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Oakland County Commission District 11

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    Bob Storc
    (Dem)

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    Doug Tietz
    (Rep)

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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 Rochester Hill, Michigan
Age 68
Family Cheryl Storc (wife), Pamela Carlsen & (daughter) & Eric Carlsen (son-in-law), and Lisa Storc (daughter)
Education BSME - General Motors Institute MSES - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Vehicles owned 2013 Chevrolet Avalanche, 2008 Saturn Vue, 2007 Chevrolet Corvette, 1998 Cadillac Seville, 1995 Pontiac Firebird, 1966 Chevrolet Corvair, 1965 Yenko Stinger, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air
Professional Experience I am an Engineering Leader with 36 years experience at General motors, plus ( years at suppliers. I developed creative solutions to problems (including over 9 patents) and mentored employees. I developed and succeeded in promoting over half of my employees. My problem solving approach includes not only using data to develop ideas, but also LISTENING and COMPROMISING to end up with a team approach that is acceptable to others with varying viewpoints. I am also on the External Advisory Board for The Ohio State University Center for Automotive Research.
Political Experience Active in campaign support, petition drives and support. Experience in church and various other committees. At work, I managed a $45 Million Budget and was always slightly under-budget with all projects done on time. I believe that this experience directly relates to the County Commissioner position.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Campaign Website http://tbd
Issue # 1 – Clean Water and the Environment, e.g. working with the Great Lakes Water Authority. I support water testing of schools in Oakland County to verify water is clean at the schools. Issue # 2 – Repairing our Infrastructure, primarily roads, with bridges as a priority. Obviously, we have to work within budget. The plan needs to be transparent and obtain community buy-in. Issue # 3 – Mental Health and Weapons. After every major gun violence event there is discussion about addressing mental health & weapons. I suggest that the Mental Health Department work with Universities, Law Enforcement & Universities to develop a long-term plan. This may take a few years, but we need to start.
Yes I support regional transit. First, a region with transit can be a strong region and can be more successful. The millage will provide payback. Examples such as Chicago, Denver, and Portland, Oregon come to mind. All have regional transit (some for a long time and some newer) and have grown as regions. Safe, comfortable, Regional Transit can save energy consumption, reduce traffic and parking pressures. It can be easier than driving and allow more flexibility in transportation options, i.e. not having to be tied down to a car. On a personal level, I have an "APP" that has all of the worlds subways. When I travel (nationally or internationally) I find regional transit is very convenient.
First, safety and reliability of existing transit systems. Transit needs to be something that can be relied upon. Routes and schedules need to be communicated and be dependable. Transportation as an enabler for people to get to work is top priority. Existing rail corridors should be explored. Also transportation to the regional airports, including as much of the Ann arbor, Detroit, Flint "triangle". If possible, transportation to sports venues, major centers/exhibition areas, and government centers should be explored.To help the Southeastern Michigan region grow, improved regional transportation is a necessity. No regional community is successful without excellent regional transportation.
I support body cameras for the good of all. It will help to improve trust of, and respect for, our law enforcement officers as well as making it clear to criminals that they and their actions will be identified.I see it as win-win.
I honestly don't have enough data. I do think that applying limited law enforcement resources to enforcing drug abuse of stronger drugs and other crimes should be a higher priority than criminalizing small amounts of marijuana. I believe that the voters should decide any changes in legalization. We will continue to need to prevent drinking and driving as well as drugs and driving. If recreational marijuana creates abuses such as "driving stoned", we would have to ensure public safety as we do other areas.
Not enough, but I see the issue as bigger than the county. Having said that, I believe that Oakland County could apply their excellent mental health organization, law enforcement and combine with Universities, such as Oakland and Michigan State to obtain federal support for studies of mental health and weapons with the vision being a set of recommendations of how to proceed. At any of these tragic events, we pay lip service to mental health and spend our time debating gun control. Since that debate is more at the federal level, Oakland County could help lead on how to improve on mental health and weapons issues .
Note the answer regarding workforce development. That would be adult education, which is a direction forward for underemployed/unemployed residents who need improved skill to compete in the job market. We need to ensure that early childhood education is available to all. The County must stand firmly agains childhood bullying to help create an environment conducive to learning for all. Any help towards good nutrition for students is also something that I support.
Water and sewer systems should be the highest priority, followed by bridges, roads, and public buildings.
Investment in infrastructure (jobs) and training/developing resident workforce can provide significant help (also jobs). Projects to improve and repair infrastructure create spending and employment. Effort should be made to purchase locally and help our communities. If there are areas where services are duplicated between city and county - or county services could be more cost-effective - county support could reduce cost. Support of Oakland County Prevailing Wage and an increased Minimum Wage to grow tax revenues for the State and those cities that have income taxes. Support "claw backs" of tax subsidies that under deliver promised jobs.
Water, sewer, and road/bridge infrastructure of course. School and child care drinking water should be tested as a priority. Water and sewer improvements are top priority. Our Senior Citizens need a Funding for a Fraud Task Force and Elder Abuse Investigations. As our number of retirees grow, addressing needs of senior will need more attention. Our Community Mental Health service is something that I would support improving.
From a spending standpoint, Infrastructure - roads, bridges, and any other areas that have need need to be prioritized. Any extra funding should be pointed at these areas. Scrutinizing and allocating what we can to address needs identified for improvement (above). Public Safety, Physical & Mental Health services must be maintained and probably increased. Success stories like our County Parks are things enjoyed by residents and should not be cut back. Note that I am for budget responsibility, not creating tax pressure on residents. Business models can identify best paybacks of our budget spending. Obviously we should seek high payback.
The USA has benefited from immigrants from all over the world. We are the "Melting Pot". Personally, I believe that we have a moral responsibility to help refugees. We also need to ensure safety for both refugees and current residents. Recognizing that any community has limited resources, I believe that we should establish a recommended number of refugees that the county can handle and work with our County Services to provide a glide path for settling. The number may not be what everyone wants, but it would be a way that we can successfully manage. Our country prevents discrimination of housing, employment, and access to public services. Refugees should be treated fairly.
Low income residents need to believe in their government. This includes creating more trust - and opportunity. Trust is the first step towards building a relationship that people believe in. It requires effort we need to reach out more and listen to needs, and work together to construct and implement solutions that produce results. I believe that we need more dialog in the community. County leadership needs to ASK and LISTEN. A county-wide Minimum Wage, earned Sick Leave and Paid Leave can benefit low income residents. Veterans should have support for jobs and to eliminate homelessness. Truth-in-Medicine (accurate information) at the county health and metal health departments is a must
I believe that we need to make opportunity available. Recognizing that there may be education skills gaps, I support paid internships, apprenticeships, and any other work-study concepts. this doesn't have to be school per se' but vocational training in a way that a person can have a wage during the work portion to help support themselves. I'd like to see if Oakland County can do some of these programs to train/grow employable skills for former veterans, low-income, and unskilled residents. Baby Boomers will be retiring in the next few years, we need to train and develop more workers in many fields. A county-wide increased Minimum Wage and Prevailing Wage will attract interested workers.
YES! I support both national and local candidates. I'd be honored to appear with the presidential nominee. I have attended events with Dr. Amil Kumar, one of the Congressional candidates the covers part of my district and look forward to campaigning with qualified, capable, candidates.
No.
Only traffic tickets, when I was quite a bit younger.
City of residence Troy
Age 35
Family Married with two young children
Education Graduate of the University of Michigan
Professional Experience President of Great Dane Marketing Service, a full-service firm based in Troy. Additionally, I have held leadership positions in the private sector as well as city, state, and the federal government
Political Experience 2011-2015, Troy City Councilman
(1) Creating an environment the promotes economic growth in Oakland County by keeping taxes and regulations low. (2) Promote continued investment in Oakland County Roads by making road funding a budget priority. (3) Support L. Brooks Patterson in his ongoing efforts to keep Oakland County water bills from spiraling out of control because of Wayne County mismanagement.
I oppose the Transit Tax.
Repairing the existing infrastructure in Oakland County should be the priority.
Oakland County's elected Sheriff, through consultation with other leaders in the law enforcement community, can best determine to what extent the Sheriff's office should use body cameras.
No.
All Oakland County leaders must continue to be staunch advocates for enforcement of the existing laws with regards to criminal activity.
Oakland County must continue to promote economic growth to make sure every parent that wants to work has a job and can provide for their family. Education is a local issue that is best left to parents and local school boards.
Oakland County must continue to find ways to make road repairs a budget priority.
Oakland County does an excellent job of sharing 'best practices' with cities that want to engage in a constructive dialogue.
Road repair priorities and construction timelines should be more transparent to the public by publishing the information online.
We must continue to keep Oakland County economically competitive by maintaining a low tax rate.
The FBI has repeatedly stated that they can not effectively vet Syrian refugees that are entering this country for potential ties to ISIS. With this in mind, I oppose resettling Syrian refugees in Oakland County.
My priority is to continue to create a regulatory and tax environment that will promote economic growth for all Oakland County residents.
Oakland County should continue to stress the importance of economic development and the need for workforce development in all parts of the county.
I will vote for the party's nominee.
No.
No.

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