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Oakland County Commission District 9

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  • Hugh D. Crawford
    (Rep)

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    Colleen Crossey
    (Dem)

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Biographical Information

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 Novi
Age 74
Family Wife, St Rep Kathy Crawford 3 grown children
Education High School, some college
Vehicles owned 2015 Ram truck 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Professional Experience United States Marine Corps..4yrs Xerox Corp...21yrs
Political Experience Novi City Council..15yrs Oakland County Commission..8yrs Michigan St Rep...6yrs Oakland County Commission..2yrs
Facebook http://Yes
Incumbent? yes
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Should be done, if possible.
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Ok, if properly vetted.
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I will support the Republican nominee.
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City of residence Novi
Age 53
Family I'm a single mom with two school-aged children
Education a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Vehicles owned This is an odd question. I own one vehicle.
Professional Experience I have worked at a crisis center, a women's shelter, a senior residential center, Washtenaw County jail, Monroe County Mental Health Authority and I taught at Monroe Community College. I led a research project for women in Livingston County
Political Experience I chair Novi's Beautification Commission. I'm on the executive board of DWOC. I was elected president for my homeowner's association for 4 years. I served 2 years on the Stone School board in Ann Arbor. I was elected student senator at Eastern Michigan University and student representative at University of Michigan. I currently serve as a precinct delegate.
Race/ethnicity We are all members of one human race.
County government must defend the economic security of its citizens. This is a moral imperative. When full-time employees don't make enough money to feed their family or save for retirement, then the laws must change. It is the responsibility of government to stand up for its citizens and for the common good. I will continue to fight for a living wage. I will also fight to prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and access to public services regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. I will require medically accurate information at county public health department, and access to emergency contraception.
A regional transit system brings customers to our stores and employees to their jobs. Our communities are growing and we must have a regional transit system to strengthen our economy. I support the Regional Transit Authority proposal to move us forward. However, I also believe that the companies that have received tax subsidies or abatements should contribute more to regional transit. Corporate tax avoidance raises the taxes on the residents. It is wrong for tax payers to pay more than their fair share.
It is the responsibility of leadership to establish cost-effective services that will help our residents and our economy. Rapid, reliable transit will provide people the ability to get to medical appointments, visit grandkids and get to the grocery store. Public transit will connect people to jobs, opportunities, services and entertainment options. It will spur economic development and growth, attract and retain young talent, provide greater independence for seniors and people with disabilities, and improve overall quality of life in Southeast Michigan.
I worked with the Monroe County Sheriff Department when I worked for Monroe County Mental Health. I respect what the sheriff deputies do for our community. Employees in every profession are accountable to the people they serve. I support body cameras on county deputy sheriffs. This will insure safety for the public. It will also protect the integrity of our sheriff's department.
Compounds in marijuana can remove plaque from alzheimer's patients. Marijuana has many other beneficial uses too. On the other hand, marijuana has been genetically modified and is more dangerous than before. I don't support throwing a person in jail because of marijuana use. This action is destructive to the financial security of his/her family. I support legalization of marijuana only if it is regulated. This will protect the safety of the public. Criminalization of a drug will not keep people safe.
There is much room for improvement. If my children were killed in a mass shooting, it would simply destroy me. America's gun violence epidemic is a public safety issue. The second amendment does not give people the right to commit murder. Existing gun laws must be tightened and background checks must be enforced. Michigan is currently an "open carry" state. Michigan's laws must restrict assault weapons and magazine capacity for the safety of all of its citizens. Gun buyers must take responsibility of their guns and register them. The county must take responsibility for protecting its citizens.
Schools have been so devastated by budget cuts by the State that many are forced to close. This is both shameful and unacceptable. A government's budget reflects its values. When a government values education, it funds education. It is hard for a nation to build work skills when its corporations have stopped paying for education. Oakland County can stop authorizing tax subsidies for large corporations. We can then set aside taxes for supplementing school budgets and supporting school safety programs that end bullying. The county must also support the health department in order to fight the opioid abuse epidemic.
Our water infrastructure must be repaired and maintained. This is a priority that must be done in order to prevent a water quality crisis like the one in Flint, Michigan. Our crumbling roads and bridges must be repaired now. Repairing roads sooner, rather than later, will save taxpayer money and protect families from an infrastructure disaster. Citizens pay taxes for these kind of services and we should get our money's worth.
All government officials must be accountable to the voters who voted them into office. Oakland county can develop an early warning system in which local government finances would be monitored. Cities showing signs of fiscal trouble would be identified. In this way, local officials AND the public would have sufficient time to discuss options for turning things around. Cities must be required to balance their budgets. The help for assisting financially struggling cities would vary from technical advice to cash grants. I strongly oppose the appointment of "emergency managers" to any struggling municipality.
I am against Oakland County's policy of giving tax subsidies to a select few businesses. This is unfair to other businesses and to taxpayers. Taxpayers pay for roads, water, mental and physical health, parks, sheriff and other services. Corporate tax avoidance cheats millions of school children out of billions in education funds. It is hard for our nation to build work skills when it's corporations have largely stopped paying for education. I will demand that they pay their fair share of taxes. When companies play one community against the other for tax breaks, weak leaders just give in. This stops now.
Our community mental health system has had crippling budget cuts. This hurts us all. When mental health services are tax-payer funded, mental health is accountable to the voters. When mental health services are for profit, the services are accountable to the shareholders. Gov. Rick Snyder's 2017 budget could result in the privatization of the state’s community mental health system and the largest cut to the system in the state’s history. The responsibilities currently held by the public health system will go to for-profit Medicaid health plans. This could result in a $300 million reduction in behavioral health services. This must end now.
America is a country of immigrants. I take pride in an America that welcomes refugees. I welcome them too. Michigan has been losing workers at an alarming rate. The people of Michigan are the best part of Michigan. We are stronger together, both as a community and as a nation. I am tired of seeing families hurt by bad policies that cause economic insecurity. Our legislators need to take responsibility for this. When we demand an economy that works for all of us, we create prosperity. America's hardworking families have been hammered on for generations, but this is due to bad policy, not refugees.
I volunteer for Novi's Feed-the-Need summertime lunch program for kids. I am an activist for our hard-working families. We need an economy that rewards hard work. Our jobs must pay a living wage. There are too many workers in Oakland County whose wages are so low that their families are living in poverty. The number of homeless students, seniors and veterans is steadily increasing. Oakland County must lead by example to address this problem. America's hardworking families have been hammered on for generations. As commissioner, I will push for earned, paid sick days and paid medical leave for our county employees.
Oakland County must also invest in job training in order to improve workforce development. Job opening information must be more easily accessed. A clear link to county jobs must be prominently posted on the first page of oakgov.com. The County can provide a direct link for job hunters on virtually every email they send out to residents. Job hunters can also sign up to receive email notices of all available jobs. This is a more efficient way to connect job hunters to employers. The county must do all it can to enforce laws that insure equality in the workplace.
Yes, I will support my party's nominee. I won't attend presidential campaign events. I want to spend my time talking to voters directly by door knocking and public forums. This gives me the opportunity to hear what people need from their county government.
I have never filed for bankruptcy. I have been lucky enough to get jobs that paid a living wage. These jobs had work contracts negotiated by labor unions, and I am grateful for their work. It used to be that employers would take responsibility for paying employees a retirement pension. Our economy must reward hard work and loyalty in order to end bankruptcies.
No, I haven't been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

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