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Sterling Heights Metropolis Council August three Major Candidate Information

The August three major is quick approaching. Get to know the candidates working for native workplace in your group with 101.9 FM WDET’s Candidate Guides. Surveys have been distributed to candidates to finish and you may see the responses for candidates for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council under.

See a full checklist of races coated right here.


Associated Race: Sterling Heights Mayor


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Steven Bahoura

Eric J. Briskey II

Nicholas A. Cavalli

Russ Cleary

Elizabeth Hanna

Deanna Koski

Paul Y. Manni

Michael Radtke

Maria G. Schmidt

Liz Sierawaski

Kelley Skillin

Moira Smith

Roy Wilson

Henry Yanez

Barbara A. Ziarko


Steven Bahoura

Candidate didn’t reply to survey request.


Courtesy of Eric Briskey II

Eric J. Briskey II

Age: 52

Present job: Venture Coordinator for a utility firm.

Schooling: I graduated from Warren Excessive College (now closed) in 1987. I’ve studied engineering at Wayne State College in Detroit, MI. I’ve studied enterprise administration, building methods and administration and land surveying at Macomb Neighborhood Faculty in Warren and Clinton Township.

About Eric Briskey III’ve been a resident of Sterling Heights since 2001. My spouse and I’ve raised our two kids right here. I’ve attended Christ Lutheran Church on Canal Street because the early ‘90s. I’ve served my church congregation as a council member for a number of phrases and have served on their name committee as a member and chair. I’ve served on their Board of Property Administration since turning into a member. I’ve been acknowledged as volunteer of the yr a number of occasions, as soon as by our nation fee and extra just lately by our state Senator MacDonald.

I consider that I’ll convey a commonsense strategy to our metropolis council. I’m a fiscal conservative. I don’t consider in spending greater than you will have. I dwell that manner in my private life and suppose our metropolis ought to too. I’m not a profession politician, only a involved resident of Sterling Heights who determined to step up and serve my group.

I’m not a profession politician, only a involved resident of Sterling Heights who determined to step up and serve my group.” — Eric Briskey II

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? I feel that our metropolis wants a brand new voice. A voice of purpose and one who will hearken to and respect the residents. I feel it’s time to make some optimistic adjustments right here in Sterling Heights. It is a nice metropolis, there may be nonetheless room for enchancment.

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? Excessive water charges. This isn’t a simple challenge to take care of, I’ve some concepts.

I consider that a few of our residents might have some aid by permitting them to put in a second water meter for outside use. This may permit them to water the garden or backyard or wash their automobile or home or fill the pool with out paying for all the additional charges and sewage expenses. One other half could also be to look into the feasibility of a water storage system. Different close by communities have comparable programs. This enables them to get a greater fee by submitting the storage tank at night time when the charges are on the lowest, then dishing out from that tank through the day when the charges are on the highest. 

One other massive challenge is the buying of varied roadside “artwork.”  Not solely is that this unneeded it’s costly. I’ve not discovered a single one who is proud of any of the so-called “artwork”.  I feel a great way to take care of that is to permit for sponsorships for these decorations. Perhaps then extra of our residents simply may get pleasure from a few of it.  

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? My greatest challenge with the present administration is the whole disregard for the monetary stability of our metropolis. We’re presently over $202 million in debt. The council just lately voted so as to add virtually an extra $12 to that debt to interchange the water meters. It is a purchase now, pay later mentality. The taxpayers deserve higher. I want to see higher debt administration and a discount plan. I don’t see one from our present administration. 


Deborah Cavalli

Deborah Cavalli

Nicholas A. Cavalli

Age: 24

Present job: Theater Supervisor at Emagine Macomb

Schooling: BA in historical past from the College of Detroit Mercy (‘19)

About Nicholas Cavalli: I’m a younger progressive candidate for Metropolis Council that’s trying to information our metropolis into the long run. In 2017, beginning my marketing campaign at simply age 19, I started my first run for Metropolis Council. Although this primary run and my second one in 2019 noticed me come up quick, I stay hopeful that I can drive Sterling Heights into the progressive future it might want to proceed flourishing. My progressive platform and demeanor come from my upbringing on this metropolis by my fantastic mother and father with the help from my late Nana. With the love and assist of those three individuals, my prolonged household, and my mates by my facet, I discovered the encouragement I wanted to get into politics. Like my mother and father, I’ve lived right here for practically 24 years, and Sterling Heights is a spot I hope to name residence for the remainder of my life. My hope is, by my progressive views, we are able to all construct a stronger, extra equitable Sterling Heights that we are able to all get pleasure from for many years to come.

 ”My hope is, by my progressive views, we are able to all construct a stronger, extra equitable Sterling Heights that we are able to all get pleasure from for many years to come back.” — Nicholas Cavalli

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? I’m working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council as a result of I like my metropolis. This place has been my residence for nearly 24 years, and I hope to name this place my residence for the remainder of my life. With the intention to do this although, we might want to flip our consideration to the long run and never blatantly flip our again on progress.

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? An important challenge dealing with Sterling Heights proper now could be the shortage of recent reasonably priced housing tasks. The costs of recent housing tasks in our metropolis are astronomical and don’t encourage the group to develop amongst younger individuals or individuals of the working class.

How would you handle that challenge? I’d handle this challenge by guaranteeing that when a housing growth is introduced earlier than us, that it’s addressed what the common household within the metropolis can afford, and the way this undertaking stacks up. I refuse to repeatedly vote sure for developments that outprice our present residents merely for the sake of growing land.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? Practically three years in the past, members of our sitting metropolis council voted to opt-out of the authorized development and sale of marijuana merchandise within the metropolis. Lots of the arguments offered at that council assembly have been private in nature and didn’t have a direct profit to the residents of our nice metropolis. With the utmost respect to these on the council, the choice to opt-out of a authorized enterprise that your residents voted in favor of is misguided management at finest; and tabling the dialogue and refusing to convey it again in entrance of the residents is an insult to our intelligence. I moreover disagree with the present members of council voting to move a price range with an open finish, thus ready till after the election to elucidate the place they’re going to be getting the funds for the brand new price range prices from.


Connie Cleary

Connie Cleary

Russ Cleary

Age: 20

Present job: Grounds Crew Member, Faculty Pupil

Schooling: Excessive College, partial faculty

About Russ Cleary: I’m a younger, fierce particular person, trying to make a optimistic change in my group, particularly the town of Sterling Heights, Michigan. I used to be born in 2000 and am a lifelong resident of the town of Sterling Heights. I attended Warren Consolidated Colleges, graduated from Cousino Excessive College in 2018, and this summer season will probably be ending up my diploma on the College of Michigan State. Whereas at Michigan State, I served for the Faculty Republicans in numerous regards, amongst serving because the chair this previous tutorial yr. I needed to battle by the pandemic to steer our membership and to assist develop our membership. Whereas there, I realized tips on how to navigate by powerful conditions, in not essentially the most fairly of circumstances.  

With my management, I will deal with the stress of serving on the Sterling Heights Metropolis Council. Via my experiences, I’ve gained a particular set of traits constructed to assist information our metropolis. Lastly, this can assist convey Sterling Heights again to full monetary energy, as this can assist domesticate our metropolis. In time, we are going to develop right into a extra strong, higher-quality Sterling Heights.

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? I’m working due to my dissatisfaction as a citizen of Sterling Heights. The extra I find out about the place Sterling Heights is as a metropolis, the extra regretful I develop. Nonetheless, I’m trying to flip that perspective, not only for me, however for the numerous 1000’s of residents who merely deserve higher. Our metropolis has amassed a debt of over $200 million. I discover that unacceptable as I’m effectively conscious that the residents of this metropolis would be the ones accountable to deal with that burden, not our metropolis authorities.

The extra I find out about the place Sterling Heights is as a metropolis, the extra regretful I develop. Nonetheless, I’m trying to flip that perspective, not only for me, however for the numerous 1000’s of residents who merely deserve higher.” — Russ Cleary

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? An important challenge dealing with the town of Sterling Heights is much and away the colossal debt that we’re presently in. The purchase now, pay later perspective has been the basis of our spending which is definitely the reason for our debt.

How would you handle that challenge? I’d handle that challenge in a single easy reply: I’ll supply extra respect for the taxpayers hard-earned cash. Town council must focus extra on what the town wants and what the town can in truth afford, fairly than what they might want. Moreover, I consider there must be extra respect for our debt, because the curiosity alone is now virtually seven million {dollars}. I’d be all for reallocating some funds (by reducing from different areas evenly) to pay on the principal debt. Most significantly, there must be a long-term plan with how we are able to pay that off, with a dedication to a sure period of time to pay it off.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? I feel it’s pretty apparent in earlier solutions that the present administration’s incapacity to decide to debt administration could be my greatest dissatisfaction. Nonetheless, one other one could be the choice to construct the Golden Rings on Corridor Street. The concept was to beautify the world and to create a “model” so to talk, which I can perceive. Nonetheless, I’d have accredited of constructing one thing alongside these traces if we might have entertained the concept of receiving sponsors. I consider that if we might have entertained this concept, we might have saved far more cash whereas additionally satisfying those that assist the development of a construction to characterize that space.


Elizabeth Hanna

Candidate didn’t reply to survey request.


Courtesy of Deanna Koski

Courtesy of Deanna Koski

Deanna Koski

Age: 80

Present job: Retired

Schooling: Affiliate Diploma – Authorized Assistant, Actual Property Dealer License, Title Insurance coverage Agent License & MML – Elected Officers Academy I, II, III

About Deanna Koski: Resident of Sterling Heights since 1969, married 63 years to Dennis, three sons, daughter-in-law, and 5 grandchildren residing in Sterling Heights. My skilled profession over 50 years consisted of being a Mortgage Counselor and Nearer for a financial savings and mortgage, Actual-Property Dealer/Closing Dealer and Title Insurance coverage Agent Escrow Officer.  

Served on the Board of evaluate for Sterling Heights, elected to Metropolis Council 1989.  Participated in Nationwide League of Cities, serving on Public Security & Crime Prevention Steering Committee and Previous President Girls in Municipal Authorities.  Previous Area One Chairperson Michigan Municipal League (MML), Previous Vice-Chair – MML Legislative/City Affairs Committee, MML Board of Trustees, Legislative Governance Committee, Public Security Coverage Committee, Elected Officers Academy Board. Attend the Citizen Police Academy, Citizen Fireplace Academy and Citizen Emergency Response Workforce (CERT).  Labored to reinstate Police Okay-9 program consisting of 4 Okay-9 and handlers, supported Fireplace Division in instituting an EMS ambulance transport service for Sterling Heights residents. At all times working to maintain Sterling Heights an excellent place to work, dwell and lift a household.  Residents’ wants and considerations have at all times been my highest precedence. Sustaining and enhancing traces of communication between the residents, metropolis administration, providers and native enterprise.  

Residents’ wants and considerations have at all times been my highest precedence. Sustaining and enhancing traces of communication between the residents, metropolis administration, providers and native enterprise.” — Deanna Koski

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? Present the residents of Sterling Heights with wonderful Police, Fireplace, EMS, DPW, SAFE Roads & high quality Metropolis Companies, at an affordable value. Specializing in creating SAFE neighborhoods to dwell work and play. Listening to the considerations, requests & problems with our residents; taking actions & resolving points rapidly. Create a program partnership consisting of Metropolis, colleges, manufacturing firms and unions to develop internships, job coaching for expert trades and careers inside Sterling Heights.

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? Future growth of the Lakeside Mall.

How would you handle that challenge? Proceed working with the Lakeside Mall proprietor/developer, offering enter, concepts and ideas to develop the property in order that it meets the wants of Sterling Heights residents. 

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? The present Metropolis Council are seven people which can be targeted on offering one of the best type of authorities and providers for the residents. Every member has the chance to current their concepts and considerations, then they’re mentioned and voted on to achieve a consensus. The votes could also be in an settlement or a cut up vote however it’s a good type of authorities for the individuals and by the individuals.


Paul Y. Manni

Candidate didn’t reply to survey request. Go to his marketing campaign web site.


Nick Hagen

Nick Hagen

Michael Radtke

Age: 35

Present job: Communications Advisor

Schooling: Bachelor of Arts in Historical past and Political Science, College of Michigan, Grasp of Arts in Worldwide and World Historical past, Columbia College, Grasp of Science in Worldwide Historical past and Intelligence Research, the London College of Economics, Proud Graduate of Warren Cousino Excessive College.

About Michael Radtke: I used to be elected to my second time period on the Sterling Heights Metropolis Council in 2019. Previous to my service on the council, I spent the early a part of my profession working as a group organizer, public relations marketing consultant, and political activist.

As a  Sterling Heights Councilman, I’ve strongly advocated for hiring extra law enforcement officials, modernizing the hearth division, enhancing metropolis code enforcement, and creating a various metropolis that works for everybody, newcomer and long-term resident alike.

One among my most up-to-date council accomplishments was authoring a price range modification through the COVID-19 Pandemic to make sure that Sterling Heights’ absentee ballots would have return-postage paid robotically. This modification was later adopted statewide throughout Michigan on the suggestion of the Secretary of State, proving that even statewide change will be made on the native degree. 

A small enterprise proprietor, coverage adviser, and communications director, I graduated with a Bachelor’s diploma in historical past and political science from the College of Michigan, and earned graduate levels in worldwide & world historical past from Columbia College and the London College of Economics.  

A lifelong world traveler, I’m at all times planning my subsequent journey. Thus far I’ve explored 27 nations and lived overseas in each Germany and the UK. Though I’ve traveled the globe, I do know in my coronary heart that Sterling Heights will at all times be residence.

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? I first determined to run for Metropolis Council in 2017 as a result of I believed Sterling Heights wanted new progressive management with a plan to strengthen public security, ship higher metropolis providers, enhance neighborhoods, and proceed to draw new residents and high-tech companies.

I’m proud to say that nice progress has been made in these areas, together with large enhancements to public security. My advocacy on council has instantly led to the hiring of 10 new law enforcement officials, the addition of 6 extra firefighters, the hiring of the town’s first-ever social employee, the hiring of four extra code enforcement officers, and the continuation of the ReCreating Recreation Parks Enchancment Program that’s drawing new residents and younger households to Sterling Heights. 

I’m working for reelection to proceed to construct on all of the work I’ve accomplished to make Sterling Heights a thriving, vibrant, welcoming metropolis. Within the coming time period, I hope to proceed to enhance public security, rent extra metropolis workers, reform the way in which we pay for sidewalk alternative, and advocate for brand new parks and trails in our metropolis, together with the constructing of a Southern Recreation Heart. Extra details about my plans will be discovered on my web site at VoteRadtke.com.

I first determined to run for Metropolis Council in 2017 as a result of I believed Sterling Heights wanted new progressive management with a plan to strengthen public security, ship higher metropolis providers, enhance neighborhoods, and proceed to draw new residents and high-tech companies. I’m proud to say that nice progress has been made in these areas.” — Michael Radtke

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? An important challenge is constant to maintain Sterling Heights secure by strengthening our police and fireplace departments.

How would you handle that challenge? Public Security is my first precedence since I do know that our residents depend on our award-winning fireplace and police providers to maintain them secure. Some candidates have advocated for a volunteer fireplace division, and additional cuts to our police. Not me. I understand how necessary it’s to guard and develop these life-saving providers.

That’s as a result of in an emergency, each second counts. Cuts would hurt response occasions and endanger public security. That’s why I advocated for the Secure Streets millage and voted to rent 6 extra firefighters, 10 extra law enforcement officials, and a social employee to maintain our residents secure.

Even with these additions, there may be nonetheless extra work to do. Our metropolis nonetheless has 15 fewer law enforcement officials than earlier than the Nice Recession. I received’t cease preventing till our police division returns to full energy, guaranteeing that Sterling Heights stays one among America’s most secure cities.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? As a member of the Metropolis Council, I’ve differed from my colleagues on a number of points:

Initially, I voted towards giving our metropolis supervisor a $38,000 elevate through the pandemic. It was the incorrect quantity, on the incorrect time, when many members of our group have been hurting economically themselves. 

Secondly, I voted towards this yr’s price range. Sterling Heights’ best useful resource is our metropolis workers who present providers to our residents. That’s why I couldn’t vote for a price range that paid for brand new hires utilizing rainy-day funds. I consider it’s incorrect to rent new workers with out a devoted solution to pay for them.


City of Sterling Heights

Metropolis of Sterling Heights

Maria G. Schmidt

Age: 58

Present job: Well being Science Paraprofessional Warren Consolidated Colleges Profession Prep Heart

Schooling: Bishop Foley HS, Southeast Oakland Vocational College, Oakland Neighborhood Faculty

About Kelley Skillin: I’ve been a resident of Sterling Heights for the previous virtually 27 years. I’m married with 2 grownup kids. I’ve a 25+ yr profession as a medical assistant and dialysis technician. I’m licensed with American Coronary heart Affiliation as an teacher of Heartsaver and Fundamental Life Assist CPR programs.    I’ve been a member of Sterling Heights Metropolis council since February of 2003. I’m a member of the Warren Consolidated College Well being Advisory board. Over time I’ve been very lively as a Warren Consolidated College mum or dad, with each band and Mum or dad organizations.  I additionally get pleasure from volunteering for the American Coronary heart Affiliation, and the Youngsters’s Tumor Basis of Michigan, St. Jude Youngsters’s Hospital, American Most cancers Society, and Nationwide Kidney Basis.

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? Initially, I make choices based mostly on being fiscally accountable, and what’s in one of the best curiosity of the group as a complete, not my private curiosity. As a non-partisan place, we have to think about each motion with an open thoughts for the great of all residents of Sterling Heights. I’m happy with the numerous accomplishments we now have achieved over the previous years. I actually love and care about Sterling Heights as a group to dwell and lift a household. Persevering with to concentrate on conserving taxes low, whereas making public security, roads, and infrastructure a precedence.  Seeing the restructure of the water and sewer charges to fruition eliminating additional sewer charges for summer season watering.  Residents have requested an ordinance change permitting for a second water meter because of this, which is a big house owner expense that can now be pointless.

As a non-partisan place, we have to think about each motion with an open thoughts for the great of all residents of Sterling Heights.” — Maria Schmidt

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? An necessary challenge dealing with Sterling Heights is the sustainability of providers whereas conserving taxes low.

How would you handle that challenge? We have to fastidiously consider NEEDS vs. WANTS whereas nonetheless being fiscally accountable.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? As a sitting member of the Council, no matter which facet of a choice I’m on I’ve to respect the Council’s resolution within the finish.


Liz Sierawaski

Candidate didn’t reply to survey request. Go to her marketing campaign web site.


Shania Chehab/Nue Realm Marketing

Shania Chehab/Nue Realm Advertising

Kelley Skillin

Age: 50

Present job: Proprietor, Katydids Kritters & Particular Lecturer, Oakland College

Schooling: PhD, Communication & Nonprofit Administration, College of Minnesota; MA, Communication, Baylor College; BA, Communication, Wayne State College; AA, Liberal Arts, Henry Ford Neighborhood Faculty

About Kelley Skillin: My husband and I selected to maneuver to Sterling Heights 10 years in the past as a result of we wished a secure and numerous group with wonderful academic alternatives for our daughter. I personal a small, arts-based enterprise within the metropolis and I educate at Oakland College. Earlier than beginning my enterprise, I labored as an administrator in nonprofit organizations and have a background in HR, accounting, fundraising, volunteer administration, federal compliance, advertising and marketing/PR, coverage evaluation, and program analysis. Volunteering has at all times been a big a part of my life. I’ve been a Lady Scout troop chief, president of the Mum or dad Boosters, and a member of a number of nonprofit boards. Since COVID-19 began, I made and donated greater than 1,000 masks for native well being care employees. I additionally created a meals co-op so households might keep away from procuring through the pandemic whereas nonetheless supporting native companies. I’m a highschool dropout that earned a GED and went on to finish a PhD. I don’t at all times do issues the traditional manner, whether or not it’s getting an schooling or fixing an issue. I’ve been endorsed by the Warren Sterling Heights Space Democratic Membership, the Metro Detroit AFLCIO, and the Sierra Membership.

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? I entered this race as a result of I consider democracy prospers when voters have decisions on the poll. Since starting this marketing campaign, I’ve develop into extra satisfied that I supply a perspective that’s completely different from the opposite candidates. I’d work on sensible options to the issues residents are dealing with, extra communication between constituents and their representatives, and constructing group and authorities partnerships to profit our metropolis.

I’d work on sensible options to the issues residents are dealing with, extra communication between constituents and their representatives, and constructing group and authorities partnerships to profit our metropolis.” — Kelley Skillin

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? Sterling Heights is a altering group and the council wants to raised mirror and talk these adjustments.

How would you handle that challenge? I’ve a background in superior communication and my job is to coach individuals to speak with small teams, giant audiences, and workplaces. From revamping the web site to rising its presence on social media, the town must be higher at speaking with its residents. Metropolis council members ought to characterize the various pursuits of their constituents. A part of that’s speaking with residents – internet hosting open workplace hours (on-line or in-person), taking part in on-line boards the place residents are voicing their considerations, and recruiting individuals for volunteer positions throughout the metropolis. Everybody ought to really feel welcome in Sterling Heights. One among our core values is being “inclusive” and our insurance policies, procedures, and boards/commissions have to mirror that worth. I’ve by no means shied away from standing up for what’s proper and that features ensuring everybody in our group is represented all through the metropolis.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? A number of members of the council consider that volunteers shouldn’t be actively recruited for boards and commissions and that the method ought to be “color-blind” as a result of “we’re all equal.” I disagree with that strategy to volunteer recruitment. I additionally disagree with directors getting giant raises whereas the town is in want of extra personnel. I disagree with the prohibition on marijuana dispensaries. I additionally consider the town ought to revisit an anti-discrimination ordinance for LGBTQ+ individuals.


Courtesy of Moira Smith

Courtesy of Moira Smith

Moira Smith

Age: 69

Present job: Retired Michigan Social Safety Incapacity Investigator

Schooling: Bachelor of Science from Western Michigan College

About Moira Smith: I’ve been a Sterling Heights property proprietor and voter since 1978.  I’m a lifelong conservative and have been all for native politics and an lively Republican precinct delegate for over 10 years. 

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? Sterling Heights is an impressive suburban group, not an city metropolis. I wish to protect the character of my residence residence. We want a authorities that appears out for the expectations of its property house owners and taxpayers. I’ll characterize and be the voice of the forgotten house owner and taxpayer.  The present Council has been in energy far too lengthy. Their rulings persistently favor a tiny clique of highly effective landlords and builders who enrich themselves on the expense of our group.

We want a authorities that appears out for the expectations of its property house owners and taxpayers.” — Moira Smith

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? Council spends cash on whims and pays for them with elevated taxation and by promoting bonds with no plan to ever pay them off. They’ve made monetary commitments that reach past their phrases of workplace and they won’t be round to be held accountable for his or her choices.

How would you handle that challenge? I’ll spend cash in accordance with precise earnings. Town shouldn’t be obligated to purchase every part the Metropolis Supervisor desires. The Metropolis Supervisor is subordinate to The Individuals and their elected Council.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? Not like our present council, I consider the federal government that does the least is the federal government that works one of the best. We want legislation enforcement, trash pickup and good streets. I consider the individuals know what’s finest for themselves. We don’t want authorities involvement within the medical enterprise or leisure for instance. On this time of a lot uncertainty when our neighbors have misplaced jobs and companies, the Metropolis Supervisor and people who work for the town shouldn’t be receiving lavish raises. We have to adhere persistently with our zoning legal guidelines and never give zoning and tax breaks to rich out-of-town builders whereas we, the taxpayers make up for his or her breaks. Our metropolis leaders have inconsistently utilized zoning guidelines at a price to our neighborhoods with outsized properties on undersized heaps, substandard setbacks and undersized streets that can’t accommodate parking or snow elimination.  This week the previous Council borrowed $53 million to qualify for a federal grant to rebuild a avenue that doesn’t even want restore.


James Schmelzer/Elite Photographic Studio

James Schmelzer/Elite Photographic Studio

Roy Wilson

Age: 77

Present job: Retired

Schooling: 1 yr at Hillsdale Faculty. Attended job-related courses at Macomb County Neighborhood Faculty whereas working.    

About Roy Wilson: My spouse and I moved into Sterling Heights 50 years in the past as a result of we had household within the space and the home was very near my work. We’ve got loved our neighbors and cherished the friendship we’ve made.I’m an Military veteran and served in Vietnam. We’ve got a daughter that lives and teaches in Nevada and a son that works within the craft beer brewing enterprise in Grosse Pointe Park and Detroit. Our grandson attends Wabash Faculty in Indiana and our granddaughter attends Boise State. Over time we now have loved touring to different nations with Japanese Europe and Thailand being our favorites. We’ve got additionally toured a number of Civil Struggle battlefields. Historical past is necessary as a result of in the event you don’t know your previous how can we keep away from errors sooner or later. Standing on the fields of Gettysburg is a really sobering and humbling expertise. I prefer to learn books associated to American historical past.  For those who haven’t learn “A Workforce of Rivals” about Abraham Lincoln I extremely counsel it.

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? I’m bored with the tax and spend mentality of the current administration and wish to see if the chance exists to function inside a price range with out rising taxes. After residing on this group for 50 years I want to give one thing again. The mayor and council should develop into extra attentive to the wants and considerations of the residents.

The mayor and council should develop into extra attentive to the wants and considerations of the residents.” — Roy Wilson

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? For my part, it’s the $200,000,000.00 plus {dollars} of metropolis debt.   

How would you handle that challenge? A brand new council wants to scale back spending and discover methods to scale back debt. We can not proceed to maintain kicking this drawback down the highway to future residents.   

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? The ever-increasing spending for one.  The opposite “IN YOUR FACE” merchandise is the area-wide joke of the BIG “O” on Corridor Rd. Lakeside Mall has all however closed and Partridge Creek is having issue. But the mayor and council spent $380,000.00 touting that space because the “Golden Hall.” Then there may be the cash spent on the obelisks on Van Dyke. That cash ought to have been spent on a avenue within the metropolis. If the mayor and council wished a legacy it ought to be to depart workplace with much less debt than once they have been elected.


Henry Yanez

Candidate didn’t reply to survey request. Go to his marketing campaign web site.


Courtesy of Barbara Ziarko

Courtesy of Barbara Ziarko

Barbara A. Ziarko

Age: 71

Present job: Retired

Schooling: Affiliate Diploma Macomb Neighborhood Faculty

About Barbara Ziarko: I’ve been a resident of Sterling Heights since 1977 and have served on the Metropolis Council since 2001. I labored for St. Anne Church/College and St. Blase Church for a mixed 27 years and am now retired. I’m an avid volunteer for each native and nationwide charities together with St. Jude Youngsters’s Analysis Hospital, American Most cancers Society, MCREST (Macomb County Rotating Emergency Shelter, THAW (The Warmth and Heat Fund), Associates of the Sterling Heights Library and the American Polish Century Membership Girls Auxiliary. I’m a previous Regina Excessive College Board Member and I presently serve on the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees. My private life-style displays that I’m a lady of service. I consider that I’m an clever, hard-working particular person who places the considerations and desires of our group within the forefront when making choices. I serve with the intention to do what’s finest for your complete group. I used to be married to my husband, Tom, for over 36 years till his demise in 2014. I’ve one daughter, Stacy.

Why are you working for Sterling Heights Metropolis Council? To proceed the progress we now have been capable of obtain by working along with Residents, Metropolis Council, Administration and native enterprise and business to attain success. Our accolades all through the state and nation are proof that what we’re doing is an instance to different communities.

Our accolades all through the state and nation are proof that what we’re doing is an instance to different communities.” — Barbara Ziarko

What’s crucial challenge dealing with Sterling Heights? Will probably be necessary to observe and facilitate using our $19 million American Rescue Plan funds within the subsequent 4 years.

How would you handle that challenge? I hope to have the ability to result in collaboration with the county, state and different communities to leverage and amplify these funds to profit and preserve our high quality of life facilities. As a member of the Michigan Municipal League Board of Trustees, I’m ready to attain this objective.

What actions/choices by the present mayoral administration or metropolis council have you ever disagreed with? It’s necessary to work collectively. When making a choice the final query I ask myself is, “Is that this in one of the best curiosity of the residents?” Not all votes go within the course that I might want them to go however I perceive that regardless of the tally, it’s a Metropolis Council resolution as a complete.

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