On Your Ballot: Dave Domas
County Commission District 3 — two-year term.
Residence: Tyrone Township
Family: Divorced, no children
Education: University of Detroit High School 1954; University of Detroit, 1954-58 science and engineering; Detroit Institute of Technology 1958 science and engineering.
Professional/political experience: United States Air Force 1958-59 (recalled during Berlin Crisis 1961-62); CEO, D.J. Domas Inc., 1978-2000, manufacturer's representative for engineered products used in the water and waste-water treatment industry; Livingston County commissioner, 1992-2002, 2004-present; chairman 2000-2002, vice chairman 1998-1999, chairman, public safety committee; member of finance committee and health and human services committee
Community Involvement: Member, National Rifle Association; member, Hartland Area Chamber of Commerce; former Red Cross board member (six years); member St. John's Catholic Church in Fenton; Knights of Columbus Council 7418 – Fenton; Former Member Livingston-Washtenaw Substance Council; Livingston County DPW board member; former vice chair, Livingston County Republican Party; Staff volunteer, Genesys Health System.
Endorsements: Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte, Michigan Right to Life and Livingston County Builders Association.
Campaign finance reports: See PDF in the image box for the pre-general election report.
In other local media: The Livingston County Press & Argus examined all the county commissioner races in this story, county finances in this story and home foreclosures in this story.
Hartland Patch's 3 Questions
- If elected what would be your top priority and why? There are actually two "top priority" items in my play book. No. 1 is the safety and welfare of our citizens and their families. We must maintain Livingston County as a safe community; otherwise all the other things government does are meaningless. We accomplish this through sound public safety programs with state-of-the-art crime fighting technology and communications. Secondly, we must live within our means, that is to say, never spend money you don't have. Keep expenses within revenues. The county's triple A bond rating is a positive reflection of this fiscal policy.
- If elected what issues specific to the Hartland area would you focus on and why? I will continue to focus on the issue of public safety as it applies to Hartland; working with the Sheriff's Department to continually improve coverage and response throughout the district. Secondly, it is vital to both the township and the county that a close working relationship continue until we have resolved the bond repayment issue that we are dealing with from the special assessment districts in the township. It is very important that both the county and the township come through this with fiscal stability still in place. We are winning this battle and I intend to continue my focus on this issue until it is complete.
- What about your background makes you qualified for this office? I have always given some of my time to public service. This country has been good to me and so has this county. Serving in county government is simply my way of giving back. Having said that; I point to my life experiences; some successful some not; all of them however, instructional. I spent more than twenty years as a small business owner; meeting a payroll, paying taxes, utilities, rent, insurance and much more. I did my own forecasting, did my own budget and on more than one occasion didn't take a paycheck until all the other bills were paid. Finally, being a county commissioner allows me to make a meaningful contribution to my community.