December 14, 2018

Dan O’Leary

Candidate for Washington Township Supervisor
(Incumbent) 

Republican

Campaign IssuesRCNMC ReviewParty IssuesState/County/Local Issues

Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
To finish the job my team and I started four years ago of turning around the financial condition of the township, attracting new business, and restoring confidence in local government.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
I am not a politician.  I have 20 years of diverse industry experience managing financial, operational and strategy roles giving me a broad and deep perspective.  A deeply rooted common sense conservative belief system drives my decision making.  I earned my CPA at Arthur Andersen and held various positions within the energy industry including Controller, Director of Finance,  Loss prevention Director, Quality Director, Director of Midstream Marketing, and various other roles.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
  1. Overcoming threats to our dramatic financial turnaround including a potential double dip recession, the tendency of higher levels of governments to push their costs down to the local level, and the unionized environment.
  2. Creating the right environment to attract new business to increase jobs, amenities and taxable value.
  3. Balancing the financial challenges against the need to make deliberate and selective investments in key infrastructure such as roads, sewers, and other facilities.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
  1. Continue to reduce regulatory barriers and red tape around sign ordinances, planning and zoning processes and permitting processes.
  2. Evaluate joint ventures with other governmental entities where appropriate.  Eliminate any that are not generating the intended savings and service levels.
  3. Reduce cost of services, not the services themselves, by continuing to bring government pay and benefits in line with the private sector.
  4. Make deliberate, selective, and carefully considered investments in roads, sewer, water ( including a tower) and other amenities.
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
We will continue to maintain low taxes and keep government costs down by continuing to bring government pay and benefits in line with the private sector.  Our efforts to date in this have allowed us to reduce the COST of services without decreasing the services themselves.  In addition, we will help customers hedge the costs of skyrocking Detroit Water bills by considering building a water tower.  We will evaluate new joint ventures to save money and discontinue any failed old joint ventures that are not having the intended service and financial impacts.  We will maintain our practice of using seasonal and paid on call resources in various departments to deal with peak workloads rather than adding substantial full time staff.  Finally we will continue to create a friendly business environment so that the tax burden can be spread over a higher taxable value.
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
I will continue to foster an open environment at board meetings, speaking directly to my residents, taking care to explain every decision the board makes so that they understand the nature of the challenges, the options we considered, and the outcomes we achieved.  I will continue to provide detailed financial and service updates to my residents on our status through the township website, my political website, and updates that I send annually to residents at my own personal cost.
Have you received any endorsements?  If so, please list.
I did not seek any as I have no opponent.  My dog Paco loves me.

RCNMC Review

Dan O’Leary is an active member of the RCNMC.

Party Issues

Why are you a running as a Republican?
The Republican party provides the best platform for my conservative philosophy of the two parties and has been my choice of party for my entire adult life.
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
I have been a Republican all my life, having contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Republican, conservative and pro-life causes.  I have knocked on doors for Republicans, worked in phone banks, and governed in a conservative, Republican style.  The Republican party provides the best platform for my conservative philosophy of the two parties.
What is your position on Obamacare?
Repeal it in its entirety.  Replace it with true reform of legal liability that drives costs for consumers.
What is your position on abortion?
I am pro-life.  Freedom  of choice and protection of life are two values American’s hold dear.  They do not contradict each other on this issue.  Individual choice, while typically guarded by those of us who are conservative, ends where your choices clash with the rights of others.  I have the right to freedom of speech but not the right to walk into a crowded restaurant and yell “FIRE” for no reason.  For sexual reproduction we all have a choice of avoiding parenthood up to the moment of conception.  After that, one’s right to freedom of choice surrenders to the unborn’s right to life.
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
I own a firearm.  Firearms are nothing more than a tool like a drill or a circular saw – potentially dangerous if misused but for which I bear personal responsibility.  I believe American’s have the right to protect themselves, to hunt, and to make it difficult for an oppressive government to squash the will of the people.  That said, I believe that reasonable measurers around registration are no more a threat to my rights than registering my vehicle.  With rights come responsibilities.
What is your position on public sector unions?
Public sector unions should be outlawed.  Unlike the private sector, there is no healthy debate between management and union in the public sector.  Unions use their public sector clout and money to elect candidates who then negotiate sweetheart deals with the unions.  There is no check in this process which is why government pay went up over 10 years by double digits while private sector pay went down as much over the same period.  In the private sector there is a healthy negotiation between combative parties in a union setting.  This does not exist in the public sector.  They should be eliminated.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
A mismatch between funds available for roads vs the cost of maintaining our roads (given our current high cost structure driven by the gap between private and public pay and benefits).An unattractive business climate driven by the high cost of government, the high cost of a highly unionized environment, and the tendency to overregulate.If I may add a third – the tendency of political figures to spend all of their time and our money promoting their own faces rather than courageously dealing with the issues above.
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
My opinion on this is coming together as I hear more about the issue.  The proposal being developed would generate jobs, generate substantial dollars for emergency services and keep some Macomb County money out of Detroit and Windsor.  However, I struggle with the hugely detrimental impact that casinos have on families, on crime, and on society in general.  Yes, we should be reaching out for jobs and business but is even more organized crime in Macomb County what we need?  Is this the best we can do when we say we want to create an attractive business environment?
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
People on both sides of this issue are being too simplistic.  On the one hand it is true that the government is not good at spending money wisely.  On the other hand, having regional commerce funneled through a billionaire’s near monopoly just because we want to claim we are pro-business seems irresponsible.  I would prefer the government pull together interested and impacted parties (transportation companies, manufacturers, etc) and encourage THEM to create an alternate to the near monopoly, keeping the government out of the spending business and keeping commerce from being negatively impacted by the near monopoly.
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
Until government sectors, particularly the ones that the public gets“emotional” about such as Fire, Schools, Zoos and Art, reduce the COST of their services (not the services themselves) by bringing their government employee pay and benefits in-line with the private sector, I do not support millage increases.  Show me a) you’ve done all you can to reduce costs, and b) that the services are valued above other services competing for tax dollars and I will support you.  Until then, the answer is no.  Art is wonderful.  However, the government’s first responsibility is for health and safety issues such as police, fire, roads, water and sewer.  Nice things need to take a back seat to necessary things.

Residence: Washington Township
Marital Status: Single
Current Occupation: Washington Township Supervisor
Contact Email: Doleary383@aol.com
Contact Phone: 586-713-1779
Contact Address: 60148 Miriam Drive Washington Michigan 48094
Website: www.DANONOW.com
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