MACOMB COUNTY (CBS Detroit) Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and his blonde bombshell fiancee Tracie Damschroder registered for an array of gifts leading up to their weekend nuptials in Key West, Fla.
Hackel recently revealed to the Macomb Daily that he and Damschroder are flying out to their destination wedding, marrying without an audience, and returning to a party, photo opp, and concert with friends and family.
What can they expect to be showered with?
According to their online registries at Williams-Sonoma and Crate & Barrel, the most powerful man in Macomb County, 53, and his soon-to-be bride, 33, need everyday household items including towels and bath mats. In the kitchen, they’re seeking items like a deep fryer, a bread maker and a pasta maker.
A $650 vacuum cleaner is in the mix.
All in all, the registries include a grand total of $10,020.43 in gifts; The average registry according to TheKnot.com is $5,158.
So what are they looking for? Williams-Sonoma bakeware to the tune of $289, $500 in cookware, $1,149 in “homekeeping” items, $1,709 in electrics, $68 soup bowls and a set of Wedgewood china that will set the buyer back $140 per place setting. Eight place setting are requested. At Crate & Barrel, it’s $1,400 in mostly small housewares, like glasses.
Long rumored as a candidate for Michigan governor, Hackel recently publicly announced that he’s seeking another term in his current office.
When he made the announcement, he said he 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. He got engaged on Christmas Day, after keeping a very low-profile love life; This is his second marriage and her first.