resources for generations to come.

Republican
Jim Stevens
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 18
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Charlie Cavell
Age: 29
Occupation: Social Worker
Municipality of residence: Ferndale
For how long: 7 years
Online campaign information: www.cavell4commission.com
Education: Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan and Bachelors in Social Work from Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: Two issues I will tackle on the Commission are aging and criminal justice reform. Oakland County is one of the fastest aging places in America. Also, nearly half of our County budget is dedicated to criminal justice. I will work to reduce the number of residents in jail for petty offenses and establish effective community police oversight. Regarding aging, I will enhance aging in place and promote expanding senior services.

Republican
Michelangelo Fortuna III
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Green
Nick Rowley
Age: 44
Occupation: Theatre Artist
Municipality of residence: Oak Park
For how long: 3 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Nick-Rowley-for-Oakland-County-Commission-113499443732960
Education: English with American Studies, King Alfred’s College (UK) and University of Bergen (Norway)
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
• Water systems throughout my constituency and policies related to them
• Policing and systemic inequities as pertains to race.
• Homelessness and general poverty including exploratory studies and on feasibility of instituting a UBI
• Transparency and open communication between office holders and constituents. With that in mind I will be creating a weekly livestream townhall for community voices and discussions of local and wider issues.

 

Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 19
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
David T. Woodward (I)
Age: 44
Occupation: County Commissioner
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 44 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: B.S. Mathematics, Wayne State University
Previously held elected offices: State Representative 1999-2004, County Commissioner 2005-present
Top goals:
• Protect and expand our county public health services to get through this pandemic together
• Help our local small businesses recover with grants, technical assistance, and a long-term economic development strategy to build an economy that works for all.
• Help our schools reopen safely.
• Protect our drinking water, including helping local communities replace lead service lines
• Create an Office for Sustainability to reduce carbon emissions, increase renewable energy, and promote the development of green infrastructure.

Republican
Pam Lindell
Age: 59
Occupation: Volunteer and community activist
Municipality of residence: Royal Oak
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information: www.ElectPam2020.com
Education: Attended W,M.U.
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: My‌ ‌goal‌ ‌is‌ ‌to‌ ‌put‌ ‌aside‌ ‌partisan‌ ‌politics‌ ‌and‌ ‌bring‌ ‌back‌ ‌transparency.‌ ‌We‌ ‌need‌ ‌leaders,‌ ‌not‌ ‌professional‌ ‌politicians‌ ‌working‌ ‌their‌ ‌agenda.‌ ‌Now‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌time‌ ‌to‌ ‌keep‌ ‌taxes‌ ‌low‌ ‌and‌ ‌not‌ ‌spend‌ ‌foolishly.‌ ‌I‌ ‌will‌ ‌be‌ ‌the‌ ‌example‌ ‌of‌ ‌fiscal‌ ‌responsibility‌ ‌.‌
I‌ ‌will‌ ‌stay‌ ‌focused‌ ‌on‌ ‌what‌ ‌is‌ ‌best‌ ‌for‌ ‌our‌ ‌county.‌ ‌And‌ ‌I‌ ‌would‌ ‌support‌ ‌the‌ ‌Tri-county‌ ‌unified‌ ‌Regional‌ ‌Transit‌ ‌system‌ ‌provided‌ ‌that‌ ‌all‌ ‌regions‌ ‌contribute‌ ‌and‌ ‌benefit‌ ‌equally.‌ ‌Thank‌ ‌You.

 

Oakland County Board of Commissioners District 20
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Gary McGillivray (I)
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired and County Commissioner for Madison Heights, Pleasant Ridge and South Royal Oak and Troy
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 47 years
Online campaign information: Facebook.com/votemcgillivray
Education: Royal Oak Dondero High School and OCC
Previously held elected office: Madison Heights City Council and Mayor (1983 – 2008) County Commissioner (2009- Present)
Top goals: 1. It will be important to be good fiscal stewards of your tax dollars. Making sure we get the “ best bang for the buck” ! 2. As Chairman of Public Safety and Social Justice Committee, I’m sure we will addressing topics that are in today’s news like Defunding Police, Body Cameras, better Training of our Deputies. But I strongly believe that we should not be defunding Public Safety. We must maintain a strong Public Safety Department.

Republican
David Harrell
Age: 57
Occupation: Business Owner
Municipality of residence: City of Troy
For how long: Over 30 years
Online campaign information: www.Harrell2020.com
Education: B.S. Engineering Management
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: I am not a politician, I am a businessman. I know how hard people work for every dollar and believe people should keep what they earn. The citizens of this district need an aggressive, effective voice to counter the current plan to keep our County, and our lives, on hold with the China virus excuse.  Currently, emergency powers allow politicians to spend on liberal priorities with no oversight.  I will end this wasteful spending.

 

Judge of Court of Appeals District 2
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: Mark J. Cavanagh (I) and Jonathan Tukel (I).

 

Judge of 6th Circuit Court
Six candidates are running unopposed for six six-year terms: Martha D. Anderson (I), Mary Ellen T. Brennan (I), Lisa Gorcyca (I), Nanci Grant (I), Shalina Deborah Kumar (I) and Jeffery S. Matis (I).

 

Oakland County Sixth Circuit Court Judge, non-incumbent position
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

Clarence Dass
Age: 35
Occupation: Attorney and Founder, The Dass Law Firm; Previously Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office (2012-2016)
Municipality of residence: Bloomfield Township, Michigan
For how long: 35 years
Online campaign information: www.dass4judge.com
Education: B.A., Wayne State University; J.D., The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Having been a prosecutor, defense attorney and manager of a law firm, I will utilize my diverse, well-rounded experience to provide empathy for every litigant, while still upholding the law. As judge, I will seek to improve access to our courts, utilize treatment courts wherever possible and protect our community from violent crime. Whether it is a family, civil or criminal docket, I will treat each case with care and concern — always striving for justice.

Lorie Savin
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield
For how long: 19 years
Online campaign information: wwwSavinForJudge.com
Education: University of Michigan, A.B. in Political Science & Sociology 1992; Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 1995
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: As a judge, my goals are to: (1) Be an effective judge that helps people resolve disputes in a meaningful, fair, and timely fashion. (2) Continue efforts to improve access to the legal system for everyone and improve civility and professionalism within the legal community. (3) Partner with community organizations that support struggling families, reduce intimate partner violence, and help our youth avoid entering the juvenile justice system.

 

Judge of 6th Circuit Court, partial term ending Jan. 1, 2025
One candidate is running unopposed for the partial term: Kameshia D. Gant (I).

 

Judge of Oakland County Probate Court
One candidate is running unopposed for one six-year term: Daniel A. O’Brien (I).
        

Judge of 43rd District Court
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

Kelly Collins
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney; Major Crimes Prosecutor in Oakland County
Municipality of residence: Ferndale
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.votecollins.today
Education: Bachelor of Arts, Double Major in Spanish and Political Science, Hillsdale College, May 1992; Juris Doctor, Wayne State University Law School, December 2000
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals: The opportunity to serve my hometown’s District Court, the court I trained in 20 years ago under Judges Hunt, Longo and Turner, is one I don’t take for granted. As the most experienced candidate in this race, I’m best positioned to deliver solutions that matter most to voters. Voters are demanding change — 58% of voters chose a new direction in August. Accessibility and progressive sentencing are goals I will address in the first 180 days.

Brian Christian Hartwell (I)
Age: 38
Occupation: 43rd District Judge, former civil rights attorney
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 38 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/electbrian hartwell
Education: Juris Doctor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; Bachelor of Arts, Western Michigan University; Language Certificates, University of Paris, La Sorbonne; Madison Heights Lamphere High School
Previously held elected offices: 2020-present 43rd District Judge, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Madison Heights; 2015-2020 Mayor of Madison Heights; 2007-2015 City Councilman of Madison Heights
Top goals: When the governor appointed me, she picked compassion and service, over prosecution, punishment and political connections. In my 100 days as judge, we created an innovative task force to save domestic violence victims. We embraced technology to improve access for workers and families. We defended the independence of the judiciary from the jail-happy prosecutor by rejecting outdated sentencing standards. We don’t punish, we rehabilitate by referring non-violent offenders to mental health, veterans and sobriety court.

 

Judge of 45th District Court
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

Jaimie Powell Horowitz
Age: 41
Occupation: Fair Michigan Justice Project, Special Prosecutor and Special Asst. Attorney General
Municipality of residence: Huntington Woods
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: www.horowitzforjudge.com
Education: J.D. cum laude, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law;  B.A. cum laude, West Virginia University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I am an advocate for criminal justice reform and will work to expand our specialty courts to include diversionary programs to address substance abuse and domestic violence. I will work to address the racial and socioeconomic inequities plaguing the justice system by promoting transparency, employing cash bail only where the offender is a danger to society or a flight risk, and work to make the courts more accessible to all by increasing online services.

Brenda Richard
Age: 60
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Oak Park, Michigan
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/brendafor judge/
Education: Bachelors of General Studies, Wayne State University; Juris Doctor, Wayne State University Law School
Previously held elected offices: Precinct delegate, 6th voting precinct, Oak Park
Top goals: My top goal is to assure fair treatment by bringing diversity and transparency to the court. 45th DC has never had a black judge even though roughly 50% of the citizens in the 4-city community are black. The number of black litigants who appear in court is upwards of 90%. The court needs to be transparent and proactive in getting to the root of this disparity between citizenry and prosecution.

 

Justice of the Supreme Court
Seven candidates are running for two eight-year terms.
 
Susan L. Hubbard
Age: 59 years old
Occupation: Judge of Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division
Municipality of residence: Reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI
For how long: Lifelong Michigan resident, grew up in Dearborn, moved to Grosse Pointe Farms 8 years ago.
Online campaign information: HubbardforJustice.com
Education: Wayne State University, B.A. Detroit College of Law, J.D. Fordson High School, Dearborn
Previously held elected offices: Elected in 1985 to Dearborn City Council — 1986-1989 Elected in 1989 to Wayne County Commission — 1989-2004 Elected in 2010 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2011-2016 Re-elected in 2016 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2017-present-2022
Top goals: As Justice, I will protect the constitutional rights of Michigander’s by addressing, without delay, important issues such as the constitutionality of the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act. As the third generation in my family to serve in public office, I know the importance of protecting our democracy of representation of the people, by the people, for all the people. I will ensure that our system of checks and balances is upheld.

Mary Kelly
Age: 62
Occupation: Former 30-year assistant prosecutor. Current Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in neglect and abuse cases in foster care system.
Municipality of residence: St. Clair County
For how long: 36 years
Online campaign information: MaryKellyforJustice.com
Education: Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law; Bachelor of Science Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: No answer given
Top goals: As a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, my goals will be simple: to uphold the rule of law and deliver justice for the people of our great state. The role of a judge is not to make law, but to enforce and uphold the law. The Supreme Court also administers the judicial system throughout the state, and I will ensure our court system delivers equal justice for all.

Bridget Mary McCormack (I)
Age: 54
Occupation: Law
Municipality of residence: Ann Arbor, MI
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information: www.bridgetmarymccormack.com
Education: In 1988, I graduated from Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Connecticut where I earned a B.A. with honors in political science and philosophy. I graduated from New York University Law School in 1991, where I was a Root-Tilden Scholar and earned the Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Advocacy.
Previously held elected offices: Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 2013-present
Top goals: If re-elected, I will continue the progress of the Justice For All Taskforce, which aims to achieve 100% access to the civil justice system in Michigan. Currently, eight of 10 Michiganders can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal problems. There is also an absence of innovation and technology in courts, which costs them transparency, efficiency and access. We have made great progress recently, but we need to make processes more user friendly and efficient.

Kerry Lee Morgan
Age: 65
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Redford Township
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: www.pck-law.com/attorney/kerry-l-morgan/
Education: Regent University, M.A. Public Policy, magna cum laude, 1985. Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1981. Michigan State University, B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice, with honors, 1977.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: The Supreme Court needs Justices who will apply the law as written, not as it ought to be written in the mind of the Judge. My background in the law for over 40 years has taught me the importance of this purpose. I can bring a balanced respect for the written law and the Constitution in particular to the bench, so that justice may be done.

Katherine Mary Nepton
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Brock Swartzle
Age: 49
Occupation: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Municipality of residence: Ingham County
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: BrockForJustice.com
Education: B.S., University of Michigan; J.D., George Mason University School of Law
Previously held elected offices: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals
Top goals: We have the greatest legal system in the world — if you can afford it. Justice that is too expensive is not justice. We must make access to justice cheaper for everyone, from the single mom to the corner storekeeper to the low-income juvenile to our major employers. Therefore, (1) we need to make pretrial procedures cheaper and court records free online, and (2) we need to intervene early with juveniles who enter the justice system.

Elizabeth M. Welch
Age: 50
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: East Grand Rapids
For how long: 13 years
Online campaign information: welchforjustice.com
Education: Penn State University, B.A. with honors. Ohio State University, J.D.
Previously held elected offices: East Grand Rapids Board of Education, 2012-Jan. 2020
Top goals: The vast majority of litigants lack access to counsel. We must utilize technology and new pathways to ensure everyone can access justice fairly. Additionally, the lack of complete data makes it impossible to fully understand our criminal justice system. The court should modernize technology platforms in order to gather data in a usable format so that we ensure justice is delivered fairly across all demographics and programs are implemented that ensure safer communities.

 

Ferndale Public Schools
Three candidates are running unopposed for three four-year terms: Sarah Elturk, Anna Ibrahim (I) and Jennifer LaTosch (I).

 

Ferndale Area District Library
Four candidates are running unopposed for four four-year terms: Judeen Bartos (I), Kelly Farrah (I), Adrienne Fazzolara (I) and Amanda Hanlin (I).


Berkley School District
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: Roger Blake (I) and Sarah Mountain.

 

PROPOSAL SECTION
STATE PROPOSALS
Proposal 20-1
A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent.
This proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Allow the State Parks Endowment Fund to continue receiving money from sales of oil and gas from state-owned lands to improve, maintain and purchase land for State parks, and for Fund administration, until its balance reaches $800,000,000.
• Require subsequent oil and gas revenue from state-owned lands to go into the Natural Resources Trust Fund.
• Require at least 20% of Endowment Fund annual spending go toward State park improvement.
• Require at least 25% of Trust Fund annual spending go toward parks and public recreation areas and at least 25% toward land conservation.
Should this proposal be adopted?
 
Proposal 20-2
A proposed constitutional amendment to require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications.
This proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of a person’s electronic data and electronic communications.
• Require a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications, under the same conditions currently required for the government to obtain a search warrant to search a person’s house or seize a person’s things.
Should this proposal be adopted?

 

COUNTY PROPOSAL
Millage Replacement And Increase To Improve, Operate, And Maintain Parks, Open Space Areas, Trails, And Recreation Activities In Oakland County, Michigan
The Oakland County Parks System includes 7000 acres and 80 miles of trails preserving and protecting the environment. There are 13 Oakland County Parks and recreational activities throughout the County including campgrounds, dog parks, golf courses, water parks, and mobile recreation units.
To continue to provide revenue to the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission, shall the current millage, which has been reduced by required rollback, be replaced and increased to .35 mills for 10 years from 2020 to 2029? The .35 mills is equal to 35 cents per $1,000.00 of taxable value. The millage, if approved and levied, will generate approximately $22,026,860.00 in 2020. The purpose of the millage is to improve, operate, and maintain parks, open space and water areas, trails, and recreation facilities; to allow for free day-use park admission for seniors (62 and over), military, veterans, and residents with permanent disabilities; to expand trails; to enhance local recreation programs; and to increase environmental conservation and recreation activities. Revenue from this millage will be disbursed only to the County of Oakland to be used solely for the purpose of funding the Oakland County Parks and Recreation Commission with external audits and oversight by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners.

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