Michigan Main 2022 Candidate Information: Macomb County Board of Commissioners

Dorothy Hernandez

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County Commissioner – 1st District (One 2-year time period)


Michael E. LaBuhn, Democrat

Don Brown, Republican

County Commissioner – 2nd District (One 2-year time period)

Kurt S. Kramer, Democrat

Michelle Merriwether, Democrat

Phil Kraft, Republican

Walter Sierengowski, Republican

County Commissioner – third District (One 2-year time period)

Ken Reid, Democrat

Occupation:Retired public faculty educator

Schooling: Affiliate of Arts-Macomb Group School, Bachelor of Science-Western Michigan College, Grasp of Schooling-Wayne State College, Juris Physician-College of Detroit

Beforehand elected workplaces: I’ve held the elected positions of native union president (Macomb Intermediate Federation of Academics), vice chairman for statewide union (AFT-Michigan), recording secretary for a neighborhood sportsmen’s membership (Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress) and parish council facilitator (St. Elizabeth Ann Seton-Troy). I’ve not held an elected place in native, county or statewide authorities elections.

Targets if elected: Recruiting and sustaining top quality jobs within the county is and at all times will likely be a predominant objective. Accessibility to county companies for our growing old inhabitants and veteran inhabitants must be reviewed and up to date the place crucial. Air pollution management of our pure assets. Options to incarceration should be addressed.

Jeff Farrington, Republican

Grant G. Golasa, Republican

Sylvia Grot, Republican

County Commissioner – 4th District (One 2-year time period)

Gary E. Cynowa, Democrat

Age: 74

Present job: Retired, former L’Anse Creuse Public Colleges trainer from 1968-2004

Schooling: Utica H.S. Diploma in 1965, Oakland College B.A. in Schooling with Majors in Spanish and Social Research in 1968, Wayne State College M.A./Ed. in International Language Schooling in 1972

Inform us about your self: Resident of Macomb County for 73 years and Macomb Township for 44 years. Married to C Gloria Cynowa for 54 years. Father of three, grandfather of Six, great-grandfather of 1, foster father to 2 dozen youngsters by means of Oakland Household Providers the place his spouse as soon as labored. Member of First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Clemens. Served as deacon and elder. At the moment lively in applications to nourish needy individuals by getting ready and serving by means of Blessings in a Backpack, Feed the Hungry and Salvation Military. Energetic Board of Administrators member of Pals of Macomb Township. Group Basis as its secretary, chair of its scholarship committee and a group volunteer for Halloween Trunk or Deal with and Run the Plank.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I need to have the ability to contribute extra to the group and county during which I’ve lived for therefore lengthy. I need to enhance county companies in important areas. I’ve a superb data of how authorities can work for the great of the communities it serves. I’ve had expertise with balancing budgets, negotiating contracts and serving as president of some 5,000 faculty worker union members in 16 faculty districts for 9 years.

What are the highest three precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them? 

  1. Look at and assist to fastidiously reprioritize the finances to concentrate on our important companies and securing the work drive we’d like that’s expert sufficient to carry out its work on a superb service foundation for our residents. I might actively pursue further grants from state, federal ,and personal sources together with making clever use of the present tax {dollars} produced within the county. I might additionally encourage extra work with our cities and townships and the tri-country space in joint partnerships for companies and infrastructure.
  2. Prioritize water and sewage programs to offer enough clear and secure water, management air pollution and tackle flooding and previous infrastructure repairs and alternative. Roads at the moment have a state and federal tax for restore and alternative, however our water programs at the moment depend on water and sewer charges paid by the buyer and occasional grants for sure water infrastructure issues like lead pipes. Water is crucial for all times and attracting enterprise and is a crucial precedence.
  3. Psychological well being is a rising downside in Macomb County and all through the USA. Our latest bouts with the COVID-19 pandemic, gun violence in some faculties and public locations, and added financial stress exacerbated by private points, PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse have induced a lot of this downside. Psychological well being must be checked out a s a part of a whole well being concern, not by itself as its affect impacts individuals in a number of methods. I might prioritize continued work with the state and county to combine these companies, together with present particular person and group medical health insurance  plans to facilitate full medical service to those that want them.

Joe Sabatini, Republican

County Commissioner – fifth District (One 2-year time period)

Robert Mijac, Democrat

Pashko Ujkic, Democrat

Gary Lusk, Republican

Age: 64

Occupation: Gross sales and advertising and marketing contract marketing consultant

Schooling: Attended Macomb and Oakland group school

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: I’m a gross sales and advertising and marketing contract marketing consultant serving to small and medium companies to develop and prosper. Beforehand associated to my political background, I used to be appointed by the Sterling Heights Metropolis Council to serve a time period. Throughout this time I received to know the town finances and the way municipalities run and the place the weaknesses may be. I might strongly advocate to the opposite commissioners that we have now extra accountability for the finances to assist our residents.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I spent the final 30 years supporting native enterprise to develop and thrive. I devoted over $300 per 12 months supporting native charities. I understand how to handle finances and I understand how to make issues occur. I’ve labored for myself and contracted out these companies which suggests I may lose my job any day for the until and have continued to have the ability to prosper in assist and lift my household.

What are the highest precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?

Accountability of the finances to assist the residents.

Set up Macomb county because the county to boost a household.

Jackie Ryan, Republican

Don VanSyckel, Republican

County Commissioner – sixth District (One 2-year time period)

Carole Chi, Democrat

Eric Briskey, Republican

Joseph V. Romano, Republican

Age: 80

Schooling: Macomb Group School

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: Six years within the army as a medical corpsman. Appointed by the Sterling Heights Metropolis Council to the Board Of Overview, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Board of Tax Overview. Elected and served 20 years on the Sterling Heights Metropolis Council. At the moment elected and serving towards my sixth 12 months as a county commissioner. I personally chair Information and Public Security fee.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I’m operating as a result of I wish to end among the issues which are nonetheless in my agenda.

What are the highest precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?

  1. Ensuring that police in public security are funded correctly.
  2. Continued inspections and repairs of our infrastructure, which is manner overdue.
  3. Working with our native judges to ensure criminals are prosecuted and keep in jail as a substitute of early releases.

County Commissioner – seventh District (One 2-year time period)

Cheryl R. Cannon, Republican

Leo J. Melise, Republican

Age: 65

Schooling: Affiliate’s diploma from Macomb Group School in legal justice, bachelor’s diploma from Baker School in enterprise management

Occupation: Retired from Clinton Township Police Division after 25 years of service within the rank of detective. State of Michigan District Courtroom Officer for the 41-B district Courtroom, which incorporates Clinton Township, Mount Clemens and Harrison Township.

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: I’m married and have one superior daughter. I’ve lived in Macomb County for over 55 years and proud to name it my residence and I’ve served the general public for over 38 years and I need to proceed serving the individuals in Macomb County.

What are the highest precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?

I really feel the county commissioners should work collectively to get a good and balanced finances that features making our roads higher, present companies to the veterans, seniors and people combating psychological well being. As a commissioner I’ll ensure that we’re utilizing our cash properly and transparently.

I do know my expertise in regulation enforcement has taught me to take a look at each side of a state of affairs or downside earlier than leaping to conclusions and particularly to make use of widespread sense! I really feel blessed to have had a profession the place I used to be capable of assist so many individuals and serve the general public. I’ll proceed to serve the general public as a county commissioner. My expertise as a group volunteer has taught me the significance of working with individuals and having group involvement.

I’ll deliver these traits to the place of county commissioner.

James M. Perna, Republican

Occupation: Retired

Schooling: St Joseph Excessive Faculty, Lawrence Tech

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: Married to Deborah, three daughters, six grandchildren, one nice grandchild, resident of Macomb County for 35 years, 42 years non-public sector businessman, earlier Macomb County Commissioner 8 years plus, veteran, concerned with a number of charities, board member for Huron Academy constitution faculty, member of St Thecla Church. As a earlier County Commissioner and chair of Finance Committee to not my 42 years within the non-public sector I’ll deliver the expertise wanted to handle numerous budgets. My non-public sector expertise gives the talents essential to work with all individuals,pay attention,perceive their wants,issues,considerations,and develop potential options. My expertise as a CEO taught me negotiation expertise.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I like Macomb County. It’s been my residence for a number of years. I need our Townships to prosper in order that we have now the roles we have to assist our households. I need to see secure streets and powerful faculties. I strongly assist our veterans and senior residents. I’ve the expertise in authorities and the non-public sector wanted to get the job accomplished. As county commissioner these will likely be my priorities.

What are the highest three precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them? Jail enhancements, to not point out no tax will increase. We’d like extra bipartisanship cooperation to perform objectives of county and taxpayers. Enhance infrastructure for extra growth, which is able to enhance tax income. Enhance seniors and veterans applications. Proceed to maintain our water and seashores secure.

County Commissioner – eighth District (One 2-year time period)

Pamela David, Democrat

Jason M. Davidson, Democrat

Age: 43

Present job: Territory Account Supervisor/Procurement Specialist

Schooling: Bachelor’s of Enterprise Administration – Finance from Walsh School

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: I grew up in Macomb County, owned my residence since 2003, married (Kary), earned my school diploma by working full-time, plus part-time jobs to pay for it, and have served our group in a number of capacities.  I’ve served my Faculty Board (19 years), Conservation Committee, and numerous charity/nonprofits, together with St. Baldrick’s, Meals-on-Wheels, Metropolis Sneakers and Detroit Free Press Marathon. Throughout my skilled profession, I held numerous roles with oversight of Finance, Enterprise Operations, Advertising, Accounting, HR and IT, in addition to enterprise growth which all gives a robust basis to permit me to meet my duties as County Commissioner.  I labored for and owned a small enterprise, serving to lead the expansion of the corporate and jobs. As an lively runner and bicycle owner, I do know the significance of trails and secure connections for non-motorized transportation is for a lot of facets of our group, and whereas this has been improved lately, there’s lack of central planning between the communities.  Our households deserve higher, and I need to see this improved general.  

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I look to serve our district with the identical vigor that I serve my group for over 19 years.  I need to be certain that the fee is offering correct oversight (checks & balances) and different departments, together with the chief department, as they need to be to make sure that we’re following the constitution and using assets in essentially the most accountable method.  We gained’t at all times agree, however I count on all events to conduct themselves in knowledgeable, respectful method, and that’s one thing we’re not seeing sufficient of inside our county.  

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?

  1. Expertise Scarcity – We have to bridge the hole between faculties and employers, which is essential to addressing the rising employment expertise scarcity (expertise flight) on this county, which is able to affect property values, employment alternatives, high quality of life, and enterprise development if left unchecked. I’ll make the most of my 19 years of expertise in schooling, and 20 years of expertise in enterprise to actively contribute to constructing sturdy connections with stakeholders and college students.
  2. County Employment Disparity – I consider there’s an employment disparity throughout the county authorities (HR) that enables for politics to overshadow certified and high quality candidates, which finally drives expertise to different communities which is a part of the explanation Macomb struggles to compete with Oakland, Wayne and different counties.  I’ll request overview and audits of present hiring practices to make sure accountability, equity, and an unbiased choice course of.  
  3. Highway Funds – We all know all know there was a highway funding concern for a long-time, however I additionally see that funds aren’t distributed with fairness on this county.  We frequently see initiatives which are carried out with out long-term planning to take care of and maintain these initiatives.  I’ll combat to make sure that our district will get its fair proportion of county assets.  

Antoinette Wallace, Democrat

Age: 42

Present job: County Commissioner/Realtor

Schooling: Bachelor of Science in Promoting

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: Through the years I’ve labored onerous with different group leaders to assist in bettering our group and outcomes for our youth. I’m looking for re-election for county commissioner to characterize the brand new District 8 and to maintain working for the individuals.

In my first time period I’ve been capable of query different departments about contracts the county holds, ensuring we’re being honest in who we rent. I’ve labored with native faculty districts and school-aged youth to see how the county may help them or how the group and revenue or nonprofit enterprise may assist them develop. I’ve been a cheerleader for our small enterprise by selling them, educating them on grants accessible and persevering with to by from small companies. I’ve additionally been an advocate for psychological well being on this county and joined the Macomb County psychological well being board.

Why are you operating once more for county commissioner and why ought to voters re-elect you?
On this time period I need to:

  • Work extra with our unions to see how I could be a voice for them
  • Proceed to make sure small companies are given an opportunity to accomplice with the County and educate them on grants and different alternatives they could not learn about
  • Proceed to serve our faculties, our youth and our seniors to offer them extra of a partnership with the County and assets they want

District 8 is a district the place lots of our residents really feel unseen with no voice. I consider the development of this district is necessary for our complete County. I’m right here to make use of this platform to deliver mild to those points and so many extra.

What are your accomplishments as county commissioner? I’ve been a cheerleader for our small enterprise by selling them, educating them on grants accessible and persevering with to by from small companies. I’ve additionally been an advocate for psychological well being on this county and joined the macomb County psychological well being board.

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?

  1. Proceed to restore and rebuild our infrastructure above floor and water infrastructure. As commissioner I should be extra concerned in what’s going on and the way we’re constructing in our county. That is simple to do as commissioners are at all times welcome to be part of infrastructure repairs and constructing.
  2. Proceed to advocate for small companies. I’ll do that by persevering with to attach our small companies with alternatives to work with the county and make them conscious of grant alternatives on the market for them.
  3. Be an advocate for our seniors. Because the COVID reduction funds dwindle our seniors will nonetheless want help that they’d throughout COVID. On this case I’ll work with the county to search out the wanted assets for our seniors that our county has to supply. Many assets our group simply have no idea can be found so I will likely be an advocate for them on this case.

Matt Wojcik, Democrat

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Candidate Matt WojcikAge: 51

Present job: HR, Payroll and Advantages for a nonprofit in Detroit

Schooling: BA-Communications, Oakland College

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: My diploma in communications, 20-year background in finance working as a union member for a Macomb County municipality, working for main nonprofit service organizations in Metro Detroit and a 48-year resident of Macomb County give me the best background to function an elected official on the Board of Commissioners. Rising up and at the moment residing in Central Macomb County most all of my life, all whereas being concerned with native authorities and preserving updated and abreast of native points and challenges dealing with our county make me your best option to be the following county commissioner for District 8.

Why are you operating for Board of Commissioners? Water high quality and environmental considerations (Clinton River and Lake St. Clair), infrastructure, jobs and pay, greater schooling, social companies, county jail future. I might assist the work of the Division of Public Works and the Highway Fee, examine elements to assist our workforce within the county, promote the enlargement of Macomb Group School to a 4 12 months College, assist and develop our current social companies throughout the county framework and work with Macomb County Sheriff on the problems dealing with the present jail facility. Additionally look to develop mass transit alternatives and promote county tourism and replace the bike path community throughout the county. I might additionally assist time period limits for the Board and the County Government.

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them? 

  1. Roads, infrastructure and transportation points
  2. Atmosphere
  3. Jobs and Schooling

Lisa Valerio-Nowc, Republican

County Commissioner – ninth District (One 2-year time period)

Dana Camphous-Peterson, Democrat

Macomb County Commission Candidate Dana Camphous-PetersonAge: 59

Present Job: Macomb Household YMCA – Revitalize and Thrive Marketing campaign Coordinator

Schooling: L’Anse Creuse Colleges, Kings School, Cottey School, Southeast Missouri State College, Northwood College

Inform us about your self: I used to be appointed to the Macomb County Fee in 2006, elected for 2 further phrases (4 years). I used to be born and raised in Harrison Township. I went away to school, however returned residence to boost my household and to additional my involvement in the neighborhood. I’m the co-founder of Care Home in Macomb County. Care Home gives cost-free companies to youngsters who’re victims of sexual and bodily abuse and their households. Household values are necessary to me. Probably the most necessary classes I discovered from my mother and father is “you get what you give in life.” This easy however precious precept has served as a information in my private {and professional} life. I’ve established myself as a no-nonsense, hard-working chief. I put individuals first and I’m not afraid to attempt new approaches for downside fixing. You may depend on me to have an unwavering dedication to offering the most effective for Macomb County residents.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I’m operating for county commissioner to assist make a distinction. In all these years, I’ve by no means modified my cellphone quantity or electronic mail tackle. Right this moment, I nonetheless obtain requires assist from my previous constituents and their mates. I consider that our county presents the very best quality of life. Macomb County has a fantastic steadiness of attributes, which draw individuals with numerous pursuits. I’m dedicated to doing every little thing potential to take care of the top quality of life and to enhance the superb companies that residents count on and deserve.

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?

High Priorities:

Situation: Advocating for transparency in county authorities.
Motion: I might work with different native officers to look at the underside line.

Situation: Repairing, sustaining roads and native water high quality.
Motion: Working with our elected officers throughout occasion traces is a should.

Working with our colleagues in Lansing is necessary to assist safe the funding wanted for our initiatives.

Situation: Increasing Senior, Veteran, Psychological Well being Providers.
Motion: I might:

Assist to deliver again applications like grandparents elevating grandchildren.
Help Veterans and their households to get the companies they deserve.
Work with our representatives within the Home and Senate to additional funding for psychological well being.
Develop the courtroom to incorporate a psychological well being courtroom.

As a previous county elected official and employee, I do know firsthand the issues native authorities face resulting from income sharing cuts. I’ll work to ensure we offer companies to assist households!

Shannon Peltier, Republican

Linda Burns Torp, Republican

Barbara Zinner, Republican

Age: 70

Present job: Macomb County Commissioner District 10. 

Schooling: Shaperio Faculty of Nursing, licensed sensible nurse – 47 years, Macomb County Group School

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: I’m a lifelong Macomb County resident. My husband of 43 years and I raised our three daughters right here as effectively. I now have two fantastic son-in-laws and 5 lovely grandchildren. I labored as an LPN for over 30 years, caring for sufferers in hospital and personal settings. I’ve volunteered for the Republican Get together for 30 years and have been a precinct delegate for over 20 years.  I’ve served on the Republican state committee. I’ve served and I’m on the chief committee for the county Republican Get together. I additionally had an appointment by Gov. Engler to the Michigan State Board of Social Work for seven years.

Why are you operating once more for county commissioner and why ought to voters re-elect you? Being a county commissioner permits me to proceed to assist individuals and be conscious of residents as I stand for what they need of their American values, property rights, constitutional rights and freedoms. I need to proceed to cease corruption, safeguard our cash, work towards this concern of inflation and the elevated price of residing.

What are your accomplishments as county commissioner? I’ve stood for individuals’s constitutional rights. I’ve additionally voted towards elevated taxation. I’ve additionally served on the Tri-County Summit, water infrastructure committee. 

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them? The highest three points dealing with Macomb County are inflation, taxes and water high quality. To tackle the problems of inflation and taxes I’ll assist elevate consciousness of present applications and assets that assist individuals and companies in instances of want. I may even proceed to vote towards wasteful and pointless spending. We have to maintain Lake St. Clair as clear as potential and we have to take steps to carry Oakland County accountable for the overabundance of CSO discharge into our waterways.

County Commissioner – tenth District (One 2-year time period)

Harold L. Haugh, Democrat

Adam Shane Pelt, Republican

County Commissioner – eleventh District (One 2-year time period)

Donna Kaczor Caumartin, Democrat

Mai Xiong, Democrat

Macomb County Commission Candidate Mai XiongAge: 37

Present job: Small Enterprise Proprietor, Mai&Co LLC

Schooling: BFA, School for Inventive Research

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: My identify is Mai Xiong (pronounced: My Tune) and I’m married to my finest buddy, Adam Kue. We’re mother and father to 4 youngsters, ages 3, 5, 7 and 10. Our three oldest attend Warren Consolidated Colleges. I’ve over 15 years of expertise within the advertising and marketing and internet industries. In 2018, utilizing my expertise, I constructed an e-commerce retailer and based the Hmong American clothes model, Mai&Co, out of our residence in Warren. My mother and father fled conflict and persecution within the aftermath of the Vietnam Warfare in Laos. In consequence, I used to be born in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1984. My household and I sought asylum within the U.S. and we had been accepted in 1987. I used to be the primary in my household to begin preschool and have a full public faculty schooling expertise. Though my mother and father didn’t communicate or write English very effectively or have a proper schooling, they instilled in me the significance of onerous work and schooling. I’m a present graduate pupil enrolled in Western Governors College, and I used to be awarded the 2022 Taubman Fellowship for Senior Executives in State and Native Authorities the place I lately attended a summer season program at Harvard Kennedy Faculty.

Why are you operating once more for county commissioner and why ought to voters re-elect you? I’m operating for re-election to serve others and to offer again to the group that has given me and my household a lot. As a small enterprise proprietor and a mother, I perceive firsthand what our working households are going by means of as we face greater costs on the grocery retailer and on the fuel pumps. I’ll proceed to work onerous to be a voice for all households in Warren. I’ll work to enhance our county and make it a good higher place to dwell by supporting our seniors, defending the environment, and getting our fair proportion of highway restore funding. I consider our group is a superb place to boost a household, discover a job, and develop a enterprise. Collectively, we are able to make it even higher.

What are your accomplishments as county commissioner? My position as county commissioner is to characterize the residents in my district as finest as I can; working to enhance their high quality of life, guaranteeing the wants of our seniors are met and discovering methods to enhance our roads and assist public security. I consider that I’ve completed this position, since being elected in 2020, nevertheless, I additionally need to acknowledge that this can be a position that we should constantly work on, with a view to enhance our residents’ high quality of life. Among the most necessary selections I’ve made have included supporting the development of senior companies by voting to offer over 1,000 seniors entry to a brand new grocery supply service that rapidly and safely delivered meals and necessities to their properties in the course of the pandemic. As well as, I’ve personally volunteered and supported funding for Meals on Wheels, a house supply meal program that feed 3,000 seniors who’re residence certain or unable to cook dinner for themselves. I additionally supported public security by voting to make sure that our 911 dispatch companies are funded and that our dispatchers and first responders have the assets they should reply our residents’ emergency calls. As well as, I’ll proceed to face up for Warren to get our fair proportion of highway funding in order that we are able to make the lengthy overdue enhancements our roads require.

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them?
I consider that the highest three points Macomb County residents are dealing with are the economic system and its impact on working households; infrastructure, together with roads, and taking good care of our senior residents. Everyone seems to be feeling the results of upper costs on the grocery retailer and on the fuel pump. After I take a look at the county finances, I achieve this from the angle of a mother who should elevate a household on a restricted revenue and the way the selections I make will have an effect on our residents’ potential to place meals on the desk for his or her households. I need to be certain that the cash we’re spending on public companies have a direct and optimistic affect in aiding households.

We lately handed Decision 2022-8565 to permit voters to resolve within the November election how they need to fund SMART, our public transportation system. We should work collectively to make sure our residents are capable of get to the place they should go – whether or not it’s to their physician’s appointment, to work or faculty, effectively and at an reasonably priced price. As well as, in densely populated cities like Warren, the place I dwell and characterize, our infrastructure is previous and our roads are closely used, in the meantime, our communities aren’t given the fair proportion of funding that it wants to repair this concern as a result of too typically funding for roads is distributed unfairly to rural or northern areas to pave new roadways. I might assist our Division of Roads’ effort to work cooperatively with state and federal businesses to search out options that can repair the present roads we have now now, earlier than we put money into constructing new ones.

Lastly, we should defend those that have protected us our complete lives. My precedence is preserving our senior residents as impartial as potential and in their very own properties the place they really feel most comfy. I’ll work to ensure our senior applications are adequately funded to satisfy the wants of our current and future senior populations.

Clifford Frost, Republican

County Commissioner – twelfth District (One 2-year time period)

Khaja S. Ahmed, Democrat

Andrey Duzyj, Democrat

Michelle Nard, Democrat

Terry L. Wisniewski, Democrat

Invoice Clift, Republican

County Commissioner – thirteenth District (One 2-year time period)

Courtney Flynn, Democrat

Macomb County Commission Candidate Courtney FlynnAge: 35

Present job: Communications Director, Metropolis of Oak Park; Analysis Assistant, Wayne State College Heart for City Research

Schooling: Bachelor’s of Science in Print Journalism from Bowling Inexperienced State College; Grasp’s of Public Administration from Wayne State College

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: I’ve at all times had an curiosity in native authorities and I fine-tuned my understanding and depth of data by means of my profession expertise. For a number of years I used to be a reporter masking faculty board and metropolis council conferences and I spent quite a lot of years as a communications skilled inside metropolis and county authorities, together with 5 years working for the Board of Commissioners. Moreover, I earned a Grasp’s of Public Administration from Wayne State College. In my skilled life I’ve lengthy served as a neighborhood authorities communications specialist, throughout which I supported Macomb County Commissioners previous to accepting an govt position in a neighboring group, persevering with my dedication to public service. Via my expertise I’ve an in-depth understanding of how county authorities operates, what it takes to efficiently perform the job and translate the wants of residents into long-lasting coverage.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I felt compelled to hunt workplace as a result of honest and devoted oversight of presidency is extra necessary now than ever. It’s critically necessary for us to change into extra lively, to pursue seats on the desk, use our voices and votes for the most effective curiosity of our residents. I need to make sure the residents of Macomb County, particularly these within the new District 13, are actually represented within the coverage selections made by the County’s legislative department. County Authorities must be sustaining and bettering important companies to assist those that want it most. That is essential at a time when households and our most weak residents are combating the hovering prices of fuel and meals and I need to lend my expertise to be a part of the answer.

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them? My prime objectives as a Macomb County Commissioner are to:

  • Make sure the Board of Commissioners gives the oversight crucial of a authorities entity that finest serves the residents and creates a robust system of checks and balances;
  • Leverage funds, particularly federal {dollars}, to additional put money into infrastructure, clear water, senior and veteran companies and broadband entry;
  • Create a stage of transparency that enables residents to be engaged in and perceive how County authorities is working to characterize their wants.

To make sure these objectives are met I might recurrently have interaction with residents by means of numerous communication channels and practices, work carefully with native leaders (authorities, enterprise, schooling, nonprofit) to study and advocate for alternatives the most effective meet the wants of the county, and perform the duties of the legislative department as they’re meant in keeping with the Macomb County Constitution.

What actions/selections by the incumbent have you ever disagreed with and the way would you do issues in a different way? The present county commissioner who sits within the seat I’m operating for is just not looking for re-election. She has lengthy supported the communities she has been elected to serve although. She has a eager eye for element, listens to the residents and advocates for them, and has a robust understanding of the finances course of. I’ll deliver all these qualities to the desk whereas additionally advocating for the checks and balances the legislative department is to hold out, diligently working to leverage federal and nonprofit funds to additional assist applications that assist Macomb County residents and guaranteeing transparency and citizen engagement in county authorities.

Sarah Ann Lucido, Democrat

Present job: Eastpointe Metropolis Council Individual and Mayor Professional-Tem

Schooling: Graduate of East Detroit Excessive Faculty, Michigan State College Extension Citizen Planner Program, and Larger Metropolitan Affiliation of Realtors Coaching Program

Inform us about your self in 200 phrases or much less: I’m a spouse and a mom of three boys aged 12-18. My household is my biggest accomplishment. I spent the early years of their lives as a full-time mom. As soon as my youngest began faculty I ran for workplace and gained a seat on Eastpointe’s Metropolis Council. I gained reelection in 2019, and I at the moment function Eastpointe’s Mayor Professional-Tem. In my seven years on Metropolis Council I served as liaison to 6 totally different Eastpointe commissions. I at the moment function Board Vice Chair for each SEMSD (Southeast Macomb Sanitary District), and SMDA (South Macomb Disposal Authority). I perceive the workings of municipal authorities. I consider that this background as an elected official would enable me to be an efficient county commissioner proper from the beginning. I’m a 35-year resident of the district. My husband additionally grew up within the district. We selected to remain right here to boost our three sons. This space of south Macomb County is the place I dwell, work and play. It’s my household’s residence, and we are going to by no means have one other.  I’m 100% dedicated to its future.

Why are you operating for the Board of Commissioners? I’ve spent the final seven years working for the residents of Eastpointe on the Metropolis Council. In that point, I’ve discovered a fantastic deal about native authorities. I discovered in regards to the technique of listening to and representing my constituents. I discovered in regards to the legislative course of. I discovered in regards to the significance of the correct allocation of funds in a finances and what an incredible distinction that may make. This is the reason I’m operating. I need to take what I’ve already discovered and apply it in my new position as County Commissioner in order that I can proceed to serve the residents of my group.

What are the highest 3 precedence points that Macomb County faces and what actions would you, as commissioner, take concerning every of them? My normal precedence is to make sure that the funds in our finances are being distributed pretty in all areas of Macomb County and to be sure that we’re not permitting our residents’ hard-earned tax {dollars} to be wasted. Honest distribution and nil waste, that’s my objective. All of the departments are necessary, and our residents want the companies offered in all areas. I don’t like to consider priorities as being pitted towards one another. I do know residents which have family members in want of psychological well being companies that may’t get them, and I do know residents that skilled injury to their basement due to our drainage infrastructure. To them these are crucial funding priorities. Different residents who’re involved about crime may desire to have regulation enforcement as their prime finances precedence, others, myself included, are very involved about air pollution in Lake St. Clair and the Clinton River. As their consultant, I pledge to the residents of Macomb County to work to higher perceive the priorities of all of the residents, and never merely to impose my very own. By diligent concentrate on fairness in distribution and reducing waste we are able to be certain that the utmost funds can be found to deal with the priorities of all our residents.

What actions/selections by the incumbent have you ever disagreed with and the way would you do issues in a different way? The seat on the Macomb County Fee that I’m operating for has been held for years by Veronica Klinefelt. She is operating for State Senate and her seat is now open. I enormously admire the work that Veronica has accomplished on the County Fee. She at all times did her analysis, listened to the residents, and stood up for what she believed in.  As your subsequent county commissioner I hope to do the identical.

Robert D. Roscoe, Democrat

Michael Babat, Republican

Randell J. Shafer, Republican

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