January 21, 2022

RCNMC Endorsements for 2018 GOP Primary

The Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County (RCNMC) is honored to recognize and endorse the following candidates for the August 7, 2018 Primary Election or the August 25, 2018 State Republican Convention (candidates sorted alphabetically be last name):

  • Governor — Brian Calley, Bill Schuette
  • Attorney General* — Tom Leonard, Tonya Schuitmaker
  • Secretary of State* — Mary Treder Lang
  • State Senator – 8th District — Peter J. Lucido
  • State Senator – 10th District — Michael MacDonald, Michael Shallal
  • Rep. in State Legislature – 36th District — Scott Czasak, Karen Potchynok-Lund
  • Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds — Julie Williams
  • Macomb County Commissioner – 13th District — Leon Drolet
  • Armada Township Trustee — Jim Goetzinger
  • Washington Township Trustee — Gary Kopp

* denotes candidate race determined in State Republican Convention on August 25, 2018

The endorsements recognize those candidates in contested primary or convention races that the RCNMC believes demonstrate a commitment to the Republican Party platform and can best represent the Republican Party in the North Macomb area.

Only contested races for the GOP Primary in August were considered at this time.

2018 GOP Primary Endorsement Approach

Endorsements for the 2018 GOP Primary elections were considered and determined by the RCNMC Executive Committee except for those members who are running for office in the same cycle.  The members of the RCNMC Endorsement Committee are as follows:

  • Hank Anderson, Chesterfield Township — RCNMC Member-at-Large and Chesterfield Township Trustee
  • Jaime Greene, Richmond — RCNMC Member-at-Large and member of Richmond City Council
  • Rob Montilla, Macomb Township — RCNMC Chair and former chair of the Macomb GOP
  • Keith Rengert, Richmond Township — RCNMC Immediate Past Chair and former Macomb County Commissioner
  • Mark Scully, Macomb Township — RCNMC Membership Director and GOP activist
  • Linda Torp, Harrison Township — RCNMC Vice-Chair and former chair of the Macomb GOP
  • Kathy Vosburg, Chesterfield Township — RCNMC Treasurer, Chesterfield Township Trustee and former Macomb County Commissioner

The committee reviewed contested GOP primary races that impact the North Macomb Area at a state, county and local level only.  Federal positions were not considered.  Races with only a single contestant were also not considered.  This left the following races to be reviewed for endorsement:

  • Governor
  • Attorney General
  • Secretary of State
  • State Senator – 8th District
  • State Senator – 10th District
  • Representative in State Legislature – 36th District
  • Macomb County Executive
  • Macomb County Clerk / Register of Deeds
  • Macomb County Commissioner – 13th District
  • Armada Township Trustee
  • Washington Township Trustee

In May, the RCNMC sent out a questionnaire to all GOP candidates in state, county and local races impacting North Macomb County.  Many candidates returned answers to these questions.  This was one element used to consider candidates for endorsement.

Candidates were considered and decisions were made based on any of the following criteria:

  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • Committee knowledge of the candidates
  • The candidate’s demonstration of having a strong campaign structure.  This included looking at when they filed their campaign and the state of their campaign finance.
  • The perceived ability of the candidate to win the general election
  • The candidate’s open history of support for conservatism and supporting the Republican Party

The Endorsement Committee then chose to endorse one, two or zero candidates in each race.  The goal is to recommend the person or persons that can best represent the Republican ticket and in some cases the committee felt multiple people could succeed with this objective.

Why the RCNMC is Endorsing in the 2018 Republican Primary Election

Earlier this year, the RCNMC Executive Committee voted unanimously to make endorsements in the 2018 Republican primary election.  This was a change to the longtime stance of the group to avoid endorsing in primaries.  The question some are asking is…what changed?

Well here in Macomb County, where anything goes, the reason can essentially be summed up in two words:  Karen Spranger.  Spranger surprised in winning not just the 2016 Republican primary race for Macomb County Clerk and Register of Deeds but, riding the Macomb County wave of support for President Donald Trump, she also defeated the more well funded and organized Democrat challenger, Fred Miller.  News reports detail the many eccentricities and embarrassing behaviors conducted by Spranger until a judge removed her from office.  However the memory of Spranger’s tenure in the position are a stain for the county as a whole and the Republican Party.

Spranger won the GOP primary by 312 votes over runner up Julie Williams, less than 1% of the total votes cast in that race.  But what if people spoke up more about potentially better candidates in the race?  The core political party apparatus on both sides generally stays out of publicly supporting anyone in a primary race for fear of alienating a portion of the party base.  The RCNMC had similar considerations but as an independent entity can choose its own rules to engage and decided it was time to make a change.

One of the purposes of the RCNMC is “to promote and work for the best possible government of the people of northern Macomb County.”  The Executive Board felt this was a more pressing concern than continuing to stay neutral in primary races.  It is with this notion in mind, and with the experience of local elected officials and longtime party activists in the RCNMC, that the group decided to take a stand and change their position about endorsing in the primary.  We are hopeful that we can help point out qualified candidates to the general public now and into the future.

RCNMC Calls on Countywide Officials to Demand Marrocco File His Ethics Disclosure

Also Files Complaints against Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, Treasurer Derek Miller and Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco for violating Macomb County Ethics Ordinance by campaigning on public property

The Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County (RCNMC) is calling on Macomb Countywide officials to demand that Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Tony Marrocco file his ethics disclosure required by the Macomb County Ethics Ordinace.  Three weeks ago, the Candice Miller campaign called on Marrocco to file the disclosure required by a 2011 Macomb County ethics ordinance.  Marrocco has yet to file his disclosure even though he was required to file it four years ago and is currently the only countywide official who has not filed the disclosure.

It’s important that Macomb residents know that their elected officials aren’t putting their own personal profits ahead of the voters,  Marrocco has violated the ethics ordinance for four years by not filing and disclosing his personal financial information to voters.  Candice Miller was right to call on him to do this three weeks ago and the Macomb County elected officials who endorsed Marrocco last week should also demand that Marrocco follow the law.  The public has a right to know.

Yesterday, the RCNMC also submitted an ethics violation complaint against County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh, County Treasurer Derek Miller and Marrocco for attending a political event last week supporting Marrocco’s candidacy on county property in violation of the county ethics ordinance.

Our elected officials should be held to the same standard as everyone else and the county ethics ordinance is clear,  Section 3.6 of the Ordinance states in part… “Sec. 3.6. Inappropriate Use of County Time and Property for Political Activity. Public Servants are prohibited from engaging in political campaign activities or using County property while performing official duties…”

It is clear that the county ordinance requires the filing of the disclosure by Marrocco and prohibits the holding of what Marrocco titled a “photo opportunity” where other Democrat countywide officials announced their endorsement of Marrocco’s re-election campaign.  It is time for the County Ethics Board to do their job and enforce the ethics ordinance,

Voters have a right to know that Anthony Marrocco isn’t running his business and his campaign out of his county office building.  Marrocco should file his ethics disclosure and all the Democrats who attended his “photo op” should demand he does that.  It’s time that Macomb County government cleaned up its act.

The below links have detailed information on the Ethics Ordinance complaint:

RCNMC Opposes Proposal 1. Vote No on May 5.

prop-1At the March 30, 2015 meeting of the RCNMC General Membership, a resolution was unanimously passed in opposition to Proposal 15-1 which will be voted on May 5, 2015.

Click this link to see the language of the proposal.

Discussion focused on the resistance to a tax increase of any kind, much less one of this magnitude.  No justification could be found in favor of the tax when, in the opinion of the RCNMC, all options have not been exhausted to find ways to get money to pay for fixing the roads.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy has done extensive analysis on the various aspects of Proposal 1.  The graphic below summarizes the various taxes to be levied and the distribution of funds if Proposal 1 passes.


Governor Snyder has repeatedly told voters there is no Plan B.  However, the RCNMC’s stance was further solidified as RCNMC member and State Representative Peter Lucido described in depth an option he has presented to pay for road funding from the interest accumulated from the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Fund.  Again, this option would use interest earned from the fund and leave the principal alone to pay for its intended purpose.

To find out more about Representative Lucido’s option, see the debate he participated in on Fox 2 News’ Let It Rip program.  The debate can be seen in the below video (you have to get through the first few minutes of commercials):

Fox 2 News Headlines

If you wish to demonstrate your opposition to the proposal, a “Protest Against Proposal 1” rally is being held on Wednesday, April 15 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. in front of the Troy, MI City Hall building located at 500 W. Big Beaver Rd. in Troy, MI.

Click Here for a Flyer for the Protest Event.

Additional Information about Proposal 1 can be found at:

RCNMC 2014 Membership Drive

With a new year comes new opportunities.

The RCNMC will once again be looking to spur informative action to support electing Republicans in the North Macomb County area in 2014.  Check back to the website (www.rcnmc.com) for updates on events and informational forums that will be coming.

In the meantime, we are starting our membership drive for 2014.  The past few years have seen record numbers of dues paying members for the organization, a trend we want to continue in a critical election year.

If you can join and help our efforts, it would be greatly appreciated.  Please click the link below for our membership form which lists our membership rates.

Click Here for a Membership Form

Have a great holiday season and we’ll see you in 2014.

Rob Montilla
Chairman, RCNMC

2012 RCNMC Awards

At the November 2012 RCNMC meeting, the following recipients were recognized with end of year awards:

Michelle Trosper

RCNMC Member of the Year

For outstanding dedication and service to the RCNMC as recognized by the RCNMC Officers


County Commissioner Don Brown

RCNMC Chairman’s Award

For commitment in promoting the RCNMC and its objectives as recognized by the Chairman:


Silla Tomasi

RCNMC Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizing extended achievement in promoting Republicans and Conservative values

RCNMC 2012 Endorsements

The RCNMC makes the following endorsements for the General Election on November 6, 2012:

  • President of the United States: Mitt Romney
  • U.S. Senate: Pete Hoekstra
  • U.S. Representative District 10: Candice Miller
  • State Representative District 24: Anthony Forlini
  • State Representative District 30: Jeff Farrington
  • State Representative District 32: Andrea LaFontaine
  • State Representative District 33: Ken Goike
  • State Representative District 36: Pete Lund
  • County Commission District 6: James Carabelli
  • County Commission District 7: Don Brown
  • County Commission District 8: Kathy Vosburg
  • County Commission District 9: Juliana Sabatini
  • County Commission District 13: Joe Sabatini
  • Bruce Township Clerk: Susan Brockmann  **added**
  • Bruce Township Trustee: Mark Falker
  • Bruce Township Trustee: Paul Okiniewski
  • Chesterfield Township Clerk: Cindy Berry
  • Chesterfield Township Treasurer: Kathy Elliott
  • Chesterfield Township Trustee: David Joseph
  • Chesterfield Township Trustee: Henry Anderson
  • Chesterfield Township Trustee: Cyndi Gagleard
  • Ray Township Treasurer: Doug Stier
  • Richmond Township Trustee: Christoper DeVos
  • Chippewa Valley School Board: Grace Caporuscio
  • Romeo Community Schools: Lee Verbouw  **added**


RCNMC Ballot Proposal Recommendations

The RCNMC makes the following recommendations on the ballot proposals that will be presented to Michigan voters on November 6:

Proposal 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law
Vote YES

Proposal 2: The ‘Collective Bargaining’ Amendment
Vote NO

Proposal 3: ’25 x 25′ Renewable Energy Standard
Vote NO

Proposal 4: The Unionization of Home-Based Caregivers
Vote NO

Proposal 5: The Two-Thirds Majority Tax Limitation
Vote NO

Proposal 6: The International Bridge/Tunnel Voting Requirement
Vote NO


Ballot Proposal Resources:

Victory Through Unity – Now is the Time for the GOP in Macomb County to Pull Together

Rob Montilla

Rob Montilla

The Primary Elections are over and we Republicans now know who our candidates will be to take on the Democrats in November.  For many municipal races, the primary winners will run unopposed so they are guaranteed victory – congratulations to all.

However, as every election has winners, every election also has candidates that didn’t make it across the finish line.  In Northern Macomb County, we had some grueling and sometimes nasty primary races that left candidates and their supporters with bitter feelings.  This certainly is not unusual for hotly contested races.

But now that the primary election is past, it is time to put aside our past divisions and focus on the general election.  This is where all of us as Republicans need to be united as the biggest objective now is to remove Barack Obama from the Presidency.

The Republicans have a great ticket with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.  They are going to bring ideas and solutions to the national discussion about how to restore our country’s greatness.  It is our job to put Macomb County in the win column for them.  Every Republican in the county must be committed to this goal.

History will not care about the divisions faced in some of our local races or who emerged as a power broker from a county convention.  History will care about who we elect as our next President of the United States.  And history will care whether we lost our Constitutional Republic or if we won it back.

Our goal is clear: elect Mitt Romney as the next President of the United State and Pete Hoekstra as the next U.S. Senator for Michigan.  This will not be easy and every one of us will have put in extra effort to make this happen.

What we do not want is to wake up on the morning of November 7, the day after election day, and find out that Barack Obama won and then question whether we could have done something more.

I look forward to standing side-by-side with you as we fight for victory in November.

Rob Montilla,
Chairman, Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County