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Wayne County Commission District 11

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  • A. Haidous
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

What do you view as Wayne County’s most pressing problems, and how would you start to solve them?

How do you feel about the actions taken by the administration of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans both in requesting a declaration of financial emergency to deal with the county’s financial situation and in the steps taken to address the financial emergency, such as through employee and retiree healthcare changes?

What efforts would you pursue to improve Wayne County’s financial situation?

What can Wayne County do to reverse its ongoing population loss?

What can Wayne County do to improve employment possibilities across the county?

Which county-provided services need the most improvement, and what suggestions can you offer for making them better?

Aside from its people, what are Wayne County’s greatest assets and how can the county better use or market them?

Many county officials have complained in recent months about a loss of talent from the ranks of Wayne County government. How would you make Wayne County government a more attractive option for quality candidates in light of the county’s financial challenges?

Do you support the union-led petition effort to reduce the base pay of Wayne County commissioners from $61,800 to $45,000? Why or why not?

How would your policies help to fix aging infrastructure in Wayne?

What is your position on outfitting the county sheriff’s department with body cameras?

Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?

With reports showing Michigan behind on education, what role if any do you see the county taking to improve education?

What is the county’s role in assisting financially struggling cities?

Has the county taken appropriate steps to prevent gun violence?

Do you support the proposed millage to fund regional transit in metro Detroit? Why or why not?

Do you support and will you appear at campaign events with your party’s presidential nominee?

Have you ever filed for personal bankruptcy? If so, explain.

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor? If so, explain.

City of residence Wayne
Age 73
Family Wife, Mary Haidous Children: 5 Children Grandchild: 12
Education High School
Vehicles owned Ford Escape
Professional Experience Small Business Owner
Political Experience County Commissioner Mayor of the City of Wayne City council-City of Wayne
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Incumbent? true
The most pressing issue facing Wayne County was and is the financial stability, including the jail project. We continue to work with the administration to improve the efficiency of providing county services, while maintaining important vital services.

Roads and drainage also need to continue to be addressed. The county is committed to helping our local municipalities in this area.

Enhance the infrastructure in Wayne County, that will be able to accommodate future economic development and growth.
Given the financial situation that Wayne County was facing, steps needed to be taken to address the financial burden. There is no doubt that they were difficult decisions, but hopefully in the future these steps will allow the county to enhance the services that they provide to local municipalities and to their own employees.
There is a lot of work to do in this area. It is very important that the commission and the administration work as a team to identify the vital services. These services will ensure that Wayne County is a safe and vibrant area that can facilitate future economic development and growth.
We must enhance the economic infrastructure. As we can see with downtown Detroit, the resurgence of business and industry is attracting people to the area. We must continue to do this in our local municipalities as well.

Another thing we can do is ensure our schools are well supported. Flourishing school districts attract families and we must support our schools and help them achieve their maximum their potential.
It is important that we work with the state, as the state is trying to establish a new education training program based on the needs of industry. Currently the industry is lacking applicants that have the required skills in manufacturing and the trades. Providing our youth access and exposure to the trades is very important. These are skilled jobs that require post secondary training; thus are well paid.

The RTA (Regional Transit Authority) also has the ability to enhance the mobility of people to access jobs that they normally may not have access to.
The roads tend to be the area that I receive most feedback from my constituents. It is important that we continue to set priorities with regards to roads based on the condition of the road and the traffic usage of the roads. The most deteriorated roads, that get the most use need to be addressed first.

We would like to continue to expand and enhance our services that we provide to Seniors and Veterans in Wayne County. We are working very hard to provide the very best for them, but we must continue to explore unique funding opportunities to enhance the services we provide.

Lastly, we would like to continue to enhance the health and human services we provide to Wayne County residents.

Wayne County's greatest asset is its people, but aside from that we have the airport and large industry (such as Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, health care providers).

It is important that we continue to work with them to enhance their human and natural resources for them to be able to compete in the global market.

Downtown Detroit has experienced great growth and with that growth municipalities surrounding Detroit have benefited. It is important that the City of Detroit continues to grow and the schools in Detroit continue to grow.
As we know, there are many county positions where people are retiring. It is important that we aggressively pursue talent and offer fair compensation. There is no doubt that we have financial issues that don't allow us to compete with the private sector in terms of compensation. Although, compensation is not the only factor. We must continue to build an environment that people enjoy and want to work in and find people who are dedicated to being a civil servant and improving the services we provide to the people of Wayne County.
Whatever the outcome is of the union-led petition, I will respect it. At the end of the day, I serve the people of Wayne County on the same capacity (if not more) as I did in the City of Wayne (21 years in Wayne) and the average pay was $3,000 per year.
By evaluating current infrastructure and establishing a priority needs list. Aging infrastructure needs to be addressed based on need and usage. We must ensure our financial stability is addressed, so we can work on future projects to address the aging infrastructure.
The industry regarding this topic is changing. With recent events around the country, we see the increased use of body cameras. This is something that we probably do not want to be behind the curve on. This will help ensure our law enforcement has the latest equipment that will help protect their safety.
No, I do not.
I think it is important that we continue to work with the State to ensure that our public schools are properly funded. Also, it is equally important that we work with and support or local school boards to address the needs of our community. Also, I currently am appointed the Governor’s Talent Investment Board. The board is bringing employers, organized labor and community-based organizations, including apprenticeship programs, to make recommendations on how to best develop workforce talent across the state and work with schools to help prepare our students for those jobs.
We provide assistance to struggling cities, in terms of CDBG grants, parks and recreation, and provide assistance as requested from the local municipalities (as far as our resources allow).

Health and Human Resources, Senior (Meals on Wheels), etc.
The large portion of this issue lies on the shoulders of local municipalities. Although, our Sheriff's Department and Prosecuting office provide the support they can (which is limited due to our financial constraints).

We will continue to educate our citizens about the effects of gun violence on our youth and our whole community.
Yes. I believe this will allow our citizens to access different employment opportunities, that could be limited today due to transportation issues.

Also, it will increase the accessibility to Wayne County points of interest. In order for us to continue to grow, we need to increase accessibility.
Yes. The Democratic nomination.
No.
No.

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