A 14-year resident of Macomb Township, Dino Bucci is running for re-election to his fourth term as a township trustee.
Bucci, 53, is one of seven Republican candidates vying for the township's four trustee posts.
The operations manager of engineering for the Macomb County Public Works Commission, Bucci is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Italian-American Cultural Center and Alhambra Sancho Caravan No. 261, an organization of Catholic men dedicated to the aid of the developmentally disabled.
The father of two, Bucci volunteers for Macomb Mustang Youth Football, St. Mary Church and School, , American Heart Association and Henry Ford Macomb Hospital.
Macomb Patch recently spoke with Bucci to learn more about the resident looking to win re-election as a township trustee.
Patch: What led you to run for the post of trustee initially?
Bucci: I wanted to contribute my time and energies to improve Macomb Township as a place to live and work.
Patch: Why have you decided to run for re-election? What do you enjoy about the post?
Bucci: Working with other Township officials, I have seen progress in township government and helped to maintain a high level of services with a low tax rate. I want to continue the progress.
Patch: What changes or improvements do you intend to make if re-elected?
Bucci: If re-elected, I am going to continue to work with other township officials on improving services while keeping township taxes low.
Patch: Of what personal and professional accomplishments are you most proud?
Bucci: Of course, on a personal level, I am proud of my family. We are a very cohesive, community-oriented family that loves living in Macomb Township.
On a professional level, I am proud of our Community Center, public safety improvements and our township's reputation for prompt, friendly and efficient service to taxpayers.
Patch: Is there one individual who has been most influential in your life?
Bucci: My father will always be an inspirational figure to me. He taught me the vital importance of family values, hard work, community involvement, and respect for our nation's ideals.
Patch: What are key ways Macomb residents can make a difference locally?
Bucci: I want to get our township residents more involved in the decision-making process by focusing on an open, transparent township government.
Patch: What do you like most about the Macomb Township community?
Bucci: I like the people of Macomb Township. They are honest, hard-working and have strong family values. I like the clean and safe neighborhoods and the many amenities that the Township offers.
Patch: What are your hobbies, or interests?
Bucci: Golfing with my sons, attending my sons' football games and attending/volunteering at school functions.
Macomb Patch intends to interview all candidates with ties to, or oversight of Macomb Township. Additional race information is available in our Election 2012 guide.