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Macomb County Commission District 6

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    James Louis Carabelli
    (Rep)

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    Ken Reid
    (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 Lifelong resident of Shelby Township
Age 51
Family Married to Annemarie and we have 4 Children; Lou, Giovanni, Calena and Salvatore
Education Macomb Community college, bachelor studies at Baker College and veteran of the USMC.
Vehicles owned Chevrolet suburban, Ford Explorer and a Mercury Mariner.
Professional Experience Macomb County Commissioner-Dist. 6, Chair/Co-Chair planning and Economic Development committee-Chair/Co Chair infrastructure committee, Chair Macomb Orchard Trail Commission, United Lawnscape-V.P., CCAB board member and TIA of Michigan board member. At the SEMCOG General Assembly on June 23rd, I was elected as County Bloc Vice Chair and Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee delegate.
Political Experience Past-Shelby Twp.-Trustee, past-Shelby Twp.-Deputy Treasurer and Past Chair MCRP.
Race/ethnicity Race/ethnicity: White American
Incumbent? yes
Candidate did not provide a response.
Establish a performance based budget review process with a higher level of transparency. We can develop framework for a performance based budget that includes benchmarks (internal and external) and timelines for departments. All departments to create a five year operational plans dealing with financial gap and risk mitigation strategies.

At least once last year and in previous years I recall the Sheriff has had to issue a Declaration notice of “Overcrowding State of Emergency” Under provisions of P.A. 325 of 1982. Jail sharing options have been looked at with other counties and state facilities without favorable results. The Sheriff has worked with the Judges on alternative sentencing that has seemed to Band-Aid the problem for now. Considering the amount of investment needed for an aging facility (along with federal and state requirements). The Sheriff has commissioned a study to look at his options going forward.
The first few years of the new mandated style government was tedious. Trying to understand the intent of the new charter and roles/responsibilities of the branches of government. Yes, the court has opined on a few issues but as of today the county executive and the board of commissioners have a healthy check/balance.
Through all parties involved during the past downturn, Macomb has a bond rating is at AA+ and is running a surplus. Compensation for elected/non-elected servants had/has to be competitive. Bargaining/non-bargaining and elected servants have taken pay cuts and adjustments in years past. The board of commissioners authorized a compensation study from an out-state firm to make recommendations for elected servants compensation. This study was vetted at a public meeting and adopted for future elected officials (not the current office holders). The executive has budgeted for a study for classification/compensation for non-elected servants. We want the best and brightest serving our residents
Communication Plan for Residents We need to increase public awareness about all county services (that are available for residents). We have to adopt a social media policy that all ages can understand. This needs to be done with continued collaboration with the IT, Executives office and county wide elected officials.
All county-provided programs are reviewed during the budget process. During this time each are evaluated and reviewed as to: benefit, cost and sustainability.
In 2016, for the General Fund, approximately $21.6 million out of $226 million (9.6%) are allocated to Health and Welfare. For the entire budget (including enterprise and special revenue funds), that's a bit complicated since the definition of "Health and Human Services" can vary. I would say that if this definition includes Community Mental Health, then it would be $329 million of the $685 million total county budget (approximately 48%). Again, we need to increase public awareness about all county services (that are available for residents). We have to adopt a social media policy that all ages can understand. This needs to be done with continued collaboration with the IT, Executives office
The county has a role of advocating for communities but have no jurisdiction. What the county has done and will continue to offer is regionalization opportunities. This is not only for struggling cities but for everyone. The executive’s office (Mark Hackel) and team has created “COMTEC” which integrated Emergency Management, public safety, Roads as well as IT services under one roof. This facility is a model of intergovernmental cooperation. This will save tax dollars. The sheriff’s is also looking into central booking for prisoners therefore municipalities do not have to duplicate services. The sheriff has also offered contracts for road patrols for communities and several have signed on.
I do support a regional transit plan for metro Detroit. The economic impact and also the job creation has been proven in both Cleveland and Denver. The true cost of Shelby Township and the City of Utica residents will be more than what has been conveyed at about “$8.00 per month”. I believe it will be more in the tune of $15.00-$35.00 per month-per household in taxes. We have to remember that this will bring back millions of federal tax dollars we pay back to our region. The question is the return on the investment…..How long will it take to be up and running….5-10 or 15 years? I would love to connect in my community and go to Detroit for a hockey game or to the airport.
Yes, the Sheriff and his team have recommended the purchase of body cameras. The presented a business case for the budget adjustment. It has been vetted by the Executives office and the Board of Commissioners at several public meetings. This is to protect the deputies and the residents. The concern that I have will be the cost storing/duration of the tapes (No Fed/State Laws to govern) and the ongoing cost of it.
No, Though there are good arguments on both sides. In Colorado, the influx of tax dollars for the communities is said to beneficial. One of my concerns is that of operating a vehicle/equipment while under the influence. I sit on the Traffic Improvement Association of Michigan board and we have had discussions on how law enforcement was not/still not prepared to handle this.
Macomb County is the 3 largest county in the country (populated) without a 4 year university. I/we have advocated and will continue to for our University. District (6) (that I represent) is home to UCS and is the one of the premier school district in the nation. They provide strong student achievement levels and have nationally-recognized programs with a large portfolio of educational options available. UCS consistently outpace all state and national averages. The district's graduation rate of 90 percent is 14 points higher than the State of Michigan average. Bench marking UCS and using best practices (from all Districts) is the start to improve the education for our children.
This issue is governed by the Federal and State government. The Board of commissioners does not have jurisdiction. The question has sparked my interest and I will follow up with the MISD, MCC and my local school district to see if we can advocate and or assist them in anyway.
The county has a role of advocating for communities but have no jurisdiction. What the county has done and will continue to offer is regionalization opportunities. This is not only for struggling cities but for everyone. The executive’s office (Mark Hackel) and team has created “COMTEC” which integrated Emergency Management, public safety, Roads as well as IT services under one roof. This facility is a model of intergovernmental cooperation. This will save tax dollars. The sheriff’s is also looking into central booking for prisoners therefore municipalities do not have to duplicate services. The sheriff has also offered contracts for road patrols for communities and several have signed on.
Macomb County has a long history of helping but we need to be smart and understand the fact that terrorist organizations are looking for any opportunity to exploit blind hospitality. Then they can carry out their barbaric attacks of terror. These Refugees have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war/persecution and we all know the majority of them are victims. Therefore the first thing that has to happen is protection and safety of our residents and this can only be done if the Department of Homeland Security improves its screening process.
$329 million of the $685 million total county budget (approximately 48%) are services and programs that are available to all residents. Again, we need to increase public awareness about all county services (that are available for residents). We have to adopt a social media policy that all ages can understand.
The County has and will continue working with Macomb/St. Clair workforce Development and Macomb Community College. In past years the Commission has allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars for development programs ranging from information technology to medical. Now this role falls to the Planning and economic development of the county and they’ve spearheaded research for type of jobs needed for business (current and new).
The decisions that county leaders make every day about infrastructure, influence local and national economic opportunities. It shapes how our communities advance and contribute to all of our quality of life. The federal and State funds (the return of our tax dollars) as we all know have been declining. Macomb County has been prioritizing all infrastructure projects throughout the county. We need to petition the purse holders to maximize our return. That being said, at the SEMCOG General Assembly on June 23rd, I was elected as County Bloc Vice Chair and Regional Clearinghouse Review Committee delegate.
Yes.
No.
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City of residence Shelby Township
Age 62
Family Kathy (wife) Two adult, married children
Education A.A.-Macomb Community College B.S-Western Mich University M.Ed.-Wayne State University J.D.-University of Detroit
Vehicles owned Dodge Ram 1500 Chrysler 200
Professional Experience Special education teacher (34 years) Union president, professional education staff (19 years) Higher education instructor (6 years) College/Prison Coordinator (2 years)
Political Experience I have never held public office. In my professional roles, I have spent much time in Lansing discussing educational and labor issues.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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1) The need to support new and older veterans and our aging population 2) When it comes to personal service contracts, we need to be more transparent 3) Creating a stronger ethics policy 4) A Commitment to stay within the county budget
1) Criminal justice reform is needed along with finding alternatives to incarceration. 2) Accessibility to services for our aging population 3) Pollution control of our natural resources
We need to make sure there are quality alternatives to incarceration. This can be done through collaboration between judges, prosecutors and the sheriff. Also, the State needs to take control of their responsibility for improving mental health services and substance abuse programs within the criminal justice system.
The Commission and the Executive must honor, with professionalism, our checks and balances system that is in place
I oppose the recent raise that the Commission gave themselves and other top county officials. Raises should be commensurate with other county employees.
I think it is very important that we support specialty courts, such as drug courts and Veterans courts. Also, as someone who has family members who are in their 90s, I feel it is extremely important that we do what we can to support effective programs that service our aging population and their families.
We need to justify our programs and conduct an annual evaluation of them to make sure that they are effective and efficient.
Alternatives to incarceration is a must along with directed support for mental health and substance abuse programs within our criminal justice system.
The County government needs investigate and increase those services in which we can share with our cities. However, the State government that needs to reform their funding distribution and the County government needs to hold them accountable.
I am a big supporter of mass, public transportation. However, as it stands, I do not support this mileage proposal.
Absolute support
Yes
As a retired public educator, the local elected school board members will have my support and I will work with them to help improve our local school systems.
This is an issue for the State
This was asked above
We need to be welcoming.
Facilitate state and national programs for our residents and promote opportunities for students to have access to the necessary resources for them to be successful
Macomb Community College could play a large role in technical skill development and the opportunities that exist for that; I would work to increase and support that role for MCC.
As the State makes serious efforts to address this need, the county needs to be a good partner with it.
Yes
No
No

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