September 20, 2018

James Carabelli

Candidate for Macomb County Commissioner, District 6
(Incumbent)

Republican

Campaign IssuesRCNMC ReviewParty IssuesState/County/Local Issues

Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
I have enjoyed and would like to continue working with the people and problem solving for the betterment of our community. As a life long resident of Shelby Township, I am seeking election to ensure that we have the same opportunities or better that I had growing up here.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
Having worked as a Trustee in Shelby Township for 8 years and as the County Commissioner for the past 4 years under both old and new forms of government, I have knowledge for working with others, fiscal responsibility and balancing a budget in tough times. I also have experience of running a small business in the private sector.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
With property values declining, revenue sharing being decreased; it is imperative to continue with a five year budget plan to maintain our “Triple A” Bond rating and not raising any taxes in Macomb County. Working with Municipalities and eliminating duplicating services and/or consolidating the same.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
One solution would be to continue to benchmark surrounding communities, counties and states. We must strive like in the business world, to be the best. We cannot raise taxes! Elected officials can and must be fiscally responsible.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
As I stated above we need to consolidate services within the municipalities, counties and states.   For example, 911 dispatch, assessing, and Department of Public Works are ways of how communities can share services and keep costs down, as well as, eliminate some legacy cost. Economic development is very important for Macomb County as we come out of this recession.  We need to attract businesses and keep our best and brightest here in Macomb. Government does not create jobs, businesses do. Therefore, keeping low taxes and building on our current infrastructure will help attract new businesses here in Macomb.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I believe in government transparency and think sunlight is the best disinfectant. I have pushed to televise the county board meetings. They are being broadcast over the internet by “live streaming” but I will continue to work with the local colleges to have them “broadcast” our meetings. Therefore, the residents will know how their money is being spent.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
Endorsed by the Right to Life of Michigan Political Action Committee

RCNMC Review

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Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
Because I am a Republican!
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I have been a Republican Precinct Delegate for approximately 14 years. Chairman of the Macomb County Republicans for 4 years (2 terms), Macomb County Republican Executive Board member for approximately 8 years, Alexander Groesbeck Award for Macomb Republican for the year 2004, Michigan Republican Party “Republican of the Year” 2005 and 2006.
What is your position on Obamacare?
It is wrong! I do not support it!
What is your position on abortion?
As a Roman Catholic father of four, member of the Knights of Columbus and a God fearing man it is wrong! (Endorsed by the Right to Life of Michigan Pac)
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
As a member of the NRA, hunter and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps it is our right to bear arms given to us by our fore Fathers!
What is your position on public sector unions?

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
Macomb County has maintained it’s AAA bond rating and it must continue to balance the budget with a 5-year plan and do it with not raising taxes. We continue to have to do more with less. Therefore, we need to provide necessary services to the best of our abilities and eliminate the non mandated services.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
NO!! Casino’s provide temporary jobs for construction and does not economically impact an area in a positive way.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
Forget the politics, we need a 2nd bridge and if we do not build it here. Canada will partner with New York. I hope everyone understands the economic impact of a bridge not being built!
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
I voted for the Zoo (personally at the poll), my family and I go a couple times a year and I think it is important to our region. As far as the DIA, I believe it is also very important to our region. Yet I voted against it twice as a Commissioner, because the prostitution needs to stop with Macomb and Oakland County. They need to start including Washtenaw, St Clair heck all South East Michigan in the cost sharing for these endeavors. Detroit needs to stop coming to Macomb to bail them out. If we are truly a region of Detroit and the institute is important, then everyone needs to participate and do their part to help out. Mark my words; Detroit will have something else for us to help with soon!

Jim Carabelli

Residence: Shelby Township
Marital Status: Married for 18 years
Current Occupation: Vice President of United Lawnscape, Inc. and County Commissioner
Contact Email: Jimcarabelli@comcast.net
Contact Phone: 586-781-3050
Contact Address: 54077 Mound Road, Shelby Township, 48316
Website: see Facebook link
Social Media Links: Facebook

 

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