Oakland County Commission District 4

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    Tom MIddleton

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    Phillip Reid

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What do you think county’s three most pressing problems are, and where would you start to solve them?

Do you support the proposed millage to fund a regional transit system? Why or why not?

What, in your view, should be the county and the region’s transportation priorities?

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

Do you support the legalization of recreational marijuana?

Has the county taken appropriate steps to prevent gun violence?

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

What should Oakland County do to fix its aging infrastructure?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Clarkston
Age 70
Family Wife - Kathy; daughter - Amy Whitesall; sons - Jason and Ted Middleton; grandchildren - Ben, Nick Whitesall, Katherine and Jacqueline Middleton
Education Graduate of Lake Orion Community High School; BA in Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications from Michigan State University
Vehicles owned GMC Terrain, Ford Ranger pickup
Professional Experience As a dairy farmer associated with Michigan Farm Bureau, Dairy Herd Improvement Assoc., National Association of Conservation Districts (past Chair of Great Lakes Committee); Past-president of Michigan Association of Conservation Districts; Liaison for MSU Extension Service for tri-county area and Michigan Legislature; MSU Extension Council - Oakland County; serve on seven Oakland County Lake Boards; Past-president and treasurer of Clarkston Area Optimist Club.
Political Experience Oxford School Board - past president and treasurer; Michigan Legislature - State Representative 8 years (4 years on Appropriations Committee); Oakland County Commissioner 14 years (Finance Committee chair, member of Retirement Board, member of Oakland County Drain Board); Michigan Association of Counties - vice-chair of Transportaion Committee
Race/ethnicity caucasian
1-To get the Great Lakes Water Authority working smoothly as an honest, transparent and efficient system. Having Bob Daddow chair this authority is our best bet for accomplishing this. 2-Keeping our AAA Bond Rating is important because it helps the county and communities receive lower loan interest rates. It also reassures county citizens since an outside group - Standard and Poor's - evaluates how the county is run and has ranked it with the best in the nation. 3-Jobs. Oakland County Economic Development does well in encouraging workforce development. It needs to continue recruiting employers that provide good, high paying jobs to support a family.
I need to see the proposal and the details. I represent two townships that opted out of Smart. I have to see what is in the package for the more rural parts of the region.
In populated areas develop a bus mass transit system where it is practical and efficient. As population density increases in rural areas let them buy into the system with a vote.
I have a concern with the ownership of video taken by body cameras. Police often investigate calls that do not result in an arrest. If these videos are subject to Freedom of Information, the county could be involved in many lawsuits for invasion of privacy. I believe that these videos becoming public information also invades the privacy of the victim. Man-hours required to review all videos would be exorbitant.
No, I believe the data that marijuana is a stepping stone to more powerful drug use.
Yes. The Sheriff's Department has trained most of the police departments in the county on handling active shooters. The County Commision has also provided 10,000 gun locks to the public through police and Sheriff departments for safer gun ownership.
Oakland County cooperates with Oakland Schools on an Anti Bullying Program and the Health Department has a Suicide Prevention Task Force as well as a program to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. In the County budget we have money set aside to give to Oakland Schools to test for lead in all the school buildings. The County also funds Youth Assistance in every community which helps with child discipline and "needs" issues.
Roads - we have a tri-party program which provides $2,000,000 from the Board of Commissioners to use as a three way match between the local townships and the county Road Commission. This program would generate $6,000,000 in road repairs. We also have a new city and village program - 2016 Local Road Improvement Program - which will provide the same kind of funding on a 50/50 basis with the Board of Commissioners contributing $1,000,000.
Cities that need to reduce their cost of doing business can and have taken advantage of contracting services that the county can provide at a great savings such as police, police and/or fire dispatch and property assessment. Examples of cities that have used some or all of these services are Pontiac and the Village of Clarkston.
Oakland County's six elected officials work with the county administration to provide services to Oakland County residents. These elected officials do a good job of balancing needs with resources and ask the Board of Commissioners for amendments to the budget when needed.
The Finance Committee wiil review the budget during the summer. The 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 budgets were passed last year as part of the three year budget process. We will be looking at the budget for 2018-2019 this year. Our three year budget process helps prevent us from having to make crisis budget decisions.
Oakland County has settled many refugees over the years. We can continue this as long as they have proper documentation and it is verified.
Continue to encourage job-creators to come to Oakland County through County Economic Development.
Oakland County Economic Development does well in encouraging workforce development. It needs to continue recruiting employers that provide good, high paying jobs to support a family.
I will support the Republican presidential nominee.
City of residence Clarkston, MI
Age 63
Family Married, 35 years, two adult children
Education Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Wayne State University MBA, Wayne State University
Vehicles owned 2015 Chrysler 200 2009 Chrysler Town & County Minivan
Professional Experience Chrysler Group, LLC, 36 years, System Administrator, Purchasing, Production Control, Logistics
Political Experience Treasurer, Oakland County Democratic Party Chair, North Oakland Democratic Club
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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Protect Oakland County’s drinking water and fix our aging water and sewer infrastructure - Test drinking water in our schools and childcare centers - Provide funding support for water and sewer infrastructure improvements and repairs

Public Health - Truth in Medicine at county public health department (require medically accurate information) - Access to Emergency Contraception at county health department - Improve support for Community Mental Health - Combat opioid abuses

Social Justice - Require body cameras on county deputy sheriffs - Prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and access to public services regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity
Yes I support the proposed millage to fund a Regional Transit Authority (RTA).

Because the Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation system is opt-in — meaning suburban communities must choose to be a part of that system and to pay its millage — and because the Detroit Department of Transportation operates almost entirely within the city's limits, coverage is spotty. Too often, there aren't direct routes from the areas with the most workers to the places with the most jobs. District 4 is entirely "opted-out" and a RTA would help improve access to jobs in North Oakland County, and would provide residents in North Oakland County expanded access to jobs in Detroit.
All major transportation arteries, including I-75, should be available to mass-transit opportunities, including buses, light rail, and monorail.
Every active and reserve sheriff on patrol should be required to wear body cameras and the data must be maintained and accessible for reasonable period of time.
I will support the legalization and taxation of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes when greater controls relating to dose or strength can be controlled.
The county is restricted by State and Federal laws regarding gun ownership. Every effort needs to be made to restrict semi-automatic magazines to 10 rounds or fewer for all types of weapons.
I would support the consolidation of school districts in Oakland County to provide improved consistency of performance. Accessible and affordable early education for all children would provide improvements with the least financial stress to the county.
Oakland County needs to reclaim a greater share of revenue from the state. Oakland is a "donor" county to the State of Michigan and this condition must be reversed.
Oakland County, as a result of ongoing reductions in revenue sharing by the state, has been taking on a greater role in supporting all jurisdictions. The state must take steps to reverse this trend.
Water and Sewer Infrastructure: - Test drinking water in our schools and childcare centers - Provide funding support for water and sewer infrastructure improvements and repairs
Governor Snyder is proposing annual testing of water in all jurisdictions regardless of whether there are currently water quality issues or not. I would prefer to see a schedule based on jurisdiction history.
Oakland County should support the settling of refugees in Michigan once the Federal Government agencies have provided the required stringent background checks.
Elder Care: Create and fund an elder abuse and fraud task rorce

Veterans: Look for opportunities to end homelessness for Oakland County veterans
Support the Regional Transit Authority Support Oakland County Community College vocational programs
I completely support Hillary Clinton for President and would be honored to appear with the candidates of the entire Democratic Party ticket.