The Livingston Leader Newsletter (August Primary 2016 )

WHAT IS OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT DIRECTION?

This August, we will make our decision in the direction of most of our local governments. Barring some late entries by No Party Affiliation candidates, most of the candidates who win the August Primary will be unopposed this November. Therefore, from a Livingston County prspective, this is the most important election right here. The Livingston County Republican Party (LCRP) does not officially endorse in primaries, nor does LCRP spend party money in primary races.

Among our county level races, there is only one contest this August. Incumbent Prosecutor Bill Vailliencourt faces a rematch with his 2012 opponent Carolyn Henry.

At the county commissioner level, there are primaries in the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 9th districts. You can find your district on the map linked below:

https://www.livgov.com/gis/documents/freemaps/commissionerdistricts.pdf

The 2nd District covering Oceola, Deerfield, and a small part of Hartland Township has incumbent Bill Green against Kristen Hunter Randall.

The 4th District covering the western part of the county has a open seat primary between two Fowlerville Village Council members in Mary Helfmann and Doug Helzerman.

The 6th District covering Marion, most of Putnam,and a small part of Hamburg Township has incumbent Steve Williams challenged by outgoing Sheriff Bob Bezotte.

The 9th District covering most of Green Oak and part of Brighton Township has incumbent Gary Childs challenged by Brighton School Board member John Conely.

On the township level there are several primaries.

Brighton Twp - Supervisor primary between trustee Patrick Michel and Melvin Paunovich

Cohoctah Twp - Supervisor primary between incumbent Mark Fosdick and Aaren Currie. Trustee Primary between Frederick Buckner Sr, William Thurner, and David Brauer.

Conway Twp - Supervisor primary between incumbent Mike Rife and outgoing clerk Cindy Dickerson. Note: Cindy Dickerson supported Democrats Mike Tipton and Mark Schauer. Trustee primary between Richard Kreeger, Lawrence Parsons, George Pushies, Michael Stock, and Eric West.

Genoa Twp - Supervisor open seat primary between former State Rep Bill Rogers, trustee Linda Rowell, and businessman Kevin Spicher. Clerk primary between incumbent Paulette "Polly" Skolarus and attorney/businessman Dan Wholihan. (Note: Polly Skolarus supported Barack, Obama and Obamacare in 2012.) Treasurer primary between incumbent Robin Hunt and former Brighton School Board trustee Nick Fiani. Trustee primary between Terry Croft, Jean Ledford, Diana Lowe, Jim Mortensen, and Todd Smith.

Green Oak Twp - Clerk primary between incumbent Mike Sedlak and challenger Linda Taylor. Trustee primary between Tracey Edry, Richard Everett, Bob Paszko, Dan Rainko, and Jim Tuthill.

Hamburg Twp - Treasurer open seat primary between former trustee Mike Bitondo and outgoing trustee Jason Negri. Trustee primary between Bill Hahn, Annette Koeble, DebKwapisz, Chuck Menzies, and Jim Neilson. Note. Annette Koeble is running as Republican, but was a longtime treasurer for the Livingston County Democrats.

Handy Twp - Trustee primary between Gordon Munsell, Erik Fraser, Dave Roddy, and Linda Tesch.

Hartland Twp - Trustee primary between Matthew Germane, Joseph Colaianne, Glenn Harper, Joe Petrucci, and James Marshall Jr.

Howell Twp - Open seat clerk primary between Jean Graham and Mira Spyres. Trustee primary between Matthew Counts, Dar Howard, Carolyn Eaton, Elizabeth Dean, Harold Melton, Christy Alicandro, and Alice Miller.

Iosco Twp - Trustee primary between Roy DeGroot, Joseph Parker, and Ronald VanHouten.

Marion Twp - Trustee primary between Greg Durbin, Les Andersen, Scott Lloyd, Dan Lowe, Bill Fenton, and Stephen Dault.

Putnam Twp - Supervisor primary between incumbent Ron Rau and businessman Dennis Brennan. Trustee primary between Norm Klein, Dick McCloskey, Bob Press, Amy M Salowitz, Sean Spence, Tom Chambers, and Richard Bennett.

Tyrone Twp - Trustee primary between Cam Gonzalez, Soren Pedersen, Charles Schultz, David Walker, and Allen Pool.

We at LCRP encourage voters to do your homework and support the best candidates to be our nominee for the November election. The easiest way to keep Livingston County Republican is to have good people running our local governments at the county and township level.


 UPCOMING EVENTS:

  • July 11 - LC Board of Commissioners Mtg - 7:30
  • July 14 - LCGOP Summer Social - Howell Nature Center - 7PM
  • July 25 - LC Board of Commissioners Mtg - 7:30
  • Aug 2 - Primary Election
  • Aug 11 - Livingston County GOP Convention (7PM - place to be determined)
  • Aug 26 - GOP State Convention - Grand Rapids
  • Nov 8 - General Election (and a new POTUS)
  • Late Nov/Dec - Livingston County GOP Convention
  • Jan 26, 2017 - Livingston County GOP Convention (7pm - Place TBD)
  • Feb 10-11, 2017 - GOP State Convention

ALLIED AND COMMUNITY EVENTS: 

  • July 12 - Gadsden Center Meet the Candidates event - 7PM Block Brewery, Howell
  • July 25-30 - Fowlerville Fair
  • Oct 11 - Right to Life Focus on Life Dinner - Crystal Gardens

CANDIDATE FUNDRAISER & EVENTS (LCRP MEMBERS): 

  • July 11 - Dr Hank Vaupel Ice Cream Social - Fowlerville VFW - 215 S Detroit St - 6PM
  • July 28 - Lana Theis for State Rep Fundraiser - Gronow Residence - 5:30-7:30 - $75

Note - Announcement of candidate fundraisers does not necessarily constitute an endorsement from LCGOP or any of its officers.


 CONVENTION & PRECINCT DELEGATE UPDATE

(Alternate Title - Control What You Can Control)

We have a record number of precinct delegate candidates this year. Even after expanding the total number of precinct delegates to 390 in our county, we have a large number of contested precinct delegate seats this year. Unfortunately, we can not pick and choose which precincts receive more delegates as all changes have to be collectively across the board in our county determined by the number of votes in each precinct for Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. We can only determine how many total precinct delegates we will have in our entire county. Despite expanding 32 positions overall, four precincts lost a position. Two precincts lost one position due to low off year turnout (Genoa 1, Handy 1). One precinct lost one position due to redistricting by the township clerk (Oceola 1, which lost some of its territory to newly created Oceola 5). One highly contested precinct (Genoa 5) unfortunately lost two positions due to redistricting by the township clerk. Genoa 5 lost 43% of its registered voters to Genoa 10 to replace Genoa 10's territory lost to the newly created Genoa 13. It is unfortunate, since some good people we know will not win.

Precinct delegate is not considered a public office by the Michigan Campaign Finance Act. They are not bound by campaign finance laws. However, precinct delegates are voted upon on the ballot. Nobody is entitled to the position. As PD candidates, we all have to control what we can control in order to win our PD election. When I was contested when I lived in Green Oak (where I had a then 6 year history compared to 26 in Genoa Township), I had a small mailing out to some absentee voters in our precinct and showed up and campaigned at my polling place. I finished in 1st place by 14 votes over last place. Our neighbors make the voting decision. We have to earn their votes. We need to go out and earn them.

Since precinct delegates control party leadership, there are a lot of interests involving themselves in these races. Many are nervous about that. The way to control the influence is to go directly to the voters. Precinct delegate candidates need to control what they can control. Outside mailings and robocalls can not be controlled. However candidates can control their own races. I did some campaigning when I was contested in Green Oak Township and took matters in my own hands. All precinct delegate candidates can do the same thing. I received a precinct delegate mailing from candidates already. Another candidate also reached out to me.

Our county convention will be August 11, 9 days after the primary election. We are working on securing a location. We will have electronic voting there, so this will not be a repeat of the 2014 Fowlerville or the 2015 Marion Twp Convention in regards to time. Please bring your smartphones, tablets, and WiFi hotspots if you are able to do so. Our voting is electronic.

You MUST be at the convention center during the voting period to vote on convention matters per Michigan Republican Party rules. Delegates may not leave the premises and then vote on matters. This is the 2nd time we will use online voting. It was successful last time, and we know where to tweak some things to make it go even better this time.

You can find who in on the ballot at the Michigan Voter Information Center.


 BALLOT PROPOSALS IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY (AUGUST 2, 2016) 

COUNTY OF LIVINGSTON 

COUNTY VETERANS SERVICES PROGRAM PROPOSAL

For the purpose of funding dedicated services and programs to Livingston County veterans of active United States military service and their dependents, including providing funding for the County Department of Veterans' Services, shall the constitutional limitation on general ad valorem taxes which may be assessed in any one (1) year upon all property within the County of Livingston, Michigan, be increased by up to a maximum of an additional 0.139 of one (1) mill ($0.139 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) for the period of six (6) years from 2016 through 2021 inclusive?

If approved and levied in full, this millage will raise an estimated $1,085,574 in the first calendar year of the levy. As required by law, a small portion of the millage may also be disbursed to the Downtown Development Authorities of the Cities of Brighton and Howell, and the Villages of Fowlerville and Pinckney; the Tax Increment Finance Authority of the City of Howell; and the Local Development Finance Authorities of the City of Brighton and the Village of Fowlerville.

BRIGHTON AREA FIRE AUTHORITY

FIRE MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes, which may be levied against all property in Brighton City, Brighton Township and Genoa Township, Livingston County, Michigan be increased to 1.5 mills (an ad valorem tax of $1.50 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for a period of five (5) years, commencing December 1, 2016-2020, inclusive, to now replace the current 1.25 mill levy which expired in December 2015, for the purpose of providing funds to be used for the continuation of fire protection, rescue and other safety services and equipment as authorized by Section 12 of Act 57 of the Public Acts of 1988, as amended, that being MCL 124.612, which new millage, if approved and levied, will raise in the first year of levy an estimated $3,817,917.00?

HAMBURG TOWNSHIP

FIRE DEPARTMENT MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the limitations on taxes which may be levied against all property in Hamburg Township, Livingston County, Michigan be in the amount of 1.75 mill ($1.75 on each $1,000.00 of taxable valuation) for a period of ten (10) years, 2016 to 2025 inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for the operation and capital expenditures of the Hamburg Township Fire Department? If approved by the voters, the estimated revenue that would be collected in the first calendar year is $1,689,835.00.

PUTNAM TOWNSHIP

FIRE MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the tax limitation on all taxable property within the Township of Putnam, Livingston County, Michigan, be increased and the Township be authorized to levy a millage in an amount not to exceed 1.6908 mills ($1.6908 on each $1,000 of taxable value), of which 1.1908 mills is a renewal of the millage rate that expires in 2016 and .5 mill is new additional millage, for six (6) years, 2017 to 2022 inclusive, to provide funds for the purpose of operating, equipping, and purchasing for the fire department or any other fire service purpose authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue the Township will collect if the millage is approved and levied by the Township in the 2017 calendar year is approximately $533,000.

FOWLERVILLE AREA FIRE AUTHORITY

MILLAGE RENEWAL

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied against all property in the Village of Fowlerville, the Township of Handy, the Township of Conway, and the Township of Iosco, Livingston County, Michigan, be increased by 1.5 mills (an ad valorem tax of $1.50 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for four (4) years, for the period December 2016 through December 2019 inclusive for the purpose of funding the operation of and capital equipment, facilities and improvements for the Fowlerville Area Fire Authority and its provision of fire protection and other emergency health and safety services as authorized by Section 12 of Act 57 of the Public Acts of 1988, as amended, that being MCL 124.612, which new millage, if approved and levied,will raise in the first year of levy an estimated $750,000.00.

The following is for information purposes only:

Because the current millage of 1.5 mills, which provided the entirety of the Authority’s funding, expired in December 2015, the Authority is requesting renewal of that millage to allow continued funding and operation of the Fire Authority.

FOWLERVILLE AREA FIRE AUTHORITY

MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied against all property in the Village of Fowlerville, the Township of Handy, the Township of Conway, and the Township of Iosco, Livingston County, Michigan, be increased by 0.2 mills (an ad valorem tax of $0.20 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for four (4) years, for the period December 2016 through December 2019 inclusive for the purpose of funding the operation of and capital equipment, facilities and improvements for the Fowlerville Area Fire Authority and its provision of fire protection and other emergency health and safety services as authorized by Section 12 of Act 57 of the Public Acts of 1988, as amended, that being MCL 124.612, which new millage, if approved and levied, will raise in the first year of levy an estimated $100,000.00.

The following is for information purposes only:

Because the Authority is funded entirely by millage funds and the prior millage is alone insufficient to fully support the operating and capital expenditures of the Authority, an increase of 0.2 mills beyond the prior millage is being requested to achieve full funding and operation of the Fire Authority.

CONWAY TOWNSHIP

ROAD MILLAGE PROPOSITION

Shall the expired previous voted increase in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Section 6, of the Michigan Constitution in Conway Township, of 2.0 mills ($2.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) be renewed at up to 2.0 mills ($2.00 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) and levied for the period of four years beginning in 2016 through 2019 inclusive, for road improvements, road maintenance, and dust control on Conway Township roads, raising in the first year of such levy an estimated $220,907?

OCEOLA TOWNSHIP

RENEWAL OF ROAD MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT MILLAGE

PROPOSAL

The Oceola Township Board of Trustees wishes to renew millage and continue to provide the funding for the improvement, maintenance, and dust control of public roads in the Township of Oceola, County of Livingston, State of Michigan. To renew millage to provide funds for the improvement, maintenance, and dust control of public roads in Oceola Township for a period of five (5) years beginning December 2017 with a millage of Point Nine Eight Two Three (.9823 Mills) ($.9823 per $1,000 of State Taxable Valuation).

Shall the expired previous voted increases in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Oceola Township, of 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value), reduced to .9823 mills ($.9823 per $1,000 of Taxable Value) by the required millage rollbacks be renewed and levied for a period of five (5) years from 2017 through 2021 inclusive, for funding road maintenance, road improvements, and dust control for the public roads of the Township of Oceola, Livingston County, State of Michigan, raising an estimated $521,730 the first year the millage is levied?

HOWELL AREA PARKS AND RECREATION AUTHORITY

MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be levied against all taxable real and personal property in the City of Howell, and the portions of Genoa Township, Howell Township, Marion Township, and Oceola Township which are contained in the Howell Public School District, Livingston County, Michigan, be increased by .75 mill (an ad valorem tax of $.75 per thousand dollars of taxable value) for five (5) years, for the period December 2016 through December 2020 inclusive, .25 mill for the purposes of acquisition, construction, and development of a new community recreation facility and .50 mill for the purposes of funding the Authority’s operation, maintenance, and improvement to public parks, recreation facilities, centers, and programs, and such other related purposes as authorized by Section 5 and Section 11 of Act 321 of 2000, as amended, that being MCL 123.1135 and 123.1141, which millage, if approved and levied, will raise in the first year of levy an estimated $1,550,000.00?

The following is for information purposes only:

This proposal will provide the funding needed by the Howell Area Parks and Recreation Authority to continue to offer and expand current programs, maintain and improve existing facilities, and undertake the critical need of construction and development of a new community recreational facility. This proposal will allow the Authority to meet the parks and recreation needs of our public now and in the future.

GENESEE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT

OPERATING MILLAGE PROPOSAL

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all taxable property in Genesee Intermediate School District be increased by .25 mills ($.25 on each $1,000 of taxable value) for twenty (20) years, calendar years 2016 to 2035, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for lifelong education, adult education, community education, training, and enrichment, and for other operating purposes, in Genesee Intermediate School District? It is estimated that the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2016 will be approximately $2.3 million. Revenues will be disbursed to Genesee Intermediate School District.

MORRICE AREA SCHOOLS

OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy. Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 16.5032 mills ($16.5032 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Morrice Area Schools, Shiawassee, Livingston and Ingham Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2017 to 2026, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2017 is approximately $244,075 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy)?

CHARLES STEWART MOTT COMMUNITY COLLEGE

MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSITION

Shall the previous voted increase in the limitation on the amount of taxes that may be levied by Charles Stewart Mott Community College, Genesee County, Michigan, against all property in the community college district be renewed for a total of .6410 mill (which is equal to $.6410 per $1,000 of taxable value of real and tangible personal property), for a period of 10 years, 2018 to 2027, inclusive, to provide funds for community college purposes? If the .6410 mill increase is approved it is estimated that the college will collect approximately $5.7 million of revenue in the first calendar year it is levied. The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized millage.

WHITMORE LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT

OPERATING MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL

This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of not to exceed 18 mills on all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its revenue per pupil foundation allowance and renews millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy. Shall the currently authorized millage rate limitation of 19.4972 mills ($19.4972 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal residence and other property exempted by law, in Whitmore Lake Public School District, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 10 years, 2017 to 2026, inclusive, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2017 is approximately $2,028,912 (this is a renewal of millage that will expire with the 2016 tax levy)?

WHITMORE LAKE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT MILLAGE PROPOSAL,

BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY

Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property in Whitmore Lake Public School District, Washtenaw and Livingston Counties, Michigan, be increased by and the board of education be authorized to levy not to exceed 1 mill ($1.00 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of 3 years, 2016, 2017 and 2018, to create a sinking fund for the purchase of real estate for sites for, and the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2016 is approximately $335,428?


 OPINION CORNER 

Opinions listed in this section are of the authors themselves and are not necessarily the opinions of the Livingston County Republican Party

ARTICLES AND OPINIONS WELCOME 

This is our 2nd election cycle in which we are running our LCGOP enewsletter. This enewletter is as good as the articles and editorials submitted to it and will most likely be published two or three times a year. If you wish to submit original writings to be included in the next enewsletter, please send your article to Dan Wholihan at dwhol@sbcglobal.net. The one rule we have regarding editorials or articles is to use common sense. We all have brains and are capable of using them. We have "Opinion Corner" if you want to advocate in favor of a stance on a particular issue. You don't have to necessarily agree with my opinion to be published. This is the party of the big tent.

Vote for me August 2nd!

By Dan Wholihan

As this is "Opinion Corner", I am taking my Chair hat off and putting on my candidate hat. I am running for Genoa Township Clerk for three main reasons.

1. The most important reason by far is that the number one responsibility for the clerk's office is our election integrity. Since the 2012 primary, we had issues in all three of these areas:

• Voters should not be improperly removed from voting rolls.

• Non-Citizens should not be voting here

• Valid votes should be counted

2. The 2013 vote on the road millage that would have raised taxes to widen and pave rural dirt roads. I was campaign manager against that ballot proposal as it would raise taxes to destroy my neighborhood.

3. Those who run as Republicans should be Republicans. Our party is a big tent and we do not have to agree on every issue. However I do expect some things from candidates who run under our party. One of the most important is not campaigning on Facebook for Mr. Obama, Mr. Schauer, and Obamacare. I also do not except to see those under our banner refer to our party is racist and committing "sedition and treason.," nor claim that our party does not do things for the average voter. That is dishonest behavior that should not be rewarded.

I am a small business owner and attorney with 15 years of experience in election related activity ranging from campaign finance compliance to representing clients in election hearings, to being a poll challenger, to being the roving attorney for poll challengers. I understand election law and election procedures.

I have been a Republican since 2001 (independent before that) and have been active in the pro-life movement for around the same period. I am proud to receive the endorsement from Right to Life of Michigan-PAC. In my time in the GOP, I've been a chair, treasurer, and delegate. I have a long record on our important issues. Some of it is at danwholihan.com

When elected, I will make sure our election integrity standards are not compromised, our budgets are balanced and prioritized properly, and that our neighborhoods are protected. Thank you and please vote for Dan Wholihan for Genoa Township Clerk this August 2nd, or by absentee ballot before then.