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Ingham County Drain CommissionerElection assigned to this office: Primary Election 8/07/2012Office Description: According ...
MARK GREBNER DEMOCRAT (D)1. What are the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission in a county which includes theMic...
Groundwater protection is divided among several agencies including the county healthdepartment. To protect our drains my s...
SARAH ANTHONY (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?County commissioners determine the type and...
County Commissioner (Ingham County / 4th District)VICKIE NIKLAS (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the ...
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RENEE SUMERIX (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?To ethically and prudently serve; careful c...
IRENE M. CAHILL (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?The Board of Commissioners manages the bu...
County Commissioner (Ingham County / 10th District)NICK KOWALSKI (R) (Did not respond in time for publication)BRIAN McGRAI...
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  1. 1. League of Women Voters of the Lansing Area Voter Guide INGHAM COUNTY PRIMARY ELECTION August 7, 2012 VOTE411 website Covers 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
  2. 2. LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF THE LANSING AREA VOTER GUIDE CANDIDATES FOR THE PRIMARY ELECTION: INGHAM COUNTYThe League of Women Voters is a national nonpartisan organization established toencourage citizen participation in government. It never supports or opposes anypolitical party or candidate. The League of Women Voters does support or opposegovernmental action on issues after careful study, without regard to the stand of anypolitical party. This Voter Guide is also available at the VOTE411 website,http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php , http://lansing.mi.lwvnet.org and at theLansing City Clerk’s website http://www.lansingmi.gov/clerk/elections.jsp and throughthe East Lansing City Clerk’s website at http://www.cityofeastlansing.com.This guide was prepared with the help of League members, students and members ofthe community interested in the issues. The personal statement and responses arelimited to 300 characters per statement or response. The answers are printed assubmitted and have not been edited, except for necessary cutting when replies exceedthe stated word limitations. If the candidate does not reply by the required date forpublication, the words “Did not reply in time for publication” appear by the candidate’sname. When a candidate exceeds the word limit the answer ends with an ellipse (…).They respond in alphabetical order by Party. The Michigan Secretary of State’s Partywill always appear first on the ballot. All candidate responses are in bold.Publication of these statements and opinions of the candidates is solely in the interestof public service and in no way is to be construed as an endorsement thereof by theLeague of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters takes no responsibility forany of the views or facts as stated by the candidates.Ingham County is holding a Primary Election on August 7, 2012. This is a ClosedPrimary. Voters must vote for candidates in one political party in partisan races,such as county commissioner or drain commissioner. If voters cast candidates for morethan one party, their ballots are invalidated. This rule does not cover judicial races,which are non-partisan. The following races are covered in this Voter Guide.Ingham 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 54B 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
  3. 3. Ingham County Drain CommissionerElection assigned to this office: Primary Election 8/07/2012Office 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, 812Term: 4 yearsPartisan ElectionVote for One (1) CandidateTIMOTHY J. GRANT REPUBLICAN (R)1. What are the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission in a county which includes theMichigan capitol complex, Michigan State University, factories and farmland?Some of the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission are ensuring environmentalsafety for our many visitors and residents, protecting our counties farm land, and keepingregulations at a level that allows for continued economic and residential growth.2. How does the Drain Commissioner relate to other state, Ingham County and local governmentagencies?In all levels of government the voter is the customer and customer service must be a toppriority. The Drain Commissioner must work with all agencies of government within the DrainCode and ensure the customer is taken care of in the most efficient and responsible manner.3. Many County residents have wells and septic systems. In dense developments, this can increasethe risk of water borne parasites, like cryptosporidium. What can be done to guard local streams andpublic health?Public safety should never be compromised; ever effort must be pursued in minimizing thechance of a water borne parasite outbreak. Wastewater treatment plants should be a long termoption that is explored to reduce the risk of water contamination and protect public safety.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 3VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  4. 4. MARK GREBNER DEMOCRAT (D)1. What are the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission in a county which includes theMichigan capitol complex, Michigan State University, factories and farmland?Recruiting individuals who bring relevant academic degrees, job experience, and professionallicenses. Implementing Ingham Countys Ethics Policy. Earning the respect of other publicand private agencies with whom we deal. Fostering a culture of frugality and competence.2. How does the Drain Commissioner relate to other state, Ingham County and local governmentagencies?The office of Drain Commissioner holds an anomalous position under state law. Unlike otherpositions which oversee physical infrastructure such as roadways, municipal water systems,or airports, Drain Commissioners have great independent power, including almost unlimitedpower to impose taxes.3. Many County residents have wells and septic systems. In dense developments, this can increasethe risk of water borne parasites, like cryptosporidium. What can be done to guard local streams andpublic health?Ingham County government has already established the requirement that before a housewhich depends on a well or septic system can be sold, the system must be inspected andbrought up to proper working condition. This program was implemented through the HealthDepartment, not the Drain Commissioner.PATRICK E. LINDEMANN (D)1. What are the greatest challenges facing the Drain Commission in a county which includes theMichigan capitol complex, Michigan State University, factories and farmland?To effectively manage over 1400 miles of drains, respond to petitions for system upgrades,while getting the most value for every dollar spent. Completing these tasks on time and underbudget for twenty years has resulted in many awards for innovative environmental protection.2. How does the Drain Commissioner relate to other state, Ingham County and local governmentagencies?I share numerous responsibilities, goals and programs with dozens of these agencies. Mytalented staff and I attend meetings, research issues, perform work and share results with ourpartners. Partners include the DEQ, the county health dept. and the Sheriff’s emergencyoperations.3. Many County residents have wells and septic systems. In dense developments, this can increasethe risk of water borne parasites, like cryptosporidium. What can be done to guard local streams andpublic health?Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 4VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  5. 5. Groundwater protection is divided among several agencies including the county healthdepartment. To protect our drains my staff inspects them, and I vigorously enforce the lawsagainst pollution of drains. I administer the federal plan to reduce nonpoint source pollution inall county drains. Ingham County Board of CommissionersElection assigned to this office: Primary Election 8/07/2012Office Description:The Ingham County Board of Commissioners is the governing body for the County of Ingham, exercisinglegislative and administrative functions. There will be fourteen 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 (2) Year TermPartisan ElectionVote for One (1) Candidate.County Commissioner (Ingham County / 3rd District)LESLIE LITTLE (R) (Did not respond in time for publication)Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 5VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  6. 6. SARAH ANTHONY (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?County commissioners determine the type and level of County services, adopt the Countybudget, equalize property values, provide legislative oversight of county departments, andappoint individuals to various advisory boards and commissions. They also provideconstituent services for residents.. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?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 anincrease in crime and too many businesses close their doors. I will ensure our communitygets a fair share of county resources.3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?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 committeehelps bridge the gap between vital county services and the residents throughout ourcommunity who rely on these service.JOE McDONALD (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county? A commissioner’s top responsibility is to pass a responsible budget that best reflects theneeds of their district. Priorities for me include public safety, the Ingham Health Plan, theinnovative City-County Land Bank and aggressively ending unlawful foreclosures of our hard-working residents.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The Southside has wonderful people, vibrant neighborhoods, great parks and the SouthsideCommunity Center which I was proud to help establish. Lansing Schools have long been thefocal point for our community. Cedar Street and MLK business corridors offer tremendouspotential as commercial sectors.3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?Law Enforcement because it is my top concern and I support Sheriff patrols in the City andinterested in the success of the new 911 Center. County Services because I believe that thecounty will be on the cutting edge of efficient and consolidated delivery of governmentservices to our residents.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 6VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  7. 7. County Commissioner (Ingham County / 4th District)VICKIE NIKLAS (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?The primary functions include determination of type and level of County services provided byIngham County,adoption of County budget, equalization of property values, legislativeoversight services provided,appointment of various advisory boards and commissions, andcounty officials2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?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 lyingareas as far as monies and services needed.3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?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 relationsDEBBIE DeLEON (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?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 approvesthe budgets for all departments, including the budgets for each of the county-wide electedofficials.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The new and larger District 4 continues to be very diverse with Old Town, Northside, Schoolfor the Blind/Willow St, Turner St, and now downtown, Delta River Dr, Tecumseh River Dr, andthe airport…and is still 80% of the previous District 2 that I’ve effectively represented for thepast 12 years.Q: 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?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 tomonitor the implementation of the new 911 Consolidated Dispatch Center, as I initiateddiscussions to make it happen.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 7VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  8. 8. CATHERINE MOONEY (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?Commissioners are responsible for providing long-term, sustainable, and stable solutions forthe complex challenges facing the County. This includes access to quality health and eldercare, well-maintained parks and roads, regional transportation and diminishing communityblight via the Land Bank.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The 4th district represents several residential communities as well as Old Town andDowntown Lansing. Old Town was awarded the Great American Main Street Award in 2011,and Lansing’s first small business incubator is also within our district. North Lansing remainsLansing’s last food desert.3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?It would be a privilege to serve on the County Services and Human Services committees, aswell as the Land Bank board. Stabilizing property values throughout the county, providingquality health and transportation services to residents, and protecting juvenile justiceprograms are top priorities.County Commissioner (Ingham County / 6th District)RANDY MAIVILLE (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?The responsibility of a commissioner is to provide a high level of county services to theresidents of Ingham County from the tax dollars the citizens pay. The services providedshould recognize the unique needs of each area of the county.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The 6th district is mostly rural representing Alaiedon, Delhi, Aurelius, Onondaga Townshipswith some suburban areas of Delhi Township. These areas pay 20-25% of their property taxesto the county.3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason? 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 andhave been cut adversely.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 8VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  9. 9. RENEE SUMERIX (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?To ethically and prudently serve; careful consideration of levels to ensure value add, coupledwith adopting budgetary allotments for viability and sustainability are cornerstone. Open linesof communication and responsive behavior are key to benefit Ingham County residents.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The District is diverse as it is representative of both urban and rural areas; incorporatingvaried vocational and recreational attributes and desired states. Unique background lends toability to properly balance stakeholder relations within the geographic area and InghamCounty as a whole.3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?I would choose those best fitted to skills and attributes: Economic Development Corp., FarmLand/ Open Space Preservation, and Capital Area Community Services. Proper appointment iscritical to assess current conditions and future direction, while avoiding unnecessary lags.JIM DRAVENSTATT-MOCERI (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?To make sure the roads are properly maintained and safe for for the people of InghamCounty,To maintain good Public Safety for Ingham County, to secure vital funding for Policeand Fire, Community Health and Senior and Children services.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?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 PublicSafety and Fire in Delhi Township.3. On which Ingham County Committee, would you like to serve or continue to serve, if you areelected? Please explain your reason?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 theCommittee.County Commissioner (Ingham County / 9th District)DEREK M. DRUSHEL (R) (Did not respond in time for publication)Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 9VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  10. 10. IRENE M. CAHILL (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?The Board of Commissioners manages the business of Ingham County. It is responsible forcreating an environment that will be safe, healthy, and encouraging for its citizens andbusinesses. It must ensure that county services are provided responsibly and efficiently.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?District 9 includes a large section of the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University. Itis mainly residential with a very unique and diverse population that mixes MSU students withMSU faculty, other professionals, state employees, retirees, and others with widely varyingbackgrounds.3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?I hope to serve on the County Services Committee. My background in environmentalprotection, management, forestry, parks, and elections will be an asset in areas overseen bythis committee such as the Drain Commissioner, Parks, Public Works, Board of Canvassers,and Board of Elections.CAROL N. KOENIG (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?County Commissioners are responsible to the county in many ways. We are responsible tomanage the resources of the county including its financial, natural and human resources. Weare to manage these resources in an ethical and thoughtful manner as fiduciaries to thepeople of Ingham County.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The distinctive qualities of my district are its wonderful array of people and places. We haveyoung and old, wealthy and poor. We have retirees and young students and families startingout. We have the beautiful Red Cedar River, great neighborhoods and a wonderful university.It’s a great place.3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?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 ontwo Committees each term.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 10VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  11. 11. County Commissioner (Ingham County / 10th District)NICK KOWALSKI (R) (Did not respond in time for publication)BRIAN McGRAIN (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?While I work hard to make sure that the county’s services are delivered across the board inthe most efficient manner, I also strive to support the services that are most in demand andmost supported by my constituents. Balancing these two is the challenge faced by CountyCommissioners.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The new district 10 is unique in that in encompasses urban areas from three governmentunits: Lansing, Lansing Township, and East Lansing. Within its borders are our region’slargest hospital (Sparrow), our largest educator (MSU), and two of our primary commercialareas (Frandor and Eastwood).3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?I hope to continue service on the county’s Human Service and Finance committees (though Ialso have interest in the County Services committee). I also hope to maintain my positions onTri-County Regional Planning Commission, the Land Bank Board, and the EconomicDevelopment Corporation Board.TIM RUSS (D) (Did not respond in time for publication)County Commissioner (Ingham County / 12th District)ALAN WOLFE (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?A county commissioners responsibility is to oversee the Road Commission, The DrainCommission, the Health department, the Sheriffs Department, Animal Control, Parks,and anyother such county functions with financial control and operational advice.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?My district is more of a bedroom type community that is highly concerned about the quality oflife. With that, it is important to be part of a regional commitment that is a win-win for all areasof the region.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 11VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  12. 12. 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?I would like to be elected to solve problems where ever they exist. I do not have an agenda,just a desire to do my best to improve the county. I believe I have the experience to be put intoany problem area and bring solutions.DEB NOLAN (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?County commissioners are elected by a specific district within the county to set county policyand determine budget priorities for the governance of Ingham County.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?District 12 has the highest property values, the highest number of registered voters and one ofthe largest number of people who actually vote in the county. People in my district areeducated and well read on issues. I am proud to represent this area.3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?If re-elected I would continue to serve on Finance Committee because all financial business ofthe county comes through this committee for approval. I am the current chair of the HumanServices Committee. This critical committee conducts the business of the Ingham HealthDept.JAMES H. RAMEY (D)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?To handle Budget and other problems of county.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?Urban and shops3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve, if youare elected? Please explain your reason?Personnel and CourtsCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 12VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  13. 13. County Commissioner (Ingham County / 14TH District)DONALD R. VICKERS (R)1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?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 andauthorize all spending. They also appoint the county controller along with directors of variousdepartments.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?District 14 is made up of 2 cities (Mason and Leslie) and 4 townships (Leslie, Vevay, Inghamand Bunkerhill. The district is rural and the residents have strong work ethics. Residents ofthis district sometimes feel forgotten as the majority of the county programs are located northof I-96.3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?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 to promote easy access to health care services provided by the county for the out-county residents.TIM FISCHER (D)PERSONAL STATEMENT:1. What is the responsibility of a commissioner to the county?Commissioners serve on the Board, the countys policy-making and administrative body. TheBoard directs policy by passing ordinances. Commissioners are responsible for approving thecounty budget and appointing representatives to various advisory boards. They are the voiceof their constituents.2. What are the distinctive qualities of your district?The district is roughly framed by Mason in the northwest, Leslie in the southwest, andDansville in the center east. The townships of Bunker Hill, Ingham, Leslie, and Vevay arelargely rural; include the 5,000 acre Dansville State Game Area; support production agricultureand private residences.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 13VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  14. 14. 3. If elected, on which Ingham County Committees would you like to serve or continue to serve?Please explain your reason?I will seek to serve on Law Enforcement and County Services. Law Enforcement because ithas responsibility over “out county” road patrols, an issue that needs to be revisited. CountyServices because it has responsibility over (former) Road Commission, the county fair, andfarmland preservation.KELLI J. GREEN (D) (Did not respond in time for publication) Judge of the 30th Circuit CourtElection assigned to this office: Primary Election 8/07/2012Office Description: There is one (1) seat open on the 30th Circuit Court for a six-year term in thePrimary Election. The Non-Incumbent position is being contested. This is a non-partisan position.Circuit Court judges have jurisdiction over civil cases seeking more than $25,000 in damages and allcriminal cases where the defendant could be sent to prison. The family division of circuit courthandles all divorce, paternity, family support, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and neglect, personalprotection, emancipation, name changes, safe delivery of newborn, adoption, and parental waivercases. In addition, the circuit court hears cases appealed from another court or by an administrativeagency. (http://courts.michigan.gov.) Michigan’s Canon of Judicial Ethics forbids judges to commenton specific cases and issues which might come before the Court. Therefore, a judge cannot expresspersonal or political opinion which might bear upon the outcome of cases. For example, they cannotpromise to go easy on someone’s brother-in-law or comment on abortion.Salary: $139,919 a yearTerm of Office: six (6) yearsNon PartisanVote for ONE (1) Candidate.NON-INCUMBENT – 6 YEARS – 1 POSITIONCHARLES FORD NON PARTISAN (NP)  1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge? 23 years of practicing law and have performed a variety of cases in Circuit Court includingCriminal defense,Civil,and Appeals. I have a Masters in Labor & Industrial Relations whichallows me to be a finisher in the legal process insuring efficient and effective adjudacation offairness.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 14VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  15. 15. 2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?That the process for adjudicating this type of case should be timely, and pirameters of howthe case will be handled should be throughly communicated to the People and the DefenseCounsel and Media participants. The necessary rules on who can participate and the extent ofparticipation published. 3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation? Would make it clear to the person representing themselves the dangers of self-representationmay appoint counsel to oversee. In regards to inadequate representation, that would bedetermined by the Defendant, and if brought to my attention, would advise of their options ofsubstitution of counsel.JIM JAMO (NP)1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge?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 a diverse trial court practice. I am endorsed by 31 current & former judges & Sheriff GeneWriggelsworth.2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?Efficiency in managing a trial is important but cannot be at the expense of providing each sidea fair day in court. The judge’s responsibility is to make certain the rights of both parties areprotected. Pre-trial hearings determine in which cases trial is unavoidable. The other casesare settled.3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation?Each person has a constitutional right to an attorney & competent defense. The courtssystem for appointing defense attorneys matches experience with the complexity of the trial.This is important because whether to go to trial or enter a plea is of great consequence for thedefendant and victim.AYANNA JONES (NP)1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge?I have handled thousands of cases in court. I am in the courtroom on a daily basis. I have thetemperament, patience, integrity and actual courtroom experience to most effectively andCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 15VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  16. 16. efficiently management the court docket.I want education to be focus so less people reoffend& county will be safer2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?A criminal trial can be more efficiently managed before it even begins.That can beaccomplished by scheduling witnesses to appear for testimony within certain time periods,stipulation by attorneys of facts/evidence not in controversy,technology can be used toorganize evidence for easy jury review.3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation?Support can be given to a person representing themselves by giving them access to a courtappointed attorney to act as a consultant if the person desires to continue to representthemselves. If a person has inadequate representation a court appointed attorney can beappointed to represent them.KEN ROSS (NP)1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge?Exposure to a broad variety of legal issues in public service--as litigator for AG Frank Kelleyand Insurance and Banking Commissioner for Governor Granholm--I took on tough issuesincluding tacking Wall Street Investment Banks--and won for Michigan consumers. As judge, Iwill strive to be fair.2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?Use of effective case management techniques, such as establishing and enforcing schedulingorders designed to hold parties to deadlines, limiting continuances in order to encouragelawyers to be prepared to advance their case, and making efficient use of the jury’s timeduring trial.3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation?If they qualify, they should be afforded representation through the public defender and/orlegal aid. Parties representing themselves should be strongly encouraged to take advantageof legal representation in order to ensure they are able to pursue every advantage to presstheir case.WANDA STOKES (NP)1. What special qualifications do you bring to this office? What you want to accomplish as judge?My ability to engage and appreciate people from all walks of life with the same respect anddignity each deserve, my proven track record of leadership, and my skills to transformCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 16VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  17. 17. complex situations into positive results. I will foster respect and confidence in the judicialsystem for all people.2. How should a criminal trial, particularly a high profile criminal trial, be more efficiently managed?A criminal trial regardless of its level of exposure should be managed based on the courtrules, facts and how those facts align with the law. As jurist I will take an active role incontrolling the proceedings and holding counsel accountable for being prepared andfollowing the law and court rules.3. What can be done to support a person representing themselves or someone with inadequaterepresentation?Equal access to the judicial process begins with Jurists who actively instruct the non-represented litigant and appoint competent counsel. I would recess the court if necessary toallow time for adjustments and actively employ the discretion allowed under the court rules toensure equal justice. Judge of the 54B District CourtElection assigned to this office: General Election 8/07/2012Office 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 the City of East LansingMission Statement: Consistently provide to the public, fair and efficient justice, under the law, whilemaintaining respect for the individual worth and valuing diversity within the court and community.Salary: Statutory State Salary: $138,272Term of Office – six (6) yearsNon PartisanVote for ONE (1) candidateCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 17VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  18. 18. 54B DISTRICT COURT – EAST LANSING – 6 YEAR TERM – VOTE FOR 1CANDIDATE – NON- INCUMBENTTHOMAS P. CLEMENT (NP)1. How could court efficiency be improved?Court efficiency can be improved through: 1. The addition of a probation officer to makecertain all probationers receive close monitoring. 2. The addition of an “e-filing” system toimprove access to courts. 3. Timeliness and preparation on the part of the judicial officer. 2. How can the 54b District Court support and improve community and MSU efforts to encourageresponsible drinking?Accountability and offender support. Student offenders who knowingly place others in dangerdeserve strict accountability sanctions. Those who face substance abuse issues will receivethe support necessary for success. I have worked in sobriety courts and know what it takes toimpact offenders.3. If the alleged victim in a domestic violence case requests the no-contact order be lifted during thedefendants pre-trial or preliminary exam, how might you respond?A no contact order is a protection intended to allow the victim to remain safe and free fromundue pressure. Removal requests should require individualized review with a judicial hearingwhere the Court can evaluate many factors including any past violence, criminal histories, andthe allegations.ANDREA LARKIN (NP)1. How could court efficiency be improved?54B operates as one of the more efficient district courts in the area employing technologywhere appropriate. 54B operates without a deficit. Under the Supreme Court ‘s guidelines fortimely disposition all types of cases 54B is at 95-100%. I would continue the efficient operationof the court.2. How can the 54b District Court support and improve community and MSU efforts to encourageresponsible drinking?54B could institute individual volunteer mentoring and compliance follow through as it doeswith Veteran’s court to work with students who evidence drinking problems. 54B could alsoinitiate and participate in student education initiatives at the college orientation level and inlocal high schools.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 18VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  19. 19. 3. If the alleged victim in a domestic violence case requests the no-contact order be lifted during thedefendants pre-trial or preliminary exam, how might you respond?I would respond by giving the victim a voice. I would hear all reasons for requesting to lift theorder and balance the wish of the victim to be allowed to participate in decisions regarding thefamily and to work toward the prospects for resolution within the family with all other relevantfacts.FRANK McALPINE (NP)1. How could court efficiency be improved?The District Court at some point should follow the Federal Courts and go to electronic filing ofcases. There is a steep learning curve. Once the system is understood a great deal of time andmoney can be saved. If the doctors can do it so can the attorneys.2. How can the 54b District Court support and improve community and MSU efforts to encourageresponsible drinking?This is a recurrent problem. MSU and East Lansing have an alcohol culture and until that ischanged we will have alcohol consumption problems. The Court can be creative with minor inpossession charges to not give students a mark on their record. The more serious alcoholcharges can not.3. If the alleged victim in a domestic violence case requests the no-contact order be lifted during thedefendants pre-trial or preliminary exam, how might you respond?I would try to learn why the spouse wishes to lift the no-contact order. These orders can tear afamily apart and leave an impossible situation for the family. Often the spouse refuses totestify or even come to Court and the charges are dropped. The Court is illequipped to handlethese situationsMARK S. MEADOWS (NP)1. How could court efficiency be improved?The East Lansing District court is already the most efficiently run court in Ingham County.That is not to say that efficiency cannot be improved. As District Court Judge, I would involvethe Courts employees in reviewing Court operations and making suggestions forimprovement on a regular basis.2. How can the 54b District Court support and improve community and MSU efforts to encourageresponsible drinking?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 potentialdrinking problems are dealt with promptly and recidivism is minimized. I support thatapproach and will continue it.Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 19VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  20. 20. 3. If the alleged victim in a domestic violence case requests the no-contact order be lifted during thedefendants pre-trial or preliminary exam, how might you respond?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 offacts might convince me to lift the order. INGHAM COUNTY PROPOSALS JUVENILE MILLAGE RENEWAL QUESTIONJUVENILE MILLAGE RENEWAL QUESTIONFor the purpose of funding the continuing operation and enhancement of Ingham County’s capacity todetain and house juveniles who are delinquent or disturbed, and to operate new and existingprograms for the treatment of such juveniles, at the same millage level previously approved by thevoters in 2002 and in 2006 shall the constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which maybe assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Ingham, Michigan, previouslyincreased by up to 60/100 (0.60) of one mill, $0.60 per thousand dollars of state taxable valuation, becontinued and renewed for a period of five years (2012-2016) inclusive. If approved and levied in full,this millage will raise an estimated $3,922,213 for juvenile housing and programming purposes in thefirst calendar year of the levy based on taxable value. ________________________________________________________________________________ EMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICE (911 SERVICE) MILLAGE RENEWAL QUESTIONEMERGENCY TELEPHONE SERVICE (911 SERVICE) MILLAGE RENEWAL QUESTIONFor the purpose of renewing funding for a comprehensive countywide 911 Emergency Telephone andDispatch System at the same millage level previously approved by the voters in 1996, 2000, 2004and in 2008, shall the Constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxes which may be assessedin one (1) year upon all property within the County of Ingham, Michigan, previously increased by up to0.8500 mills, $0.85 per $1,000 of taxable value, be continued and renewed for a period of four (4)years (2012 – 2015) inclusive? If approved and levied in full, this millage will raised an estimated$5,556,468 for the countywide 911 Emergency Telephone and Dispatch System in the first calendaryear of the levy based on taxable value.________________________________________________________________________________ PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED MILLAGE QUESTIONPUBLIC TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED MILLAGE QUESTIONFor the purpose of continuing funding for a transportation system to be used primarily by elderly anddisabled persons in Ingham County, shall the Constitutional limitation upon the total amount of taxeswhich may be assessed in one (1) year upon all property within the County of Ingham, Michigan, beincreased by up to 12/100 (0.12) of one (1) mill, $0.12 per thousand dollars of state taxable valuation,for a period of four (4) years (2012-2015) inclusive. If approved and levied in full, this Millage willCopyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 20VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  21. 21. raise an estimated additional $784,000 for the transportation system in the first calendar year of thelevy based on state taxable valuation.________________________________________________________________________________ AURELIUS TOWNSHIP PROPOSALS MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL FOR FIRE PROTECTIONMILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL FOR FIRE PROTECTIONProposal to allow the Township of Aurelius to continue to levy a millage for Fire Department purposeson all taxable property within the Township of Aurelius.Shall the previously voted increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of theMichigan Constitution on general ad valorem taxes within the Township, as reduced by the requiredmillage rollback and which last resulted in a levy of .9402 mills ($0.9402 per $1,000 of taxable value)upon taxable real and personal property within the Township be renewed and levied for ten (10) years(2013 through 2022, inclusive) for funding and defraying, in whole or in part, the cost of fire protectionservices and equipment for Aurelius Township, which levy shall raise in the first year of levy theestimated sum of One Hundred Seventeen Thousand Four Hundred Seventy-Eight and no Dollars($117, 478,.00)?________________________________________________________________________________ CITY OF LANSING PROPOSALS LANSING CITY CHARTER PROPOSED AMENDMENTLANSING CITY CHARTER PROPOSED AMENDMENTPROPOSED AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 3, CHAPTER 2, SECTION 201,SUBSECTION 1 (3-201.1) OF THE LANSING CITY CHARTER.The purpose of this amendment is to change the requirement that the City Council meet weekly atleast 50 weeks each year, and require instead, that it meet at least 26 times a year.Shall this amendment be adopted?______________________________________________________________________________ AUTHORIZE SALE OF WAVERLY GOLF COURSE AND MICHIGAN AVENUE PARKAUTHORIZE SALE OF WAVERLY GOLF COURSE AND MICHIGAN AVENUE PARKSHALL THE CITY OF LANSING BE AUTHORIZED TO SELL OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OFWAVERLY GOLF COURSE, A/K/A WAVERLY PARK, AND ADJACENT MICHIGAN AVENUE PARK,ALSO COLLECTIVELY DESCRIBED AS:The West 120.48 acres of the Northwest ¼ of Section 18, T4N, R2W?Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 21VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
  22. 22. AUTHORIZE SALE OF A PORTION OF OAK PARKAUTHORIZE SALE OF A PORTION OF OAK PARKSHALL THE CITY OF LANSING, FOR REDEVELOPMENT PURPOSES, BE AUTHORIZED TOSELL OR OTHERWISE DISPOSE OF THAT PORTION OF OAK PARK LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS:A parcel of land in the Northwest 1/4 of Section 15, T4N, R2W, Lansing Township, Ingham County,Michigan, the surveyed boundary of said parcel described as: Commencing at the Northwest cornerof said Section 15; thence S00°2438"W along the West line of said Section 15 a distance of 796.25feet; thence S89°3906"E parallel with the North line of Genesee Street a distance of 41.25 feet to theEast right of way line of the Conrail Railroad and the point of beginning of this description; thenceS89°3906"E parallel with said North right of way line 258.36 feet; thence N00°5031"E 117.97 feet;thence S88°3333"E 162.34 feet; thence S00°3720"W 119.79 feet; thence S04°0803"W 96.44 feet tosaid North right of way line; thence N89°3906"W along said North right of way line 414.86 feet to saidEast right of way line; thence N00°2438"E along said East right of way line 101.15 feet to the point ofbeginning; said parcel containing 1.40 acres more or less; said parcel subject to all easements andrestrictions if any. The building known as the Vector building, located in Oak Park, and the fencedportion of the parking area located to the east and north of the Vector Building? LANSING TOWNSHIP PROPOSALS MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL FOR POLICE, FIRE AND GENERAL OPERATING PURPOSESMILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL FOR POLICE,FIRE AND GENERAL OPERATING PURPOSESThis millage is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy.Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 1.75 mills ($1.75 on each $1,000 of taxablevaluation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in the CharterTownship of Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2014 to 2023,inclusive, to continue to provide funds for police, fire and general operating purposes; the estimate ofthe revenue that the township will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 isapproximately $474,000.00 (this is a renewal millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?Copyright  2012 LWV Lansing League of Women Voters 22VOTE411 website for full coverage of Michigan candidates. http://www.vote411.org/onyourballot/state.php
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