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Macomb County Commission District 4

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    Joseph V. Romano
    (Rep)

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    Liz Sierawski
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

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.

City of residence Sterling Heights
Age 74
Family Wife: Sharon 3 adult children 10 grandchildren
Education High School : St Anthony Macomb Community College- Cert. behavioral sciences
Vehicles owned 2010 Chrysler T.C.; Cadillac
Professional Experience Licensed Broker and Insurance Agent
Political Experience 20 years as Councilman of Sterling Heights
Race/ethnicity Caucasian- Italian
Obtaining the funds to fix our roads.
Legacy costs for current and retired employees. More cost sharing in health insurance. Set up 401's for current employees and eliminate pensions.
Large fines and probation for white collar. Lengthy terms for violent offenders. Our judges are too lenient.
Open "non-partisan" meetings. Vote what's right for the people and not strictly along party lines.
You pay for what you get- no higher or lower than county employees, percentage wise.
Reduce property taxes for seniors 65 and over. Many of these seniors are living just on their social security checks.
Would need to examine each one separately and work in conjunction with other commissioners.
Social services- better monitoring and verification of family needs.
Working much closer with your individual city so awareness of current financial situations doesn’t come as a surprise. City officials welcome their county commissioner in budgetary discussions.
NO! Suburbanites rarely use it, so why should we pay for it.
That should be the sheriff and county executives’ decision.
Recreational - No! Medical- Yes!
Better qualified educators and the tools necessary for students. i.e.: laptops, iPad, etc.
Yes. Enforce the laws now on the books. Prosecute violators to the "full" extent of the law.
Duplicate question
The U.S. is a large area, if we must settle refugees, let's do it proportionally to cities' populations and throughout the entire U.S..
A) Seniors 65 and older, lower property taxes B) Low income- job training mandatory
More hands on training. Education is the key. Start in High Schools.
Absolute priority! Budget additional funds and if necessary, reduce other programs.
I will appear and support the most qualified candidate regardless of party affiliation.
No.
No.
City of residence Sterling Heights
Age 52
Family Steve-husband Pat, Rebecca, Tony, Shani, Catie, Stevie, Nick
Education Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University
Vehicles owned Jeep Compass, Ford Taurus, Dodge Avenger
Professional Experience Director of Nursing Blue Angel Home Care, Beaumont Home Care, Director of Nursing Alpha Theraputics, Clincal Superviso/Assistant DIrector New Passion Home Care, HealthWise Home Health Care, St John Home Care.
Political Experience Charter Commissioner 2008
Race/ethnicity White
Our economy has not improved as much as we would like to think. It will continue to be a challenge to keep communities solvent and departments functioning well within budget constraints.
Again, it will be the state and financial allowances that will guide how we procede. As the body that manages the finances, we commissioners will need to have a strong understanding of statutes and needs that direct our government.
I would like to improve pre trial services with Macomb County Community Corrections. I would also support and expand specialty courts that include the drug, sobriety, and veterans courts.
It is extremely important that the Commissioners and the Executive respect and know the roles each play in the government. This division of power provides for a balanced and just government.
It is not necessary at this time.
Community Mental Health needs to enhance their role in substance abuse prevention and treatment through out the community. I do not believe I need to educate many on the need to expand this.
I would need to delve into programs very thoroughly before recommending any cuts.
I would recommend more state dollars go to mental health and senior services at this time.
The role of the county commissioners is to assist the treasurer with tax collection.
I support the RTA, but I am wary of the new proposal cost and what the real outcomes will be.
I support all avenues of transparency within financial reason.
Not at this time.
Education is a state mandated and funded issue, I support whatever the county can do to assist the state within reason.
I do believe that law enforcement is doing good job at this time in Macomb, but we can always do better.
The county is to assist the County Treasurer with tax collection.
With proper screening, I am in favor of accepting refugees.
I am in favor of programs that create jobs for low income residents that will improve their lives.
I am in favor of programs that assist all efforts to improve job development.
I recommend expanding inspections on all infrastructures and requiring regular repair and replacement preventing the failure of that infrastructure.
I doubt I will be invited but would be honored if I am.
No
No

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