MACOMB COUNTY (WWJ) – Mark Hackel has made it official announcing he will run for a second term as Macomb County executive.
Hackel tells WWJ that Macomb County is in great financial shape and marketing the Macomb County brand is a priority for a second term.
“The connection we have with the twenty-seven municipalities that make up Macomb counties, we try to help them, market it as a county, and I’m pretty astute to that and (have) a very close working relationship to all those municipal leaders and how do we become one Macomb and grow this county?” he asked.
“If you talk about Silicon Valley, you talk about the Research Triangle, we have more to offer than either one of those,” he said, “when it comes to research, engineering, (and) educational opportunities. It’s not just manufacturing going from Lansing to Washtenaw County back to Detroit, Macomb County, incorporating Oakland County it’s incredible.”
Hackel believes he’s accomplished a lot in his first term and the county is reaping the benefits.
“The finances in this county couldn’t be better, we are in an enviable position when it comes to our county finances,” said Hackel. “You know the work we’ve had with the Board of Commissioners … we are in great financial shape here in Macomb County.”
Hackel says the county has eliminated $60 million in deficit spending, has a balanced budget and a $30 million fund balance.
Hackel was elected in November 2010 to serve as Macomb’s first county executive after serving as sheriff.