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Voters to pick candidates, decide proposals in Eastpointe and Roseville

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 22, 2019


In the Eastsider’s coverage area, voters will cast ballots to choose elected officials and decide a variety of issues on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

Eastpointe voters will pick a mayor and two City Council members. Voters also will say “yes” or “no” to one proposal to change the level of experience required to hire a city manager, as outlined in the city’s charter, and they will approve or reject a sinking fund tax proposal affecting Eastpointe Community Schools.

Roseville residents will vote on two proposals that will decide whether the city can form its own retirement system for its police and fire personnel. There are three incumbents running unopposed for three seats on the Roseville City Council.

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. 

Eastpointe Mayor
Five candidates are running for one four-year term.

Harvey Earl Creech

Age: 71

Occupation: Retired Ford worker

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: I am a 55 year resident of Eastpointe.

Online campaign information: None

Education: I am an East Detroit High School graduate. I have two years at South Macomb for occupational and school related welding, drafting, and blue print reading. I was the Chairman of the Bylaws and Constitutional Committee for Ford’s Local 228. I now sit on the “Ordinance” committee for Eastpointe.

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My top goal is simple. I will try my best to make Eastpointe a great city again. I want to improve neighborhoods, bring in new business, and make this a safe, enjoyable family town again. I will not make promises I cannot keep, but I will strive to do the best of everything I can for the people of this city because after all, “When you receive, I receive, so we will all receive together.”

Cardi DeMonaco Jr.

Age: 31

Occupation: Software Developer

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: 23 year Eastpointe resident

Online campaign information:

Education: East Detroit High School diploma and University of Michigan-Dearborn Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering

Previously held elected offices: Eastpointe City Council, October 2014-present

Top goals: I am passionate about the City of Eastpointe, our successes and our opportunities. As Mayor, I will work to find and encourage interested residents from diverse backgrounds to serve on our Boards and Commissions. I will work to invest more in our downtown to benefit residents and business owners. I will support planning and investment opportunities for our parks. I believe more work is needed to ensure transparency and fairness in spending your tax dollars.

Tonia Gladney
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Michael Klinefelt

Age: 31

Occupation: Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Wayne County

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: Eastpointe for 27 Years

Online campaign information:

Education: Graduate of East Detroit High School, BA in Political Science from Michigan State University, J.D. from Wayne State University Law School

Previously held elected offices: Eastpointe City Councilperson

Top goals: City Council will soon be choosing a new City Manager. This is possibly the most important responsibility council has. My number one goal is to choose a top administrator that will work well with council, employees and Eastpointe residents. I want to ensure a clean and safe city by aggressively investing in infrastructure, promoting community pride, and improving public trust in law enforcement and our local government.

Monique Owens

Age: 35 

Occupation: Councilwoman of Eastpointe and College Professor/Macomb Community College 

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: Eastpointe for 9 years

Online campaign information: Facebook/ Monique Owens 

Education: Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Madonna University, Police Academy/Schoolcraft College 

Previously held elected offices: Current: Councilwoman of Eastpointe, Michigan 

Top goals: My goals will be to increase homeownership with City-owned tax reversion houses. To increase police officer visibility and decrease crime for a safer community. To seek more resources to provide better senior services, park improvements, and additional support for veterans and the disabled. To continue to support small businesses that help alleviate the blight in our business district and work with legislators to get funding to help with our infrastructure.

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

Harvey Curley
Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Larry Edwards

Age: n/a

Occupation: Retiree

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: Eastpointe Mi for almost 16 yrs

Online campaign information: n/a

Education: High School graduate, C H Mason Bible College, as well as various other forms of educational school trade and training.

Previously held elected offices: No answer given

Top goals: Our council will face many challenges over the next four years and I welcome the opportunity to bring thoughtful well-informed and inclusive decision making to the table. With your support, we can continue together working to ensure that our neighborhoods remain strong and vital in shaping the future for ourselves and for our children upbringing.

Mary Hall-Rayford

Age: 67

Occupation: I’m a retired English Educator, working part-time as a parapro for the school district.

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: I’ve lived in the City of Eastpointe since 2012.

Online campaign information: Online campaign information may be found on my Facebook page: Candidate

Education: I have a BA in sociology and English, MAT in English and Speech, ABD in Curriculum and Instruction.

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: If elected, I will establish transparency by communicating with residents regularly, seek funding sources to fund needed services, ensure all residents are treated fairly and equally and enhance the partnership with the school district. The residents of our city, deserve to know those they elect are ready to work for them—as public servants—encouraging their input before any decisions are made. I will be “their voice” on Eastpointe City Council.

Sarah A. Lucido (I)

Age: 41 

Occupation: Councilwoman/mother of three 

Municipality of residence: Eastpointe

For how long: Eastpointe resident for over 30 years

Online campaign information: 

Education: Macomb Community College 

Previously held elected offices: None 

Top goals: My top goal is to keep protecting our residents from wasteful spending at City Hall.  I am proud that I helped produce balanced budgets all four years of my first term, while simultaneously increasing our police force by four officers. This was done without punishing our residents with tax increases. Many of our seniors and hard-working families tell me that there is just no room for another expense. I will not let them down. 

Roseville City Council
Three candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Charles Frontera (I)

Age: 31

Occupation: Human Resources with an Automotive Supply Company; Substitute Teacher Roseville Community Schools.

Municipality of residence: Roseville

For how long: Lifelong Roseville Resident- 31 years.

Online campaign information:

Education: Wayne State University- BA with a major in Political Science; minor in Communications; Macomb Community College; Roseville High School

Previously held elected offices: Roseville City Council 2015-present

Top goals: Support first-responders by maintaining/ increasing personnel when feasible. Roseville’s staff work hard to serve and protect us, it’s only fair that we support them.

Continue efforts for transparent government. It’s 2019, there’s no reason all meetings aren’t recorded and there’s no reason we don’t have an Ethics Ordinance.

Repurpose underused/empty buildings on Groesbeck for Medical Cannabis. It makes no sense not to tax and regulate businesses that neighboring communities already collect on. 

Catherine Haugh (I)

Age: 69

Occupation: No answer given

Municipality of residence: CITY OF ROSEVILLE

For how long: 69 Years

Online campaign information: No answer given

Education: Roseville High School Class of 1968

Previously held elected offices: Treasurer City of Roseville 2000-2013, Roseville City Council member 2013 till present 

Top goals: I have proven myself through my time as City Treasurer and my time on the City Council.

I feel my membership to many local organization’s such as ST. PIO Parrish, Roseville Optimist Club, Roseville GoodFellows and the Roseville Scholarship Foundation demonstrate’s my commitment to our community. 

Top three priorities are Public Safety, a balanced budget to continue to provide the best possible services for our resident’s and Keep Roseville Moving in a Positive Direction. 

Colleen M. McCartney (I)

Age: 53

Occupation: Paraprofessional Roseville High School

Municipality of residence: Roseville

For how long: Lifelong resident of Roseville

Online campaign information: No answer given

Education: Graduate of Roseville High School / Ross Medical

Previously held elected offices: Roseville City Council

Top goals: Maintain the outstanding city services that our citizens benefit from today. Continue my work on the DDA Board with our citizens to attract businesses and development of our Downtown area. Promote housing and development that will attract families with a vested interest in growing our community. 

Eastpointe City Charter Amendment

Shall the Charter of the City of Eastpointe, Chapter III Section 18 be amended to eliminate the requirements providing the Manager shall have at least one year experience as a manager or assistant manager in some city or village?

Eastpointe Community Schools Building and Site Sinking Fund Tax Proposition

This proposition, if approved by the electors, will allow the Eastpointe Community Schools to levy a building and site sinking fund millage, the proceeds of which will be used to make infrastructure improvements and repairs to the School District’s facilities. Pursuant to State Law, the expenditure of the building and site sinking fund millage proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for teacher, administrator or employee salaries, maintenance or other operating expenses. 

Shall the Eastpointe Community Schools be authorized to levy three (3) mills ($3.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation), for a period of ten (10) years, from November 5, 2019 through November 5, 2029, to create a building and site sinking fund for the purpose of construction or repair of school buildings or any other purpose authorized under Michigan law? This millage would provide estimated revenues to the Eastpointe Community Schools of approximately One Million Five Hundred Thousand ($1,500,000) Dollars during the 2020 calendar year, if approved and levied.

Roseville Charter Amendment Proposal No. 1
Proposed Amendment To Sections 15.1 And 15.3 Of Chapter 15 Of The Roseville City Charter

Shall Chapter 15 of the Charter of the City of Roseville be amended so that police officers and firefighters are excluded from the retirement system established by the City Charter, effective with the 2020-2021 fiscal year, and instead become members of a separate retirement system under 1937 PA 345, as amended, and that accumulated contributions to the current employee’s retirement system made by or on behalf of such officers be transferred to the Act 345 retirement system? This charter amendment shall not be effective, unless the electors approve the establishment of a separate retirement system under said Act 345.

Roseville Charter Amendment Proposal No. 2
Proposal To Adopt An Act 345 Retirement System For Police Officers And Firefighters

Shall the City of Roseville, Macomb County, Michigan, be authorized to establish a separate retirement system pursuant to 1937 PA 345, as amended, for the benefit of police officers and firefighters employed by the City or retired from the City, create a board of trustees to manage and operate the system, all contingent upon the approval by the electors of a City Charter amendment authorizing the transfer of police officer and firefighter members from the current employee’s retirement system to the new system created under Act 345?