January 21, 2022

Ernest Laing

Candidate for Macomb Township Trustee


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Campaign Issues

Why are you running for this office?
I want to be able to represent my Community and help to work out problems and keep our budget in line with our available finances. I also have a 501c3 non-profit and I look for ways to help the community.
What skillsets and real life experience do you have that makes you the best candidate for the role?
Strong Leadership Background-Officer in Army Special Forces (Green Beret)-president of my own 501c3-Ordained Minister & Police Chaplain-( Trained in..Trauma, Grief and Loss, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing ,Depression, Divorce, Death Counseling, Ethics, Confidentiality, and Law. )  I am a good liaison between the community, business, and the Trustee Board.  I developed and taught 3 day and 5 day Workshops for General Motors and taught them at Engineering Centers and Assembly Plants across the United States and Canada.  I was also a Recruiter for the Army for the state of Colorado from 1974 to 1977 and I visited Colleges and administered Tests.
What are the top three issues you are concerned with for your district/municipality?
  1. Keeping our Businesses working and making money and keeping them here in our community.
  2. Re-opening our Senior Center and developing new programs for our Seniors
  3. Our Trustees should get out there in the community and look at the needs, we should be more approachable by everyone.
What are the solutions you will bring forward if elected?
  1. Look into re-opening our Senior Center
  2. Evaluating our road conditions and looking at our finances we have in place to fix our roads
  3. Look for ways for Trustees to get out to the community to evaluate needs and look at our tax structure
What specific measures will you take to maintain low taxes and less expensive, limited government?
  1. Make sure I am up to date on all tax issues and look for ways to keep our taxes as low as possible within our Township.
  2. Watch our spending and keep our spending in check
  3. Help our Business leaders to stay here in our Township
If elected, what will you do to better promote transparency in government?
  1. As a Trustee, to be approachable by the people within our community
  2. Keeping our community up to date with our decisions
  3. Have an open door policy with our community
  4. Keep an open Ear to the needs of our community
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?
Because I believe in the Values of the Republican Party, and can not accept what the Democratic party stands for!
What prior involvement have you had in the Republican Party or Conservative organizations?
So far, just attending our monthly meetings, I am going to join next meeting
What is your position on Obamacare?
What is your position on abortion?
I am PRO LIFE all the way!
What is your position on the 2nd Amendment?
Everyone should have the God given right to bear ARMS…( I am keeping MINE ! )
What is your position on public sector unions?
The problem is that these types of unions frequently go beyond just making sure employees are treated fairly and paid fairly and they tend to do a lot of “Lobbying” for Special Interest Groups and a lot of these are Liberal in Nature and are deeply involved in Elections. Unions can help people if they would stay out of Politics.

State/County/Local Issues

What are the two biggest issues you feel Macomb County is facing today?
  1. Families are losing their jobs and therefore losing their homes. I wish we could help somehow.
  2. Taxes for home owners are still high and the values of the homes are low
Do you think Macomb County should have casinos?
No…Crime seems to follow Casinos
What is your position on the Ambassador bridge project?
I think it will be a good project, it will bring more jobs
What is your position on special millages like the DIA or Zoo millages?
I do not agree with this millage if we have to pay for it and then the city of Detroit takes control of them.

Ernest Laing

Residence: Macomb Township
Marital Status: Married
Current Occupation: Retired General Motors – Police Chaplain-Martial Arts Instructor
Contact Email: claingel@gmail.com
Contact Phone: 586-232-4457
Contact Address: 56097 Birkdale Drive, Macomb, Mi  48042
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