July 24, 2014 at 1:00 am


For the Macomb County Commission

Voters must pick individuals with the skills and will to tackle critical county issues

Like most Michigan counties, Macomb faces challenging fiscal problems as it works to balance its budget while providing services to the citizens and benefits to its retirees.

The county needs leaders who will make tough decisions to keep those priorities in balance. Voters in the Aug. 5 primary should look for candidates with strong financial skills and management experience.

Macomb Board of Commissioners

Four of the 13 county commission districts feature competitive primary races. Our recommendations are:

District 1 (Warren): Democratic Incumbent Toni Moceri, Warren, is not seeking reelection, setting up an interesting three-way race for the Democratic spot on the November general election ballot. Former county commissioner Andrey Duzyj of Warren is the best choice. His experience and his strong position on balancing the budget gives him the edge over Democratic opponents Bill Barnwell and Jeremy Fisher, both also of Warren.

District 4 (Sterling Heights): Ron Babin should be the Republican nominee to face incumbent Democrat David Flynn in the general election. Joel Thomas is the other GOP contender. All three are from Sterling Heights. Flynn is unopposed in the primary.

Babin is self-employed and has been doing small business consulting since 1997. He previously was an assistant controller for a local manufacturer. He supports privatizing services to save money, when possible.

District 5 (Sterling Heights): Two Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination. Casey Petz gets the endorsement over Maria Grot. Both are from Sterling Heights. Petz vows to work on bipartisan solutions to improving services without raising taxes.

The winner takes on Incumbent Democrat Robert Mijac, of Sterling Heights, who is unopposed in the primary.

District 11 (Fraser and Roseville): In another race where a Republican hopes to unseat a Democratic incumbent, Arlene Edmonds of Roseville is going against Mark Henry of Fraser for the GOP nomination. The primary winner faces incumbent Kathy Tocco of Fraser, who is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Edmonds has a financial background with experience as an accountant for the Dearborn Housing Commission.

Her background and fiscally conservative views make her a good candidate for commissioner.