January 23, 2022

Paula Filar

Candidate for Shelby Township Trustee


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Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
Shelby Township faces serious financial challenges.  My work as Trustee, combined with my business experience, give me an advantage as we tackle these difficult issues.  I have been part of the solution during my service as Trustee, and I have more to offer in order to build a better township.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
As a private sector business leader, who built a $13 million business, I use my real-world experience to improve our township.  I offer realistic, common-sense solutions to help solve problems.  I care about Shelby and work hard every day to make it a better place for families and businesses.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
The big issues facing us right now are retirement liability, including the unsustainable police and fire pension fund, the retirement health care liability, combined with the reduction in township revenues due to declining property values.  Township officials must address these without raising taxes or decreasing services provided to our residents.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
We have made tremendous progress the last four years to reduce the size, and cost, of government.  We must continue looking for ways to save tax dollars and protect services, and this includes working with our employee unions to provide solutions we need, without extra tax burdens on the people.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
During this current term in office I have been part of a conservative majority board that turned around Shelby Township’s financial picture.  We went from dipping into the surplus during the best of times in 2007 and 2009 by overspending 2 million dollars; to during the worst of times (2008 to 2011) adding over 4 million to the surplus without reducing services.The same methodology needs to be applied going forward.  Smaller Government, more dollars spent giving back to the residents.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I have worked hard for transparency during my past terms in office by proposing changes in processes that make government more transparent.  I fully explain the reasons for my votes to the residents.  I will continue to  fight for transparency and be open with the public.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
N/A.  I have not sought any endorsements.

RCNMC Review

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Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
I have been a Republican for over 40 years.  I am a firm believer in its principals and values.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
Executive Committee member for 12 years.Precinct Delegate 14 years

Membership Chair Macomb County Republicans   2010 to Present

What is your position on Obamacare?
I do not support Obamacare.
What is your position on abortion?
I do not support abortion of any form.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
I support the 2nd Amendment.
What is your position on public sector unions?
I believe the public sector unions should fall in line with private industry, currently government employees earn far more and have far more benefits than people in the private sector.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
As with most communities, Macomb is facing financial issues.  The Township hurts because there is no money for Road Improvements and other infrastructure improvements.  The county handles the roads for Townships and the money is so limited that Township now pick up a share of the burden for roads that were once covered fully by the County.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
I would need to study this issue further, to determine whether the benefit outweighs the impact it would have on the community.
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
I support Governor Snyder.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
I am in favor of the millage because I believe  all communities can benefit by having sound cultural experiences available nearby.  It is too bad that Detroit is not in a position to provide these attractions, however, I believe with the situation we have in Detroit, it is far better for these facilities to be by private groups.

Paula Filar

Residence: Shelby Township
Marital Status: Married
Current Occupation: Retired Staffing Business Owner
Contact Email: pfilar@comcast.net
Contact Phone: 586-615-3993
Contact Address: 5500 24 Mile Rd., Shelby Township  48316
Social Media Links: Facebook


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