September 19, 2018

Paul Okoniewski

Candidate for Bruce Township Trustee
(Incumbent)

Republican

Campaign IssuesRCNMC ReviewParty IssuesState/County/Local Issues

Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
I am a Bruce Township resident since 1986; for the past 16 years, I have worked with local officials, farmers and developers to control growth, through a well thought-out Master Plan. As a member of the Bruce Township Planning Commission, I have worked to help change restrictive ordinances and provide guidelines to those that have been openly broad. I helped enact zoning to preserve agricultural areas and open spaces, and reduce nuisance lighting from developments and commercial areas. I support a sidewalk on the east side of Van Dyke from Kaeding Road to 33 Mile to connect our parks. In addition to having earned several academic degrees and professional certifications, I am a skilled trades journeyman and a Certified Project Manager Professional with over 33 years’ experience working with diverse skill-sets and managing large budgets. I believe that it is extremely important for the Trustee to represent all Bruce Township residents and that  Bruce Township should be known as the “Premiere Model” in Macomb County for Preserving the Rural Character, Culture and Heritage of its Community.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
I believe that it is extremely important for the Trustee to represent all Bruce Township residents.
Bruce Township Planning Commission 2000 – Present
Bruce Township Trustee 2011 – Present
Bruce Township Open Space & Agricultural Preservation Task Force 1996-1999
Macomb County Agricultural PDR Committee 2002-2004
Masters Degree in Information Management
Bachelors Degree in Business Management
Certified Project Manager Professional
Skilled Trades Journeyman
Boy Scouts of America (44 years)
Capuchin Retreat Captain (Washington Township, 17 years)
Macomb County Volunteer of the Year (2002)
Published Author (Non-fiction) Publish America
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
  1. Maintaining and strengthening our industrial and commercial areas to offset the structural costs of the township that all residents bear.
  2. Improved maintenance of our gravel roads and a plan to limestone all our dirt roads by 2020.
  3. Simplify processes and provide choices to residents for community services.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
By working with local, county and state officials, residents, farmers and developers to bring new business and improved services to the township while controlling growth through the township Master Plan.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
Work within the means and budget of the township while streamlining unnecessary and redundant processes.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I am currently involved in improving the township website which will have quick-links to township data, forms and other pertinent information; much more than is currently available.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.

RCNMC Review

No additional information at this time.

Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
The Republican Party’s platform is aligned closer to my beliefs and values than other parties.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I ran in 2004 and 2008 as a Republican candidate for Bruce Township Trustee.
What is your position on Obamacare?
Greatly reduce its directives and burdens, especially the mandate to carry insurance or be penalized. This is clearly unconstitutional despite the Supreme Court ruling. Identify and restructure the good aspects, such as, ability to carry-over coverage and cannot be denied for pre-existing conditions.
What is your position on abortion?
Against; the “choice” is in the action prior to the baby being conceived.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
Strongly support.
What is your position on public sector unions?
The founders of the labor movement viewed unions as a vehicle to get workers more of the profits they help create. Government workers, however, don’t generate profits. They merely negotiate for more tax money. When government unions strike, they strike against taxpayers. F.D.R. considered this “unthinkable and intolerable.”

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
The road commission is not properly maintaining the dirt roads in the more rural parts of the county; especially grading with a proper crown and brush clearing. There should be a budgeted plan to limestone all the dirt roads in Macomb County by 2020.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
No; should be a Casino-free zone.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
Don’t have enough details to provide an informed response.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
These facilities should be self-sustaining; however, when county or tri-county millages are passed; residents of these counties should get a discount to these facilities since they are subsidizing the facility. Absolutely no millage should ever be in perpetuity.

Paul Okoniewski

Residence: Bruce Township
Marital Status: Married
Current Occupation: Project/Program Manager General Motors
Contact Email: pokoniewski@brucetwp.org
Contact Phone: 586-899-5699
Contact Address: 71970 Lassier Rd. Bruce Twp., MI 48065
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Social Media Links: Facebook

 

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