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  • League of Women Voters of the Lansing Area Voter Guide INGHAM COUNTY GENERAL ELECTION November 6, 2012 VOTE411 website http://www411.org/onyourballot/state.php Your guide to Michigan elections, amendments and proposals Under a Michigan law upheld in July 2007 by the Michigan Supreme Court, ALL voters are required to show photo identification to vote at the polls. If you have no photo identification or don’t have one with you, you must fill out and sign an affidavit in order to receive a ballot. The ID requirement does not apply to persons voting by absentee ballot.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 1VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE LANSING AREA VOTER GUIDE CANDIDATES FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION: INGHAM COUNTYThe League of Women Voters is a national nonpartisan organization established to encourage citizenparticipation in government. It never supports or opposes any political party or candidate. TheLeague of Women Voters does support or oppose governmental action on issues after careful study,without regard to the stand of any political party. This Voter Guide is also available at:http://lansing.mi.lwvnet.org and at the Lansing City Clerk’s websitehttp://www.lansingmi.gov/clerk/elections.jsp and through the East Lansing City Clerk’s website athttp://www.cityofeastlansing.com and at Vote411 website athttp://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.phpThis guide was prepared with the help of League members, students and members of the communityinterested in the issues. The answers are limited to 300 characters, including spaces. The answersare printed as submitted and have not been edited, except for necessary cutting when replies exceedthe stated limitations. If the candidate does not reply by the required date for publication, the words“Did not reply in time for publication” appear by the candidate’s name. When a candidate exceedsthe word limit the answer ends with an ellipse (…). They appear in alphabetical order by Party. TheMichigan Secretary of State’s Party will always appear first on the ballot. Publication of thesestatements and opinions of the candidates is solely in the interest of public service and in no way is tobe construed as an endorsement thereof by the League of Women Voters. The League of WomenVoters takes no responsibility for any of the views or facts as stated by the candidates.Ingham County is holding a General Election on November 6, 2012. Candidates have been graciousenough to draft responses for this Voter Guide. The following races are covered in this Voter Guide.Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney – 4 year term – Vote for 1 candidateIngham County Sheriff – 4 year term – Voter for 1 candidateIngham County Clerk – 4 year term – Vote for 1 candidateIngham County Treasurer – 4 year term – Vote for 1 candidateIngham County Register of Deeds – 4 year term – Vote for 1 candidateIngham County Drain Commissioner – 4 year term – Vote for 1 candidateIngham County Commissioner– 2 year term – Vote for 1 candidateJudge of the 30th Circuit Court - Non-Incumbent -6 year term- Vote for 1 candidateJudge of the 54-B District Court - Non-Incumbent – 6 year term- Vote for 1 candidateKathy EsselmanPresident, League of Women Voters of the Lansing AreaCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 2VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Ingham County Prosecuting AttorneyElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description:The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reviews all requests for complaints and warrants involving violations ofstate law, Michigan State University and/or County ordinances.The Prosecuting Attorney is responsible for a wide array of legal functions for Ingham County some of whichinclude:  Chief Law Enforcement Official for Ingham County  Reviews, authorizes and prosecutes violations of felony and misdemeanor criminal laws of the State of Michigan committed within Ingham County  Reviews petitions involving juvenile persons under 17 who engage in state law violations  Reviews all drug and property forfeiture matters  Advises the Family Independence Agency on child abuse and neglect matters  Attends contested mental health commitment hearings  Files and prosecutes actions to establish paternity  Files actions to establish family support mattersSalary: $127,578.00Term: Four (4) Year TermElection: PartisanVote for One (1) Candidate.Matthew Scholz (Did not respond in time for publication)Party: RepStuart Dunnings IIIParty: DemAddress:Campaign Phone: (517) 487-8222Campaign Web Site: http//stuartdunnings.comCampaign Email: hughes48823@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have served as an attorney since 1980, and County Prosecutor since 1997. During my tenure inoffice, the crime rate in Ingham County has declined, particularly among juvenile offenses.Q: 2. What are your top three priorities for this office?A: It is difficult to rank because all of our offices activities are important. The prosecution of violentcrime, including acts of domestic violence, is of paramount importance, as well as special programsfor juvenile offenders. Educating the public, so that they understand the system and realizeCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 3VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. How should you and your staff’s time be allocated and to what priorities other than capitaloffenses?A: I believe that question is based on an erroneous premise. Capital offenses are important, as theyare the most serious and violent crimes. However, each case is important, to our office and to thevictims as well, and we treat each case as such.Q: 4. What training should be used to help the Prosecuting Attorney’s office handle calls andresponses to complaints about physical violence between married couples or partners?A: Our staff has received domestic violence training through grant-funded programs, sponsored bythe U.S. Justice Department, and offered through the Battered Womens Justice Project, as well asthe Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Ingham County SheriffElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description:It is the mission of the Ingham County Sheriffs Office to assist the citizens of Ingham County in our mutualdesire for a safe and secure community through our dedication to provide correctional, law enforcement, andrelated services at the highest possible standards, while respecting the rights of all.The Sheriffs Office is located in Mason, Michigan and ranks 7th largest in size out of 83 departments in theState of Michigan. The Ingham County Jail ranks 5th largest in size, housing nearly 601 inmates.Salary: $119,486.00Term: Four (4) Year TermPartisan ElectionGeneral ElectionVote for One (1) Candidate.Clyde SmithParty: RepAddress: 3234 S.Cambridge Rd Lansing, MI 48911Campaign Phone: (517) 230-0823Campaign Web Site: clydesmithforsheriff.comCampaign Email: clydeoflpd@aol.comCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 4VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Questions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications and/or experience for this office?A: I have 36 years of law enforcement exp. 25 years at the Lansing Police Department, 15 years ofcommand experience. I managed and restructured the security dept. at Emergent BioSolutions, thesole license manufacturer of the Anthrax Vaccine after 9/11/01. Im currently a police officer in Leslie,MIQ: 2. What are the three primary challenges facing the Sheriff’s office at this time?A: The inability to positively respond to the needs of the citizens in regards to public safety calls, roadpatrols are down. The Jail Wing, if closed would create a public safety issue. and last, the morale ofthe employees are essential, poor morale translates into poor citizens contact/service.Q: 3. How would you recommend the finances allocated for the sheriff’s office be utilized?A: I will recommend that more be spent on Public Safety/Public Service then on AdministrativeCommand Staff, I will reduce some of the Admin Command Staff and add more Deputies. I wouldimplement crime & accident mapping to best position deputies in those high crime/traffic crash areasto better serve.Q: 4. Is the Sheriff’s office adequately funded for extra duty patrols during demonstrations andprotection for high profile visitors? How do such duties impact regular patrols and service?A: Not alone does the sheriff office have the adequate funding or patrols to carry out such activities, Iwould have to rely on police Agencies in the Tri-County areas to assist in those events. I will have aworking relationship with the State Police and the FBI to assist, only 911 calls serviced.Gene L. WriggelsworthParty: DemAddress: 630 N.Cedar St., Mason Michigan 48854Campaign Phone: (517) 694-9016Campaign Web Site: n/aQuestions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications and/or experience for this office?A: I have 24 years experience as sheriff and 22 years with the Michigan State Police. I am pastpresident of the Michigan Sheriffs Assn. Past chair of the Michigan Commission on Law EnforcementStandards. President of the 100 club of greater Lansing,Past secretary of the Board of Ed for HoltSchoolQ: 2. What are the three primary challenges facing the Sheriff’s office at this time?A: #1. Proper funding! #2. Proper training of staff with diminishing funds. #3. Providing proper publicsafety with less staff!!!!!!!!!Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 5VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. How would you recommend the finances allocated for the sheriff’s office be utilized?A: They must be utilized as appropriated. The problem is they have cut my budget to the point wehave 13 deputies for 13 townships. I would suggest a county wide millage for law enforcement justlike they did for the zoo. Hopefully this would help properly protect all citizens.Q: 4. Is the Sheriff’s office adequately funded for extra duty patrols during demonstrations andprotection for high profile visitors? How do such duties impact regular patrols and service?A: We have to pull staff from every area of the organization for a presidential event. It is very difficultto coordinate. MSU football games also present challenges. Patrols do not suffer as these events areall done on overtime by off duty personnel.ngham County Prosecuting Attorney Ingham County ClerkElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description: The County Clerk is the chief Election Official in the County and is responsible for keeping recordsof births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, and issuing and filing marriage licenses. In addition, the Clerk processesgun permits, notary bonds, and passports. The Clerk also serves as the Chairperson of the Elections SchedulingCommittee, Clerk of the Board of Commissioners, the Board of Canvassers, the Gun Board, and is the Clerk of the CircuitCourt. The Clerk is also a member of the Plat Board and Election Commission.Salary: $88,590.00Term of Office: 4 yearsPartisan ElectionVote for 1Barry K. DamonParty: RepAddress: 2240 S. Aurelius Road, Mason, Michigan 48854Campaign Phone: (517) 281-4258Campaign Web Site: BARRY DAMON FOR INGHAM COUNTY CLERK @ facebook.comCampaign Email: BDamon08@yahoo.comQuestions:Q: 1. What are Your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I am a retired Circuit Court Conciliator, and worked very closely with the County Clerks office,Friend of The Court, Sheriffs Office, Prosecutors Office, Probate Courts Office, and many otherdivisions of the Ingham County Government. I do not accept political PAC money, for political favors.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 6VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 2. How could the record-keeping (births and deaths), licensing and permit process be improved? Ifso, please give an example.A: Upgrades on computer technology, and keeping the Clerk staff current on its implamentation, tothe public.A constant review of how well the information is being made available, andreceived,through the Clerks office. Usability of all the information, by the lay person, without difficulty.Q: 3. Could you suggest any outreach initiatives which might improve voter education orparticipation?A: Information, on the importance of voter impact, on an individual basis, being made availablethrough community organizations (Churches, food banks, even local stores) to the people who maynot have computer skills or access. Education,on how to register, and how to cast your ballot,at theirprecinctQ: 4. Could the County Clerks website be improved? Should other forms of social media beemployed to share notice of meetings, schedules and election information?A: I am not the Clerk yet, but I am sure that there are always ways to improve website capabilities.Yes, forms of sharing meeting information, should be inovative enough to reach as many citizens aspossible (Public postings,news media, even public conveyance postings- reach the people at alllevels).Barb ByrumParty: DemAddress: PO Box 27344 Lansing MI 48909Campaign Phone: (517) 256-3390Campaign Email: ByrumForClerk@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What are Your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I am the ranking democrat on the House Committee on Redistricting and Elections. I have ahistory of fighting for access to the right to vote without unnecessary roadblocks. I have been a strongvoice for election reform and increasing access to the polls for qualified registered voters.Q: 2. How could the record-keeping (births and deaths), licensing and permit process be improved? Ifso, please give an example.A: First, the records need to be recovered as many were inadvertently deleted by IT. Second, acontinuation of scanning past records is important. Third, a system must be in place to ensure that aloss of records never happens again.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 7VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. Could you suggest any outreach initiatives which might improve voter education orparticipation?A: I believe going to speak with students, visiting senior and community centers is important toencourage voter participation. I will work closely with not for profit organizations to make surequalified voters are registered to vote and are afforded the opportunity to exercising that right.Q: 4. Could the County Clerks website be improved? Should other forms of social media beemployed to share notice of meetings, schedules and election information?A: The website certainly needs to be improved as it is not user friendly and is very difficult to read. Iwould focus on creating a website that is secure and easy to navigate. I would also utilize socialmedia as I believe the Clerk’s Office should be accessible in all forms of media. Ingham County TreasurerElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description:The County Treasurer is custodian of all monies with responsibility for investing idle funds and maintaining anadequate cash flow. Settles with township and city treasurers for taxes collected for the county and state.Collects delinquent real property taxes. Maintains debt service accounts for bonded indebtedness of theCounty. Collects and disburses hotel/motel accommodation taxes. Is responsible for sale of dog licenses. Is amember of the Plat Board, the Elections Commission, the County Building Authority and the CountyApportionment CommissionSalary: $95,448.00Term: Four (4) Year TermPartisan ElectionGeneral ElectionVote for One (1) Candidate.Jake DavisonParty: RepAddress: 120 N. Washington Square, Suite 805, Lansing, MI 48933Campaign Phone: (517) 285-9659Campaign Web Site: DavisonForTreasurer.comCampaign Email: jd@youradvantage.orgCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 8VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Questions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications for this office?A: Hold B.A. from Michigan State Univ., 14-year county resident, elected Precinct Delegate,entrepreneur who has signed both sides of a paycheck, member of the Board of Directors andTreasurer of Plymouth Scholars Charter Academy, serve on REO Town Commercial AssociationEconomic Development Committee.Q: 2. What are the particular challenges of this position? Please give examples.A: The County Treasurer is also Chairman of the Ingham County Land Bank, which has a largerbudget and staff than the Treasurers office. County taxpayers are not getting enough value for themillions of dollars of federal, state and county tax dollars that are poured into this growingbureaucracy.Q: 3. If someone is concerned about their ability to pay property taxes now or in the immediate future,what should a home or business owner do?A: The County Treasurer adds a 4% fee plus 1% interest per month for late payments, but you cancontact the Treasurer to work out a payment plan. If that doesnt work, you can contact theDepartment of Human Services or contact the Treasurers office who can direct you to otherassistance programs.Q: 4. Ingham County must reduce the budget to accommodate the structural deficit. What servicescan be cut, reduced or consolidated with other counties? Please give examples.A: The county spends $400,000 annually paying for the growing Land Bank staff, which should bepaid with federal and state funds instead. The Treasurer should be selling more foreclosed propertieswith a better auction process to bring the county more money and put more property back on the taxrolls.Eric SchertzingParty: DemAddress: 236 Kedzie Street East Lansing MI 48823Campaign Phone: (517) 303-7233Campaign Email: schertzing@aol.comQuestions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications for this office?A: Masters in Public Administration from WMU. 30 years in public policy and public administrationfield. Active in the Greater Lansing community with emphasis on Economic Development,Collaboration, Housing, Children and Efficient Program Administration. 12 year incumbent CountyTreasurer.Q: 2. What are the particular challenges of this position? Please give examples.A: Local government is where the rubber meets the road. Every day I am blessed with the opportunityto make a positive difference in our community. The challenge of life is time to do all the good. I like todo the field work, but the Administrative duties require much of my time.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 9VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. If someone is concerned about their ability to pay property taxes now or in the immediate future,what should a home or business owner do?A: Contact their local or county treasurer to discuss payment options. Know the legal dates whenextra fees and interest are added and try to pay prior. We have many payment options and forresidential homeowners there are programs that can help with money management.Q: 4. Ingham County must reduce the budget to accommodate the structural deficit. What servicescan be cut, reduced or consolidated with other counties? Please give examples.A: Many public services provided within Ingham County can be consolidated. Park maintenance,Assessing, Police and Fire Service are all areas that would be cheaper to administer centrally andthere would be no reduction in the quality of service. Township Governments could merge intoquadrants. Ingham County Register of DeedsElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description: The office of the Ingham County Register of Deeds was established in 1835. Thepresent Register of Deeds is the 31st person to hold the office.The Register of Deeds Office houses the Official Public Records of Ingham County consisting of real andpersonal property. Only original documents can be recorded. Documents can be mailed or brought to theoffice for recording. Real estate documents are recorded and returned immediately after processing. Personalproperty documents are filed and kept until expired or terminatedSalary: $82,590.00Term: Four (4) Year TermPartisan ElectionVote for One (1) Candidate.Kate MortensenParty: RepBiographical Info:Campaign Web Site: www.MortensenForDeeds.comQuestions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications or experience for this office?A: I am a Michigan State University graduate and am currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at ThomasM. Cooley Law School. I have a variety of experience in the private sector. I have immersed myself inthe issues affecting Ingham County and am prepared to serve the public of Ingham County.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 10VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 2. What are the particular challenges of this position? Please give examples?A: Running the office without excessive cost to taxpayers. Technology allows the office to runefficiently via online records. Now is the time to reduce the scope of the position back to where it wasfour years ago while maintaining the same level of service for its legally mandated duties.Q: 3. How has the mortgage crisis impacted the office of Register of Deeds?A: The mortgage crisis causes property to change hands more frequently- the more property changeshands the more important documentation of records and clear title becomes for the parties involved.This can be accomplished while combining the Deeds office with the County Clerk as in 31 othercounties.Q: 4. Could or should social media or technology make information more easily accessible? Pleaseexplain.A: The Internet allows more accessibility with less cost, but may not suit everyone. Online shouldn’tbe the only option but makes a great complement to existing mediums. Technologies developed inthe last 20 years make merging the Deeds and County Clerk offices even easier than before.Curtis Hertel Jr.Party: DemAddress: hertel2002@hotmail.comCampaign Phone: (517) 281-3574Campaign Web Site: www.hertelfordeeds.comCampaign Email: hertelfordeeds@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What are your qualifications or experience for this office?A: For the last 4 years it has been my honor to serve as Register. I have improved both the accuracyand access to public records. I have become a nationally recognized advocate for foreclosure fraudvictims and have been recognized by my peers by being elected President of the Michigan Registers.Q: 2. What are the particular challenges of this position? Please give examples?A: The biggest challenge is dealing with a reduction in property values across the county as a resultof the foreclosure crisis. Over the last 2 years, property values in Ingham County have dropped by 10percent. My office has helped solve this crisis by cutting our general fund expenditures by 20%.Q: 3. How has the mortgage crisis impacted the office of Register of Deeds?A: We began a campaign to educate citizens on prevention tools and financial planning. I launched afirst-of-its-kind Foreclosure Fraud hotline. I successfully fought for legal assistance funding for ourresidents, and have helped hundreds of citizens defend their families from illegal foreclosures.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 11VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 4. Could or should social media or technology make information more easily accessible? Pleaseexplain.A: All documents after 1960 are online. I launched the Property Fraud Alert System, which allowscitizens to protect their property and get real time information if any documents are filed using theirname in Ingham County. You can sign up for this free service by going to propertyfraudalert.com. Ingham County Drain CommissionerElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description: According to the Ingham County Directory, the Drain Commissioner provides forconstruction, maintenance and improvement of county public storm drains. Responsible for the legalestablishment and administration of drainage districts. Assesses benefited property owners to pay for costsof the drains. Other responsibilities include lake level control, soil erosion control (through issuance ofpermits), acting as the County Board of Public Works, and review of proposed subdivision plats. (see Plat andDrainage Boards, which are related to this office.Salary: $82, 812.00Term: 4 yearsPartisan ElectionVote for not more than one (1) Candidate.Timothy J. GrantParty: RepAddress: 3407 Douglas St. Williamston, MI 48895Campaign Phone: (517) 749-4308Campaign Web Site: www.timothyjgrant.comCampaign Email: timothyjgrant2012@gmail.comQ: 1. What are the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission in a county which includes theMichigan capitol complex, Michigan State University, factories and farmland.A: Some of the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission are ensuring environmental safetyfor our many visitors and residents, protecting our counties farm land, and keeping regulations at alevel that allows for continued economic and residential growth.Q: 2. How does the Drain Commissioner relate to other state, Ingham County and local governmentagencies?A: In all levels of government the voter is the customer and customer service must be a top priority.The Drain Commissioner must work with all agencies of government within the Drain Code andensure the customer is taken care of in the most efficient and responsible manner.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 12VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. Many County residents have wells and septic systems. In dense developments, this canincrease the risk of water borne parasites, like cryptosporidium. What can be done to guard localstreams and public health?A: Public safety should never be compromised; ever effort must be pursued in minimizing the chanceof a water borne parasite outbreak. Wastewater treatment plants should be a long term option that isexplored to reduce the risk of water contamination and protect public safety.Q: 4. What should be done to improve drainage in the Frandor Shopping Center and Red Cedar areaof Lansing?A: I propose engineering a drainage system that moves water from the Frandor shopping area to alow impact design “rain garden” that will allow for filtration into the Red Cedar. This must be done in afiscally responsible manner with a continued maintenance plan and maintenance costs in placeupfront.Patrick E. LindemannParty: DemAddress: 3024 W. Willow Lansing, MI 48917Campaign Phone: (517) 488-8651Campaign Email: patricklindemann@me.comQ: 1. What are the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission in a county which includes theMichigan capitol complex, Michigan State University, factories and farmland.A: To effectively manage over 1400 miles of drains, respond to petitions for system upgrades, whilegetting the most value for every dollar spent. Completing these tasks on time and under budget fortwenty years has resulted in many awards for innovative environmental protection.Q: 2. How does the Drain Commissioner relate to other state, Ingham County and local governmentagencies?A: I share numerous responsibilities, goals and programs with dozens of these agencies. My talentedstaff and I attend meetings, research issues, perform work and share results with our partners.Partners include the DEQ, the county health dept. and the Sheriff’s emergency operations.Q: 3. Many County residents have wells and septic systems. In dense developments, this canincrease the risk of water borne parasites, like cryptosporidium. What can be done to guard localstreams and public health?A: Groundwater protection is divided among several agencies including the county healthdepartment. To protect our drains my staff inspects them, and I vigorously enforce the laws againstpollution of drains. I administer the federal plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution in all countydrains.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 13VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 4. What should be done to improve drainage in the Frandor Shopping Center and Red Cedar areaof Lansing?A: The Montgomery Drains current design discharges large amounts of pollution directly into theRiver. The Drainage system needs to be redesigned to meet todays standards for safe and cleanstorm water discharges. This can be done by a watershed wide rebuilding of Low Impact Design intothe system. Ingham County Board of CommissionersElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description:The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is the governing body for the County of Ingham, exercisinglegislative and administrative functions. There are sixteen members on the Board, each elected on apartisan basis for two year terms from districts that are approximately equal in population. The primaryfunctions of the Board of Commissioners include determination of type and level of County services,adoption of County budget, equalization of property values, legislative oversight services provided by InghamCounty, appointment of various advisory boards and commissions and county officials.The Board acts as a policy-making body for all county affairs and has the power to pass ordinances pertainingto county matters. It appoints the Equalization Director, the Controller, Health Officer, Medical Examiner,Animal Control Director and the County Attorney, in addition to many members of the various boards andcommissions functioning within the county. The budget must be approved and all spending authorized by theBoard of Commissioners. The following committees cover all phases of the Board’s duties: County Services,Finance, Human Resources, Law Enforcement and Judiciary. These committees report theirrecommendations to the entire Board for action. A description of the committees and their functions areincluded in this voter guide.Salary: $11,250 a yearTerm: Two Year TermPartisan ElectionVote for One (1) Candidate.County Commissioner (Ingham County/ 1st District )Phillip L. HofmeisterParty: RepAddress: 1618 Cooper Avenue Lansing, MI 48910Campaign Phone: (517) 414-5209Campaign Web Site: www.facebook.com/Hofmeister4InghamCommissionerCampaign Email: plhofmei@gmail.comCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 14VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Questions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: A county commissioner serves as a member on the County Board of Commissioners and severalsub-comittees. The Board of Commissioners is the chief executive and legislative body of countygovernment. The responsibility of any given commissioner is to give ear to his constituents concerns.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: District #1 encompasses parts of Lansing Township and the City of Lansing. The district covers awide range of socioeconomic constituencies with neighborhoods ranging from the rich (houses over$1M) to those who are dependent on our social welfare systemsQ: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: Finance/Budget - I believe we need additional voices of fiscal conservatism. Times are tough andour citizens need someone who will fight mileage increases tooth/nail. Law Enforcement - Because Ibelieve it is important for our law enforcement personnel to have oversight to protect our rights.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I graduated from SVSU in 2003 with a minor in business (Major of IT) - Summa Cum Laude. Sincethen I have worked inside of State Government giving me insight into what the bureaucratic pressuresare inside of government. As the President of Michigan Open Carry, Inc. I value all of our civil rights.Victor G. CelentinoParty: DemAddress: 1029 Andrus Ave. Lansing, MI 48917Campaign Phone: (517) 321-7020Campaign Web Site: www.votecelentino.comCampaign Email: vcelentino@Ingham.orgQ: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: Members of the Ingham County Board of Commissioners play an important role in localgovernment. The commission serves as Ingham Countys governing body. The board makes policy-decisions on what kind of government services and at what level those services will be madeavailable to our residents.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The first Ingham County Commission district has been reapportioned to include the areas ofAverill, Wainwright and Churchill Downs neighborhoods. The district, which includes western LansingTwp., also represents Moores Park Neighborhood and Colonial Village, Lewton/Rich Neighborhoodsto the south.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 15VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: If re-elected, I would like to continue to serve on County Services and Law EnforcementCommittees. County Services oversees a majority of county departments and personnel issues, LawEnforcement oversees the 911 Dispatch Center including the Sheriffs and Animal Controldepartments.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: Twelve years as the Commissioner from district 1 (2001-present), Lansing Twp. Trustee (1992-2000). Chair of the Board (2004,2006) and many times as the Vice Chair. Member of CountyServices and Law Enforcement Committees, Airport Authority Board, Youth Commission, pastmember MI Works Board.County Commissioner District 2Jane Weidman WaligorskiParty: RepAddress: 1415 Hess Ave. Lansing, MI 48910Campaign Phone: (517) 374-8006Campaign Email: em47b@sbcglobal.netQ: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The Commissioner represents the interests of the district to the Board without overriding the basicresponsibilities of the Board to all of the County constituents.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: District 2 encompasses parts of Lansing including homes, churches, and businesses - a largevariety of entities. The eclectic nature of the district is its most distinctive quality; the Commissionerrepresenting this district will need to be an excellent listener and fairly balance diverse interestsQ: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I would be an asset to the Finance Committee. My training, experience and employment historyare rooted in the field of finance. Some of my strengths include: economic analysis; security analysis;investing for the State of Michigan pension funds.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have been a resident of Lansing and Ingham County for over 30 years, a volunteer leader andparticipant in groups for schools and churches. I am not obligated to any interest group or lobbyistorganization. I offer experience in finance, an analytical brain and an alternative to endless spending.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 16VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Rebecca Bahar-CookParty: DemAddress: 525 Westmoreland Ave. Lansing, MI 48915Campaign Phone: (517) 374-8006Campaign Email: rebbahar@hotmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: We: balance the budget based on projected revenue; decide what services the county will offer;act as the administrative and legislative body for county departments, boards & commissions; makeappointments to advisory boards & commissions; act as a liaison between constituents & the county.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The district is an urban area that surrounds downtown Lansing. The district reaches as far West asClaire Street by the UAW union halls, as far East as Clemens Street including areas near Hunter Parkand REO Town, as far North as Grand River in Old Town and reaches almost down to Holmes on theSouthQ: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: Finance Committee. This allows me to have a voice in every financial decision made. While cuttingover $12 million dollars out of the county budget has been difficult for all of us, sitting on Financeallows me to protect services needed by my constituents.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I’ve worked in state government, consult for non-profits and I am a wife and mother. Theseexperiences offer me a unique perspective on what the county can be doing to make those living herehappier, healthier and safer. I strive to make this community good place to live and raise a family.County Commissioner District 3Leslie Little (Did not respond in time for publication)Party: RepCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 17VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Sarah AnthonyParty: DemAddress: P.O. Box 23161 Lansing, MI 48909Campaign Web Site: www.VoteSarahAnthony.comCampaign Email: s2012anthony@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: County commissioners determine the type and level of county services, adopt the county budget,equalize property values, provide legislative oversight of county departments, and appoint individualsto various advisory boards and commissions. They also provide constituent services for residents.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: I was born and raised on the Southside of Lansing. Although the area is home to greatneighborhoods, hard working families & beautiful county parks, we have also seen an increase incrime and too many businesses close their doors. I will ensure our community gets a fair share ofcounty resources.Q: 3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?A: I would like to serve on the Human Services Committee. I have a passion for people & havewitnessed firsthand the impact that the economy has had on our neighbors. This committee helpsbridge the gap between vital county services and the residents throughout our community who rely onthese service.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have a Masters degree in Public Administration, a BS in Political Science, and several years oflegislative experience working in the office of State Representative Joan Bauer. Additionally, I havebeen an active community volunteer, serving on numerous boards and commissions throughoutLansing.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 18VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 4Vickie NiklasParty: RepAddress: 511 W. Kilborn, Lansing, MI 48906Campaign Phone: (517) 303-0221Campaign Email: vlniklas@hotmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The primary functions include determination of type and level of County services provided byIngham County,adoption of County budget,equalization of property values, legislative oversightservices provided,appointment of various advisory boards and commissions, and county officialsQ: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: I live right in the heart of downtown Lansing, so my main focus will be to watch what the Cityprovides to avoid overlap, and to try to keep a balance between the city and the out lying areas as faras monies and services needed.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: Finance-I really am interested in seeing how our tax dollars are being spent. County Services-another area where our monies are looked at and an oversight of employer/employee relationsQ: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: My greatest qualification is my desire, as an oridnary citizen, to see our government, at everylevel, remain true to the citizens it serves. While I havent yet served as an elected official, I havebeen active within my party and have tried to keep informed of the issues effecting us all.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 19VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Debbie DeLeonParty: DemAddress: 1943 Wood Street #9 Lansing, MI 48912Campaign Phone: (517) 482-7581Campaign Email: deleon25@yahoo.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The primary responsibility of the Board is to create policy and set the budgets for all spendingrelated to County government. The Board sets the type and level of all services and approves thebudgets for all departments, including the budgets for each of the county-wide elected officials.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The new and larger District 4 continues to be very diverse with Old Town, Northside, School forthe Blind/Willow St, Turner St, and now downtown, Delta River Dr, Tecumseh River Dr, and theairport…and is still primarily the previous District 2 that I’ve effectively represented for the past 12years.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I plan to chair County Services because it deals with 80%+ of all county issues including allpersonnel matters. I also plan to continue serving on the Law Enforcement Committee to monitor theimplementation of the new 911 Consolidated Dispatch Center, as I initiated discussions to make ithappen.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: Diverse background & life experiences; 12 yrs as Commissioner w/2 yrs as Board Chair; alsoserved as Board Vice-Chair, Chair of County Services & Law Enforcement Committees; member ofMI Works Brd, Mid-South Sub Abuse Comm, Land Bank, Convention & Visitors Bureau, & liaison toAirport Authority Brd.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 20VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 5Rhonda FullerParty: RepAddress: 6527 Hilliard Road Lansing, MI 48911Campaign Phone: (517) 648-1826Campaign Email: fullacre1@yahoo.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The responsibility of a commissioner to the county is to govern judiciously, ethically, andconservatively (conserving resources).Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: Distinct qualities of my district (5) are the industries, businesses, parks, and modestneighborhoods that share the space.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: My choices would be either County Services Committee or Law Enforcement Committee.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: As a former REALTOR I had to cope with decisions made by the commissioners that increasedthe cost of buying/selling a home. I would certainly like to work to make it easier and less costly topurchase a home, while the seller earns the highest profit the market can bear.Todd TennisParty: DemAddress: 1924 Fairmont Street Lansing, MI 48911Campaign Phone: (517) 699-2660Campaign Email: commissionertennis@gmail.comCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 21VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Questions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: Our responsibility is to manage the county resources in a way that protects the health and safetyof county residents while promoting Ingham County as a great place to live and do business.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: My district is comprised of Southeast Lansing. We have two of Ingham Countys finer destinationsin Hawk Island Park and Potter Park Zoo. The main health department for the county is also locatedin this district.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I hope to continue to serve on the Human Services and Finance Committees. I have alongstanding interest in the provision of health care for low income families, which is an importantarea addressed by each of these committees.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have been a county commissioner for six years, and besides that I have extensive experience instate and local governance through my work representing clients at the state government level. I havealso served on the board of the Oak Park YMCA, which provides services for South Lansingresidents.County Commissioner District 6Randy MaivilleParty: RepAddress: 4675 Onondaga Road Onondaga, MI 49264Campaign Phone: (517) 628-2453Questions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The responsibility of a commissioner is to provide a high level of county services to the residentsof Ingham County from the tax dollars the citizens pay. The services provided should recognize theunique needs of each area of the county.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The 6th district is mostly rural representing Alaiedon, Delhi, Aurelius, Onondaga Townships withsome suburban areas of Delhi Township. These areas pay 20-25% of their property taxes to thecounty.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 22VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?A: I would like to serve on Law Enforcement and County Services. These Committees representthose the most affect the rural areas for the Sherriff Department and road patrols for the LawEnforcement Committee and the Road Commission and Parks for the County Services and havebeen cut adversely.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have over 20 years of local government experience, 14 years on Onondaga Township PlanningCommission, 8 Years as an Onondaga Township Trustee and 7 Years as Onondaga TownshipSupervisor. I have been active at the county level on issues that affect the townships.Jim Dravenstatt-MoceriParty: DemAddress: 1331 Hosta Court Holt, MI 48842Campaign Phone: (517) 490-4158Campaign Email: moceri7@comcast.netQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: To make sure the roads are properly maintained and safe for for the people of Ingham County,Tomaintain good Public Safety for Ingham County, to secure vital funding for Police and Fire,Community Health and Senior and Children services.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: I have Holt Schools and Mason Schools in my District, both schools Districts are well run, mychildern attended both schools. The other qualities is having full time staffing for Public Safety andFire in Delhi Township.Q: 3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?A: I would like to serve on County services,with my 3.5 years of being a road Commissioner andTCRPC I would be very helpful to Committee.I would like to serve on the Law EnforcementCommittee, I feel with my 20 experience in Law Enforcement It would be a asset to the Committee.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: Im the only candidate running in District 6 that has experience as a Road Commissioner, ourCommissioners are the new Road Commissioners of Ingham County,I can use my 3.5 yearsexperience at Ingham County to make sure the Roads are being maintained properly, and safe for thepeople of Ingham CountyCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 23VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 7Vince DragonettiParty: RepAddress: 2211 Aspenwood Drive Holt, MI 48842Campaign Phone: (517) 775-2979Campaign Web Site: electdragonetti.comCampaign Email: dragonetti15@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: To use taxpayer funds wisely in their best interest and to get the best value for each dollar theywork for and are taxed so dearly.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The only one that is both in Delhi Township but also in a section of the City of Lansing. One of thefew that cross two or more municipal lines that voters may or may not have characteristics that aresimilar economically, socially, and ethnically.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: Law Enforcement, County Services & Judicial. Ive served on them. Also Finance, I have abackground off Board in finance. Wouldnt it be good to have people on Committees and AdvisoryBoards that actually know what they are doing?Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: Educator in financial fields proves I have the knowledge. Attended on my own 60+ meetingsbefore elected and have since served 2 years on the Board. I financially owe no business nor uniongroup my election,and,am not an attorney. I fully understand this economy is not in short termdowntrend. ,Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 24VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Kara HopeParty: DemAddress: 1891 Maple St. Holt, MI 48842Campaign Phone: (517) 648-6970Campaign Web Site: www.votekarahope.comCampaign Email: kara@votekarahope.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: County commissioners adopt the county’s budget and set county policy. These decisionsdetermine the level of services county departments can provide. So a county commissioner mustbalance two important concerns: careful stewardship of tax dollars and sustaining services toresidents.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: This district includes part of south Lansing and most of northern Delhi Township, including thearea commonly referred to as Holt. The district’s most important component are the great people fromevery walk of life; we all share the desire to be safe and healthy and to live in a stable community.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I would most like to serve on the Judiciary Committee because I feel that my background as anattorney who has worked for the judiciary would be best put to work there.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I am an attorney who has worked in the private and public sectors. I am trained and experienced inanalyzing problems and anticipating outcomes. I am also dedicated to serving and improving mycommunity, and I am creative, resourceful, and energetic in doing so.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 25VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 8Brian MishlerParty: RepAddress: 207 Cowley Avenue East Lansing, MI 48823Campaign Phone: (517) 290-1376Campaign Web Site: www.mishforcommish@gmail.comCampaign Email: mishforcomish@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The commissiners major policy responsibility is establishing county priorities through the budgetprocess. Tax dollars must be allocated based upon need for the safety, wellness, and welfare of thecommunity. Commissioners have a huge responsibility to tax payers of Ingham County.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The distinctive qualities of District 8 include the home of Michigan State University. District 8 is afamily friendly community. The median family income is around $67,000-$75,000. The community isdiverse and rich with culture. Residents are highly educated and an informed populous.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I would like to serve on the Law enforcement, Human services, and/or County servicescommittees. My qualifications are a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice with an emphasis incorrections. I have experience working with Community Mental Health, County jail system and theJuvenile Justice System.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have served on committees in my former communities. I am a tax payer who is concerned withour current expenditures. I believe that I can bring an insight to our budget process if elected that canbest meet our citizens needs for the safety, welfare and wellness of our community.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 26VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Penelope TsernoglouParty: DemAddress: 1197 Prescott East Lansing, MI 48823Campaign Phone: (517) 974-2638Campaign Email: penelope@grebner.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: County commissioners are elected to govern the county. We perform legislative and administrativefunctions. Our duties include determination of the type and level of county services and adoption ofthe county budget. We oversee county departments and develop county policies.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: My district includes part of East Lansing, including part of the MSU campus.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I currently serve on the Judiciary Committee and Chair Law Enforcement. I would like to continueserving on one of these committees and also serve on a different committee next year, either Countyof Human Services, in order to maximize my knowledge of the county.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: My current experience as a county commissioner makes me well-qualified to continue serving. Ihave learned many things in my past 2 years on the board and have a lot more to learn. I haveserved on Judiciary, Law Enforcement, and Finance Committee. I am also the liaison to the ParksBoard.County Commissioner District 9Derek M. Drushel (Did not respond in time for publication)Party: RepCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 27VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Carol N. KoenigParty: DemAddress: 690 N. Hagadorn East Lansing, MI 48823Campaign Phone: (517) 482-9598Campaign Email: carolnkoenig@aol.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: County Commissioners are responsible to manage the resources of the county including itsfinancial, natural and human resources. We are to manage these resources in an ethical andthoughtful manner as fiduciaries to the people of Ingham County. This often requires difficultdecisions in hard times.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The distinctive qualities of my district are its wonderful array of people and places. We have youngand old, wealthy and poor. We have retirees and young students and families starting out. We havethe beautiful Red Cedar River, great neighborhoods and wonderful MSU. Its a great place to live.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I was first elected in 2008 so I have served on most committees. I currently chair Judiciary andalso serve on Law Enforcement. I have also served on Human Services and County Services.Perhaps Finance this next time around along with Judiciary, each Commissioner serves on twoCommittees each term.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have served as County Commissioner in the 9th District for almost four years. I am especiallyqualified because of my experience as a Commissioner, attorney, advocate, liaison and volunteer. Ilisten to and act on behalf of those in my community and I am genuinely proud and honored to servethem.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 28VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 10Nick Kowalski (Did not respond in time for publication)Party: RepBrian McGrainParty: DemAddress: 300 N. Fairview Lansing, MI 48912Campaign Phone: (517) 974-0127Campaign Web Site: www.brianmcgrain.comCampaign Email: brian@brianmcgrain.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: While I work hard to make sure that the county’s services are delivered across the board in themost efficient manner, I also strive to support the services that are most in demand and mostsupported by my constituents. Balancing these two is the challenge faced by County Commissioners.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The new district 10 is unique in that in encompasses urban areas from three government units:Lansing, Lansing Township, and East Lansing. Within its borders are our region’s largest hospital(Sparrow), our largest educator (MSU), and two of our primary commercial areas (Frandor andEastwood).Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I hope to continue service on the county’s Human Service and Finance committees (though I alsohave interest in the County Services committee). I also hope to maintain my positions on Tri-CountyRegional Planning Commission, the Land Bank Board, and the Economic Development CorporationBoard.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have served the district as Commissioner for 4 years. I have been a resident of Ingham Countyfor nearly 20 years, I have resided in the district for 10 years, and I have been active in manycommunity and public service organizations throughout this time. It is an honor to serve mycommunity.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 29VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 11Kim M. Maylee (Did not respond in time for publication)Party: RepDianne HolmanParty: DemAddress: 4681 Van Atta Road Okemos, MI 48864Campaign Phone: (517) 349-7652Campaign Web Site: dianneholman.comCampaign Email: dianneholman@comcast.netQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The County Board members are charged with ensuring that the county government--asadministered and operated by the employees and contractors--is efficient, financially stable, incompliance with statutory requirements, responsive, and philosophically in line with the residents ofthe community.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: My Meridian-based commissioner district has a suburban tone with a strong environmentalinfluence. It has a fairly even mix of Democrats, Republicans and Independents where the urban andrural districts have more single party domination. It is a transitional district between urban and ruralIngham.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: In the next two years, I would especially like to help continue a smooth transition to a new countyroad department and work on enhancing community corrections programs. Those areas are handledin the County Services and Law Enforcement Committees.Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have been an Ingham County Commissioner for 10 years, an Ingham County resident for 31years, an employee in city and state government for 20 years and a business owner for the past 5years (a mix of experiences). I have the ability to be an objective thinker and consider diverseopinions calmly.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 30VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • County Commissioner District 12Alan WolfeParty: RepAddress: 2298 Bennett Road Okemos, MI 48864Campaign Phone: (517) 256-2507Campaign Email: ajwolfe@ameritech.netQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: A county commissioners responsibility is to oversee the Road Commission, The DrainCommission, the Health department, the Sheriffs Department, Animal Control, Parks,and any othersuch county functions with financial control and operational advice.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: My district is more of a bedroom type community that is highly concerned about the quality of life.With that, it is important to be part of a regional commitment that is a win-win for all areas of theregion.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I would like to be elected to solve problems where ever they exist. I do not have an agenda, just adesire to do my best to improve the county. I believe I have the experience to be put into any problemarea and bring solutions.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: Served as Chairman Township EDC,3 years Zoning Board Of Appeals,6 years PlannigCommissioner,15 years Treasurer Michigan Wrestling Club,2 time President of my Congregation,40years self employment, founded the Meridian Expo. A BS in Bus. Administration,45 yr wed,4 kids,4kids-in-law 8 grandkidsDeb NolanParty: DemAddress: 4329 Heartwood Road Okemos, MI 48864Campaign Phone: (517) 281-9709Campaign Email: debnolan1@yahoo.comCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 31VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Questions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: County commissioners are elected by a specific district within the county to set county policy anddetermine budget priorities for the governance of Ingham County.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: District 12 has the highest property values, the highest number of registered voters and one of thelargest number of people who actually vote in the county. People in my district are educated and wellread on issues. I am proud to represent this area.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: If re-elected I would continue to serve on Finance Committee because all financial business of thecounty comes through this committee for approval. I am the current chair of the Human ServicesCommittee. This critical committee conducts the business of the Ingham Health Dept.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: This is my eighth year as a commissioner and I understand the $200 million plus budget and theissues facing our county government. Forming collegial relationship among commissioners isimportant to maintaining an effective and functioning commission and I strive to achieve thiscollegiality.County Commissioner District 13Randy SchaferParty: RepAddress: 4139 Meadowdale Drive Williamston, MI 48819Campaign Phone: (517) 655-1325Campaign Email: commshafer@aol.comQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The role of a county commissioner is to set policy and manage the countys operations withintegrity and truthfullness. The Board overseas a $78,000,000 General Fund and over $206,000,000budget overall.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: Ingham County is a very divided county with a large urban area and yet, is still very rural. The out-county craves very little in resources from the county. The citizens have not been very happy with theBoard of Commissioners in the last few years because it took the majority if the cuts.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: I would like to serve on Law Enforcement to protect public safety and also Finance because allexpenditures go through that committee.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 32VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 4. What are your particular qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have served since 1984 and stay in tune with the citizens. I am a defender of the district and alsoknown for being honest and direct in my service.Tim Basore (Did not respond in time for publication)Party: DemCounty Commissioner District 14Donald R. VickersParty: RepAddress: 4263 Wright Road Leslie, MI 49251Campaign Phone: (517) 282-1673Campaign Web Site: noneCampaign Email: dvickers7051@att.netQuestions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The commission acts as an overseer of all county governmental activities. They are a policymaking body for county affairs. Commissioners approve the budget for the county and authorize allspending. They also appoint the county controller along with directors of various departments.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: District 14 is made up of 2 cities (Mason and Leslie) and 4 townships (Leslie, Vevay, Ingham andBunkerhill. The district is rural and the residents have strong work ethics. Residents of this districtsometimes feel forgotten as the majority of the county programs are located north of I-96.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: County Services, currently serve on this committee. Allows me to have a role in determiningservices for the out-county residents. Human Services, currently serve on this committee. Work topromote easy access to health care services provided by the county for the out-county residents.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: My qualifications include 30 years as a teacher and principal dealing extensively with budgetpreparation and balancing a budget. 10 years as Leslie Township Trustee and Supervisor. 4 years asEDC Director for the City of Leslie. Completing my 3rd.term as Ingham County Commissioner.Kelli J. GreenParty: DemBiographical Info:Address: 402 1/2 S. Jefferson St. #3 Mason, MI 48854Campaign Phone: (517) 525-4800Campaign Email: kellijgreen@gmail.comCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 33VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Questions:Q: 1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A: The responsibility of a County Commissioner to the county is to budget and allocate funds to setthe budget priority, which includes the type and level of County services.Q: 2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?A: The distinctive qualities of District 14 are that we consist of small, rural towns, small businesses,farming and manufacturing. District 14 has a nice mix that maintains a strong agricultural heritage.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?A: If elected as District 14 County Commissioner the boards I would like to serve on are the CountyServices Committee and Human Services Committee. The reason is that these committees areservices that are important to District 14.Q: 4. What are your special qualifications or experience for this office?A: I have been actively involved with District 14 since 1996. Currently I coordinate Mason CommunityGarden, serve on the City of Mason Planning Commission, with experience as Deputy Clerk at VevayTownship. I also volunteered my time to Mason Co-Op Pre-School and White Pine Academy locatedin Leslie Judge of the 30th Circuit CourtElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description: There is one (1) seats open on the 30th Circuit Court for a six-year term in theFall General Election. The Non-Incumbent position is being contested. This is a non-partisanposition. Circuit Court judges have jurisdiction over civil cases seeking more than $25,000 indamages and all criminal cases where the defendant could be sent to prison. The family division ofcircuit court handles all divorce, paternity, family support, juvenile delinquency, child abuse andneglect, personal protection, emancipation, name changes, safe delivery of newborn, adoption, andparental waiver cases. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from another court or by anadministrative agency. (http://courts.michigan.gov.) Michigan’s Canon of Judicial Ethics forbidsjudges to comment on specific cases and issues which might come before the Court. Therefore, ajudge cannot express personal or political opinion which might bear upon the outcome of cases. Forexample, they cannot promise to go easy on someone’s brother-in-law or comment on abortion.Salary: $139,919 a yearTerm of Office: six (6) yearsNon Partisan (NP)Vote for ONE (1) Candidate.NON-INCUMBENT – 6 YEARS – 1 POSITIONCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 34VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Jim JamoAddress: Committee to Elect Jim Jamo Ingham County Circuit Court Judge 2401 E. Grand RiverAve. Lansing, MI 48912Campaign Phone: (517) 487-8300Campaign Web Site: www.jimjamoforjudge.comCampaign Email: electjimjamojudge@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge?A: I have litigated for 27 years in the Michigan Circuit Courts, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court &Federal Courts. I serve as a mediator & neutral case evaluator for the Ingham Circuit Court & have adiverse trial court practice. I am endorsed by 36 judges, Sheriff Wriggelsworth & ProsecutorDunnings.Q: 2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?A: Efficiency in managing a trial is important but cannot be at the expense of providing each side afair day in court. The judge’s responsibility is to make certain the rights of both parties are protected.Pre-trial hearings determine in which cases trial is unavoidable. The other cases are settled.Q: 3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation?A: Each person has a constitutional right to an attorney & competent defense. The courts system forappointing defense attorneys matches experience with the complexity of the trial. This is importantbecause whether to go to trial or enter a plea is of great consequence for the defendant and victim.Q: 4. At present, the Circuit Court incorporates the Family Division. Would it make more sense tomove Family Division into Probate Court? Please explain?A: No. The Probate Courts jurisdiction is set by statute. The Ingham Circuit Court Family Division isseparate from the General Trial Division, which hears adult criminal cases and civil disputes. TheFamily Division functions well because the judges focus on issues/law unique to family matters.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 35VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Ken RossAddress: 1408 Cambridge Lansing, MI 48911Campaign Phone: (517) 484-0094Campaign Web Site: www.facebook.com/CommitteetoElectKenRossJudgeCampaign Email: kenrossforjudge@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge?A: Exposure to a broad variety of legal issues in public service--as litigator for AG Frank Kelley andInsurance and Banking Commissioner for Governor Granholm--I took on tough issues includingtacking Wall Street Investment Banks--and won for Michigan consumers. As judge, I will strive to befair.Q: 2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?A: Use of effective case management techniques, such as establishing and enforcing schedulingorders designed to hold parties to deadlines, limiting continuances in order to encourage lawyers tobe prepared to advance their case, and making efficient use of the jury’s time during trial.Q: 3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation?A: If they qualify, they should be afforded representation through the public defender and/or legal aid.Parties representing themselves should be strongly encouraged to take advantage of legalrepresentation in order to ensure they are able to pursue every advantage to press their case.Q: 4. At present, the Circuit Court incorporates the Family Division. Would it make more sense tomove Family Division into Probate Court? Please explain?A: This is worthy of exploration as the issues handled in Family Court arguably are more similar tothose handled in Probate Court. To achieve greater efficiencies and cost savings Judges will have tobe more adaptable and historic jurisdictional boundaries relaxed to improve access and reduce costs.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 36VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Judge of the 54B District CourtElection assigned to this office: General Election 11/06/2012Office Description: Citizens have more contact with the district court than any other court in thestate. District court has exclusive jurisdiction of all civil litigation up to $25,000 including landlord-tenant proceedings, land contract forfeitures, small claims, and other summary proceedings. In thecriminal field, district court handles all misdemeanors where punishment does not exceed one year,including the arraignment, setting and acceptance of bail, trial and sentencing. The district court alsoconducts preliminary examinations in felony cases.A small claims division for civil cases up to $3,000 is provided in district court. In these cases litigantsagree to waive their right to a jury, rules of evidence, representation by a lawyer, and the right toappeal from the district judges decision. If either party objects, the case will be heard by the generalcivil division of the district court. http://courts.michigan.gov.The judges of this court have jurisdiction in Ingham County outside Lansing and East Lansing.(Ingham County website)Salary: Statutory State Salary: $138, 272Term of Office – six (6) yearsNon PartisanVote for one (1) candidate54B DISTRICT COURT – EAST LANSING – 6 YEAR TERM – VOTE FOR 1CANDIDATE – NON- INCUMBENTAndrea LarkinAddress: PO Box 1413, East Lansing 48826Campaign Phone: (517) 881-4309Campaign Web Site: www.electandrealarkin.comCampaign Email: larkinfordistrictjudge@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. How could court efficiency be improved?A: 54B operates as one of the more efficient district courts in the area employing technology whereappropriate. 54B operates without a deficit. Under the Supreme Court ‘s guidelines for timelydisposition all types of cases 54B is at 95-100%. I would continue the efficient operation of the court.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 37VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 2. How can the 54b District Court support and improve community and MSU efforts to encourageresponsible drinking?A: 54B could institute individual volunteer mentoring and compliance follow through as it does withVeteran’s court to work with students who evidence drinking problems. 54B could also initiate andparticipate in student education initiatives at the college orientation level and in local high schools.Q: 3. If the alleged victim in a domestic violence case requests the no-contact order be lifted duringthe defendants pre-trial or preliminary exam, how might you respond?A: I would respond by giving the victim a voice. I would hear all reasons for requesting to lift the orderand balance the wish of the victim to be allowed to participate in decisions regarding the family and towork toward the prospects for resolution within the family with all other relevant facts.Q: 4. Do you support consolidation of Ingham Countys three District Courts - 54A District Court inLansing, 54B District Court in East Lansing and 55th District Court in Mason - under a single countyadministration?A: The City of East Lansing has rejected consolidation. I support that decision. These three courtshave different case types with 54B handling many college town issues. District courts deal withhuman problems through personal monitoring by probation etc. and thus, consolidation is not fitting.Mark MeadowsBiographical Info:Address: PO Box 1443 East Lansing, MI 48823Campaign Phone: (517) 881-1297Campaign Email: meadowsforjudge@gmail.comQuestions:Q: 1. How could court efficiency be improved?A: The East Lansing District court is already the most efficiently run court in Ingham County. That isnot to say that efficiency cannot be improved. As District Court Judge, I would involve the Courtsemployees in reviewing Court operations and making suggestions for improvement on a regularbasis.Q: 2. How can the 54b District Court support and improve community and MSU efforts to encourageresponsible drinking?A: Michigan laws regarding underage drinking are well defined and the East Lansing Court hasregularly addressed such drinking with a flexibility designed to make sure that potential drinkingproblems are dealt with promptly and recidivism is minimized. I support that approach and willcontinue it.Q: 3. If the alleged victim in a domestic violence case requests the no-contact order be lifted duringthe defendants pre-trial or preliminary exam, how might you respond?A: In the abstract, I would be reluctant to lift the order. And, assuming that I would have been theJudge to grant the order, I would be even more reluctant. That is not to say that the right set of factsmight convince me to lift the order.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 38VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Q: 4. Do you support consolidation of Ingham Countys three District Courts - 54A District Court inLansing, 54B District Court in East Lansing and 55th District Court in Mason - under a single countyadministration?A: Consolidation of these courts has been examined at least twice, and no acceptable plan has beendeveloped. Whether in the context of consolidation or not, I dont think there is anything wrong withperiodically examining court operations to determine whether they can be more efficient.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 39VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • MICHIGAN STATE PROPOSALS A REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 - THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAWPublic Act 4 of 2011 would:• Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including schooldistricts.• Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financialemergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.• Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or terminationof contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use ofassets until the emergency is resolved.• Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approvedconsent decree.Should this law be approved? A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAININGThis proposal would:• Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectivelythrough labor unions.• Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargaincollectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’financial support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees fromstriking.• Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those lawsconflict with collective bargaining agreements.• Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.Should this proposal be approved? A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGYThis proposal would:• Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity fromrenewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 40VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • • Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only toachieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.• Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increasesover the 1% limit.• Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipmentand employment of Michigan residents.Should this proposal be approved? A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERSThis proposal would:• Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council(MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified inaccordance with labor laws.• Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who passbackground checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.• Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCCregistry who are bargaining unit members.• Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions ofemployment.Should this proposal be approved? A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENTThis proposal would:Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of thepeople at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxeson taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in thisConstitution.Should this proposal be approved?Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 41VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELSThis proposal would:• Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where“new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” are to be located before the State ofMichigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for,constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.• Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means, “anybridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.”Should this proposal be approved? INGHAM COUNTY PROPOSALSINGHAM COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES MILLAGEShall Ingham County be authorized to levy up to 0.52 additional mills for the purpose of providingbasic health care services to Ingham County residents who are not eligible for Medicaid under theFederal Affordable Care Act, and whose individual income is less than $28,000 and who do not havemedical insurance. If this proposal is approved, Ingham County will use these funds to help pay foraccess to doctor visits, generic medications, and essential care such as preventative testing andtreatment for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other serious illnesses for low-income residentswhose employers do not offer health insurance or who cannot afford to purchase health insurance.This proposal would increase the Constitutional limitation of the amount of property taxes which maybe assessed each year against all the taxable real and personal property in Ingham County by up to0.52 mills ($0.52 per thousand dollars of state taxable valuation) as new additional millage for aperiod of three years (2012-2014 inclusive). If levied in full, this millage would raise an estimated$3,349,707 in the first calendar year. CITY OF EAST LANSING PROPOSALSEAST LANSING PUBLIC LIBRARY MILLAGETo support the East Lansing Public Library, shall the City of East Lansing be authorized pursuant toMCL 397.201 to impose a new millage of up to 1 mill ($1 per $1,000 of taxable value), for a period often (10) years (2013-2022) inclusive, to be deposited in a separate fund for the exclusive use of theEast Lansing Public Library under the direction of the East Lansing Library Board? Such millage, iffully levied, would raise an estimated$840,000 in the first year.[All amounts levied under this millage on property located outside the Downtown DevelopmentAuthority or Brownfield Redevelopment Authority will be disbursed directly to the East Lansing LibraryBoard for the exclusive use of the East Lansing Public Library. The law requires that fixed amountsCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 42VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • levied under this millage on property located within the Downtown Development Authority orBrownfield Redevelopment Authority be disbursed to those authorities. Disbursements to those otherauthorities account for less than 4% of the total millage revenue.]CITY OF LANSING PROPOSALSSHALL THE CITY OF LANSING, FOR REDEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, BE AUTHORIZED TOSELL OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF THAT PORTION OF RED CEDAR GOLF COURSE, A/K/ARED CEDAR PARK, DESCRIBED AS:Part of the Southwest 1/4 of Section 13 and the Southeast 1/4 of Section 14, T.4 N.-R.2 W., City ofLansing, Ingham County, Michigan, described as follows: Commencing at the Southwest Corner ofLot 23, Supervisors Plat No. 1, recorded in Liber 12, page 27 of plats, Ingham County records, saidpoint being on the West line of said Section 13, 660.00 feet, S.00°-33-40"W., of the West 1/4 Cornerof said Section 13; thence N.89°-48-40"E., on the South line of Supervisors Plat No. 1, 206.60 feet tothe East line of Olin Avenue and the Southwest Corner of Lot 17; thence N.00°-33-10"W., on theEast line of Olin Avenue, 100.00 feet; thence N.89°-48-38"E., 259.81 feet to West line of CooperStreet; thence S.00°-22-22"E., on said West line, 100.00 feet to the Southeast Corner of Lot 17;thence N.89°-48-40"E., 49.50 feet to the East line of Cooper Street and the Southwest Corner of Lot15; thence N.00°-22-22"W., on said East line, 100.00 feet; thence N.89°-48-42"E., 415.85 feet toWest line of Reniger Court; thence S.00°-44- 49"E., on said West line, 100.00 feet to SoutheastCorner of Lot 15; thence N.89°-48- 40"E., 50.00 feet to East line of Reniger Court and the SouthwestCorner of Lot 6; thence N.00°-44-49"W., on said East line, 100.00 feet; thence N.89°-48-43"E.,199.18 feet to the East line of Lot 6; thence S.00°-54-10"E., on said East line, 50.00 feet; thenceN.89°- 48-38"E., 332.13 feet; thence S.00°-35-20"E., 743 feet to North shore line of the Red CedarRiver; thence Westerly on said North line 2822 feet, more or less; thence N.00°- 32-01"E., 198.00feet; thence N.53°-27-59"W., 565.00 feet; thence N.89°-27-59"W., 305.00 feet to a point which is24.75 feet, East of the West line of the East 1/2 of the Southeast 1/4; thence N.00°-32-01"E., parallelsaid West line, 613.50 feet to the South right-of-way line of Michigan Avenue (so-called); thenceS.89°-37-22"E., on said right-ofway line, 264.00 feet; thence S.00°-22-38"W., 540.50 feet; thenceS.89°-37-22"E., 1020.84 feet to the point of beginning, containing 45.27 acres, more or less. Subjectto easements, covenants, conditions, restrictions and/or reservations of record, if any.MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP PROPOSALSMERIDIAN TOWNSHIP CENTRAL FIRE STATION REPLACEMENTShall the Charter Township of Meridian, County of Ingham, State of Michigan, borrow the principalsum of not to exceed Three Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($3,500,000) and issue itsgeneral obligation unlimited tax bonds for the purpose of erecting, furnishing, and equipping a newcentral fire station on a site located at the Southeast corner of Okemos Road and Central Park Drive,and improving the site? The estimated millage to be levied in 2013 to service this issue of bonds is0.2 mill (20¢ per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated average annual millage rate required toretire the bonds of this issue is 0.2 mill (20¢ per $1,000 of taxable value). The bonds may bepayable in not to exceed fifteen (15) years from the date of issue.Additional local proposals appear in Vote411.orgCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 43VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  • Please join us and make a difference!The total annual dues for 2012-2013 are $62.00. This includes $31.00 for LWV-US, $21.00 for LWV-MI, and $10.00 for LWV-LA. If another member resides in the same household, the dues for thesecond member are $31.50. National and state dues are assessed to our local league based on thenational membership list as of January 31, 2013.If you wish to join or renew your membership, please complete this form and mail in the enclosedenvelope to:LWV-LAP.O. Box 971E. Lansing, MI 48826NAME ________________________________________________________STREET ADDRESS _____________________________________________CITY, STATE, ZIP ______________________________________________PHONE _______________________________________________________E-MAIL _______________________________________________________Please note that we will keep your information confidential.Amount enclosed:$ ___________________________________ $62.00 for one member$ ___________________________________ $93.00 for two members in the same householdAdditional donations:$ ___________________________________ for LWV-LA$ ___________________________________ for League of Women Voters Education Fund(Please use separate check)Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 44VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php