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Macomb County Commission District 3

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  • Ryan Hurd
    (Rep)

  • Veronica Klinefelt
    (Dem)

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What are the most pressing challenges facing the county in the next four years?

What are the county's biggest budgetary concerns, and how would you address them?

How would you propose handling the county jail population and existing and future criminal justice programs?

How would you propose having the county's executive and legislative branches of government work together more cooperatively?

What is your stance on raising elected officials salaries? If you support raises, what kind of raises do you support for the county's non-elected employees?

What programs would you enhance or introduce countywide and why?

What programs would you propose cutting countywide and why?

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

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

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

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?

Has the county taken appropriate steps to prevent gun violence?

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

Where do you stand on settling refugees in Michigan, and Macomb County in particular?

What will you do to improve the lives of low-income residents in Macomb County?

What would you do to improve the county’s workforce development efforts?

How would your policies help to fix aging infrastructure in Macomb County?

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.

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City of residence Eastpointe
Age 52
Family Married to Randy Klinefelt. Four children, Brandy, Mike, Emily, and Charlie
Education Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University
Professional Experience Michigan Association of Counties Board of Directors (current Director)
Political Experience County Commissioner 3 1/2 years, Eastpointe City Council 8 years, East Detroit School Board member 6 years.
Race/ethnicity White
Incumbent? yes
The most pressing issue is dealing with the long term viability of the budget. We must also address a lot of infrastructure issues at our jail that cannot be put off any longer.
The biggest concern is achieving long term viability while addressing low employee morale due to constant cutbacks in compensation and in the size of the workforce. It is also a challenge to keep the same level of services with fewer employees.
We have to recognize we have been incarcerating people with mental illness and drug addiction while not investing in treatment for them, leading to unnecessarily high reincarnation rates. We also have to modernize our jail.
Communication is very important. Personal attacks have no place in this working relationship and have been harmful. Also, properly understanding our respective roles is critical. I see great improvement in this area.
I voted against our raises. We cannot give our employees double digit raises so we should not get them. It is important to be mindful of what residents and employees are experiencing economically when setting our salaries.
I would focus on programs that most impact the quality of life for our residents like the programs we have to help seniors stay independent and the court programs that focus on counseling rather than punishment in some circumstances. Both of those often save money in the long run.
We need to be more selective in our infrastructure projects. I voted against the downtown Mt. Clemens project because I felt we didn't separate out the wants from the needs. The Board of Commissioners did not need new offices.
Road maintenance in Winter as well as Summer....the State must come up with a better funding system for roads!
The County can be a vehicle for multiple cities to be able to combine services to save money. We work with cities' court systems, their public safety departments, assessing departments, planning departments and much more.
I think rapid transit plays a huge role in the success of a large city and the surrounding region but I do not believe the residents in my district are comfortable with the concept being proposed or the cost associated with it. It will ultimately be their choice.
Very expensive but I support it.
The decision has to be made at the state level...probably by ballot proposal...but this is an issue that would not work as a local decision.
We have early reading programs. We support parenting classes. Parental support is crucial to a child's success. The most negative effects on education come from the state level. Counties must stand with school districts to fight laws that destroy community and parental involvement.
We have been stripped of all involvement in this issue by the state.
Already asked and answered.
We are a welcoming county. Properly vetted refugees should be given a chance to live without fear of political persecution.
We must ensure proper funding for the program's we currently have that are successful....but we must also do a better job of using technology to inform residents of the services available to them.
This is primarily an Executive function. We should properly fund the initiatives that are brought to us that are effective.
Counties cannot fix our aging infrastructure until both the state and federal government can fix the funding issues related to infrastructure. At this point the best we can hope to do is basic maintenance and repair of infrastructure that is in the most critical condition.
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