Oakland County Commission District 7

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    Frederick Golding

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    Christine A. Long

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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 Commerce Township
Age 52
Family My wife is Lucy Golding and we have two wonderful Golden Retriever brothers, Aidan, and Charlie
Education I graduated from Cranbrook High School. I finished with a double major; Business Management, and Visual Arts, with a Minor in Computer Science at Albion College
Vehicles owned Jeep Commander Jeep Cherokee
Professional Experience Realtor, Mortgage Underwriter, Small Business Owner, Investor.
Political Experience None
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
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Roads/ Infrastructure: I will make my best effort to be sure the resources available to improve/build/fix our road system will be properly utilized. Make an effort that road work will not have a significant negative effect on natural environment. Water Treatment/Quality: Provide funding support for water and sewer infrastructure improvements and repairs. I will work with the local, State authorities to improve the quality of our drinking water. Test drinking water in schools and childcare centers. Test water quality in Lakes and water ways. Improved Schooling: Find and attract enthusiastic teachers that motivate students. Discourage bullying, and attempt to make education more enjoyable
With all the traffic, fuel costs, and pollution issues here and around the world it only makes sense to fund a regional transit system. It would be a priority to make it efficient so it would be used by more people, and hopefully in time, cover the costs.
Repairing the roads well the right way, not just doing cheap patch work year after year should be a priority, and in the long run should be cheaper and last longer. It is also important to be properly prepared for Michigan’s winter months with salt and snow plows, and the employees to operate them. Cooperation and good communication between City, County and region on large construction projects so they can create coordination not confusion and traffic congestion.
Considering recent news events, safety, and fairness; it is essential that cameras be equipped by the sheriff’s department for the safety of both the officers and the public. It gives an unbiased point of view.
Alcohol is legal. We pay taxes on it. Alcohol damages the brain. Alcoholism is considered a disease. People die from overdoses of it, not to mention when used in excess, impair driving, and can cause accidents and death. Marijuana is not legal. We don’t get money from much needed tax revenue that could be generated be legalizing it. The CDC has no category for deaths caused by use of marijuana, and it seems there is no record of a death by marijuana overdose. In some cases it is currently used as a medicine. In short I support legalization of recreational marijuana.
There are many things that that could be done concerning gun control the question is the expense and what we are willing to give up; this is nationally as well as locally. Unfortunately, it seems we could never have enough metal detectors, but there is the inconvenience and privacy cost as well as monetary cost. Stricter regulations for firearms in general, especially background checks including long guns. We should have a cool down time when a buyer applies to purchase firearm and take possession. We should provide proper education on how to safely store firearms and gun safety in general. I personally feel private sales should meet similar guidelines, a cost many are not willing to pay
Investigate where education seems to be doing well. Not just nationally, but internationally. Try to imitate what they are doing right there. Find out what is different, and what we are doing wrong here, and correct it. Look into ways to shift funding into education. Stop wasting funds on projects that have not been properly researched, as well as inefficient departments. Concentrate on teaching modern topics, concepts that will help them in today’s world. Make sure students are able to get the necessary learning material needed for classes; affordable books, or downloadable material, and help with schooling supplies.
Provide a prioritized and thorough inventory of: roads, support vehicles, electrical facilities, and county buildings. It should be prioritized by need first. When work is done it should be done well. Something that will last, it might be a little more expensive, but should be cheaper in the long run. It would also show to the outsider that we care about our county and have pride in it.
In general when cities struggle is because it has lost something or needs something; proper housing, available shopping, available jobs, accessibility, and at least decent schooling. To remedy these problems and needs, it takes time and commitment, not to mention funding. In addition, communication is needed with surrounding cities and communities, coordinating improvements, to combine each other’s strengths, and to stop redundant planning. We should encourage affordable housing, and home improvements. We should promote business and, population growth. Make the city more desirable, by making the city safer so people want to be there.
The Road Commission for Oakland County seems to be the one of the most in need of improvement. Not that they are not doing a good job but there is so much to do. When bidding out jobs, if the provider does not meet goals promised penalties on any enticements should be enforced. Michigan Department of Education is another area of concern. It still seems we have a problem getting and retaining good teachers. We should find a way to entice quality instructors, which in turn might entice students to attend. The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is not to be forgotten. They are doing a great job, but hey could use more help. Safety is important to all, and funding should be placed so the
It seems that reckless spending should be of great concern. Projects are started with little idea where the funds will come from and what impact it may have on the surrounding businesses. In District 7, the office I am running for, I have personally witnessed two golf courses wiped out with the excuse of improving traffic flow. The result was moving a traffic jam a mile, right in the middle of what used to be two golf courses and a great deal of nature destroyed. There were plans to have an extra lane at the roundabout at M-5 and Pontiac Trail, that could not be funded, an intersection that has the most accidents in Michigan. They are still hoping to find a way to pay for it.

I am in favor of helping those in need; however, my concern is the history of those asking for asylum. What the motivation is. I would like some form of background check. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” This on the statue of liberty, but so has much changed since then. Now I want a little safe guard on those we invite to this country. I am proud of this country; I want a United States of countrymen, not those that wish destruction upon it.
I am in favor of helping those in need; however, my concern is the history of those asking for asylum. What the motivation is. I would like some form of background check. “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door.” This on the statue of liberty, but so has much changed since then. Now I want a little safe guard on those we invite to this country. I am proud of this country; I want a United States of countrymen, not those that wish destruction upon it.
The Michigan Workforce Development Agency (WDA) is doing a good job; however, it seems that many do not know of their existence. Better awareness of what they do and the information they provide would be a helpful improvement.
YES! I would be honored to attend campaign events with presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Misdemeanor 10-3-93
City of residence Commerce Township
Age 52 years old
Family Married to Rob. Have 5 children.
Education Graduated from Michigan State University, College of Nursing Bachelors of Science degree in 1987.
Vehicles owned Own all American cars/trucks. Ford.
Professional Experience Owner/Operator of The Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill, Formerly worked as a Registered Nurse at The University of Michigan Medical Center.
Political Experience Elected County Commissioner in 2002.
Race/ethnicity Caucasian
Incumbent? yes
1) DSWD. The biggest problem confronting Oakland County at this time is the lack of cooperation the Detroit Water & Sewer Department. Oakland County cannot enter into an agreement that forces "our" ratepayers a 40-50 million dollar annual increase so that Detroit can fully fund the City's annual pension obligation for the next 10 years. 2) Budget. As a finance committee member, I will continue to review county spending with diligence. It is imperative to keep taxes low while providing quality services within a tight budget 3) Economy. Continue to diversify the County's economy with initiatives such as Automation Alley, Emerging Sectors, Small Business Loan Program.
As proposed, I do not support Regional Transit Authority (RTA) ballot initiative to authorize a 1.2 mill property tax levy for a period of 20 years. It’s almost as much as Commerce levies to operate the entire Township. The current transit plans offers no routes or services for the community. I am working on a resolution at the county board to allow local jurisdictions the choice to opt-out of paying if they do not have easy access to the service. Also, Oakland County needs to have fair representation on the RTA Board. While Oakland County has a population 1.2 million and Washtenaw County has a population of 354,000, they both have 2 appointed board members on the RTA. To me, this is tax
My community has chosen to opt out of mass transit (SMART). I support the vote of my constituents.
That decision would be more suited come from Sheriff Micheal Bouchard himself. He throughly understands the public safety needs for the county. I know many communities are starting body camera pilot programs.
The BOC joined with the Sheriff's Office and local police for a press conference about gun safety. Free gun locks were distributed by law enforcement partners county-wide.
The county does not have jurisdiction over public education. any changes would have to come from the State Legislators.
The county's Water Resource Department has many projects going on at this time to repair aging infrastructure. A couple projects include; waste treatment plant improvement, water supply improvement, and drain extension.
We have assisted many struggling cities in the county. One example, is helping Pontiac go from their own Police Department to contracting with Oakland County Sheriffs Department. Not only did it save the city a lot of money, it improved the safety for their residents. The county also offers services such as Radio Dispatch and Assessing. This allows the Cities, Villages, and Townships to receive these high quality services at a much lower cost than if they performed these.
There is always room for improvement. My goal is to provide quality services while keeping costs down. Perhaps we can privatize certain services to keep costs down.
Serving on the Finance committee for the last 11 years, the citizens of Oakland County can rest assure that the county is fiscally sound.
To even consider allowing refugees into Oakland County, The Department of Homeland Security needs to perform a through background investigation, and guarantee they are not a danger or a threat to the residents. I have a vested interest to keep Oakland County safe.
Oakland County offers many services to the low income population. One such program is the ​​​​​​​Home Improvement Program. This program allows low and moderate income homeowners to qualify for an interest-free deferred payment loan to make needed home repairs, improve accessibility, and increase energy efficiency. Oakland County staff will assist residents in applying for the loan.
Oakland County just released very good news. More than 621,000 Oakland County residents held jobs in May – an increase of 8,555 from April – giving the county its highest number of employed residents in the past 15 years. The number of county residents working increased by 36,633 over employment figures from the same period in 2015 – a 6.1 percent improvement. I would say the county's workforce development efforts are on the right track.

At this time, I am not sure who our presidential nominee will be.