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Macomb County Commission District 1

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  • Danita R. Buchholtz-Feirstein
    (Rep)

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    Andrey Duzyj
    (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.

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City of residence Warren
Age 61
Family Married, Doris-37 yrs. Christina, married 2 grandsons Gregory and Markian Mykola, married, 2 grandsons Luciano and Rocco Melanie, single
Education MCCC Assoc of Arts Immaculate Conception High School Toronto Conservatory of Music- Violin
Vehicles owned 2005 Pontiac Bonneville GXP 1979 Mustang Cobra 2013 Ford Escape
Professional Experience 17 yrs Designated Supplier Quality Rep-GE Aircraft Engine Group, Owner Trig Tool, Inc 22 yrs, Board of Directors Future Credit Union 5 yrs, Board of Directors Ukrainian Cultural Center, Board member Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
Political Experience Warren Planning Commission-1991-2000, Warren TIFA 2001-2016, Macomb County Commissioner 2005-2010 & 2015-2016
Race/ethnicity White, First generation American of Ukrainian Heritage
Incumbent? yes
We must continue working on balanced budgets, while expanding services. We will be adding 2 judges to the court and we must staff them properly and take the technological steps to streamline the judicial process. The County campus renovations must be finished and the departments moved into their locations. We must fund the Veteran and Senior Departments to help the people that need these services.
We are working on a 3 year budget cycle now and carrying it forward to 10 years. We must work with the County Executive and Michigan legislature to stop cuts in the Community Mental Health Department.
The Judge jail allowance has worked well to find sufficient jail space. The Sheriff has done a fine job as far as staffing in the jail and outside programs. Improvements in pre-screening to avoid placing homeless, destitute and drug offenders in jail while expanding the Drug Court program.
There are already good lines of communication between the Executive and Board offices. We must continue working with Department heads through the office of the Executive to benefit all the citizens of Macomb County
The elected Official's salaries were raised in April, starting in January 2016. They had not been raised since prior to 2002 and various studies had shown that Macomb County salaries were among the lowest in Michigan and surrounding states. This is predicated on doing a study of all County employees pay. Our elected officials and county employees took pay cuts and furlough days when the economy tanked in 2008 and 2009.
We need to better convey the services available in Macomb County for Veterans and Seniors. We must expand our Anti Drug programs and work with local authorities to curb drug use in our communities. Infrastructure improvements must also be accelerated.
Recidivism at the JJC and Jail must be studied to see where we can cut abuses in the system.
Remove old prescription drugs from the drain system and turn them in to the Health Department. The biggest cuts in funding are to the Community Mental Health programs and these need to be supplemented by grants from the State and Federal Governments.
Programs from the Treasurers office to limit foreclosures need to be accelerated to help homeowners stay in their homes. We must also help cities fight blight issues that bring down property values.
I support this initiative especially since it links the Tri-county area with Metro Airport.
I support body cameras for the sheriff's department. The catch is having enough storage for the cameras which is very expensive.
I believe we can learn the realities that legalization produces by studying the Colorado initiatives.
Work with the School districts and the MISD to improve programs.
The County has taken appropriate steps. I do not support the state law abolishing the Gun Boards for CCW. This was an important step in the process that I believe was very important.
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I have met with various refugee agencies and refugees that have moved into Macomb County and support their efforts to a better life here in Michigan. Their stories have been very sad and the application wait times have been up to 8 years.
Opening the Thompson Center in Warren was an important step in helping all the residents in our city. We brought Health and Medical services to an area that was lacking these basic services.
Michigan Works programs have done a good job developing work force programs. We need to support their efforts and help them expand the diverse workforce that reflects the ethnic and racial makeup of Macomb County. We need to increase the skilled labor force with training and education.
I support the ongoing programs that are improving our infrastructure. Our 5 year Capital Improvement Plan is being reviewed yearly.
Yes I will
No
No

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