Voters to decide government leaders, school board members and a city charter amendment

Warren Weekly | Published October 7, 2020

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In the Warren Weekly’s coverage area, voters will pick leaders at the federal, state and county levels, as well as decide local school board races and a city charter amendment in the general election Nov. 3. 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.

 

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.

 

State House of Representatives District 22
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Richard M. Steenland  
Age: 59
Occupation: Current City Clerk of Roseville
Municipality of residence: Roseville
For how long: 59 years
Online campaign information: www.richsteenland.com
Education: Graduated from Roseville Brablec High School (1979), Associate’s Degree from Macomb Community College (1992) in general studies, attended Oakland University January 1993-January 1995
Previously held elected offices: Roseville City Clerk (November 2007-present), Roseville City Council (January 1993 to November 2007)
Top goals: These are challenging times for all of us and moving Macomb County and Michigan forward in a post-COVID recovery will require experienced and pragmatic leadership from lawmakers. My priorities are focusing on policies that foster economic growth and the creation of good paying jobs for our residents, strengthening our communities through investing in public education and improving post-secondary educational opportunities, keeping our communities safe by funding police/fire and fixing our roads and water infrastructure.

Republican
Steven G. Warner
Age: 56
Occupation: 34 year employee for Becker Orthopedic in Troy. Production Assistant with background in Sales and Management.
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 51 year resident
Online campaign information: votestevewarner.com
Education: AAS-Macomb Community College. Marketing and Management
Previously held elected offices: Elected to 3 Terms (12 Years) on Warren City Council
Top goals: I served on city council during the economic downturn and understand what need to be done to turn the economy around. The same approach needs to be taken for our State. We need to make Michigan more business friendly. School funding and road repairs need a more proactive and not reactive approach. Public safety should also be a top priority, due to the civil unrest around the Country. We need to keep our law enforcement fully funded.

 

State House of Representatives District 25
Two candidates are vying for one two-year term.

Democrat
Nate Shannon (I)
Age: 45
Occupation: State Representative (district 25, Sterling Heights, Warren)
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights
For how long: 11 years
Online campaign information: www.nateforstaterep.com
Education: B.A. Political Science (Oakland University), M.A Secondary Education (Wayne State University)
Previously held elected offices: Former Sterling Heights City Councilman
Top goals: I’m running for reelection to continue what we’ve started. To strengthen our public schools, support first responders and frontline workers, and ensure real economic recovery. As the most bipartisan member of the legislature, I don’t care if the lawmakers I work with are Democrats or Republicans - I care that they join me to get the job done. I hope to earn your vote to make sure we continue to have strong, experienced leadership in Lansing.

Republican
Paul Smith
Age: 74
Occupation: retired GM project manager
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA.
For how long: since 1977
Online campaign information: None.
Education: Bachelors of Industrial Engineering from General Motors Institute, (now Kettering University) in Flint, Michigan, Class of 1969.  Masters of Science from Central Michigan University.  USAF Officer Training School, Lackland AFB Texas, USAF Undergraduate Pilot Training, Reese AFB Texas.
Previously held elected offices:  Sterling Heights City Council, 2011 through 2013.
Top goals:  I will solidify the Republican majority in the State House and bring the governor under the control of The People.  An “emergency” is short term condition, not a permanent way of life. I will strive to reduce spending and reduce the rate of taxation in Michigan.
I will ban the use of excessive petitioning (900 signatures) as in Sterling Heights and make the $100 filing fee public office the standard statewide.

 

Michigan House of Representatives District 28
Three candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Lori M. Stone (I)
Age: 40
Occupation: Teacher
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 40 years
Online campaign information: www.electloristone.com
Education: Fitzgerald High School & Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center, 1998; Bachelor’s degree: Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy; Elementary Education, 2002, Michigan State University; Master’s degree: Science Education, Michigan State University; 2008 Michigan Political Leadership Program Fellow, MSU 2017
Previously held elected offices: State Representative 28th House District, 2019-2020
Top goals: My goals include adequate and equitable funding for Michigan’s children to receive high quality public education as the pathway to a successful career. I’ve helped shape educational legislation from early childhood education to preparing students for the 21st century workforce. Critical infrastructure like roads, bridges, and sewers need long term funding solutions for repair and maintenance. On the Health Policy committee, we’re developing healthcare and prescription affordability policy. More details are available at www.electloristone.com.

Republican
Stephen Colegio
Age: 55
Occupation: Police Officer
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 28 years
Online campaign information: n/a
Education: Associates in Science (Robotics), Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Madonna University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: I am Pro-Union / Pro-Worker.
I am Pro-Law Enforcement and I refuse to get caught up in media hype. There are elderly and sick people who live in our neighborhoods. I refuse to allow them to live in fear and become victims of those who would love to see the police abolished.
I am Pro-Life, and I believe that more funding is needed for specific services to help struggling families in order to keep families together.  

Libertarian
Frederick Horndt
Age: 40
Occupation: Currently Retail Management for 8 years now, previously in the Loss Prevention Field for 11 years & was Small Business Owner for 3 years.
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 13 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Frederick-Horndt-for-State-House-Dis trict-28-287253245287182
Education: Associate of General Studies, MCC
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: - Ending qualified immunity in the state of Michigan. - Abolish civil asset forfeiture without a trial. - Body cameras for cops. - Getting rid of all state taxes that disproportionately put those on a fixed income at a disadvantage. - Cultivating dispensary friendly areas locally, to create revenue that will go directly to fixing the roads in Warren & Centerline without having to add another gas tax.

 

Center Line Public Schools
Three candidates are running unopposed for the three four-year terms: Karen A. Pietrzyk (I), Daniel Snyder (I) and Wendy Jo Watters (I).

Two candidates are running for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2022.

Daniel Taylor
Age: 44
Occupation: Teacher, Dearborn Public Schools
Municipality of residence: Center Line
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: FACEBOOK-2020 Committee to elect Dan Taylor CLPS School Board
Education: Bachelors of Music Education EMU 2002, Masters Educational Leadership SVSU 2009
Previously held elected offices: Center Line Board of Education appointed July 2018-November 2018
Top goals: Ensuring that the needs of our students are being met.  Beginning with the safe return to the classroom and continuing to both the completion of our bond projects and expanding opportunities focusing on vocational /education and training for students.  Additionally, I would like to see our district push to bring students that we have lost, back into the district.

Darrell Vickers ( I)
Age: 58
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: I have lived in Warren for 28 yrs
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected offices: I currently serve on The Board of Education (13 years.) I am a certified Board member through Michigan Association of School Boards.
Top goals: With the hiring of a new Superintendent and the onset of the Coronavirus, I feel as if I need to stay around for a couple more years to make sure every student is safely obtaining a good quality education that Center Line Public Schools is known for.

 

Fitzgerald Public Schools
Three candidates are running unopposed for three six-year terms: Khaja Shahab Ahmed, Kimberly M. Lee (I) and Randel Meisner (I) 

 

Van Dyke Public Schools
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: Jecinda T. Jones-Bettie (I) and Ivan M. Thomas (I).

No candidates filed for the one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2024.

 

Warren Consolidated Schools
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: I. Susan Kattula (I) and Carl B. Weckerle (I).

 

Warren Woods Public Schools
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: Michael Garcia and Paul Zannetti (I).

 

Macomb Community College Board of Trustees
Ten candidates filed for the three six-year terms: Frank Cusumano (I), Sara Gieleghem, Eugene F. Groesbeck, Maria Mijac, Lance Pittman, Craig Plesco, Cecil D. St. Pierre Jr., Carl Territo, Shelley Vitale (I) and Vince Viviano (I).

 

Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 1
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Michelle Nard
Age: 59
Occupation: State of Michigan CDC Child Care Provider
Municipality of residence: Macomb County, Warren MI
For how long: 18 years
Online campaign information: Committee to Elect Michelle Nard on Facebook
Education: Graduated from Flint Central High School, Graduated from Concorde Career Institute, Studied Entrepreneurship at Mary Grove College, Studied Internal Medicine at University of Michigan, Attending Purdue University Global, 1year away from Bachelor’s of Science in Social Service.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Road Repair especially by Rail Road Tracks, Working with Board of Education for equal recognition for Academic Excellence of all deserving students in Macomb County, total care of all Veterans and Elderly residents throughout Macomb and building up South Warren and moving forward toward building a Downtown Warren keeping our entertainment options and money here in our own country.

Republican
Mary Ellen Childs
Age: 52
Occupation: Accountant
Municipality of residence: Warren  
For how long: 50 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Bachelor of Accountancy, Masters of Finance, Masters of Taxation, all from Walsh College and CPA.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: If elected, I will work to ensure that millages are used for their intended purpose, hold the line on taxes, maximize the use of every tax dollar received, and support transparency.  


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 2
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat
Mai Xiong
Age: 35
Occupation: Self-Employed, Small Business Owner, Mai&Co LLC
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 17 years
Online campaign information: https://voteformai.com
Education: BFA Graphic Design, College for Creative Studies, 2007
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My number one goal is the public health and safety of all residents. I will advocate for targeted county health initiatives for those most at risk in order to keep us safe; lower our infection rate so that our children and teachers can safely return to school. I will support businesses to ensure they have access to the resources they need to reopen, recover and rebuild. I will listen to our residents before making decisions.

Republican
Peter Fuciarelli
Age: 74
Occupation: Real Estate Broker & General Contractor
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 18 months
Online campaign information: MCRC Homes LLC See Executive Summary
Education: High school plus years of continuing ed in my field
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Support seniors, as I am a senior and understand our needs.
Support local police and first responders. I will never defund police.
Support our veterans. I have 50 years experience in following the money! I managed a 9 million dollar budget. I participated in settlement of the largest federal gov. descrimination lawsuit.


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 3
One candidate is running unopposed for one two-year term: Veronica Klinefelt (I).

 

Macomb County Prosecuting Attorney
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.
 
Democrat
Mary A. Chrzanowski
Age: 58
Occupation: Retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge
Municipality of residence:Harrison Township
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: MaryChrzanowskiforProsecutor.com
Education: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice “With Distinction” 1982. University of Detroit School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, Juris Doctor 1985.
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Circuit Judge, January 1993-June 2016.
Top goals: I would like to bring integrity and transparency to the Prosecutor’s office.  I would like to give the people of Macomb County the confidence that their safety and well being is protected by an office that cares about their families.  I want to be tough on crime but also, maintain an understanding that at times treatment for addiction is important to stop the revolving door of criminal behavior.
 
Republican
Peter J. Lucido
Age: 60
Occupation: Michigan State Senator, 8th District
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: Over 20 years in Shelby TWP, lifetime Macomb County Resident
Online campaign information: www.peterjlucido.com
Education: St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School, 1974; De La Salle Collegiate High School, 1978; Macomb Community College, Associate Degree, 1981; Oakland University, Bachelor Degree, Public Administration and Business, 1983; Central Michigan University, Master of Business, 1984; Detroit College of Law (now known as Michigan State University School of Law), Juris Doctor, Law Degree 1988
Previously held elected offices: Representative 36th district, Michigan House of Representatives
Top goals: Return trust to the prosecutor’s office and rid corruption in Macomb County. Create an anti-corruption & integrity task force bringing transparency to the office and a process where all citizens can bring corrupt behavior forward and know it will be fairly investigated.
Keep the citizens safe and advocate for victim’s rights, especially the vulnerable such as seniors and disabled.
Bring justice for all citizens of Macomb County regardless of race, nationality, religion, or financial status.

 

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

Democrat
Anthony Wickersham (I)
Age: 58
Occupation: Macomb County Sheriff
Municipality of residence: Bruce Township
For how long: One year
Online campaign information: Wickersham2020@outlook.com
Education: Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Macomb Community College, Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University . Graduate of the 208th  Session of the FBI National Academy, graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Sheriff since 2011
Top goals: Continue to work with our contracted communities to ensure we are meeting their Law Enforcement needs.  Work with the criminal justice stakeholders in Macomb County to improve the operation of the Macomb County Jail. Recruiting the best candidates to fill our vacant positions and be able to draw from a diverse background of applicants and ensure we retain them.

Republican  
Terence Mekoski
Age: 55
Occupation: Senior Financial Investigator for the Opioid Strike Force assigned to the DEA
Municipality of residence: Shelby Township
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information: www.mekoski.com, www.face book.com/Terence.H.Mekoski
Education: Columbia Southern University: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in progress; Northwestern University: School of Police Staff and Command: Command Certification; DEA Training Academy, Quantico, VA: Drug Unit Commanders Academy: Training Certificate; Macomb Community College: 2 Year Associates; Detroit Police Academy: Police Officer Certification; Wayne County Corrections Academy: Corrections Certification
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My three main areas of concern: Opioid crisis, county jail, and department public relations. I’ve commanded drug task forces that took thousands of pounds of drugs off the street. I’ve been part of the best-run jail system while working in Oakland County. I know what it takes to maintain the highest level of care and security. I would assign the right deputies to task forces that will help build positive relationships within the community.


Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.
 
Democrat
Fred Miller (I)
Age: 46
Occupation: Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds
Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens
For how long: 18+ years
Online campaign information: www.thefredmillerspot.com
Education: B.A. in Political Theory from James Madison College at Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Michigan State Representative (3 terms) 2005-2010; Macomb County Commissioner (3 terms) 2011-2016; Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds (partial term) 2018-present
Top goals: As County Clerk, I cleaned up the mess left by the disgraced former clerk and improved services by establishing the ‘Senior Advocate’ hotline, reducing office wait times, and bringing a Mobile Clerk’s Office to every corner of the county. I turned down perks of taxpayer-funded county car and free gas. While neighboring county clerk offices shut down during COVID, we were nationally recognized for finding innovative ways to maintain services while protecting workers and public.

Republican
Anthony Forlini
Age: 58
Occupation: District Director for 10th Congressional District
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 34 years
Online campaign information: www.forliniforus.com
Education: BBA Western Michigan University, CFP University of Denver
Previously held elected offices: Harrison Township Supervisor, State Representative
Top goals: The Clerk, the main overseer of elections, should be above political party leanings. My administration will continue our history of putting residents above party politics. I have written laws as a Michigan legislator that protected the sanctity of the ballot and require training for poll workers. The doors of the Macomb County Clerk’s office have been closed to the public since March. We will have them safely reopened for the taxpayers like every other municipality.

 

Macomb County Treasurer
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Lorie Barnwell
Age: 36
Occupation: City of Warren Treasurer
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: www.barnwellformacomb.com
Education: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Currently elected Warren Treasurer since 2015
Top goals: I will eliminate payment fees, install new money-saving technology that will expand payment options, provide greater investment return and transparency, provide free financial seminars, offer mobile office hours to help residents stay in their home, and establish a task force to ensure businesses have stability through this pandemic crisis. I have achieved many of these things in Warren, and I am ready to help all Macomb County residents obtain the services they need and deserve!

Republican
Larry Rocca (I)
Age: 76
Occupation: Macomb County Treasurer
Municipality of residence: Clinton Township
For how long: 15 years
Online campaign information: www.larryrocca.com
Education: Bachelor Degree from Oakland University: 1980
Associate Degree from Macomb Community College: 1977
Previously held elected offices: I am the current Macomb County Treasurer and have been a precinct delegate for over 40 years.
Top goals:
1. Continue to enhance services, extend taxpayer outreach programs and further enhance technology, building on the work of the past 4 years.
2. Minimize the impact of COVID-19 by implementing additional programs that support taxpayers and businesses.
 3. Continue to grow the “Keep Macomb Your Home” Program, building upon the enhancements of the past 4 years.
4. Continue to be a watchdog for taxpayers. I will speak out to ensure a transparent and accountable government.

 

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat
Toni Moceri
Age: 41  
Occupation: Non-profit management
Municipality of residence: Warren
For how long: 41 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/tonimoceri
Education: Master of Research, London Consortium at Birkbeck, University of London
Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan
Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner, District 4, 2009-2010
Macomb County Commissioner, District 1, 2011-2014
Top goals: Climate resilient infrastructure: Our standards for infrastructure and permitting need to be updated and responsive to climate change. We need climate resilient infrastructure that can withstand increasingly unpredictable weather and major rain events.
Clean water: Ensuring our water resources are safe and secure through stormwater and pollution management and public education.
Stronger ethics and reform: Stronger ethics rules to keep our elected officials accountable including bans on elected officials receiving political contributions from contractors.

Republican
Candice S. Miller (I)
Age: 66
Occupation: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Municipality of residence:Harrison Township
For how long: All my life!
Online campaign information: None
Education: Northwood University and Macomb Community College
Previously held elected offices: US House of Representatives — MI 10; Michigan Secretary of State; Macomb County Treasurer; Harrison Township Supervisor
Top goals: Continue to improve water quality and quality of life for all Macomb County residents and remain a critical component of economic prosperity.


Judge of District Court — 37th District Incumbent Position
Michael C. Chupa (I), running unopposed.

 

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.

 

Judge of Macomb County Probate Court
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

Kathryn A. George (I)
Age: 69
Occupation: Macomb County Probate Court Judge
Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights, Michigan
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information: www.reelectjudgegeorge.com
Education: Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Juris Doctorate
Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights Citycouncilwoman
Top goals: Upon reelection, I will continue to meet the needs of the public in spite of COVID restrictions. I am focused on improving services and updating the court due to changes in the law. This court is charged with the responsibility of protecting our most vulnerable citizens, which include guardianship and conservatorship over adults and children needing protection, and mentally ill individuals. My combined medical and legal background help me to better address their needs.

Lynn M. Maison
Age: 55
Occupation: Attorney
Municipality of residence: Harrison Township
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: votelynnmaison.com
Education: Wayne State University Law School - J.D. 1996; Wayne State University - B.S. in Education 1992; Macomb Community College - Associates Degree 1989
Previously held elected offices: None.
Top goals: If elected, my goal is to serve residents with the experience, integrity, and compassion they deserve. With 20 years of experience in probate practice, I would deliver decisions consistent with probate law. Having represented clients from all angles of probate practice, I understand the positions of individuals coming before the court and would treat everyone with dignity and respect. Being able to work full-time and prepare for court hearings, I can improve overall court efficiency.

Warren City Charter
Amendment
A proposal to require the office of mayor to have the same term limits as the other city elected offices
The proposed amendment would require all city elected offices to have the same term limits of three (3) terms or twelve (12) years. Currently the office of mayor has a limit of five (5) terms or twenty (20) years and the offices of city council, clerk, and treasurer have a limit of (3) three terms or twelve (12) years. Any terms or years served prior to this amendment are included.
PROPOSAL: Should the office of mayor have the same term limits as the other city elected offices, which is the greater of three (3) complete terms or twelve (12) years?

 

State of Michigan 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?

State of Michigan 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?

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