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Voters to decide council members, millage issue

Madison - Park News | Published October 23, 2019

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MADISON HEIGHTS/HAZEL PARK — In the general election Nov. 5, voters in Madison Heights will choose the next mayor and members of the City Council. They will also decide whether to approve Proposal MH, which would indefinitely raise taxes in support of public safety and quality of life. Voters in Hazel Park, meanwhile, will choose members of the City Council. Full stories on each candidate are available at candgnews.com.  

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.

 

Mayor of Madison Heights   
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Johnnette Eggert
Age: 50
Occupation: Healthcare Senior Outreach Associate, Substitute Teacher; CEO/Chief Superintendent of John and Minnie Wulu School System in Monrovia, Liberia West Africa; CEO/President of the John and Minnie Wulu Foundation USA
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 20 years
Online campaign information: www.johnnetteeggert.com
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: As Mayor, I will fight for lower taxes, better services and demand accountability from the City. Secondly I will invite President Trump to be the first sitting US President to visit our great City Madison Heights in 2020. President Trump is doing such a good job in getting our country’s economy booming, lowest unemployment rate and so many good things he is doing can help Madison Heights economy with higher paying jobs and new businesses.

Brian Christian Hartwell (I)
Age: 37
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: Lifetime
Online campaign information:  Facebook.com/ElectBrianHartwell
Education: BA International & Comparative Political Science and Economics, WMU. Jurors Doctor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. 2 language French certificates, University of Paris—La Sorbonne.
Previously held elected offices: City Councilman 2007-2015, Madison Hts. Mayor 2015-present, Madison Hts.
Top goals: The most essential service is public safety. My continued goal is fighting crime like how we restored undercover police. I will hire one more 911 dispatch aide, two police, and three firefighters. We all depend on it.
Development: Our residents benefit from new businesses. BJ’s will employ hundreds. New downtown businesses respond to market demand from new families, retired workers, and seniors requiring accessibility. Code enforcement will continue to clean up repeat offenders.


Madison Heights City Council
Five candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Kymm Clark  
Age: 39
Occupation: Designer and Fabricator at Clark’s Fabrication and Design
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 8 Years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/kymmclark4citycouncil
Education: Attended University of Michigan, Flint for my Bachelors in Fine Arts
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I would like to bolster small business growth in the vacant areas of our city, working with property owners of vacant buildings and encouraging entrepreneurs to get their businesses into a brick and mortar, so we, as a city, can capitalize on the growth of our surrounding areas without impacting our city in a way that would force out our lower income residents.

Robert J. Corbett Jr. (I)
Age: 64
Occupation: Real Estate Broker, Century 21 Campbell Realty
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 64 years
Online campaign information:
No answer given
Education: Bishop Foley High School, University of Detroit/Mercy
Previously held elected offices: 5 term member of City Council; 1 term member Tax Board of Review
Top goals: Continue to provide solid services and opportunities for Senior Citizens Eliminating co-pays for ALS services was something in this term I would most proud of and while all residents benefited I’m sure it’s a source of relief to especially to Seniors. Beyond that maintaining excellent locally controlled Fire and Police services is critical. Also I’ll continue to push for enhanced handicap accessible swings and recreational equipment in all our Parks.

Sean D. Fleming
Age: 48
Occupation: Telecommunications
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 22 years
Online campaign information:  www.flemingformadison.com
Education: Apprenticeship, FCC license, CERT training, Emergency Management Institute, ARRL Emergency Communications courses, Madison Heights Citizens Academy.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: First, use the community development grant funds for improving traffic intersections, cross walks, and a road lane reduction trial in the downtown limits. Secondly, ask for a two percent local  tax on hotel  and marijuana sales to help pay for police and fire services. Finally, network with local organizations and businesses to bring events to our downtown area.

Bob Gettings (I)
Age: 67
Occupation: Retired Recreation Coordinator for the City of Madison Heights.
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights.
For how long: 50 years.
Online campaign information: None
Education: Madison High School Graduate; Associate of Applied Science in Recreation Leadership, Macomb Community College; Bachelor of Science in Recreation and Park Services.
Previously held elected offices: Madison School Board Trustee: 1996-97, 2002-06, 2006-09. Madison Heights City Council:  2009-13; 2015 - Present.
Top goals: I would like the Proposal MH to Amend the City Charter passed.  This will give us the needed resources a add a few folks to the Police and Fire Departments, along with a much needed dispatcher. If passed, this will give us funds for recreation activities and funds to continue programs at the library.  I will continue to fight for funding for our roads and support our great volunteers that serve on our boards/commissions!

Emily Rohrbach
Age: 41
Occupation: Campaign Management & Consulting
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 15 Years
Online campaign information: www.TeamRohrbach.com
Education: Bachelor of Music Education (Harding University), Masters of Training and Development (Oakland University)
Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate
Top goals: As a mother to three young children, I want Madison Heights to be a wonderful place to raise a family. I want our city to plan for a future that has sustainable growth, preserving and restoring our parks and green spaces, investing in our neighborhoods (safety & code enforcement).  Making Madison Heights a place where people want to buy homes, and invest their businesses, where people will lay roots, businesses are successful and the community thrives.

 

Hazel Park City Council
Four candidates are running for two four-year terms.

Chuck Gladue
Age: 58
Occupation: Sales/Marketing
Municipality of residence: City of Hazel Park
For how long: 24 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Chuck Gladue for Hazel Park 2019
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Scale back on  the amount of Medical and Recreational Marijuana licensees. This is tying up our current commercial buildings and not making them available for other types of businesses. We can not have a walkable downtown if the primary businesses are Marijuana based. Build up our dwindling volunteer base. It is eroding due to recent attacks by City Council and other circumstances. I will be an voice for the citizens, not of the administration.

Bethany Williamson Holland (I)
Write-in candidate
Age: 53
Occupation: Retired
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 12 years
Online campaign information: Facebook — Bethany Holland 48030
Education: Graduate Brandon HS, Attended OCC & University of Detroit
Previously held elected offices: Hazel Park City Councilmember Jan 2017 - Present
Top goals: Consistent and fair Code Enforcement. Create anonymous online reporting, better system to track issues and require professional training for staff.
Dedicated Community Development Director. Currently, this person is tasked with too many additional roles and time is taken away from attracting housing, retail and dining options residents deserve.
More accountability from City Administration. Implement yearly review of the City Manager, conducted by Mayor and Council, using accredited review methods (Michigan Municipal League).

Andy LeCureaux (I)
Age: 58
Occupation: Entrepreneur owner of Andrew’s Appliance Installation
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: Since 1994
Online campaign information: Facebook page is, Andy LeCureaux for Hazel Park City Council
Education: 1979 graduate of Royal Oak Kimball High School. 2010 Saginaw Valley State University, CPM, Certified Public Management certificate. Elected Officials Academy, level 2 status.
Previously held elected offices: City Council of Hazel Park from 2001 to present.
Top goals: My top goal if re-elected is to continue the positive progress that we have been making working together. We have new road construction, new businesses constructing new buildings and remodeling existing properties. Our Arts and Cultural events are growing and bringing the Artists to live in Hazel Park.
Also the safe and effective implementation of the new Cannabis laws. These new laws will be an economic development tool for us and bring us additional revenue.

Mike McFall
Age: 45
Occupation: Development Associate for a national nonprofit organization
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: Over 2 years
Online campaign information: https://teammcfall.com/
Education: BS in Community Development and Public Administration from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
Continue my work spearheading the Downtown Hazel Park initiative promoting our city and it’s business community, attracting entrepreneurs and new businesses, and creating opportunities for our residents
Work with business owners and residents to remove blight in our city’s commercial areas and neighborhoods
Help to improve our neighborhood parks and our city’s green spaces

 

Madison Heights — Proposal MH to Amend City Charter
Shall Section 9.1 of the Charter of the City of Madison Heights be amended to change the maximum authorized levy on taxable property in the City for general budget purposes from 10.00 mills to 16.00 mills and to delete the City’s current authority to separately levy 0.25 mill for the replacement of vehicles, 0.25 mill for providing Advanced Life Support/Paramedic Emergency Medical Services through the Fire Department, and 1.0 mill for supporting and maintaining the public library? It is estimated that 6.00 mills would raise approximately $4,920,000 in 2020.

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