January 23, 2018

James Tignanelli

Candidate for Bruce Township Supervisor
(Incumbent) 

Republican

Campaign IssuesRCNMC ReviewParty IssuesState/County/Local Issues

Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
I am running for township supervisor because during my first three plus years in the position I have been directly involved in a number of significant changes that are just now starting to mature.  I would like to continue in the position so that I might see these changes make the desired improvement to our township and its government while engaging in additional programs that are now on the horizon.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
I have worked in both the public and private sector, for nearly 18 years as a police officer and, more recently, as president of an organization that employs more than 25 people.  I have prepared budgets and learned to operate within the means provided me.  I have more than twenty years of experience in ordinance enforcement mediation, arbitration and contract preparation.  I have proven that I can perform the tasks as supervisor which are complex and require a person who is self-motivated in many areas.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
The top three issues of concern to me are development of our industrial and commercial districts; reducing a $7 million sewer debt; defending and protecting our township’s master plan.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
I have already begun solution of the sewer debt by adding customers to the program while reducing tap fees and utilization costs to many of our parcel owners.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
I have proven an ability to cut spending by reducing cost of government more than 25% since 2007.  We maintain a very talented, mostly part-time staff of people that are able to work nearly every work station in the township.  I surround myself with smart people and I listen to what they say.  We shop efficiently.I ministered over the installation of city water to a one-mile stretch of our industrial park which has already brought new business in and more is forthcoming.  Businesses build our tax base and become users of a sewer system that is very expensive and lightly utilized.  It is currently being paid for by people who are prohibited from using it.  That is unfair to everyone.I have defended our planned future by representing the township in circuit court against well-funded developers that would have caused a dramatic change in our rural atmosphere and beautiful neighborhoods.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
When I was first elected, there was evidence of special deals in assessing and ordinance enforcement areas.  We now apply an open and consistent system with open meetings and ideas discussed and voted on publicly.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
I have received the endorsement of Congresswoman Candice Miller and County Executive Mark Hackel.

RCNMC Review

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Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
I am running as a Republican because the party best represents my core values on limited government, our basic rights as provided constitutionally and personal values.  Unlike some others, I have consistently represented myself as a republican conservative.  While the party has, from time to time, drifted from what I consider their core constituents, it continues to best represent me legislatively.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I was active in the campaigns of John Engler and Dick DeVos and have been a regular attendee of the Romeo Area Tea Party.  I ran for 31st district house representative in 1994 against a 16 year incumbent democrat in a very democrat district.  While I was unsuccessful in my attempt, I campaigned hard and did force the incumbent to work hard to maintain her position.
What is your position on Obamacare?
I believe Obamacare should be repealed in its entirety.  It will prove to be overtly expensive and to provide inadequate healthcare.  The private sector was doing fine and should have been left alone.
What is your position on abortion?
I am pro life.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
I support the second amendment and believe in a person’s right to defend him or herself.
What is your position on public sector unions?
I think there is a legitimate need for public sector unions if they possess proper leadership.  Public employees, particularly police and fire officers need to have good benefits and a safe work environment because of the many dangerous issues they confront while protecting us.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
The two biggest issues facing Macomb County today revolve around the reduction in property values and high unemployment.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
I think the casinos that are currently operating have proven an ability to co-exist in an attractive and safe way and have produced significant revenues without government subsidies.  Under the right circumstances, a casino in Macomb County could be a valuable asset by bringing those who reside outside our county into it.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
I always encourage competition but believe it is best provided by the private sector, not the government.  If a second bridge is needed, let the private sector decide and let them build it if there is a need.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
I oppose special millages like the DIA or Zoo millage.  It confiscates money from many people who have no interest in attending.  If the DIA and the Zoo attract enough people, they will be able to pay their own way.  Subsidizing only leads to poor spending habits.  Successful businesses do not need government support.

Jim Tignanelli

Residence: Bruce Township
Marital Status: Married
Current Occupation: Township Supervisor
Contact Email: Jtignanelli@brucetwp.org
Contact Phone: 313-610-9226
Contact Address: 11801 Francesca Court, Bruce Township, Michigan
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