Voters to decide state, county, local positions, millages

Macomb Township Chronicle | Published October 24, 2018

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In the Chronicle’s coverage area, voters will decide multiple state, county and local school board races, three statewide ballot proposals and a Chippewa Valley Schools proposal on Nov. 6. 

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. 

Profiles do not appear for candidates running unopposed. For complete election coverage, visit



Six candidates are running for one four-year term.



Bill Schuette

Age: 64 

Occupation: Attorney General, conservative candidate for governor  

Municipality of residence: Midland

For how long: Since he was a child

Online campaign information: No answer given  

Education: Georgetown University and University of San Francisco Law School 

Previously held elected offices: He has served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Michigan Senate, and as a Judge on the Michigan Court of Appeals. 

Top goals: As Michigan’s next governor, I will make Michigan win again. We will grow our paychecks and population. We will accomplish this by finally cutting auto insurance rates (currently the highest in America), improve low-ranking 3rd grade reading scores, increase vocational training for skilled trade careers, and drive a stake through the Granholm Income Tax hike, which has cost Michigan families $8 billion.



Gretchen Whitmer

Age: 46 

Occupation: Candidate for Governor

Municipality of residence: East Lansing, MI

For how long: 20+ Years

Online campaign information: gretchen

Education: Michigan State University, College of Law, Magna Cum Laude 

Michigan State University, BA Communications

Previously held elected offices: Senate Democratic Leader, 2010 - 2014; Michigan State Senate, 2006 - 2014; Michigan State Representative, 2000 - 2006

Top goals: 

Fix our roads the right way, the first time, with high-quality materials and mix so we can get the job done right. 

Make sure every Michigander has a quality public education that gets them on a path to a high wage skill.

Make health care more affordable. As Senate Democratic Leader, I negotiated with Republicans to expand health care to more than 680,000 Michiganders. As governor, I’ll take on Republicans who threaten our care.



Bill Gelineau

Age: 58

Occupation: Title Agent

Municipality of residence: Lowell

For how long: No answer given

Online campaign information:

Education: Wayne State

Previously held elected offices: No answer given

Top goals: Our goal is to destroy the system that only allows 2 voices (D’s and R’s) to dominate the political structures of the state. Our plan is to implement Ranked Choice Voting (see:

By reducing expenditures on prisons and crony capitalism, we have the money to fix roads, make prudent investments in school counselors, and restructure school districts.

We’re the best hope to give Michigan another choice and foster sensible solutions. www.

U.S. Taxpayers

Todd Schleiger 

Age: 52

Occupation: Transportation Specialist

Municipality of residence: Lake Orion

For how long: 7 years

Online campaign information:

Education: High School and some online Business Courses

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My Top goals to reform and better our schools, lower auto insurance by up to 70%, Lower Health insurance cost by up to 50%, actually fix our roads and infrastructure without raising our taxes.


Natural Law

Keith Butkovich

Age: 34

Occupation: Retail management

Municipality of residence: Wayne

For how long: 11 years

Online campaign information:

Education: HS Diploma, Lamphere High School, Madison Heights

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: Reduce car insurance rates, eliminate income tax, more freedom and less government.



Jennifer V. Kurland

Age: 37 

Occupation: N/A

Municipality of residence: Redford Twp

For how long: 13 years

Online campaign information:

Education: Associate’s Degree – Liberal Arts – Schoolcraft College

Bachelor’s Degree – Political Science Public Affairs – Wayne State University

Previously held elected offices: Redford Union School Board Trustee – elected 2012 to 2013 – 2018 term, served as President for 3 1/2 years, currently Treasurer

Top goals: My top goals are to make the people of Michigan’s lives better, more prosperous, and pollution free.  Addressing the statewide crisis of lead poisoning in children, growing issues with PFAs, and begin charging the true cost of doing business to corporate polluters.  We can put Michiganders to work with good, green jobs of the future in trades and by taking further advantage of the new businesses that growing industrial hemp will bring to our state.


Secretary of State 

Four candidates are running for one four-year term. 



Mary Treder Lang

Age: 58

Occupation: VP of Major Gifts at Vista Maria (On a leave of absence)

Municipality of residence: Grosse Pointe Farms

For how long: 27 and the previous 31 years in Grosse Pointe Woods

Online campaign information: marytrederlangfor

Education: B.S. in both Accounting and Marketing from the University of Dayton

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My top goals if elected are to improve our branch offices by increasing online services, introducing an ExpressSOS app for smart phones, expanding MI-Time, and providing self-service kiosks in Michigan based-businesses across the state.

I also want to increase elections training for clerks and poll workers along with recruiting additional poll workers to help with understaffed precincts on Election Day. I will forge partnerships with Secretaries of States nationally to learn best practices.



Jocelyn Benson

Age: 41

Occupation: CEO & President, Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) 

Municipality of residence: Detroit, Michigan

For how long: 14 years

Online campaign information: 

Education: Wellesley College, B.A., Harvard Law School, J.D., Oxford University (UK), M.Phil.

Previously held elected offices: Wellesley Town Meeting, Wellesley, MA

Top goals: I am running for Secretary of State to save people time, save them money, and protect their voice and their vote.  As Michigan’s chief elections officer I will work to make it easier to vote and harder to cheat.  The priorities I will fight for are a 30-Minute Guarantee for services; a ban on fee increases; secure elections, protecting the sacred right to vote; and taking Michigan from worst to first in transparency and ethics.



Gregory Scott Stempfle

Age: 41

Occupation: Medical Technologist

Municipality of residence: Ferndale

For how long: 8 years

Online campaign information:

Education:  BS Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Wayne State (2008), MS Molecular Biology, Wayne State (2015)

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: The most important responsibility of the Secretary of State is to guarantee the fair administration of elections. To that end I will be a strong supporter of expanding voting rights and making the registration and voting process easier and I will advocate for election reforms that will make our elected officials more representative of the voting public and expand the inclusion of independent and third party candidates.


U.S. Taxpayers

Robert Gale

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Attorney General

Five candidates are running for one four-year term.



Tom Leonard

Age: 37

Occupation: Speaker of the Michigan House of Representatives

Municipality of residence: DeWitt, MI

For how long: 11 years

Online campaign information:

Education: BA, University of Michigan; JD, Michigan State University

Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 2013-2018

Top goals: I have spent my entire career making Michigan safer and stronger, and that will be my top priority as Michigan’s next attorney general. I have a detailed plan ready to go to put a stronger focus on fighting violent crime, rooting out sexual predators and continuing to reform Michigan’s broken mental health system. And with experience as a prosecutor and an assistant attorney general, I have the right experience to put it into action.



Dana Nessel

Age: 49

Occupation: President, Fair Michigan Foundation

Municipality of residence: Plymouth

For how long: 10+ years

Online campaign information:

Education: BA, University of Michigan. JD, Wayne State University. 

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: “As I see it, the role of Attorney General is to be the last legal line of defense in protecting Michigan citizens from abuses by predatory actors. Unfortunately, our current Attorney General can and should be counted as one of those bad actors, in addition to our current President. My top priorities in office will be centered around returning the office of Attorney General to what it was always intended to be, the people’s attorney. “



Lisa Lane Gioia

Age: 50

Occupation: small business owner

Municipality of residence: West Bloomfield

For how long: 15 years

Online campaign information: lisaforlib

Education: Bachelor of Arts with Distinction, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals:

(1) Should the cannabis proposal pass, ensuring a smooth transition to new laws, including promoting the release of all persons incarcerated for non-violent, marijuana-related crimes.

(2) Thorough review of all cases currently before the Office of the AG to ensure they have been handled properly in protecting individual freedoms and providing restitution to victims.

(3) Eliminating civil asset forfeiture.

(4) Monitoring and prosecuting injustices/abuses perpetrated by government and law enforcement officials.


U.S. Taxpayers

Gerald T. Van Sickle

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


No party affiliation

Chris Graveline

Age: 45

Occupation: Attorney (most recent position: Chief, Violent & Organized Crime Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office – Eastern District of Michigan)

Municipality of residence: Berkley

For how long: 9 years

Online campaign information:

Education: MA — International Affairs, Catholic University of America; JD — University of New Hampshire Law School; BA — Liberal Arts, Magdalen College

Previously held elected offices: Board of Parks & Recreation (non-partisan) — Town of Warner, NH (during law school)

Top goals: My top goal is to remove partisan political considerations from the Attorney General’s office. Both political parties have targeted the attorney general positions nationwide as a means to advance their policy arguments through lawsuit. This practice must end. Instead, I would focus the office’s resources on helping our cities and municipalities in curbing violent crime, the opioid trade, human trafficking, and identity theft. Additionally, I would shift resources to aggressively pursue consumer protection enforcement.


U.S. Senate

Five candidate are running for one six-year term.



John James

Age: 37

Occupation: President, James Group International

Municipality of residence: Farmington Hills, MI

For how long: 8 Years

Online campaign information:


United States Military Academy: Bachelor of Science

Penn State University: Master of Supply Chain Management and Information Systems

University of Michigan: Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: I have a passion for service. My core values are: Faith and Family, God and Country and Service before Self. My goal as a Senator is bringing economic opportunity back to Michigan and getting help to the 22 veterans that commit suicide each day. From the battlefield to the boardroom, I have served my country and my community my entire life, and I am running for Senate to protect the American Dream for future generations.



Debbie Stabenow (I)

Age: 68

Occupation: U.S. Senator

Municipality of residence: Lansing

For how long: Adulthood

Online campaign information: www.debbiestabe

Education: Michigan State University - B.A. and M.S.W.

Previously held elected offices:

-United States Senator 

-United States Representative for Michigan’s 8th Congressional District

-State Senator in Michigan Senate

-State Representative in Michigan House of Representatives 

-Commissioner and Chair, Ingham County Board of Commissioners

Top goals: I am a champion for Michigan’s economy and good jobs. That’s why I focus on growing a diverse economy in Michigan that includes manufacturing, technology, small business creation, agriculture, education and career training. I am also focused on lowering costs for families, whether it’s the cost of college, health insurance or prescription drugs. Every day, I suit up for Michigan and fight for our families and way of life.


U.S. Taxpayers

George E. Huffman III

Did not return questionnaire by press time.



Marcia Squier

Age: 43

Occupation: Exercise/Fitness Instructor.

Municipality of residence: Saint Clair Shores

For how long: Saint Clair Shores resident for 8 years. Currently moving to Sterling Heights. Lifelong Michigan (Metro Detroit Area)

Online campaign information: marcias

Education: Fraser Public Schools- Top10 in Class of 1993 (4.07 GPA)

Wayne State University- Bachelor of Science Degree with Major in Psychology on a full academic scholarship and partial athletic scholarship (3.58 GPA). Lifetime Member of Golden Key National Honor Society.

Previously held elected offices: None 

Top goals: #HIRE Jobs Program (Healthcare, Infrastructure, Renewables and Education). Retroactive Cannabis and Hemp Legalization. End War on Drugs altogether. Healthcare and Education for All (PreK-PhD/Skilled Trades). Bring Our Troops home and End the Never-ending War on Terror/Interventionistic Regime Change Wars. Eliminate megacorporations’ chokehold on governmental policies and officials. Tax reform that favors the Individual and Small Businesses. Hand-counted Paper Ballots with Citizen Oversight (NOT Machine-counted with Government Oversight).


Natural Law

John Howard Wilhelm

Age: 79

Occupation: Retired Economist

Municipality of residence: Ann Arbor, MI

For how long: Since 1961

Online campaign information:

Education: Ph.D. Economics, University of Michigan, 1974

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: To have the visibility, ties and resources to push for voting reform at the federal level to open up our political processes to credible third parties and to use that to push for better policy discussions in light of the Club of Rome projections, impending peak oil, populations sustainability and the issue of immigration. Also to push for reform of our intelligence operations, and foreign policy concerning Russia and the Middle East. See my website.


U.S. House of Representatives District 10

Four candidates are running for one two-year term.



Paul Mitchell (I)

Did not return questionnaire by press time.



Kimberly Bizon

Did not return questionnaire by press time.



Harley Mikkelson

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


No party affiliation

Jeremy Peruski

Age: 44

Occupation: Finance advisor to global technology companies

Municipality of residence: Wheatland Township in Sanilac County

For how long: Lived there for 2 years registered there for 15 years

Online campaign information: 

Education: Deckerville Community Schools, Michigan State University-BA, George Washington University- MBA

Previously held elected offices: Not a career politician 

Top goals: Bring representation back to our community- One Vote, One Voice, not party talking points or special interests’ demands. 

Ensure that America’s economy is stable and sustainable for the long-term - Both parties have used America as a bottomless piggy bank. As a fiscal conservative, this must stop.

Make the American Dream affordable again - Control escalating healthcare, education and insurance costs that directly impact our families. These costs shouldn’t be bankrupting friends and families.




State Senate District 10

Three candidates are running for one four-year term.

Michael MacDonald
Age: No answer given
Occupation: Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual
Municipality of residence: Macomb
For how long: No answer given

Online campaign information:
Education: De La Salle High School Graduate and a Doctorate Degree in Health Administration
Previously held elected offices: First Time Candidate
Top goals: Fixing Michigan’s roads and infrastructure is critical to our success and we can fix them now without raising taxes. Michigan drivers pay the highest auto insurance rates in the nation, pricing people out of the market. It is time to reform no-fault auto insurance to make driving affordable again. Finally, providing hands-on training is vital for our students because college is not the pathway to success for everyone and we need to support skilled trades.

Henry Yanez

Age: 61

Occupation: State Representative / Former Firefighter

Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights

For how long: 10 years

Online campaign information:

Education: Associates Degree in Fire Sciences and General Studies

Previously held elected offices: State Representative 25th District (2013-present)

Top goals: My top priorities are: fixing our crumbling roads, bridges, and water infrastructure; lowering the cost of auto-insurance; cutting taxes for working families; repealing the retirement tax; lowering the cost of prescription drugs; investing in K-12 education and skilled trades to create good paying jobs in Macomb County; protecting our Great Lakes and environment from PFAS and other contaminants; and enacting policies that promote economic opportunity for all.      

Mike Saliba

Age: 34

Occupation: Loan verification

Municipality of residence: Clinton Twp

For how long: 34 years

Online campaign information: Facebook/electmikesaliba

Education: Some college and trade school.
Previously held elected offices: No answer given

Top goals: End prohibition of marijuana and help

Repeal no-fault auto insurance

Cut occupational licensing requirements

Reduce administrative rules and regulations

Eliminate civil asset forfeiture

Promote choice in education

Adopt ranked choice voting

Curb police abuseand political use of the national guard

Expand concealed carry


State House of Representatives District 24

Two candidates are running for one two-year term.



Steve Marino (I)

Age: 29 

Occupation: State Representative, 24th House District 

Municipality of residence: Harrison Township 

For how long: 29 years 

Online campaign information: repsteve 

Education: Michigan State University • B.A. Economics • B.A. Public Policy and Public Administration • B.A. Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy 

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner, District 10 • Harrison Township Zoning Board of Appeals

Top goals: I am running for re-election to ensure that Michigan’s economic climate continues to head in the right direction and toward a full recovery from the “lost decade.” We must continue forging a job-friendly environment by removing unnecessary regulations, limiting government and unfunded mandates, providing a skilled workforce, and collaborating with our key industries so our businesses are able to compete in today’s global economy.


Laura Winn
Age: 55
Occupation: Owner, Two Girls & a Bucket Cleaning Co.
Municipality of residence: Macomb Twp
For how long: No answer given
Online campaign information:
Education: Centerline HS, Class of 81
Previously held elected offices: None
Top goals: My top priority if elected will be to help pass the Fair & Affordable No Fault Reform Package. This bipartisan piece of legislation will lower our astronomical auto insurance rates by creating a fraud authority to crackdown on those who abuse the system, allow seniors to opt of catastrophic coverage. It will also force the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to justify its rates through independent auditing and subjecting it to the Open Meetings & FOIA.


State House of Representatives District 33

Two candidates are running for one two-year term.



Jeff Yaroch (I)

Age: 47

Occupation: State Representative

Municipality of residence: City of Richmond

For how long: 25 years, lifelong resident of Macomb County

Online campaign information: 

Education: Chippewa Valley High School; Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management; Juris Doctor and licensed attorney; Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government

Previously held elected offices: Richmond City Council (1999 – 2016); Republican Precinct Delegate

Top goals: My main goal is to address the issues I hear about from the people who live in our district: roads, the high cost of car insurance, protecting our water, fiscal responsibility, government accountability, mental health, school safety, and education (including career technical education). I have either sponsored, or supported, legislation to address all of these issues. While I hear a lot about healthcare, that issue is mainly controlled by the federal, not the state, government.



Andrea Geralds

Age: 39

Occupation: Personal Chef

Municipality of residence: Macomb

For how long: 6 years

Online campaign information: andreager

Education: BA, History; MA, History

Previously held elected offices: No answer given

Top goals: Clean water - clean water keeps us alive and supports the state economy. It belongs to us, and nobody has the right to sell it to donors or pollute it for tax breaks for special interests.

Better roads - this speaks for itself. Better education - free or reduced cost college, more investment in PreK-12 education. Better funding for Special Education.


Macomb County Executive

Two candidates are running for one four-year term



Joseph M. Hunt

Age: 52

Occupation: Computer Systems Engineer

Municipality of residence: City of Warren

For how long: 26 years

Online campaign information: Google

Education: Macomb Community College, Ferris State College, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: Several top goals to be addressed once elected to the Macomb County Executive position would be: 1) Appoint proactive citizens to departments, boards, commissions, and authorities 2)Overhaul the IT, Legal, and Human Resources departments with reorganization provisions of the County Charter, 3) engage federal authorities to address internal government corruption regarding pay to play contracts, 4) fix the deplorable roads and unsafe bridges , and 5) promote Macomb as a regionalized, international Motor County.



Mark A. Hackel (I)

Age: 56

Occupation: Macomb County Executive

Municipality of residence: Macomb Township

For how long: Lifelong Macomb County Resident

Online campaign information:

Education: Masters of Science Administration Degree, May 1996

Central Michigan University - Public Administration​

Bachelors of Arts Degree​, December 1991

Wayne State University - Criminal Justice​

Graduate​, June 1980

Sterling Heights High School, June 1980

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Sheriff: 2001-2010

Macomb County Executive: 2011 - Present

Top goals: My top priority is to continue encouraging families, businesses, and other organizations to Make Macomb Their Home. I will accomplish that by maintaining the momentum in population growth, economic expansion, roads and infrastructure improvement, government efficiency and social improvement programs that has led to unprecedented progress in Macomb County over the past 8 years.


Macomb County Clerk/ Register of Deeds

Two candidates are running for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2020.



Lisa Sinclair

Age: 42

Occupation: Staff Nurse (RN) Emergency Department, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital

Municipality of residence: Harrison Township

For how long: Since March 2017

Online campaign information:

Education: Michigan State University, BA, Political Science/Pre-Law and Macomb Community College, ADN, Nursing (RN)

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: We need an emergency room professional to straighten out the emergency in the Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds Office!

Lisa Sinclair (like Lake St. Clair) will bring a healing calm and quality back to the Office.

My campaign promise is: fair & efficient service with a smile, and tough enough to get the job done! I will be there in the very best of times (birth, marriage) and during the worst of times (death, divorce).



Fred Miller

Age: 45

Occupation: Deputy Treasurer, Oakland County Treasurer’s Office

Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens

For how long: 16 years at current address

Online campaign information:

Education: B.A. Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from James Madison College at Michigan State University

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner for 3 terms (2011-2016); Michigan State Representative for 3 terms (2005-2010)

Top goals: Ensuring excellent customer service at the Clerk’s Office is my top priority. As County Commissioner I chaired the Finance Committee and have a detailed understanding of the Clerk’s budget, duties, and structure. I have a proven track record of reform – fighting pay hikes for politicians, installing checks and balances in county contracting, and authoring Macomb County’s first Ethics Ordinance. If elected, I will refuse the perks of a county car and free gas.


16th Circuit Court Judge — New Judgeship

Two candidates are running for one eight-year term.


Julie Gatti

Age: 51 

Occupation: Attorney, Law Office of Julie Gatti, PLLC  

Municipality of residence: Clinton Township 

For how long: 27 years 

Online campaign information: www.gat 

Education: B.A., Business Administration, Pre-Law, Michigan State University 1989; J.D., Wayne State Law School, 1995 

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My goal is to serve this community and its litigants as a level-headed, hard-working, impartial judge who interprets and applies the law without regard to politics or personal philosophy. Having appeared with clients in every courthouse within Macomb County for the past 22 years, I understand the role of a good judge and the importance of running a respectful and efficient courtroom. I will be committed to the fair administration of equal justice.


Elizabeth Pyden

Age: 43

Occupation: Attorney

Municipality of residence: Clinton Township 

For how long: 43 years

Online campaign information:

Education: University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, BS/BA-1997; Wayne State University Law School, J.D. 2000

Previously held elected offices: Chippewa Valley Board of Education

Top goals:  

Make tough decisions decisively with balance and fairness

Honor and protect our community and keep it safe

Work with all agencies to find the right services for those who appear in court

Dedicate to fostering professionalism in and out of the courtroom

Respect of everyone who comes in the courtroom and offer a full opportunity to be heard

Efficient disposition of cases

Achieve accuracy, clarity and consistency in the interpretation of the law


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 9

Two candidates are running for one two-year term.



Kurt Broadbridge

Age: 48

Occupation: President, Spectrum Innovations, Inc.

Municipality of residence: Macomb Township

For how long: I have been a Macomb Township resident for 16 years. Prior to moving to Macomb Township, I was a resident of Clinton Township for 23 years.

Online campaign information: www.kurtbroad

Education: Undergraduate business degree from Wayne State University specializing in entrepreneurship; MBA.

Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate since 2014.

Top goals: I am running for office because I think it’s time to bring a new perspective with new ideas. New ideas are what it will take to solve problems and advance our community. I am committed to figuring out how to fix the roads, continuing to grow jobs and support small businesses in Macomb County, ensuring fiscal responsibility, leading the charge for smaller government with local control, and supporting ALL constituents.



Elizabeth Ann Lucido (I)

Age: 45

Occupation: Macomb County Commissioner District 9 and Kindergarten Teacher

Municipality of residence: Clinton Township

For how long: 14 years 

Online campaign information: Facebook: Elizabeth Lucido for County Commissioner

Education: Bachelors Degree in Education from Wayne State University,  Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Saginaw Valley State University

Previously held elected offices: Macomb Community College (Trustee), Macomb County Commissioner District 9 (Incumbent)

Top goals: Maintaining and improving county programs that help seniors, veterans and families with medical, social and economic needs. Working with state legislators to increase funding for roads made of lasting materials. Push for standardized testing system to monitor our lakes and creeks pollution levels. Advocate for early head start and trades training programs. Encourage the county to buy local, hire local, and contract local to create and keep quality jobs here in our county.


Macomb County Board of Commissioners District 13

Two candidates are running for one two-year term.



Leon Drolet (I)

Age: 51

Occupation: Chair of MI Taxpayers Alliance, a nonprofit taxpayer rights advocacy group

Municipality of residence: Macomb Township

For how long: 12 years

Online campaign information: N/A

Education: Bachelor studies in political science at Oakland University

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County commissioner, MI state representative, 2000 – 2006

Top goals: Represent taxpayers’ family budgets first – not government budgets. Keep taxes low by eliminating less needed programs. Bring government employee pay/benefits in line with those in private sector. Focus existing taxes on core services like roads, sewers, police protection. No pay raises for politicians. Too many officials focus on funding government departments. I focus on protecting your budget (the citizen). Spend only on essential services, cut frivolous spending, and stop efforts to raise your taxes.



Joanne Recchia

Age: 56

Occupation: Self-employed Nordstrom Supplier

Municipality of residence: Macomb Township

For how long: 19 years

Online campaign information:

Education: Fraser High School Class of 1980

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: I hope to bring positive changes to our community by making sure all of our township concerns and interests are heard at the county level. I plan to fight to appropriate funds to fix and widen our roads to help promote the safety & growth of our community. I support the SMART bus services that many of our senior citizens and disabled residents so desperately rely on. I plan support our teachers, firefighters and sheriffs.


L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Board of Education

Three candidates are running for two six-year terms.


Necole Cichowlas 

Age: 41

Occupation: I am a career hairdresser, previously owning two salons. Once I began having children I was fortunate enough to sell those businesses in order to direct my focus on our family. I currently assist my husband in his company, Detroit Fire Tees.

Municipality of residence: Chesterfield Twp. 

For how long: 11 years

Online campaign information: las4lansecreuseboardofe

Education: I graduated from Regina High School in 1995, received my cosmetology license from the State of Michigan Apprentice Program, and attended the Macomb Community College Pre-Nursing Program.

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My top priority will be to ensure safety. Safety issues have become a concern across the country; students or staff should never fear going to work or school. I intend to work respectfully with all Board members to create a challenging collaborative learning community that prepares all students for success in a global society. I will help to bridge that gap between administration, the board, and our community; so all stakeholders truly have a voice. 


Hilary Dubay (I)

Age: 40

Occupation: L’Anse Creuse Board of Education, Treasurer & Entrepreneur

Municipality of residence: I happily reside in Harrison Township

For how long: 14 years

Online campaign information:

Education: Regina High School 1992-1996; Wayne State University 1996-2000

Previously held elected offices: L’Anse Creuse Board of Education

Top goals: Education is something that deserves our attention. Focusing on providing a quality education is fundamental. But most importantly, we must provide a safe environment for teaching and learning. I have always been very vigilant when it comes to the safety of students.  Being a driving force behind funding for this initiative is beginning to come to fruition. I look forward to continuing to service our community and providing a safe educational environment for our students.


Amy Servial (I)

Age: 71 years young

Occupation: Retired Nurse (RN)

Municipality of residence: Harrison Twp.

For how long: 40 year resident

Online campaign
information: school

Education: Degree in Nursing; High Park College

Previously held elected offices: Elected 2014 to the L’Anse Creuse Board of Education, current board President. 

Top goals: My goals for the future are:

Continue to improve building safety.  All threats are taken seriously and investigated.

Continue to vote NO on school of choice. Poaching students from other school districts is harmful to them.

Continue to support the expansion of the alternative career program.

Continue to maintain financial accountability and transparency. 

Continue to evaluate the new permanent substitute teachers’ program.

Continue the partnership between the Board and the Administration.



Two candidates are running for one partial term ending Dec. 31, 2020


Adam Lipski

Age: 35

Occupation: Senior AV & Technology Account Executive

Municipality of residence: Harrison Township

For how long: 4 years

Online campaign information: None

Education: De La Salle Collegiate, Xavier University - Bachelors of Arts in Business Management

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: The quality of education our district provides, children’s safety, and community involvement in our schools are the most important factors the district faces today. I will be a diligent voice for the children, their parents, and teachers to ensure their needs are not only heard but met at the highest expectation which they deserve. My wife is a school teacher and I have two children and two nephews in our school district. 


Jeffrey Pegg (I)

Age: 47

Occupation: 22 year Fire Fighter City of Detroit

Municipality of residence: Clinton Township

For how long: 18 years

Education: High School Graduate Divine Child.  Few Years of college at Wayne State.

Previously held elected offices: L’Anse Creuse Board of Education

Top goals: My top goals if elected to the School Board of L’Anse Creuse will be to continue to work towards improving the safety of students. With the amount of instances involving students and violence in the schools, security has to be a priority. Another goal would be to continue to rework the policies of the district to make them easier to follow and understand. Doing this makes the district more efficient and effective.


Chippewa Valley Schools Board of Education

Five candidates are running for two six-year terms.


Kostandino Aiello

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Denise Aquino (I)

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Grace Caporuscio

Age: No answer given

Occupation: Dental Hygienist

Municipality of residence: Macomb Township

For how long: 22 years

Online campaign information: Chippe

Education: University of Detroit Mercy Dental school- License in Dental Hygiene

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: Maintain our Strong and Safe Schools with an emphasis on “Many Students” “One Community.” Promote a reach beyond the classroom to a career after graduation. A Macomb resident and CVS parent of three, I have communicated much needed transparency of past and present CVS transactions by way of my website I bring conservative values, accountability to taxpayer resources, attention to wasteful spending, and open forums by video broadcasting all board meetings.


George Sobah (I)

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Robert Wojtowicz

Did not return questionnaire by press time.


Chippewa Valley – Safety, Security And School Improvement Bond Proposition


Shall the Chippewa Valley Schools, County of Macomb, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Ninety Seven Million ($97,000,000) Dollars and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, in one or more series, for the purpose of paying for the cost of the following projects:

• Remodeling, equipping, re-equipping, furnishing, re-furnishing school buildings and other facilities for security, student safety, energy conservation and other purposes; 

• Acquiring and installing instructional technology equipment and infrastructure in school buildings and other facilities; and 

• Preparing, developing and improving sites at school buildings, playgrounds, athletic fields and other facilities and the purchase of school buses?

The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is not more than twenty-five (25) years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year is 0 mills (which is equal to $0 per $1,000 of taxable value); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire the bonds is 1.53 mills annually ($1.53 per $1,000 of taxable value). The annual debt millage required to retire all bonds of the School District currently outstanding and proposed pursuant to this ballot is expected to remain at or below the current annual debt millage of 8.64 mills.

If approved by the voters, the bonds will be guaranteed by the State under the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program (the “Program”). The School District currently has $377,710,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and approximately $64,341,319 of qualified loans outstanding under the Program. The School District expects to borrow from the Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated total principal amount of additional borrowing is $21,793,611 and the estimated total interest thereon is $66,341,059. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 19 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 8.64. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.

(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be independently audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses.)


Proposal 18-1


A proposed initiated law to authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through state-licensed retailers

This proposal would:

• Allow individuals 21 and older to purchase, possess and use marijuana and marijuana-infused edibles, and grow up to 12 marijuana plants for personal consumption.

• Impose a 10-ounce limit for marijuana kept at residences and require amounts over 2.5 ounces be secured in locked containers.

• Create a state licensing system for marijuana businesses and allow municipalities to ban or restrict them.

• Permit retail sales of marijuana and edibles subject to a 10% tax, dedicated to implementation costs, clinical trials, schools, roads, and municipalities where marijuana businesses are located.

• Change several current violations from crimes to civil infractions.

Should this proposal be adopted?


Proposal 18-2


A proposed constitutional amendment to establish a commission of citizens with exclusive authority to adopt district boundaries for the Michigan Senate, Michigan House of Representatives and U.S. Congress, every 10 years.

This proposed constitutional amendment would: 

• Create a commission of 13 registered voters randomly selected by the Secretary of State: 

- 4 each who self-identify as affiliated with the 2 major political parties; and 

- 5 who self-identify as unaffiliated with major political parties. 

• Prohibit partisan officeholders and candidates, their employees, certain relatives, and lobbyists from serving as commissioners. 

• Establish new redistricting criteria including geographically compact and contiguous districts of equal population, reflecting Michigan’s diverse population and communities of interest. Districts shall not provide disproportionate advantage to political parties or candidates. 

• Require an appropriation of funds for commission operations and commissioner compensation.

Should this proposal be adopted?


Proposal 18-3


A proposal to authorize automatic and Election Day voter registration, no-reason absentee voting, and straight ticket voting; and add current legal requirements for military and overseas voting and post-election audits to the Michigan Constitution 

This proposed constitutional amendment would allow a United States citizen who is qualified to vote in Michigan to: 

• Become automatically registered to vote when applying for, updating or renewing a driver’s license or state-issued personal identification card, unless the person declines. 

• Simultaneously register to vote with proof of residency and obtain a ballot during the 2-week period prior to an election, up to and including Election Day. 

• Obtain an absent voter ballot without providing a reason. 

• Cast a straight-ticket vote for all candidates of a particular political party when voting in a partisan general election. 

Should this proposal be adopted?