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Voters to decide local races, millages in Nov. 5 election

Rochester Post | Published October 23, 2019

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ROCHESTER/ROCHESTER HILLS/OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — Readers in the Post’s coverage area will head to the polls Nov. 5 to vote for candidates in several races, as well as to decide on six charter amendment proposals in Rochester, a local roads millage renewal in Rochester Hills, and a millage proposal for Rochester Community Schools.
Following are profiles of the candidates, as well as the exact language of the proposals as they will appear on the ballot.

Candidates were asked, in 75 words or fewer, to state the top items they 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 the answer. (I) indicates that the candidate is an incumbent. The answers are printed verbatim. Profiles were only sent to candidates in contested races.

The write-in candidate filing deadline was Oct. 25, and Mayor Bryan Barnett and challenger Kimberly Bailiff are listed as offiial write-in candidates in the mayoral race.

 

Rochester Hills Mayor 

Two write-in candidates are running for one four-year term.

 

Kimberly Bailiff (write-in)

Age: 50

Occupation: Marketing Strategist and Career Consultant

Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills

For how long: 17 years

Online campaign information: Facebook.com/RochesterHillsMayor

Education:  BA, Communication Arts, Michigan State University; MS, Marketing, Northwestern University in Evanston, IL.

Previously held elected offices: N/A

Tops goals: 1. Manage Development: Ensure consistency with the city’s Master Plan and enforce developer adherence to contract agreements that are in the long-term best interest of our beautiful city and our residents’ quality of life. 2. Ensure Term Limits for elected officials are appropriately enforced, preventing any individual from accumulating too much influence.

 

Bryan K. Barnett (I) (write-in)

Age: 44 

Occupation: Mayor of Rochester Hills 

Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills

For how long: 25 years

Online campaign information: www.mayorbarnett.net

Education: Oakland University – Bachelor of Science (Business Administration, Marketing), Harvard University (John F. Kennedy School of Government)

Previously elected offices: Rochester Hills City Council (1999-2006)

Top goals: My goal is to keep Rochester Hills the preeminent place to live, work and raise a family. I will maintain our focus on public safety (Safest City in Michigan) and on improving residents’ quality of life by investing in our roads and parks, including our newest park, Innovation Hills. I am proud of our national reputation for community excellence and am grateful for our fantastic team and the outstanding support of our residents.

 

Rochester City Council
Seven candidates are vying for four seats on the council. The three highest vote-getters will earn four-year terms, and the fourth-highest vote-getter will earn a two-year term.

Mark J. Albrecht
Age: 62
Occupation: Senior Director, Human Resources - Orlans
Municipality of residence: Rochester
For how long: 15+ years
Online campaign information: www.markjalbrecht.com
Education: Masters of Science - Strategic Leadership – Walsh College; BA – Human Resources – Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
Reasonable economic development — I will work with developers, the planning commission and residents so that growth is done in a planful and transparent manner. Focus on infrastructure — Use our resources and capital to address issues in an efficient manner. Fiscal responsibility and accountability — I will take a long view planning current year and future year budgets. One of the key issues that will get my immediate attention is addressing our water rates.

Jeremiah Glembocki
Age: 42
Occupation: Engineering Specifications with General Motors/Community Manager for Community Associations in Rochester Michigan.
Municipality of residence: Rochester
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: Facebook – Jeremiah Glembocki for Rochester
Education:  Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Northwood University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals:
When elected, Jeremiah wants to focus on water systems and aging infrastructure, to ensure an efficient system for the city. Jeremiah will work for controlled growth in our city, to protect our history, our majestic downtown, parks, and green spaces. Jeremiah supports a family friendly, all year-round Farmers Market. Transparency on the use of tax revenue, while working to lower water rates. Jeremiah supports investment in our Community House and all city owned property.

Douglas Gould
Age: 50
Occupation: Professor and Chair of Foundational Medical Studies at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Municipality of residence: Rochester
For how long: 7 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: @douglasgouldforcoun cil
Education: PhD Wayne State University; BS Michigan State University
Previously held elected offices: Chair of City of Rochester Compensation Committee
Top goals:
The family friendly shopping and entertainment area that Main St. represents must be maintained; we enjoy a tremendous occupancy rate and mix of businesses that needs to be thoughtfully managed. Large, multi-unit housing developments downtown not only decrease the space available for mixed retail, but lead to over-crowding, increased traffic and parking woes. Development and progress must be managed appropriately toward the goal of keeping our Main St. what draws people to our City.

Amanda H. Keighley
Age: 30
Occupation: Community Relations  
Municipality of residence: Rochester
For how long: 5-years
Online campaign information: Facebook.com/amandaforroches ter
Education: BA in Journalism from Central Michigan University
Previously held elected offices: N/A
Top goals:
Maintain Quality of Life. I promise to keep Rochester a place you can feel proud to live by supporting our parks, trails, senior center, library, cultural centers, and vibrant downtown.
Maintain Public Safety. I believe having a local police force, builds relationships and trust, leading to safer communities.
Foster Sustainable Growth. As Rochester continues to grow, I will support business development while maintaining the city’s historic charm and character.

Ann Peterson (I)
Age: 54
Occupation: Real Estate Broker/Owner & Mortgage Loan Officer & Real Estate Industry Teacher
Municipality of residence: Rochester
For how long: 30 years
Online campaign information:
No answer given
Education: Graduate Realtor Institute, Saginaw Valley State, Pontiac Business School
Previously held elected offices: 2015 and 2017 City Council Rochester
Top goals:
My top goals once I am re-elected is to work hard to bring the fabric of our community back together. Work collaboratively with all entities to grow business and commerce, help administration find balance in the future economic growth of our community, balance fiscal responsibility with the constituency top of mind & continue long-term 5-year budgets. Work to meet the needs of future generational lifestyles while protecting private property rights, historic heritage & public safety.

Steve Sage
Age: 57
Occupation: Sales Manager with Cummins, Inc.
Municipality of residence: Rochester, MI 48307
For how long: 20-years
Online campaign information: N/A
Education: MBA – Rollins College, Winter Park, FL; BA – Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Previously held elected offices: Rochester City Council, 2011 thru 2015
Top goals:
Sustainable Growth: a discussion that includes impacts to the City including preservation of green space; efficient mix between residential and commercial; employment opportunities; traffic flow, parking availability and future tax revenue.
Fiscal Responsibility: deliver a multi-year budget that maintains core City services and contributes to funding for the future.
City Services: a fully staffed and properly equipped Police, Fire/EMS and Department of Public Works. Maintenance and development of the City park system.

Laura D. Traylor
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Realtor w Vanguard Realty Group
Municipality of residence: City of Rochester
For how long: 2.5 years this time, previously, 26 years resident.
Online campaign information: Retrieve information on my Facebook page simply titled in my name
Education: Some College, previously licensed Nurse Aid, Licensed Group Day Care Home for 34 years, Currently licensed Realtor. Currently Rochester Chamber Ambassador and past Chamber Ambassador of Oxford, and Volunteer in Oxford DDA for 3 directors.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:
Through Mom’s business in Rochester and mine, I learned about dedication/customer service.
As a Townie resident with large family and Group Daycare Home, I learned economics.
Sustaining businesses through events/walkability/traffic control, safety and infrastructure is key.
My goals are, Residents Homeowners Rights, healthy economic development, traffic, environment and best use of taxes and
Maintaining Our Beautiful Parks, Trails, & Awards.
Our Small Town appeal and Feel is Crucial.


Rochester Hills City Council at-large seat
Four candidates are vying for two four-year terms.

Jeff Duperon
Age: 54
Occupation: President and Owner of TNE International, LLC, a Rochester Hills-based International Trade Company.
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: Since Dec. 2019, Nearly 20 Years.
Online campaign information: www.jeff4rochesterhills.com
Education: AAS in Electronic Engineering Technology, BAS in Automated Manufacturing Technology, and an MBA.
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Increase access and affordability to senior housing. Preserve and Strengthen our parks, natural resources, and green spaces. Elevate our Leadership in green energy and Infrastructure – We can be #1 in Michigan. Keep Rochester Hills Property Taxes among the lowest in Oakland County.  Invest in Increased citizen participation in the City’s decisions through community outreach.  Focus on strategic business investment in our community that enhances the quality of life for ALL residents.

Dale Hetrick (I)
Age: 61
Occupation: Life Insurance Specialist
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: 25 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/DaleHetrick.RH.CityCouncil
Education: Bachelor of Science Engineering, MBA Global Management
Previously held elected offices: Rochester Hills City Council At-Large
Top goals:
Public Safety – Focus on assuring we maintain and improve on our reputation as the Safest City in Michigan.
Roads — Traffic congestion is the top concern of residents. I will assure the City continues to budget for and produce road improvements that reduce congestion and improve road quality.
Innovation — Complete transformational projects that include the Auburn Corridor and Innovation Hills.
Finance — Maintain the City’s strong financial position now and into the future.

Theresa Mungioli            
Age: 61
Occupation: Certified Project Manager (PMP) at General Motors
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills   
For how long: 32 years
Online campaign information: www.electmungioli.com
Education: Master in Management from Walsh College (2011) and Bachelor of Science from the College of New Rochelle (1980)
Previously held elected offices: Rochester Community Schools Board of Education 1993-2001
Top goals: Values – balance taxes/revenues with expenses so property values remain affordable
Opportunity — work with the community to find new ways for families and businesses to thrive.
Transparency — Communicate with the community so they know where tax dollars are spent, have input into the budget process and provide accountability to the community.  Share the strategic plan/master plan so residents know where the growth/building will take place.
Excellence — continue to find new ways for Rochester Hills to excel.

Sharon Pizzuti
Age: 49
Occupation: Executive Director
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: 27 years
Online campaign information: https://sharonpizzuti.com/
Education: Graduate of Oakland University, BA
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: Public service is about advocating for people, not politics. My top goal is to utilize my 31 years of government and consulting experience to further the success of Rochester Hills by being fiscally conservative, encouraging responsible economic development, supporting public safety, respecting our history, protecting our environment, and honoring every resident. Endorsed by Mayor Bryan Barnett. I am humbly asking for your vote on November 5th or via absentee ballot. Thank you kindly.


Rochester Hills City Council, second district
Two candidates are vying for one four-year term.

David J. Blair
Age: 37
Occupation: Technology Services
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills, MI
For how long: 10 Years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/BlairForRH
Education: Bachelor of Science in Information Systems, Lawrence Technological University; Master of Science in Information Systems, Lawrence Technological University; Master of Business Administration, Lawrence Technological University
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals:    
Maintaining the character of Rochester Hills
Protecting the city’s aesthetics as business and infrastructure expands
Continuing to make Rochester Hills a welcoming and safe community for all residents
Maintaining our standard of excellence in planning and community operations

Khary Mason
Age: 42
Occupation: Detroit Police Homicide Detective (in law enforcement for 21+ years)
Municipality of residence: Rochester Hills
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: Facebook:@masonforrochester hillscitycouncil
Education: Continuing education in law enforcement practices for more than 2 decades / some college at College for Creative Studies for photography
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top goals are the safety of all citizens, transparency in government, and progressing toward a government that more accurately reflects the diversity in the population that it serves.

 

Rochester Charter Amendment Proposal A
It is proposed that Section 3.4 of the Charter of the City of Rochester be amended to remove specific compensation amounts for the Mayor and members of City Council from the Charter as compensation is determined by the compensation commission as set forth in Sec. 2-261 – 2- 264 of the City Code.
Shall this Amendment as proposed be adopted?

 

Rochester Charter Amendment Proposal B
It is proposed that Section 6.4 – Health, of the Charter of the City of Rochester be deleted in its entirety as the City no longer has a Board of Health as those functions are performed by the Oakland County Health Division.
Shall this Amendment as proposed be adopted?


Rochester Charter Amendment Proposal C
“It is proposed that Chapter 13 – Municipal Court, of the Charter of the City of Rochester be deleted in its entirety as the Municipal Court has been abolished and replaced by the 52-3 District Court pursuant to MCL 600.9921, and the City does not utilize constables.
Shall this Amendment as proposed be adopted?”


Rochester Charter Amendment Proposal D
It is proposed that Section 14.1 – Notice to City of Claim for Injuries, of the Charter of the City of Rochester be deleted in its entirety as this Section is superseded by the governmental liability/immunity for negligence statues, MCL 691.1401 et seq.
Shall this Amendment as proposed be adopted?


Rochester Charter Amendment Proposal E
It is proposed that Section 6.11, subsection (b), of the Charter of the City of Rochester be amended to change the value of real property needing to have voter approval before it can be sold from $2.00 per capita to $50,000 state equalized value, which will be adjusted at the start of each fiscal year by the percentage increase in the Consumers Price Index (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) starting on July 1, 2020.
Shall this Amendment as proposed be adopted?


Rochester Charter Amendment Proposal F
It is proposed that Section 4.1 of the Charter of the City of Rochester be amended to change the minimum age for an elective office candidate from 25 to 21 years old, and to provide that the candidate must attain the minimum age of 21 by the date of that election.
Shall this Amendment as proposed be adopted?


Rochester Hills Local Roads Millages Renewal
Shall the City of Rochester Hills continue to levy up to a total of 1.0965 mills ($1.0965 per $1,000.00) on taxable value of property located in the City for ten (10) years beginning with Fiscal Year 2021 and running through Fiscal Year 2030, inclusive, which will raise an estimated $4,046,230.00 in the first year if levied in full, to be used for maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads and streets and to provide a source of matching funds to support special assessment and grant programs for local roads and streets. If approved, this will renew previously authorized, but expiring, local road special millages.


Rochester Community Schools Millage Proposal: Building and Site Sinking Fund Tax Levy
Shall the limitation on the total amount of taxes which may be levied against all property in Rochester Community School District, Counties of Oakland and Macomb, State of Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1.5000 mills ($1.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 (ten) years, 2020 to 2029, inclusive, to create a sinking fund for the purpose of construction or repair of school buildings, the improvement and development of sites, security improvements, acquiring or upgrading technology, and for any other purpose which may be authorized by law? It is estimated that the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in the 2020 calendar year shall be approximately $7,881,817; revenues from this millage will be disbursed to Rochester Community School District.


Oakland Community College Operating Millage Renewal Proposal
This proposal authorizes Oakland Community College to continue to levy 0.7545 mill for operating purposes for 10 years as a renewal of millage previously approved by the electors in 2010, which expires with the 2021 tax levy.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied on all taxable property within the Oakland Community College district, State of Michigan, be renewed at a rate of 0.7545 mill ($0.7545 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 10 years, 2022 through 2031, inclusive, to provide funds for College operating purposes? It is estimated that if the millage is approved and 0.7545 mill is levied in 2022, it would raise $45,065,057 for the College.

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