- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Oakland University
- Juris Doctor Degree, Cum Laude, Detroit College of Law.
- Currently an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, homicide division, for Wayne County
- Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Macomb County, 24 years
- Staff Attorney to Federal Judge George La Plata
- Adjunct Law Professor, Michigan State University College of Law, 1997-present.
Resident of West Bloomfield since 1995.
Married to Lisa Kaplan; two children, Erin and Stacey, both of whom are graduates of , and are full-time college students.
Activities or key endorsements you'd like to mention?
- Endorsed for township trustee by more than 500 West Bloomfield residents. Key endorsements include Nick Hersh and Bruce Tobin.
- I also have been endorsed in the 2012 primary by (1) United Auto Workers; (2) Michigan Building Trade and Construction Council; and (3) Michigan Operating Engineers, Local 324.
Why are you running for trustee?
As a for eight years, I am seeking to be elected for my third four-year term.
My wife, Lisa, and I are active in the community, and we believe in contributing to West Bloomfield, which we consider to be the best area to live in Michigan.
My background — serving eight years as an elected school board trustee, eight years as a township trustee, four years as a planning commissioner, and 25 years as an assistant prosecuting attorney — enables me to analyze the issues in a capable and thorough manner.
Do you have new ideas you’d like to suggest for the position or township?
- Collaborate with the West Bloomfield School District to avoid having board meetings held on the same date.
- Expand the township's high school externship program.
- Provide opportunities to college students to serve internships for credit at the township.
- Hold an annual career fair in conjunction with the and the .
- Decriminalize the township's code ordinances, in order not to charge residents with misdemeanors for inadvertent infractions.
- Carefully prepare agendas to avoid having meetings that last beyond 10 p.m.
- Hold an annual house tour to showcase many of the township's fabulous homes.
What do you think are the biggest issues facing the township? How would you handle them?
- Continued enforcement of the township's environmental ordinances.
- Restoring residential property values.
- Attracting new businesses to West Bloomfield to fill vacant stores.
- Expanding the township's downtown district.
- Maintaining the township' fund equity balance to avoid potential financial duress.
- In light of the economic downturn, maintaining the public safety departments at full staff levels.
Who else is running? Meet the candidates for the West Bloomfield Township Board Patch has interviewed so far: