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Macomb County Commission District 5

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    Roger Lonsway
    (Rep)

  • Robert Mijac
    (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.

City of residence Sterling Heights
Age 57
Family Alice (Wife) (no children)
Education B.B.A.--Saginaw Valley State University M.B.A.--Central Michigan University Graduate School of Banking--Boulder, CO
Vehicles owned 2012 Chevrolet Impala
Professional Experience Bank Examiner--State of Michigan 1985 - Present Bank Auditor--Second National Bank (Saginaw) 1981 - 1985
Political Experience Deputy Chairman of the Macomb County Republican Party 2015 - Present
Race/ethnicity White
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Weak economic growth High taxation The impact of refugee resettlements; e.g., expense and changing neighborhoods Aging infrastructure—especially water, sewer and roads
Salary and benefit costs. I would look at the range of county services and eliminate any that are not needed. Compensation should be fair and competitive, but not so generous that the taxpayers that pay them are overtaxed. I would encourage and support the repeal of the salary increases to the county-wide officials that were approved by the Macomb County Board of Commissioners earlier in 2016.
I think our public safety professionals do good work. Faith-based programs have proven to be effective in reducing recidivism rates in other communities and could be expanded here along with drug courts and tethering some of the non-violent offenders to allow them to stay in their own homes. This will reduce expenses and avoid overcrowding the jail.

The legislative and executive branches of county government must learn to understand their roles as spelled out in the charter. As I read the charter I understand it to mean that they serve different roles but are “EQUALLY” important.
I do not think elected officials need a raise at this time. Compensation for the county’s non-elected employees should be competitive, but I would not support a raise at this time without an offsetting reduction in benefits expense.
We must continue promoting business for jobs and growth.
All programs that are not required by state or federal law should be scrutinized. Any programs with little or no return on investment should be eliminated.
It is my opinion that the Macomb County Water Quality Board that was shut down by County Executive Mark Hackel should be reinstated and operated under the jurisdiction of the Macomb County Board of Commissioners as before. The Board should work to reinstate the water monitoring system that the prior Commission received grants to install. This would stop any chemical spills getting into the water intake systems.
A strong tax base benefits our cities and our citizens. The county can encourage businesses to grow in our community by keeping taxes under control and maintaining public health and public safety.
No I do not. I believe that there are higher priorities for the residents of the county and our taxes could be used here.
I fully support and appreciate our law-enforcement communities but would only support the use of body cameras if it was requested by the members of the sheriff’s department. The use of body cameras implies a distrust of our public safety officers that I do not share as long as our officers continue to be well trained, well equipped, and well led. From time to time there will be an unfavorable news event that involves a police officer. Public officials that automatically suggest police are guilty, without a review of the facts, are cowards and media-whores. Media that cannot distinguish facts from fiction can make a bad situation worse.
Absolutely not. I am not convinced that lack of enforcement does not create other problems.
I am open minded to partnering with the educational community to encourage excellence and discourage poor life choices.
I strongly support the second amendment. This includes the right for residents to defend themselves and their families in their homes.
This is a repeat question--see above.
I support legal immigration. I feel very badly about the refugees that want to come to our country. I am in favor of finding a place for them over there and helping set it up for them and lhelping to protect them there. That way they get to stay there and be as safe as possible and hopefully one day return to their homes.
The two most important things are education and jobs. All residents have access to a free K-12 public education so if we can focus on creating an environment where private sector jobs flourish than we can improve our local opportunities. I do not think that government programs are a long term solution to this challenge.
The success of public-sector job training activities is limited by the availability of private-sector jobs. I would focus on reducing regulation and taxes and making Macomb County a place where employers want to be.
By eliminating unneeded programs more monies will be available to fund programs that should be a priority. Water and sewer projects would be the highest priority.
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