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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — In Shelby Township and Utica, voters Nov. 3 will elect candidates for many local offices and decide on one local proposal in addition to two statewide proposals.

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 that 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.

Profile forms were not sent to candidates who are running unopposed.

 

U.S. House of Representatives District 10
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

 

Democrat

Kimberly Bizon

Age: 51

Occupation: Advertising and Marketing Creative Director

Municipality of residence: Lexington, Worth Township, MI

For how long: 14 years

Online campaign information: www.KimberlyBizonforCongress.com

Education: BFA

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: To represent the people of District 10 regardless of their party affiliations. I will focus on people and communities first. I will fight to protect ACA and our social security. I will support our unions, veterans, teachers, students and seniors. I have plans to expand rural broad band and build our down towns and support our small businesses. I vow to combat climate change and protect our environment.  

Republican

Lisa McClain

Age: 54

Occupation: Senior Vice President, Hantz Group

Municipality of residence: Bruce Township

For how long: 20 years

Online campaign information: www.lisamcclainforcongress.com

Education: BBA from Northwood University

Previously held elected offices: N/A

Top goals: Continue the growth of the economy that was seen under President Trump’s leadership. When people are employed, they are happier and more productive. We need to get government out of the way and allow our economy and country to flourish.

State House of Representatives District 30
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat

Michael Chehab

Age: 30

Occupation: Attorney/Social-worker

Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights

For how long: 20 years

Online campaign information: www.mikechehab.com

Education: B.A. Political Science from Wayne State University; Juris Doctor from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law

Previously held elected offices: N/A

Top goals: I want to (1) fight against corruption, I’m not taking money from big banks/insurance companies. My votes will reflect the will of the people, not who lines my pockets the most; (2) address the gaps in our pandemic response and recovery system – we need to be proactive, not reactive – and do things like subsidize N-95 masks; and (3) finally fix our roads, infrastructure, and ensure clean water for our State.

Republican

Diana Farrington (I)

Age: 55

Occupation: State Representative

Municipality of residence: City of Utica

For how long: 20+ years

Online campaign information: www.dianafarrington.com

Education: Graduate of Utica High School

Attended Macomb Community College & Oakland University

Previously held elected offices: None previous to current State Representative position

Top goals: We need to start helping people get back on their feet and back to work now before it’s too late. Likewise, we need a smarter solution for covid care in nursing homes to protect the elderly and vulnerable. We’ll seek input from medical experts and community leaders to determine the smartest way to continue reopening so that every Michigan resident can resume their life safely and sensibly. We must work together to improve our community.

 

State House of Representatives District 36
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat

Robert Murphy

Age: 63

Occupation: Retired

Municipality of residence: Washington Twp

Online campaign information: No answer given

For how long: No answer given

Education: Yes

Previously held elected offices: Precinct Delegate

Top goals: Home foreclosures, personal and business bankruptcies, healthcare/ Rx cost and coverage,food banks, evictions, new taxes, corona virus, etc…, etc…, Who cares ?, I care !!!

Politicians seem to be out to cover their contributors interests. The citizenry is my interest. So, when you ask who cares, I tell you, I care.

Republican

Douglas C. Wozniak (I)

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Macomb County

Prosecuting Attorney

Two candidates are running

for one four-year term.

 

Democrat

Mary A. Chrzanowski

Age: 58

Occupation: Retired Macomb County Circuit Court Judge

Municipality of residence:Harrison Township

For how long: No answer given

Online campaign information: MaryChrzanowskiforProsecutor.com

Education: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice “With Distinction” 1982. University of Detroit School of Law, Detroit, Michigan, Juris Doctor 1985.

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Circuit Judge, January 1993-June 2016.

Top goals: I would like to bring integrity and transparency to the Prosecutor’s office.  I would like to give the people of Macomb County the confidence that their safety and well being is protected by an office that cares about their families.  I want to be tough on crime but also, maintain an understanding that at times treatment for addiction is important to stop the revolving door of criminal behavior.

 

Republican

Peter J. Lucido

Age: 60

Occupation: Michigan State Senator, 8th District

Municipality of residence: Shelby Township

For how long: Over 20 years in Shelby TWP, lifetime Macomb County Resident

Online campaign information: www.peterjlucido.com

Education: St. Isaac Jogues Catholic School, 1974; De La Salle Collegiate High School, 1978; Macomb Community College, Associate Degree, 1981; Oakland University, Bachelor Degree, Public Administration and Business, 1983; Central Michigan University, Master of Business, 1984; Detroit College of Law (now known as Michigan State University School of Law), Juris Doctor, Law Degree 1988

Previously held elected offices: Representative 36th district, Michigan House of Representatives

Top goals: Return trust to the prosecutor’s office and rid corruption in Macomb County. Create an anti-corruption & integrity task force bringing transparency to the office and a process where all citizens can bring corrupt behavior forward and know it will be fairly investigated.

Keep the citizens safe and advocate for victim’s rights, especially the vulnerable such as seniors and disabled.

Bring justice for all citizens of Macomb County regardless of race, nationality, religion, or financial status.

 

Macomb County Sheriff
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat

Anthony Wickersham (I)

Age: 58

Occupation: Macomb County Sheriff

Municipality of residence: Bruce Township

For how long: One year

Online campaign information: Wickersham2020@outlook.com

Education: Associates Degree in Law Enforcement, Macomb Community College, Bachelor’s Degree from Wayne State University . Graduate of the 208th  Session of the FBI National Academy, graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command.

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Sheriff since 2011

Top goals: Continue to work with our contracted communities to ensure we are meeting their Law Enforcement needs.  Work with the criminal justice stakeholders in Macomb County to improve the operation of the Macomb County Jail. Recruiting the best candidates to fill our vacant positions and be able to draw from a diverse background of applicants and ensure we retain them.

Republican

Terence Mekoski

Age: 55

Occupation: Senior Financial Investigator for the Opioid Strike Force assigned to the DEA

Municipality of residence: Shelby Township

For how long: No answer given

Online campaign information: www.mekoski.com, www.face book.com/Terence.H.Mekoski

Education: Columbia Southern University: Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in progress; Northwestern University: School of Police Staff and Command: Command Certification; DEA Training Academy, Quantico, VA: Drug Unit Commanders Academy: Training Certificate; Macomb Community College: 2 Year Associates; Detroit Police Academy: Police Officer Certification; Wayne County Corrections Academy: Corrections Certification

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My three main areas of concern: Opioid crisis, county jail, and department public relations. I’ve commanded drug task forces that took thousands of pounds of drugs off the street. I’ve been part of the best-run jail system while working in Oakland County. I know what it takes to maintain the highest level of care and security. I would assign the right deputies to task forces that will help build positive relationships within the community.

Macomb County Clerk/Register of Deeds
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

 

Democrat

Fred Miller (I)

Age: 46

Occupation: Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds

Municipality of residence: Mount Clemens

For how long: 18+ years

Online campaign information: www.thefredmillerspot.com

Education: B.A. in Political Theory from James Madison College at Michigan State University

Previously held elected offices: Michigan State Representative (3 terms) 2005-2010; Macomb County Commissioner (3 terms) 2011-2016; Macomb County Clerk & Register of Deeds (partial term) 2018-present

Top goals: As County Clerk, I cleaned up the mess left by the disgraced former clerk and improved services by establishing the ‘Senior Advocate’ hotline, reducing office wait times, and bringing a Mobile Clerk’s Office to every corner of the county. I turned down perks of taxpayer-funded county car and free gas. While neighboring county clerk offices shut down during COVID, we were nationally recognized for finding innovative ways to maintain services while protecting workers and public.

Republican

Anthony Forlini

Age: 58

Occupation: District Director for 10th Congressional District

Municipality of residence: Harrison Township

For how long: 34 years

Online campaign information: www.forliniforus.com

Education: BBA Western Michigan University, CFP University of Denver

Previously held elected offices: Harrison Township Supervisor, State Representative

Top goals: The Clerk, the main overseer of elections, should be above political party leanings. My administration will continue our history of putting residents above party politics. I have written laws as a Michigan legislator that protected the sanctity of the ballot and require training for poll workers. The doors of the Macomb County Clerk’s office have been closed to the public since March. We will have them safely reopened for the taxpayers like every other municipality.

 

Macomb County Treasurer
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat

Lorie Barnwell

Age: 36

Occupation: City of Warren Treasurer

Municipality of residence: Warren

For how long: 10 years

Online campaign information: www.barnwellformacomb.com

Education: Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan

Previously held elected offices: Currently elected Warren Treasurer since 2015

Top goals: I will eliminate payment fees, install new money-saving technology that will expand payment options, provide greater investment return and transparency, provide free financial seminars, offer mobile office hours to help residents stay in their home, and establish a task force to ensure businesses have stability through this pandemic crisis. I have achieved many of these things in Warren, and I am ready to help all Macomb County residents obtain the services they need and deserve!

Republican

Larry Rocca (I)

Age: 76

Occupation: Macomb County Treasurer

Municipality of residence: Clinton Township

For how long: 15 years

Online campaign information: www.larryrocca.com

Education: Bachelor Degree from Oakland University: 1980

Associate Degree from Macomb Community College: 1977

Previously held elected offices: I am the current Macomb County Treasurer and have been a precinct delegate for over 40 years.

Top goals:

1. Continue to enhance services, extend taxpayer outreach programs and further enhance technology, building on the work of the past 4 years.

2. Minimize the impact of COVID-19 by implementing additional programs that support taxpayers and businesses.

 3. Continue to grow the “Keep Macomb Your Home” Program, building upon the enhancements of the past 4 years.

4. Continue to be a watchdog for taxpayers. I will speak out to ensure a transparent and accountable government.

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner
Two candidates are running for one four-year term.

Democrat

Toni Moceri

Age: 41  

Occupation: Non-profit management

Municipality of residence: Warren

For how long: 41 years

Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/tonimoceri

Education: Master of Research, London Consortium at Birkbeck, University of London

Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan

Previously held elected offices: Macomb County Commissioner, District 4, 2009-2010

Macomb County Commissioner, District 1, 2011-2014

Top goals: Climate resilient infrastructure: Our standards for infrastructure and permitting need to be updated and responsive to climate change. We need climate resilient infrastructure that can withstand increasingly unpredictable weather and major rain events.

Clean water: Ensuring our water resources are safe and secure through stormwater and pollution management and public education.

Stronger ethics and reform: Stronger ethics rules to keep our elected officials accountable including bans on elected officials receiving political contributions from contractors.

Republican

Candice S. Miller (I)

Age: 66

Occupation: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner

Municipality of residence:Harrison Township

For how long: All my life!

Online campaign information: None

Education: Northwood University and Macomb Community College

Previously held elected offices: US House of Representatives — MI 10; Michigan Secretary of State; Macomb County Treasurer; Harrison Township Supervisor

Top goals: Continue to improve water quality and quality of life for all Macomb County residents and remain a critical component of economic prosperity.

County Commissioner District 6
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Democrat

Ken Reid

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Republican

Jeff Farrington

Age: 54

Occupation: Area President, FocusCFO

Municipality of residence: Utica

For how long: 21 years current, 39 years total

Online campaign information: None at this time

Education: Bachelor Business Administration, Walsh College & Master of Science in Management, Walsh College

Previously held elected offices: State Representative, 6 years

Top goals: Work together to open Michigan safely. It’s about health and jobs. We need to help people get back on their feet before it’s too late.  

Provide restraint on spending. Hard earned tax dollars are used, and county commissioners must be diligent in their oversight.  

Macomb County is the largest county without a public university. Student opportunities and business incubation increase when universities are based in a community. It’s a key to long-term growth.    

Shelby Township Supervisor
One candidate is running unopposed for a four-year term: Rick Stathakis (I).

Shelby Township Clerk
One candidate is running unopposed for a four-year term: Stanley Grot (I).

Shelby Township Treasurer
One candidate is running unopposed for a four-year term: James L. Carabelli.

Shelby Township Board of Trustees
Four candidates are running unopposed for four four-year terms: Lisa Casali (I), Lucia DiCicco, John Vermeulen (I) and Vince Viviano (I).

 

Justice of the Supreme Court
Seven candidates are running for two eight-year terms.

 

Susan L. Hubbard

Age: 59 years old

Occupation: Judge of Wayne County Third Judicial Circuit Court, Civil Division

Municipality of residence: Reside in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

For how long: Lifelong Michigan resident, grew up in Dearborn, moved to Grosse Pointe Farms 8 years ago.

Online campaign information: HubbardforJustice.com

Education: Wayne State University, B.A. Detroit College of Law, J.D. Fordson High School, Dearborn

Previously held elected offices: Elected in 1985 to Dearborn City Council — 1986-1989

Elected in 1989 to Wayne County Commission — 1989-2004

Elected in 2010 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2011-2016

Re-elected in 2016 to Wayne County Circuit Court — 2017-present-2022

Top goals: As Justice, I will protect the constitutional rights of Michigander’s by addressing, without delay, important issues such as the constitutionality of the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act. As the third generation in my family to serve in public office, I know the importance of protecting our democracy of representation of the people, by the people, for all the people. I will ensure that our system of checks and balances is upheld.

Mary Kelly

Age: 62

Occupation: Former 30-year assistant prosecutor. Current Lawyer Guardian Ad Litem for children involved in neglect and abuse cases in foster care system.

Municipality of residence: St. Clair County

For how long: 36 years

Online campaign information: MaryKellyforJustice.com

Education: Juris Doctor from Detroit College of Law; Bachelor of Science Michigan State University

Previously held elected offices: No answer given

Top goals: As a Justice on the Michigan Supreme Court, my goals will be simple: to uphold the rule of law and deliver justice for the people of our great state. The role of a judge is not to make law, but to enforce and uphold the law. The Supreme Court also administers the judicial system throughout the state, and I will ensure our court system delivers equal justice for all.

Bridget Mary McCormack (I)

Age: 54

Occupation: Law

Municipality of residence: Ann Arbor, MI

For how long: 22 years

Online campaign information: www.bridgetmarymccormack.com

Education: In 1988, I graduated from Trinity College, a small liberal arts school in Hartford, Connecticut where I earned a B.A. with honors in political science and philosophy. I graduated from New York University Law School in 1991, where I was a Root-Tilden Scholar and earned the Anne Petluck Poses Prize in Clinical Advocacy.

Previously held elected offices: Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, 2013-present

Top goals: If re-elected, I will continue the progress of the Justice For All Taskforce, which aims to achieve 100% access to the civil justice system in Michigan. Currently, eight of 10 Michiganders can’t afford a lawyer in civil legal problems. There is also an absence of innovation and technology in courts, which costs them transparency, efficiency and access. We have made great progress recently, but we need to make processes more user friendly and efficient.

Kerry Lee Morgan

Age: 65

Occupation: Attorney

Municipality of residence: Redford Township

For how long: 30 years

Online campaign information: www.pck-law.com/attorney/kerry-l-morgan/

Education: Regent University, M.A. Public Policy, magna cum laude, 1985. Detroit College of Law, J.D., 1981. Michigan State University, B.A. Political Science and Criminal Justice, with honors, 1977.

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: The Supreme Court needs Justices who will apply the law as written, not as it ought to be written in the mind of the Judge. My background in the law for over 40 years has taught me the importance of this purpose. I can bring a balanced respect for the written law and the Constitution in particular to the bench, so that justice may be done.

Katherine Mary Nepton

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Brock Swartzle

Age: 49

Occupation: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals

Municipality of residence: Ingham County

For how long: 16 years

Online campaign information: BrockForJustice.com

Education: B.S., University of Michigan; J.D., George Mason University School of Law

Previously held elected offices: Judge, Michigan Court of Appeals

Top goals: We have the greatest legal system in the world — if you can afford it. Justice that is too expensive is not justice. We must make access to justice cheaper for everyone, from the single mom to the corner storekeeper to the low-income juvenile to our major employers. Therefore, (1) we need to make pretrial procedures cheaper and court records free online, and (2) we need to intervene early with juveniles who enter the justice system.

Elizabeth M. Welch

Age: 50

Occupation: Attorney

Municipality of residence: East Grand Rapids

For how long: 13 years

Online campaign information: welchforjustice.com

Education: Penn State University, B.A. with honors. Ohio State University, J.D.

Previously held elected offices: East Grand Rapids Board of Education, 2012-Jan. 2020

Top goals: The vast majority of litigants lack access to counsel. We must utilize technology and new pathways to ensure everyone can access justice fairly. Additionally, the lack of complete data makes it impossible to fully understand our criminal justice system. The court should modernize technology platforms in order to gather data in a usable format so that we ensure justice is delivered fairly across all demographics and programs are implemented that ensure safer communities.

 

Judge of Court of Appeals District 2
Two candidates are running unopposed for two six-year terms: Mark J. Cavanagh (I) and Jonathan Tukel (I).

 

Judge of 16th Circuit Court
There are four candidates running unopposed for four six-year terms: Diane M. Druzinski (I), James M. Maceroni (I), Matthew S. Switalski (I) and Joseph Toia (I).

Judge of Macomb County Probate Court
Two candidates are running for one six-year term.

Kathryn A. George (I)

Age: 69

Occupation: Macomb County Probate Court Judge

Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights, Michigan

For how long: 30 years

Online campaign information: www.reelectjudgegeorge.com

Education: Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Juris Doctorate

Previously held elected offices: Sterling Heights Citycouncilwoman

Top goals: Upon reelection, I will continue to meet the needs of the public in spite of COVID restrictions. I am focused on improving services and updating the court due to changes in the law. This court is charged with the responsibility of protecting our most vulnerable citizens, which include guardianship and conservatorship over adults and children needing protection, and mentally ill individuals. My combined medical and legal background help me to better address their needs.

Lynn M. Maison

Age: 55

Occupation: Attorney

Municipality of residence: Harrison Township

For how long: 29 years

Online campaign information: votelynnmaison.com

Education: Wayne State University Law School – J.D. 1996; Wayne State University – B.S. in Education 1992; Macomb Community College – Associates Degree 1989

Previously held elected offices: None.

Top goals: If elected, my goal is to serve residents with the experience, integrity, and compassion they deserve. With 20 years of experience in probate practice, I would deliver decisions consistent with probate law. Having represented clients from all angles of probate practice, I understand the positions of individuals coming before the court and would treat everyone with dignity and respect. Being able to work full-time and prepare for court hearings, I can improve overall court efficiency.

 

Judge of 41-A District Court
One candidate is running unopposed for one six-year term: Annemarie Marino Lepore (I).

 

Utica Community Schools Board of Education
Eight candidates are running for two six-year terms.

 

Thom Dionne

Candidate is no longer actively seeking this office.

Andrea Geralds

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

Jeremy Harkins

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

Matthew Karrandja

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

 

Mark Magni

Age: 43

Occupation: Public School Teacher

Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights

For how long: 12 Years

Online campaign information: No answer given

Education: Utica Community School K-12. Stevenson Graduate. Wayne State University Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: My goal is to foster a greater transparency, communication and accountability between all stakeholders in order to best serve the needs of our students and community members.

 

Steve Meyer

Age: 41

Occupation: University Administrator

Municipality of residence: Shelby Twp

For how long: 35+ Years

Online campaign information: www.stevemeyerschoolboard.com

Education: Ph.D. in Education (Oakland), Master’s in Education (Purdue), Bachelor’s in English Literature (Oakland)

Previously held elected offices: None.

Top goals: Excellent schools are the foundation of great communities. My top priority is to find a superintendent that will engage parents, teachers, and partners to create a strategic plan for UCS that reflects the community’s vision for our schools. It’s imperative UCS regains its reputation as a “destination” district for our community to thrive as it has.

Tony Popovski

Age: 47

Occupation: Global Purchasing Manager at General Motors

Municipality of residence: Shelby Township

For how long: 9 years

Online campaign information: https://votepopovski.com

Education:

• Eisenhower High School Graduate

• Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University

• MBA, University of Michigan

Previously held elected offices: No elected offices.

Top goals: Superintendent leadership must be restored by re-establishing a connection with the community. Stakeholders should work in a culture where they trust each other during decision making. My goal is that UCS becomes a Destination District by reversing declining enrollment, attracting/retaining a talented workforce, and collaborating when planning facilities improvements. I will work to evaluate and improve substandard conditions and work for equitable state funding. The priorities need to keep safety and cleanliness at the top.

 

Mary K. Thomas (I)

Age: 40

Occupation: Counselor

Municipality of residence: Sterling Heights

For how long: 5 years

Online campaign information: www.Marykthomas.com

Education: Bachelors in Behavioral Science from University of Michigan Dearborn

Masters of Counseling from Oakland University

Doctorate in Counseling Education and Supervision

Previously held elected offices: UCS Board of Education (up for re-election)

Top goals: My top priority is continuing to ensure student and staff safety in response to the current pandemic. We continue to use the guidance from the CDC, OSHA, the Macomb County Health Department in aligning with the executive orders to support return to school plans as it becomes safe. Another priority is facilitating a thorough search to find a superintendent who will support our community and work to rebuild the culture.

Utica Mayor
Two candidates are running for one two-year term.

Gus Calandrino

Age: 54

Occupation: Utica City Councilman, IT Project Manager

Municipality of residence: Utica, MI

For how long: 16 years

Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/gus4utica

Education: Bachelor of Computer Science

Associate of Applied Science-Computer Programming

Previously held elected offices: Utica City Councilman, 2018 to present

Top goals: Water and Sewer Rates: Continue the work of the Resident Water Committee to find ways to improve the water and sewer system and lower rates for the residents.

Police: Revenue will increase over the next several years due to fiscally responsible decisions by the current City Council. I will work with our Police Chief to add personnel to the Police Department and increase patrols in the neighborhoods.

Mark Ricketts

Age: 63

Occupation: Utica Fire Fighter 34 years /Owner – Restoration Contractor 20 years.

Municipality of residence: Utica

For how long: 20 years

Online campaign information: Facebook

Education: Eisenhower High School Graduate

Previously held elected offices: no

Top goals:

– Serve our community with pride and do what is best for the community.   

– Transparency and open door policy for all.  

– Ensure city services with existing police, fire department and department of public works – Not outsource. Keep police and fire chiefs positions.

– Financial stability for city longevity.

– Safe and clean family neighborhoods.

-Strive to increase local businesses.

– Ensure residential safety by hiring a traffic officer now. Not the temporary fix…

Utica City Council
Seven candidates are running for three four-year terms.

Thom Dionne

Age: No answer given

Occupation: Mayor City of Utica. Police Officer / Firefighter City of Grosse Pointe Farms.

Municipality of residence: City of Utica

For how long: Our family moved to Utica in 1976

Online campaign information: www.facebook.com/MayorThom Dionne

Education: Utica High School Grad 1991

U.S. Army Military Intelligence School

Associates Degree Macomb Community College

Previously held elected offices: Mayor, City of Utica / Member Utica DDA / Member Utica Historic Commission

Top goals: To continue to improve the quality of life in the City of Utica for our residents. Keep and maintain the quality of transparency that has been available to the residents under my administration as Mayor. Continue to balance the budget and maintain the history of responsible spending that the City has seen over the past 4 years.

Chuck Cuddington (I)

Age: 73

Occupation: Retired

Municipality of residence: Utica

For how long: 30 Yrs.

Online campaign information: n/a

Education: GED, Associate Degree in liberal arts from OCC.

Previously held elected offices: Two terms on Utica Council.

Top goals: I would like to try to continue to stay on budget. To have new businesses come into our city. Utica has a lot to offer! I know we could use more city workers for city services, but do to the lack of revenue we do not have the funds at this time. I will continue to perform my job as city council person to support the residence to the best of my ability.

Andrew Doroh

Did not return questionnaire by press time.

Ron Robinson

Age: 50

Occupation: Photographer and Video Marketing Producer (Owner of Ron Robinson Studios) & WJR Reporter (on furlough: Covid)

Municipality of residence: utica

For how long: I’ve lived in utica since 2010, however I grew up here and am a 1987 graduate of Utica High School

Online campaign information: I don’t have a web site dedicated to this campaign, but if any Utica resident has a question or a concern, I can be reached by email at ron@ronrobinsonstudios.com

Education: UHS Graduate. I studied at Macomb Community College for a year before joining the Marine Corps. I served in the USMC Military Police during Desert Storm. I’m also a graduate of Specs Howard School of Media Arts (broadcasting school)

Previously held elected offices: This is the first time Ive run for any elected office

Top goals: One of my main goals will be to try to bring in more tax revenue to the city thru new business. That starts with developing empty commercial lots into tax paying businesses. There are also many commercial structures that currently sit vacant that need businesses to occupy them. With increased revenue, Utica could do a great many things including strengthening our city services and ultimately make Utica a better place to live.

Michael Ryan

Age: 30

Occupation: Paramedic/ Firefighter/ Public Safety Officer

Municipality of residence: Utica

For how long: 8 Years

Online campaign information: N/A

Education: Bachelor Degree from Ferris State University

Previously held elected offices: None

Top goals: I would like to put emphasis on OUR city services, with the Police Department, Fire Department, and Department of Public Works. I would never support us selling any of our departments to neighboring communities. Staffing has been cut with running a skeleton crew for our DPW, Police Departments and Fire Departments. Most departments are running at half the manpower of what we need. I would like to see our city invest in our city services.

Neil Taylor

Age: 67

Occupation: Retired Quality/Process engineering consultant

Municipality of residence: City of Utica

For how long: 8 years

Online campaign information: Neiltaylorforutica@gmail.com

Education: Associate degree in Chemical Technology, BA in Computer Science

Previously held elected offices: No answer given

Top goals: I will improve the communication to the community of what goes on in council.

I will do what is necessary to support creative solutions to overcome the current difficulties due to the pandemic. I will ensure that changes to any city department staff and or budget be carefully reviewed.  

I will address the issue of Utica streets becoming a thoroughfare for commercial vehicles.

I will review the dual meter system for a more equitable solution.

Faith Terenzi (I)

Age: 69

Occupation: City Councilwoman, Retired from Banking Industry, Volunteer from several Ministries at St. Lawrence Catholic Church

Municipality of residence: City of Utica

For how long: 44 Years

Online campaign information: N/A

Education: High School, Some college, a vast variety of life experiences that has brought me to where I am today.

Previously held elected offices: I have been your City Councilwoman since January 2012.

Top goals: One thing that is important to me is to see more women on City Council. I will be actively looking for women of all ages to jump on board and run in the next city election. We need to have a balance of men and women and currently the scale is unbalanced. Right now I am working hard on the “Vote No for the Marijuana Business Ordinance Amendment”. Two dispensary locations in Utica are enough.

Proposals
Utica Marijuana proposal

Utica Marihuana Business Ordinance Amendment

Shall an ordinance entitled The Citizen Revised Marihuana Business Ordinance to Clean Contaminated Property in the City of Utica be enacted to revise the current Marihuana Business Ordinance to provide for two additional licenses to co-locate at one additional location thus increasing the number of physical locations from two locations to three locations for the sale of medical and recreational marihuana south of Hall Road and on the West side of Van Dyke?

State of Michigan Proposal 20-1

A proposed constitutional amendment to allow money from oil and gas mining on state-owned lands to continue to be collected in state funds for land protection and creation and maintenance of parks, nature areas, and public recreation facilities; and to describe how money in those state funds can be spent.

This proposed constitutional amendment would: – Allow the State Parks Endowment Fund to continue receiving money from sales of oil and gas from state-owned lands to improve, maintain and purchase land for State parks and for Fund administration, until its balance reaches $800,000,000. – Require subsequent oil and gas revenue from state-owned lands to go into the Natural Resources Trust Fund. – Require at least 20% of Endowment Fund annual spending go toward State park improvement. – Require at least 25% of Trust Fund annual spending go toward parks and public recreation areas and at least 25% toward land conservation. Should this proposal be adopted?

State of Michigan Proposal 20-2

A proposed constitutional amendment to require a search warrant in order to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications.

This proposed constitutional amendment would: – Prohibit unreasonable searches or seizures of a person’s electronic data and electronic communications. – Require a search warrant to access a person’s electronic data or electronic communications, under the same conditions currently required for the government to obtain a search warrant to search a person’s house or seize a person’s things. Should this proposal be adopted?

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