July 18, 2018

Bryan Ede

Candidate for Macomb County Sheriff

Republican

Campaign IssuesRCNMC ReviewParty IssuesState/County/Local Issues

Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
The Sheriff’s Department has been running under the same control for decades. New ideas are needed, and someone with a business sense is needed to implement them. I have owned and operated four successful businesses in recent years, and I am confident that I can run the department more like a business instead of the financial drain that is now. The Macomb County Sheriff’s Department is in need of a balanced, stable budget, with a focus on maximum efficiency and cost reimbursement. The current administration has increased spending almost 8 million dollars in just 2 short years, with 12 less positions in the Department. Macomb County needs leadership that will streamline operations, put the budget under control, provide excellent police service, and reduce the cost to the taxpayers.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
I spent 6 years working as a police office for City of Detroit Police Department. While in Detroit, I had the opportunity to work under several different capacities – undercover, liquor license enforcement and morality, patrol, traffic enforcement, accident reconstruction (2nd highest trained officer in the Department), motorcycle opatrol, and homeland security. I worked along several jurisdictions including the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, Homeland Security, Customs, Border Patrol, FBI, ATF, DEA, Humane Society, and the Secret Service.

After spending 6 years at the Police Department I had the opportunity to open up an Allstate Insurance Office in 2006. I found my niche in business and quickly excelled to one of the top producing agencies in the Country. In 2008, during the worst economic time our Country experienced in decades, I saw an opportunity to expand and opened a second Allstate Insurance Office, taking 5 people off the unemployment line, and putting them to work full time. In 2010, feeling I hit a glass ceiling; I sold my two Allstate agencies, and opened my first independent insurance agency. Currently I employ 4 full time people, have operations in two States, and have 4 sub agencies running under my guidance.

What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
  1. The Budget — It is unsustainable. Costs keep increasing and the current Democratic administration has been unable and/or unwilling to deal with the real cost drivers for fear of upsetting the status quo.
  2. Inefficiency — Current operating procedures (some governed by union contracts and some not) are completely inefficient and unaffordable. There has been no serious effort to reform the procedures to deal with the financial realities that the County faces.
  3. Increase Police Presence — Crime and blight are on the rise in Macomb County. The Macomb County Sheriff Department needs to increase its involvement with other local police departments in the county. The entire county pays for the Sheriff’s Department, but most residents in the more populous parts of the county really receive no benefit for their tax dollars.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
  1. I would focus on utilizing already established programs to increase revenue in the Department. Primarily collecting and pursuing money owed under the Pay-To-Stay Program that is supposed to recoup money from inmates that served time in the county jail. This will bring millions of dollars in extra revenue to the Department.
  2. The Department is spending hundreds of man hours transporting prisoners to and from local court houses, when we could mandate video arraignment between the jail and local court houses. The Department is also spending millions of dollars on prisoner health care and transporting them to the local hospital. I would expand the current medical facility on site to having full time physicians on staff around the clock. This would be done doing a bid process with a private medical facility — eliminating risk of malpractice on the County. Also, there would be limited transportations to the local hospitals, which creates not only risk of escape, but safety of the population.
  3. By increasing revenue, I would be able to reinvest in more roaming patrols. County wide roving patrols would reduce crime throughout Macomb county, while alleviating pressure on cash-strapped municipal police forces.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
There are several areas within the Sheriff’s Department that are revenue generating. My primary focus is the Pay-To-Stay Program; last year the Department collected approximately $0.40 per day per bed, when they have the ability to collect up to $60 by law per day per bed. The Department is missing out on millions of dollars in revenue in a program that is already setup, which puts more pressure on taxpayers to increase their funding through taxes.

I will partner with the unions to reform archaic work rules that needlessly drive up costs. My goal is to incentive union members by investing cost savings back into the department, thereby providing a higher level of service without increasing the budget. Several of my specific work rule ideas have broad support among union members.

If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I believe governments should provide only essential services – one being Public Safety. As Macomb County Sheriff, I would bring a balanced budget, reduce the taxpayer cost to run the Department, and increase public safety. I would enhance the department’s website, and show taxpayers how and what we are spending money on, along with how much revenue we are generating. There is currently no easy way for a private citizen to determine what the money allotted to the Sheriff’s Department is being spent on. That will certainly change if I am elected.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
No.

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Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
I am running as a Republican because of my belief in limited government as well as my fiscally conservative views.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
None.
What is your position on Obamacare?
We already have government run health care — Medicare and Medicaid. Both which are huge burdens on the State and Federal Governments. The administration could have revamped Medicare and opened it up to everyone. By doing this, you would be bringing a younger group of people paying monthly premiums into the system. Coming from the insurance industry, and understanding risk — this would decrease the average age of the persons using Medicare there by spreading the risk of multiple age groups instead of just the elderly. This would have reduced the burden Medicare has on the taxpayers of the United States.

Obamacare will hurt people small business owners, like myself, extremely hard. This forces another “fee” or “tax” to my business, which will take revenue out of hiring and growing my business. Ultimately, I believe Obamacare will hurt the job market and we will see a downsizing of small businesses.

What is your position on abortion?
As a candidate running for an Executive Branch of the government, I will have no influence or legislative power to pass or repeal any law. I am running for a position as the chief law enforcement officer of a county, and my duty is to uphold the United States Constitution and enforce the laws of this great state and nation.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
I believe in one’s right to bear arms. Michigan is a “shall issue” state for concealed weapons permits, and as sheriff I will ensure that my department provides whatever services to applicants and license holders that were are required to provide in a fast and courteous manor.
What is your position on public sector unions?
As a member of the Detroit Police Department, I was a member of the police union. There is a place for the union in the public sector, and I believe in collective bargaining. This is true especially for members of a police/sheriff department, where officers must be often must take actions that can be unpopular among local politicians and the media. That being said, there has to be a give and take relationship, and the current economic position of the state, county, and even the country demand must be taken into account.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
  1. Budget problems. The County is projected to have a $20 million deficit for 2013 and housing prices are years from rebounding. Macomb County needs to assess the current expenditures and reallocate them accordingly to bring spending under control. The County needs to reach out to the business world and fill the vacant commercial space here.
  2. Crime. County wide we are seeing a dramatic increase in violent crimes. Several municipalities are laying off or not filling dozen of law enforcement positions. Doing more with less, is hard to do when you have to respond from one end of a city to the other, in order to answer a call for help. The Sheriff’s Department could help fill this void, if revenue was increased and resources properly allocated.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
Having a casino will be a burden on the local police departments, primarily the Sheriff’s Department. If the casino pays 100% of the cost to provide a Gaming Unit to the Sheriff�����s Department this could be a way to increase manpower within the Department. I would not be in favor of a Casino if the taxpayers would have to pay into hiring more police personnel.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
I am in favor of expanding the border crossing in Michigan. Working for the Detroit Police Homeland Security Unit, I studied the amount of commerce that utilizes the current bridge. Expanding to a second bridge would bring in more traffic to the border thereby increasing revenue to the State of Michigan.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
Both of these entities are run by the City of Detroit. I do not believe in funding these entities without a regional authority. Detroit is well known for its mismanagement of money and corruption. Until Detroit can prove itself to be a self sufficient, well run machine, that is not on the brink of bankruptcy, I am against giving them more tax dollars so they can misappropriate the funds. I would be for a regional authority for both the DIA and Zoo.

Bryan Ede

Residence: Washington Township
Marital Status: Single
Current Occupation: Insurance Agency Owner
Contact Email: bryan@edeforsheriff.com
Contact Phone: 586-703-4632
Contact Address: 104 S Main Ste 2 Romeo, MI 48065
Website: www.edeforsheriff.com
Social Media Links: Facebook

 

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