MEET THE CANDIDATE
Hello Birmingham Republican Women’s Club,
My name is Don Gates, and thank you for the opportunity to share my campaign with you.
I am running for the Wayne State Board of Governors to eliminate the gridlock and increase the growth and development of WSU. President Wilson has improved many aspects of WSU, but has also initiated some changes which has led to the turmoil, and I will support his efforts when possible, but I will provide oversight and ensure accountability to ensure Michigan’s citizens receive the best education at affordable tuition prices.
I moved to Michigan in 1991 and started as a Systems Engineer with EDS working for the GM Legal Staff. In 1994, I spent four years as an IT consultant before joining IBM in 1998, and spent the next 18 years with IBM in Southfield, Michigan. For the last several years, I have been a business development manager for several IT companies with a focus on cyber security. I am currently a consultant and contractor with Insight Global & JANUS Research Group.
Our family lives in Northville. My wife, Dr. Rola Bazzi-Gates, is a Special Education Coordinator with Dearborn Public Schools (PhD from WSU). We have three children. Dr. Ali Bazzi (27), a medical resident at Rush Medical Center Chicago. Amanda is a freshman and Adam is in 4th Grade at NPS.
I look forward to earning your vote this November. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding my campaign or the University.
Don Gates Election Committee
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and tell you a little more about my campaign.
I’ve spent my career forging partnerships with Fortune 500 companies across the Midwest. I spent 19 years with Turner Broadcasting in their Chicago and Detroit offices.
In 2011, I opened and managed the Detroit office for ION Media networks serving as their Vice President/Sales Director. I was proud to secure over $13 million dollars of new business in the first two years of my tenure at ION.
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MEET THE CANDIDATE
Don Valente, B.S. in Accounting, M.B.A. in Finance and a J.D. Law Degree
Republican conservative Candidate for Bloomfield Township Trustee Position
I thank the BRWC for the invite to introduce myself.
If elected, I will do what is right ethically and financially for residents & employees, not for myself. Self-service is NOT in my vocabulary.
I am NOT a politician but just a retired person. I am pursuing this position to
primarily help Township residents who are elderly & less fortunate than myself.
I will NOT use all the “right” words here, like professional, dedicated, respect, responsibility, service, etc. because I believe it is not what a person says but what a person does that counts. Saying something does not make it so.
My background follows:
My wife & I are 45 year Bloomfield Twp. residents.
We have a 50 year marriage with 5 children
(3 doctors, 1 Attorney & a Para Legal) and 14 grandchildren.
These are my most valuable assets.
My education consists of the following degrees:
A B.S. in Accounting, M.B.A. in Finance and a J.D. Law Degree.
My employment & experience includes:
* Ford Motor Company financial analyst.
* employment with 3 Nat’l CPA firms in Accounting & Auditing,
* a special agent for the U.S. Department of Justice.
* an Assistant Prosecutor with both Wayne & Oakland County.
* 35 year self-employed practice of Law in business & real estate
and real estate broker.
I hope to put this experience to good use for the Township.
Below are what I believe to be the top 3 Issues that need addressing
in Bloomfield Township and what I would try to do about them:
1. Almost $200 M of Township debt that has almost doubled in 8 years,
including $164 M for unfunded employee health care debt.
Effect savings to drastically reduce debt & then reduce taxes.
2. 2020 six year compensation contracts for hundreds of employees
that began on 4-1-2020 and run into 2026 based on a 1 year budget,
including but not limited to a 2.5% raise each year & law avoiding bonuses to assure they pay no more than about $100 a month for premium health care.
These contracts are despite COVID-19 and uncertain future economic times.
Realistically modify these contracts.
3. Four day work week and luxury vehicles to many employees
for their personal use 24/7/365 including on their 3 day weekends.
Terminate these over-the-top things to apply savings to debt
and for real service to residents – Not for Officials and hundreds of employees.
ELECT DON VALENTE BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP TRUSTEE
2763 Mackintosh, BH 48302 / 248-568-7170 / email@example.com
• Married – 20 years
• 2 Daughters; Sophomore and Senior in High School
• Education: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from GMI (Kettering University), and an MBA in Global Business from Davenport University
• Employment: Executive Director of Engineering for a Tier-1 Automotive Supplier. 25+ years in the automotive industry.
• Assistant Coach for girls fastpitch travel softball team
• Sons of the American Legion member
• Lifetime NRA member
• Oakland County Commissioner – District 3. 2013 – Present
Townships of Addison, Brandon, Oakland, and Oxford. It also includes the Villages of Ortonville, Leonard, and Oxford
• Oxford Township Planning Commission – Appointed. 2013 – Present
• I am running for re-election because this is something that I enjoy and I do it because I want to, not because I need to.
• As a conservative I believe that the money you earn is always better in your hands and that you are best served to determine how you want to spend or donate it.
• I believe we as human beings can always find a solution to a problem and that it is not always up to the government to solve for us. The smaller the government the better.
• Regaining the Republican Majority of the Board of Commissioners is by far the #1 issue facing All of us. Since taking the Commission in 2018, the Democrats have driven their progressive agenda into Oakland County Government. Such as; Welcoming County (Sanctuary County), $500k to Planned Parent Hood, radical appointments to committees, mandatory union card checks, $1.2M cost for election days off, interfere with Beaumont union negotiations, modify purchasing policies to bias toward union bidders, and large union donations to the Democratic side of the County Commission race.
• AAA bond rating. We must maintain our AAA bond rating and maintain the legacy that L. Brooks Patterson built over the years of his great leadership. Oakland County has consistently been ranked in the top 10 for the entire Country for economic outlook and prosperity, currently we are 6th.
• Budget. We have built a strong footing over the years and we need to continue to maintain that footing with a strong fund balance and a fiscally conservative budgeting process. And if possible, lower taxes and give money back to the people.
• Safety. Continue to support our great Sherriff and the team of officers that keep us safe around Oakland County. Support our first responders through great systems of support and tools to allow them to do their jobs.
• Community outreach and support. With a strong budget and good fiscal policies, we can help all of our Cities, Villages and Townships. Such as our tri-party road improvement plans, which help local communities improve local infrastructure through funding from State, County and local budgets.
• Emergency Operations and Oversight Committee – Member
• Human Trafficking Task Force – Vice Chair
• Personal Projection Equipment Grant team – Current Member
• Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee – Vice Chair
• Pandemic Response & Economic Recovery Committee – Vice Chair
• National Association of Counties Transportation and Telecommunication Committee – Member
• Lakeville Lake Board (Addison Twp)
• Cranberry Lake Board (Oakland Twp)
• Lake Louise Lake Board (Brandon Twp)Serving as an Oxford Planning Commission Member
• Serving on the Oxford Economic Development Committee
• Served on the Board of Directors for Michigan Association of Counties
• Served on the Oakland County Substance Abuse Advisory Council
• Served as Charter of Oxford Township Trustee – 4 years
• Served as Chairman of Oxford Water & Sewer Committee – 4 years
• Served on the Oxford Safety Path Committee – 4 years
MEET THE CANDIDATE
Thank you for the invitation to introduce myself to the Birmingham Republican Women’s Club. You can find out more information about me and my campaign at my website ElectTomSmyly.com.
My name is Tom Smyly and I am a candidate for Bloomfield Township Clerk. My goal is to serve every resident with excellence and respect. This position is an open seat due to our current and well-respected clerk, Jan Roncelli, retiring at the end of her term this year.
I have been a Bloomfield Township police officer since 2007 and a local realtor since 2012. I am currently serving as president of my local homeowner’s association. I have a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan, am married, and have 3 children in the Bloomfield Hills Public Schools.
Throughout my law enforcement career, I have been recognized for two Bloomfield Township lifesaving awards, received numerous MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Awards, have directly trained and developed new recruits as a Field Training Officer, and have assisted in our Empowering Self Defense Workshops for Women.
As a long time Bloomfield Township resident and police officer, I have always been dedicated to helping my fellow citizens regardless of political party or individual differences even though I personally hold to strong Republican and Conservative values. The ideal role of a police officer is apolitical with a focus on service, much like the ideal role and position of a local municipal clerk. My outlook as clerk will be a simple continuation of what I already believe and practice in my daily life.
Any interaction with any government official or employee should always demonstrate the highest levels of customer service while being conducted in a professional, courteous manner with the end goal in mind of leaving a lasting, positive impression.
To put it simply, I believe government at every level is employed by and works on behalf of the citizenry, not the other way around. Government should exist to help residents simplify and accentuate their lives, not implement undue burdens which all too often make interaction frustrating to the very citizens government officials are elected to help serve.
As a police officer, I have had the words Protect & Serve ingrained in my mind through the years. As clerk, it will be a tremendous responsibility and opportunity to assist using those same words in a slightly different context.
Protect the voting process, one of our most sacred rights as Americans, with the utmost integrity.
Ensure every resident is aware of and has access to No Reason Absentee Voting in accordance with the recent legal changes.
Make certain every resident is aware of the recent polling location changes in Bloomfield Township.
Serve every Bloomfield Township resident with excellence and respect.
Provide quality customer service across the broad spectrum of support services the clerk office handles, including voter registration, elections, record requests, passports, FOIA requests, notary, neighborhood association contact information, and liquor licenses.
Maintain the strong reputation outgoing clerk Jan Roncelli has established.
**SERVING EVERY RESIDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AND RESPECT**
MEET THE CANDIDATE
Tina Barton, Candidate for Oakland County Clerk, serves as the City Clerk of the City of Rochester Hills and has been an election administrator for 15 years. She holds a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership degree from Liberty University. Tina was conferred the designation of Master Municipal Clerk by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC) and Certified Michigan Municipal Clerk by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks (MAMC).
In 2019, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson appointed her to the Election Security Commission. She was also appointed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to the Election Assistance Commissions Board of Advisors. Tina’s office received a 2018 Clearie Award for Election Innovation for an Election Day Precinct Support Portal. In December of 2018, Rochester Hills was the first city in Michigan to conduct a Risk Limiting Audit pilot. In March of 2017, Leadership Oakland selected Tina as the 2017 Leader of Leaders in Public Service.
Tina was voted the 2016 City Clerk of the Year by the voting members of the MAMC. She is a member of the IIMC, MAMC, Women Officials’ Network, Women of Tomorrow, and President of the Oakland County Clerks Association. She is the past Director of Education for the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks. Tina is a Board Member for Crossroads for Youth and Leadership Oakland, as well as a mentor and speaker for Women of Tomorrow – Detroit.
She lives in northern Oakland County with her husband of 30 years, Mark; they have two married adult children. She enjoys spending her free time with her family, mentoring young people, watching sports, and playing with her dogs.
MEET THE CANDIDATE
Thank you to the Birmingham Republican Women’s Club for inviting me to talk about why I’m running for Oakland County Commissioner. The BRWC has always been the heart and soul of our local GOP, and I’m grateful to all the help and support you’ve given to me and all Republicans over the years.
—WHO: I’m Chuck Moss, former County Commissioner, State Representative, City Commissioner and Mayor of Birmingham.
—WHAT: I’m a candidate for Oakland County Commissioner—District 12.
—WHERE: Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills City, and Bloomfield Township, except for three precincts in the far south and west Township.
—WHY: Our current Commissioner is our good friend Shelley Taub, who has served our district well for many years and is now retiring. We all owe Shelley a big debt of gratitude, and I’m sure she’s not going anywhere, and we’ll still be seeing energy and contributions for some time. So, the seat is open, and the GOP has to keep it Republican.
—WHY ME AND WHY NOW? Simple: the County Commission has a vital role to play; that was true before the Virus Crisis and is doubly true now. The Commission is the Legislature of the County. Its most important job is like all legislatures: budget, spending, and power of the purse—which keeps Oakland a great place to live, work, and raise a family. For years that didn’t seem too important, during the long reign of Brooks Patterson, whose financial team was the best in the nation. Oakland County achieved a AAA Bond rating and defended it though ups and downs, and even the Great Recession. This keeps costs down and taxes down.
Oakland has been iconic for honest, clean, well-managed government, the jobs magnet and the jobs engine. When people have jobs and are working and earning money, families do well, communities thrive, the schools and cities, villages, townships provide services we all need. The path is upward.
But these wonderful things don’t happen by accident. They’re the result of hard work and vision and they weren’t easy. I know the behind-the-scenes work it takes to keep things humming. because I served as County Commissioner, from 2001 through 2006, and as chair of the Finance Committee.
With the death of Brooks Patterson and the change in Commission majority, Oakland’s future becomes uncertain. The Patterson financial Dream Team Hall of Famers have left the bridge. At the Commission level, the New Majority has abandoned the strict financial procedures that ensured transparency and discipline. Even before the Crisis, both the new administration and Democrat Majority were floating ambitious spending plans. How much? Where will the money come from? Mere details, they say! Well, we’ve seen in communities all around us, that’s the way to insolvency and worse.
This is no time to be sending a Progressive newcomer for on the job training. MY so-far opponents on the Democrat side have NO, repeat, NO experience in working with budgets and money that come from taxpayers’ pockets. They have NO, repeat NO experience serving as elected Board representatives, and NO, repeat NO experience as stewards of the people’s money. None.
I do have the experience, and the record to show it. I’ve served on the Transit Authority and the Birmingham 2016 Plan. I’ve served as elected Birmingham City Commissioner and Mayor, Oakland County Commissioner. I served as Chair of the Finance Committee in 2003 when we had to cut budgets and keep services. I served as your State Representative during the Great Recession and Chair of Appropriations as we rebuilt our finances and the state’s Recovery. With the administrative uncertainty and now the shock of the Virus Crisis, we need experience and a proven record now more than ever.
VOTE CHUCK MOSS FOR COUNTY COMMISSION:
–Honest, Competent, Experienced.
–Proven record of balancing budgets without raising taxes.
–Proven record of pro-jobs and economic growth.
–Proven record of upholding Republican principles.
INVITATION TO GOP 2020 CANDIDATES