Voters to decide school boards, county commissioners

Madison - Park News | Published October 7, 2020

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In the Madison-Park News’ coverage area, voters will decide local races involving school boards and the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, as well as other county, state and national races during the general election Nov. 3. Local 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.

 

Lamphere Public Schools Board of Education  
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: Robert Borngesser (I) and William Mier (I).


Madison District Public Schools Board of Education
Twelve candidates are running for four four-year terms.

Nanette Basler
Age: 35
Occupation: Domestic Engineer, as well as many volunteer efforts. Madison District PTO President. Athletic Booster. Band Boosters. 2 year Madison Heights Wolverines Board Member — fundraising coordinator. MDPS District Improvement Committee.
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Elect-Nanette-Basler-Madison-District-School-Board- Trust ee-105044594682507/
Education: High School Diploma
Previously held elected office: No answer given
Top goals: My top goals if elected are: Quarterly Board Training. Maintain a sustainable budget. Increased opportunities for students. Create positive relationships with families, community members and staff. Increase enrollment.

Crystal Beaver
Age: 35
Occupation: Domestic Engineer
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 8 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: My top goals after being elected are as followed. 1. Secure a financially sound budget that benefits our students, community, and tax payers. 2. Increase available training for the Board of Education. 3. Increase in district enrollment. 4. Seek academic curriculum that is comparable to the top schools. 5. Operate with REAL transparency.
 
Johnathon Beaver
Age: 35
Occupation: Cable Lineman
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: About 20 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: No answer given
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: My goal for the future of our district, is that we can create an environment that makes our students the main focus of every decision that is made. I aspire to do my very best to make every student, and family feel the same compassion, and dedication as anyone else. I have poured my heart and sweat into this district, and want nothing but success for our families.

Rebecca Chambliss
Age: 37
Occupation: Registered Nurse
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: Facebook: Elect Rebecca Chambliss for Madison district School Board Trustee
Education: College: Applied Sciences-Nursing
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: My goal is to be a strong voice, forcing changes that benefit all the children of the district. I want advanced placement for qualifying students, enriched programs that benefit the current student body as well as appeal to new students. I believe in providing the residents and families full transparency, while encouraging them to feel safe and welcomed in speaking out to the board with their concerns. Working smarter to manage the current budget, without...

Mark Holcomb (I)
Age: 62
Occupation: CNC Machinist
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 29 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: High School
Previously held elected office: Madison District School Board Trustee 2020
Top goals: Continue to work on the Michigan Advanced Manufacturing Collaboration (MAMC.) Work with the Operators Engineers 324 to set up Career Day (when feasible due to Covid-19.) Work to get school buildings repaired. Keep a balanced budget. To have more Town Hall meetings (Zoom, if necessary) to keep parents and taxpayers informed of what is happening. Work with the Madison District Superintendent to provide more board training.  

Cindy Rothwell Holder
Age: 61
Occupation: Administrative Assistant
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: Lifelong
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: OCC
Previously held elected office: Madison District School Board 20+ years, Madison Heights City Council 1 year.
Top goals: Continue transparency and responsible spending, while providing a quality education to our students.  After serving, I continued to stay involved, informed and attend meetings. The previous board had non-residents serving as members. They advertised a K2C charity that I exposed was never legally established; had proven fundraisers, and a zero balance. I feel we need to support the majority of current Board Members that have worked diligently through public attacks and lies to continue forward. 

Barbara Kastle (I)
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Retired from AT&T, Part-Time Caregiver
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 10 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: BA in Liberal Arts from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, Psychology/Sociology
Previously held elected office: Madison Board of Education, and has previously served as Precinct Chair and/or Election Inspector in numerous elections.
Top goals: It has been an honor to serve on the MDPS BOE for almost two years and I hope to continue in this capacity!  A school board member’s primary responsibility is set the vision and goals for the district.  I’d like to continue moving our strong positive platform forward to ensure that the kids of our district are prepared to meet the future!  This is a job that I do not take lightly!

Mark L. Kimble (I)
Age: 56
Occupation: Real Estate Broker/Owner
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 53 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Graduate of Madison Schools / OCC
Previously held elected office: Madison Board of Education
Top goals: 4 years ago I joined the board to stop the corruption, the no bid work, which we did. Restore the district to sound financial footing while improving the quality of education. There is still much work to do. We have buildings in desperate need of repair that has been neglected when the district had surplus money (2012). I am NOT in favor of large bond issues like other candidates with no experience running for office.

Wayne LaForge
Age: 53
Occupation: No answer given
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 50 years
Online campaign information: www.waynelaforge.com
Education: Madison High School class of 1986
Previously held elected office: No answer given
Top goals: My goal as a BOE Member is to work with the board as a team to establish a clearer vision and goals for Madison District and the Superintendent. Hold town halls to meet with parents, students and staff to start addressing issues. Discussion on budget, educational and programs needed for all students and repairs. Each family and student should be treated equally but their situations must be individually. Be a member with nothing to hide.

Alexander Marr
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Bill Pittman (I)
Age: 58
Occupation: Proposal Engineer
Municipality of residence: Madison Heights
For how long: 58 years
Online campaign information: No answer given
Education: Some college
Previously held elected office: Madison District Public Schools - Board of Education (May 2011 to present)
Top goals: Every school district’s main focus should be educating the students. The last few years the focus has drifted from the students to the general fund. While the general fund is very important, making cuts is not the only way to build a general fund. Building enrollment adds to the general fund. It is difficult, if not impossible, to increase enrollment when you cut programs and technology that will enhance a student’s education.

Seit Selimi
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Hazel Park Public Schools Board of Education
Eight candidates are running for four four-year terms.

Melissa Baldwin
Age: 40
Occupation: Property Manager/Homemaker
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 9 years
Online campaign information: Facebook — Melissa Baldwin for Hazel Park School Board
Education: Child development courses and training
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: Increase parent and community participation in the district by creating more opportunities for volunteers to be a part of daily learning in our schools. We have amazing students and staff in Hazel Park. More support would take our schools to the next level. Equally promote and maintain college readiness and career training with programs and partnerships with career professionals and local businesses. Work to improve policy follow-through and school-to-family communication.

Heidi Fortress
Age: 48
Occupation: Accountant
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 48 years
Online campaign information: Heidi Fortress for Hazel Park School Board
Education: BBA in accounting from Davenport University
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: School board are elected to serve the community.  In my service, I will serve by making the voices of the community heard.  I will serve by listening to the community concerns and following up with public answers.  I will serve by complying with board policy and strive to make that policy transparent and clear fro the public.  It is time for change.

Rose Mary Hammonds (I)
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Charles Hemple (I)
Age: 55
Occupation: Sheet Metal Worker Local 80
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 40 years
Online campaign information: Facebook - Re-Elect Charles Hemple for HP School Board
Education: Hazel Park Class of 1985
Previously held elected office: Precinct Delegate, Hazel Park
Top goals: If elected I will continue to make the safety of all students my priority. School should be a safe zone and no student should fear being at school. I would also like to focus on more sports for the lower grade at the Junior High. Test scores are a concern, students need more one on one time in the classrooms. If elected I will watch the spending so we will not go back into deficit.

Ian Lloyd
Age: 42
Occupation: Medical Social Worker, Licensed Master Social Worker at the Beaumont Grosse Pointe Hospital Department of Care Management
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 30+ years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Hazel.Park.School.Board/posts/1137889504
Education: Hazel Park High School Diploma; Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare, University of Washington; Masters of Social Work [Clinical], University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Michigan Department of Education: School Social Worker; Graduate School Credential, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor [full approval]; Licensed Master Social Worker, Michigan Department of Health, Board of Social Work  
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals: As an honorably discharged active duty military veteran, home owner and father to a 4 y/o son, I share in the quest to provide our children a world class education!   My top priority as a candidate running for school board is to provide the trust in leadership needed to achieve educational excellence in our small school district. My top goal is to foster and nurture a healthy atmosphere of transparency and accountability to all stakeholders.   

Dawn Rice
Age: 60
Occupation: Owner of a local tax preparation service
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 35 years
Online campaign information: Committee to Elect Dawn Rice for School Board on Facebook
Education: 22 years of continuous training in IRS policies, procedures, and regulations pertaining to tax preparation.
Previously held elected office: None
Top goals:  I believe our school board members must unite and take a more active role and listen to the stakeholders. My priorities will be focused on safety, the best learning practices for our kids, and be a listening ear for staff and residents. I will insist on transparency of the finances. My mission includes advocating programs for industrial trades, adult education opportunities, and giving our local kids a reason to come to back to Hazel Park Schools.   

Kristy Schlak (I)
Age: 41
Occupation: Purchasing Manager
Municipality of residence: Hazel Park
For how long: 16 years
Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/Kristy-Schlak-for-Hazel-Park-School-Board-100252935146891
Education: AA Business Administration and BA Marketing
Previously held elected office: Hazel Park School Board Trustee 2016 - Present
Top goals: Continue the forward momentum that the current board has set in motion with our administration. Now that our biggest problem of debt has been solved, we as a board can move on to other issues like test scores and discipline in the district and make Hazel Park an even better district. I have always held the mantra, “Be part of the solution” Serving on the board allows me to do that. 

Lance Starler
Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Hazel Park Memorial District Library Board
Two candidates are running unopposed for four four-year terms: Adam Duberstein and Barbara Winter.


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.


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.


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/Nepo4Oakland
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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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/attor ney/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: welch forjustice.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.

 

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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