LEAGUES OF WOMEN VOTERS

OF WAYNE COUNTY

WAYNE COUNTY RACES

ABOUT THIS GUIDE The Leagues of Women Voters of Wayne County contacted candidates for
biographical information and answers to questions on selected issues. The answers are printed as submitted and have not been edited, (nor spelling corrected), except for some abbreviations, and necessary cutting when replies exceeded the stated word limitations, indicated by an ellipsis (…). Publication of this Voter Guide is solely in the interest of public service and in no way is to be construed as an endorsement by the League of Women Voters. The League takes no responsibility for any of the views or facts stated by the candidates. Candidates are listed in alphabetical order. This guide covers only the county-wide races for all residents of Wayne County. State candidates are included in the separate LWV-Michigan Voter Guide available on line at www.lwv-mich.org. Local information is also available by contacting local leagues, LWV-Dearborn-Dearborn Heights at 313-278-6476 or www.lwvddh.org , LWV-Northwest Wayne County at 734-421-4420 or www.lwvnww.org, LWV-Grosse Pointe at 313-343-0771, LWV-Detroit at 313-392-VOTE or www.lwvofdetroit.org LWV Wayne County Voter Guide Editor: Betsy Cushman ©LWV-Dearborn-Dearborn Heights 2004

Prosecuting Attorney: 4-yr. term
The candidate was asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words.

(elect 1)

What efforts would be taken by your office to ensure that the law is enforced in a humane and just manner?

(unopposed) What new methods or technology would you advocate to prosecute crime more effectively?

How can the county achieve an appropriate balance between ensuring homeland security and preserving individual liberties?

Kym L. Worthy
Democrat Did not respond

County Clerk: 4-yr. term
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words.

(elect 1)
Discuss the implementation of the “Help America Vote Act” (HAVA) in Wayne County. There is nothing to dicuss. People who are elected to serve the people should do just that. Serve & take pride in what they have pledged to do. What new methods or technology would you advocate to improve the services of the County Clerk? Be accessible upgrade everything that is needed as far as up-to-date equipment, be open and susceptible to the needs of your constituents. Accept & live up to your responsibilities.

How could voter participation be increased?

Lanell Buffington
Republican I cannot summarize my background or any part of my 32 years of service in 50 words. I have been involved in so much and still am. My education is continuous. I am still servicing people and my community. Please call me for all other information (313) 8709244.

By giving people the incentive to vote through good service and truth. Let them know that we do have a democracy.

Cathy M. Garrett
Democrat Did not respond

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County Sheriff: 4-yr. term
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words.

(elect 1)
What initiatives would you undertake to work with the community to cut crime? Continue to allow lawabiding citizens in Wayne County to carry concealed weapons without being hassled by 2nd Amendment Right enemies in high places. What would you like to change about the county jail system?

Discuss your priorities for Homeland Security in Wayne County.

Robert F. Czak
U.S. Taxpayers I was a high school graduate in Detroit’s St. Andrew’s R.C. school. I was trained as a military policeman in the early sixties with stockade and P.O.W. camp experience. I consider myself to be competent with personnel handling.

See question #2. I consider the Patriot Act and Homeland Security an infraction of our Bill of Rights as soverign Americans and Michiganders. These two decrees infringe on our 4th Amendment rights and should be gotten rid of.

Having never been in a Wayne County jail I would have to take a hard look at its current state of affairs and act accordingly.

Warren C. Evans
Democrat Over the last 34 years, Warren Evans has worked in virtually every area in law enforcement, including a prosecutor, and has held every rank within the Sheriff’s Office. As Sheriff he has created programs that have led to the arrest of 5,000 fugitive felons, 53 Internet sex predators, and the rescue of 250 missing children.

Through a federal grant, my office has stationed deputies near the ambassador bridge and along the river to provided an added layer of security at our border. My plan is to continue that presence. I also am working to upgrade our communications system so we are compatible with other agencies in our region.

I am a believer in community policing. I would continue to actively meet with citizens groups and businesses owners to better understand their policing needs. I have developed a strong community relations unit staffed with officers who provide residents training on everything from school safety to Senior Citizen safety to Internet safety.

Now that we no longer have an overcrowding issue at our jails that house pretrial felons, I am planning to implement “Virtual Visits” as a way to enhance safety at the jail and convenience for friends and family of people who are being detained. This video conferencing approach also will save taxpayers money.

Bill Lucas
Republican Vice Squad officer New York P.D., Special Agent FBI, Wayne County Sheriff- elected, First Wayne County Executiveelected, Recorders Court Judge, Circuit Court Judge-elected. Manhattan College B.S., Fordham University Juris Doctor, Harvard FellowHarvard University.

Establish direct contact with Office of Homeland Security to be kept updated on the following: Safety threats; Updated training techniques; Enable deputies to quickly recognize potential dangers; Provide and train in latest detection equipment; Instruct on proper method of securing sensitive targets; Strictly adhere to budgetary requirements.

Aggressively pursue predators who willfully prey on our seniors and our children; Actively pursue dead-beat parents who fail to meet parental responsibilities; Urge local municipalities to tear down abandoned houses that are a haven for drugdealers rapists and other criminals; Provide protection for neighborhood businesses and instruct them in methods of …

Reconsider contracting with private organizations to house non-violent offenders; Continue negotiations for tri-county jail facility that could be paid by housing federal prisoners and serving as emergency backup for counties; Increase use of video arrangements; Negotiations with local police agencies for prisoner pickup and delivery to downtown facilities

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County Treasurer: 4-yr. term
The candidate was asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. Raymond J. Wojtowicz Democrat I am a democrat and lifelong resident of the City of Hamtramck. In the private sector, I was employed in the aerospace industry for 18 years. I was elected as trustee of WCCC in the mid-sixties, and from 1970-1973 I served mayor of the City of Hamtramck. In August of 1976, I was elected Treasurer of …

(elect 1) (unopposed) Discuss your priorities Delinquent taxes are a should you become burden on the county. Treasurer of Wayne How would you address County. this issue?
As County Treasurer, I am honored that I have been entrusted with voter confidence to continue providing public service to the taxpayers of Wayne County. It is my goal to continue with the procedural and operational enhancements of my office to better serve the public. The taxes are not a burden on the County. For the past 27 years, the Treasurer has provided significant cash flow benefits to local units of government in the County through its delinquent tax revolving fund. The delinquent tax revolving fund originally was created by resolution of the County Board of Commissioners and is administered by the County Treasurer…

How should the treasurer be involved in the budget process?

On an annualized basis, the treasurer is involved in the departmental budget process. Estimates of revenue and operational expenditures are required for consideration and approval by the County Commission. During my tenure, I have always maintained my office, operating within its allocated budget.

Register of Deeds: 4-yr. term
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. Willie J. Cambell Republican Willie Cambell attended the University of Colorado while serving in the US Air Force; received a B.A. from Wayne State in Psychology. 11 years as a Banker, 16 years as a Social Worker and 15 years as a Real Estate Broker. He is Executive Director of Core City Neighborhoods, a community development corporation providing affordable new homes … See next page ►

(elect 1)
How would you improve access to records without jeopardizing privacy? What would you do to streamline the process and improve the timeliness of recording real estate documents in Wayne County? Currently there is a policy of rejecting batches of documents submitted by title companies if there is just one defective document in the group. I will change that practice, and process recordable documents while rejecting only the defective documents. You deserve a system that does not require waiting a year for a recorded warranty deed…

What is the most important role of the Register of Deeds?

The most important role of the Register of Deeds is to assure accuracy and efficiency in the process of recording and preserving Wayne County documents.

Four years ago I advocated for internet access to Register of Deeds documents, and now I am pleased to see that finally there is movement in that direction, but the current system is too slow. I would put a better data base system in place, train all staff for a higher level of …

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Bernard J. Youngblood Democrat Born in Detroit and raised in Wayne County, I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree from Wayne State University in Business Management in 1973. I have been a Michigan Real Estate Licensee since 1974, and in addition, during my business career have received patents in the United States and Canada.

The most important role of the Register of Deeds’ Office is to record, maintain, and provide search capabilities for documents affecting the land records data of a property owner’s most valued possession. As mandated by the State, we provide search capabilities to recorded data referencing property records both by remote and on-site access.

Documents submitted and accepted as recordable in form become public record once recorded and are, by state statue, available for inspection and reproduction. Privacy issues are regulate by the State legislature.

I am working diligently with the land title industry, technology providers, employees, and county departments to provide on-time recording capabilities, protection of property records, Internet search access and first class customer service. My background in private business has driven me to provide a quality product in the most efficient manner.

COUNTY-WIDE JUDICIAL RACES
Circuit Court - Non-Incumbent Judge: 6-yr. term (elect 1)
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. What is your general judicial philosophy? Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation? Yes, they do. This understanding starts with clear, timely decisions from our judges. In addition to the forums and juror briefings, punctuality of the judge and staff, openness of the courtroom and courtesy toward litigants, jurors and attorneys enhance it, by removing the mystery that generally surround the proeedings. If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation? A Judge must remain impartial, even in the presence of poorly represented litigants. Reprimand of poorly prepared or ineffective lawyer during proceedings will benefit the already capitalizing opponent and destroy that impartiality. If, ineffectiveness of counsel affects the outcome of a trial, a new trial motion should be entertained.

James A. Callahan
Born December 24, 1941, Chicago, Illinois. Detroit Metropolitan Bar Rating: Well Qualified. Married with two children; U.S. Navy Veteran; Retired Social Studies Teacher; Trial Attorney since 1972. B.A. in History– University of Illinois 1967; Teaching Certification WSU 1969; J.D. Detroit College of Law 1972; Licensed in Michigan, Illinois and Florida Bars See next page ►

Decisions should be timely, well thought out and in conformity with Statutes, Case Law and Court Rules. The law is a way disputes between parties are resolved without violence. It is the role of a Judge to fairly and equitably apply the law to the facts presented with the understanding and compassion to bring closure to the issue …

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Lynne A. Pierce
12 years-Municipal Judge –Grosse Pointe Woods; Former Managing Attorney–UAW-Ford Legal Services; 1979– Detroit College of Law, cum laude; 1975–U of M, with honors; Past president, AAUW; Member, League of Women Voters; Initiated “Critical Life Choices” program at high schools; Endorsed by Detroit Free Press and News

I believe in treating all persons involved in the legal system with dignity and respect, regardless of their station in life. Every person is entitled to their day in court. A judge must be honest, decisive, tough and hard-working. Each case must be evaluated on its own merits.

Judges can and should improve the public’s perception of the judicial system by communicating regularly with the media and reaching out to the community in a variety of ways. Public forums, mock trials, courtroom visits, outreach programs, and opinion editorials are some of the ways this can be done.

An adjournment, with an admonishment to the attorney, may be sufficient. If the problem is serious, an inquiry to the attorney may result in a withdrawal of the attorney from the case. Reporting the attorney to the Attorney Grievance Commission may be warranted in extreme cases.

Circuit Court - Incumbent Judge: Term ending 1/1/07
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. What is your general judicial philosophy?

(elect 2)
If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation? In court, litigation can be very expensive, time consuming and emotional for the parties involved, thus I would initially determine if the matter could be resolved without hurting the poorly represented party. If not, I would adjourn the matter and appoint new counsel if the situation warranted itself. Finally, I would privately determine if the lawyer …

Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation? Judges have an obligation to educate the community so that the courts are demystified and open to everyone. I am a frequent speaker at career days, graduations, community forums, neighborhood associations and churches. It is crucial that judges take off their robes and go into the communities they serve.

Edward Ewell, Jr.
I graduated from the University of Michigan and Wayne State Law School. I am a judge on Wayne County Circuit Court, Criminal Division. My background and experience span over twenty (20) years including: Law Clerk to the Hon. Damon J. Keith; Associate at Pepper Hamilton, LLC; Assistant U.S. Attorney; and General Counsel for Wayne County.

My judicial philosophy initially stems from the “Golden Rule” – treat everyone connected with my courtroom the way I would want to be treated. After that, be on time, fair, call it like I see it and consistent. Finally, justice should be balanced with mercy.

Millicent Sherman
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Leslie Kim Smith
JD from U of D in 1982; Asst. Mich. State Atty. Gen 1983-1986; Elected to the 30th Dist. Ct. in 1986; Dist. Ct. Judge for the 30th (and Chief Judge as well) from 1987-2003; App’t. by the Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm to the 3rd Cir. Ct. in 2003; Presently serving as a 3rd Cir. Ct. Judge, assigned to the Fam. Div., Juv. Ct.

Those who appear before me must be treated with dignity and respect and afforded an opportunity to be heard. The best interest of the children is given paramount importance. Utilization of resources to effectuate the remediation the families’ that appear before me so they can become a fully functioning, and capable of caring for their children’s needs.

Yes, only then can we have the reasonable expectation of full participation in the judicial system. With understanding comes respect. A judge should spend time in the community explaining what she or he does and how it may impact the audience to which he or she is speaking.

An unprepared attorney maybe reported to the State Bar of Michigan. I would not allow a matter to proceed with an unprepared attorney as it is a violation of the Professional Cannons of Conduct. Unfortunately, parties may be bound by their free choice of an ineffective attorney.

Circuit Court - Incumbent Judge: 6-yr. term
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. What is your general judicial philosophy?

(elect 19) unopposed] Do judges have an If you observed a party obligation to improve in your courtroom public understanding being poorly of the courts? If so, represented by an how should they carry unprepared or out that obligation? ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation?

Margie R. Braxton Did not respond James R. Chylinski Did not respond Sean F. Cox Did not respond Gershwin Allen Drain Did not respond Maggie W. Drake Did not respond Patricia Susan Fresard Did not respond Sheila Gibson Manning Judge of Wayne County Circuit Court, Family Division – Juvenile Section. Family Division Judge – six years. Previously Presiding Judge of Family Division – Domestic Section and Juvenile Section. Developed and oversee Juvenile Court (S.T.A.N.D.) Drug Court Program. Member of numerous judicial and civic associations. Also sits on various boards. See next page ►

Everyone is entitled to access to the Courts and in doing so all individuals should be treated fairly and equitably. A common sense approach within the confines of the law should be utilized in administering justice.

Judges are elected to serve the community. Our obligation is to ensure that members of the community have fair and adequate access to the judicial process. We should ensure that individuals are aware of all services and programs that are available and be available to address concerns in public forums.

Individuals should be afforded their day in Court with adequate representation. I would either give counsel an opportunity to adequately prepare and then present their case. Also, I would provide any assistance to the litigants to ensure that their needs are being met and would replace counsel if necessary.

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Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words.

What is your general judicial philosophy?

Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation?

David Alan Groner Presently, I serve as a Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit Court /Criminal Division for the County of Wayne, State of Michigan. I attended U of M (1975-1979) and received my BA Degree in History. In addition, I attended U of D School of Law from (1981-1985) and received my JD Degree and was admitted to the Bar … Cynthia Gray Hathaway Did not respond Diane Marie Hathaway Did not respond Michael Hathaway Did not respond Timothy M. Kenny 3rd Circuit Court Judge1996- present; currently serving in the Criminal Division; Co- Chief Judge 2001-2003; former chief trial attorney for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office; former special assistant U.S. Attorney; Board of Director’s member, IrishAmerican Lawyers; adjunct professor of criminal justice at Madonna University; B.A. U of M; J.D. University of Minnesota Kathleen I. Macdonald Did not respond Bruce U. Morrow Did not respond John A. Murphy Did not respond

Everyone who appears before me should be treated the same regardless of their background or social status.

Yes, Judges are public officials and their salaries are paid by the citizens of the county for which they are serving. Judges should speak to citizen groups whenever possible and expose themselves to the citizens so as to educate them about our legal system.

If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation? This poses a very complicated situation because Judges should not interfere with lawyers who have been chosen by clients to represent them.

Judges should enforce the law as enacted by the legislature, unless the law is unconstitutional. Judges should not substitute their opinions or viewpoints for the will of the people as expressed by their legislative representatives. Judges should enforce and interpret the law; they should not make the laws.

Judges should use every opportunity to explain how our justice system functions. Frequently, judges speak at neighborhood association meetings, candidate nights, and community cable television programs. Judges should continue to use opportunities such as these to educate the public about our court system.

Parties represented by counsel have every right to expect that their attorneys will be capable and prepared. In the criminal division, unprepared or incompetent court appointed trial attorneys should be removed by the judge and replaced with more diligent counsel.

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Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words.

What is your general judicial philosophy?

Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation?

Lita Helene Popke B.A. 1980, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana; Juris Doctor 1983 U of D Law School; Private practice 19832000; Circuit Court Judge (Family Division), 2000-present; Member: Executive Committee, Child Support Leadership Council, MJI Academic Advisory Committee, Schoolcraft College Development Authority; Speaker: Institute for Continuing Legal Education, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Jeanne Stempien Did not respond Brian R. Sullivan Judge, Wayne County Circuit Court, 1999 – present; Presiding Judge, Criminal Division, 2004; Director, Holy Trinity Legal Clinic 19791999; J.D. cum laude DCL; Instructor, DCL 1983-1990; Member, Standing Committee on Grievance, Civil Jury Instructions, State Bar President, Irish American Lawyers; Bachelor of Philosophy, with distinction, WSU. MIRA, Board of Directors. Isidore B. Torres Did not respond

Judges, attorneys and litigants have reciprocal obligations to treat each other with respect and dignity by being timely, courteous and wellprepared. Judges must follow the law and apply it equally to all.

I don’t know if judges have an “obligation”, but everyone benefits when such an understanding exists. Many Judges become involved in their communities. The commitment to understanding the legal system must exist on both the part of the court and the public. Voters need to be informed about judicial candidates and not vote based on reasons unrelated …

If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation? Litigants should be extremely careful in the selection of a qualified attorney. They should ascertain the attorney’s expertise and seek recommendations. Once an attorney is retained, the court is very limited in its ability to address the quality of the representation.

The role of the judge is to follow and apply the law. It is imperative that the parties to a law suit be given a full opportunity to be fairly heard on the issues in the case. The parties are entitled to a timely, fair ruling on their case.

Judges have an obligation, under the code of Judicial Conduct, to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary. Part of that function is to improve the public understanding of the courts through writing, teaching and speaking. Such activities should not detract from the dignity of the office nor interfere with the performance of judicial duties.

A judge must be very careful not to interfere in the lawyer and client relationship. If the attorney is unprepared, the matter can be adjourned so the attorney can prepare. The law provides some limited remedies for egregious errors.

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Circuit Court - Non-Incumbent Judge: Term ending 1/1/07 (elect 1)
The candidate was asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. What is your general judicial philosophy? Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation?

(unopposed) If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation?

David J. Allen
Did not respond

Probate Court - Incumbent Judge: 6-yr. term
Candidates were asked to provide biographical information and answer 3 questions. All answers restricted to 50 words. What is your general judicial philosophy?

(elect 2) (unopposed) Do judges have an obligation to improve public understanding of the courts? If so, how should they carry out that obligation?

Milton L. Mack, Jr.
I have served as Chief Judge of the Wayne County Probate Court since 1998 and as a Probate Judge since 1990. In 2003, I was appointed by Governor Granholm to serve on Michigan’s Mental Health Commission. I am a past President of the Michigan Probate Judges Association and a graduate of EMU and WSU.

The Probate Court’s purpose is to help those least able to help themselves. I endorse this principal. I also believe every person who comes to court has the right to be heard with dignity and respect and that all matters should be handled expeditiously. As Chief Judge I make every effort to …

Yes. I am a frequent speaker on legal issues to judges, attorneys and layperson in addition to educating the media. I also participate in community activities where appropriate. I also work with the legislature and the Supreme Court to recommend revisions in the law based on my experience as a judge.

If you observed a party in your courtroom being poorly represented by an unprepared or ineffective lawyer, how would you handle the situation? In my 14 years on the bench I have had very few experiences with this. When I have, I have called the attorney in chambers if appropriate or have referred the matter to the Attorney Grievance Commission. When faced by such a situation, I first make sure the interests of the protected person are protected.

Cathie B. Maher
Did not respond

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