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Topic: Drew Shapiro running for state rep Joe Graves seat

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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

Was it hubris that drove Drew Shapiro to announce a bid to replace term limited State representative Joe Graves in the 51st district, when he had less than a year as a 6th district Genesee County Commissioner. This announcement came as Shapiro was embroiled in a series of erratic behavior issues, one of which resulted in midemeanor criminal charges.

Shapiro purports to be a small business owner with a successful background in financial investment and insurance. He serve on the local school board and followed in his mother's path of performing community volunteer work and mentoring.

His detractors allege he was a privileged youth with a substance abuse problem and cite instances of public drunk behavior on m-live.
Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:15 pm 
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untanglingwebs
El Supremo

Shapiro won his commission race by unseating incumbent Tony Brown in the primary and Democrat Pete Ponzetti in the general election. He was sworn in on January 3, 2017 and named the Chair of the Finance Committee. His district covers Argentine, Fenton, Grand Blanc and Mundy. He campaigned on improving transparency, communications and constituent services.

On Marh 13, 2017, the Chair of the Genesee County Commission, Mark Young along with other commissioners, became concerned about Shapiro's behavior and suspected him of being drunk. Undersheriff Chris Swanson often represents the Sheriff Department at committee meetings and is a licensed paramedic . Young asked Swanson to evaluate Shapiro. Swanson never publicly stated the result of his evaluation but he later drove Shapiro home. As a Law Enforcement Officer, Swanson could not let Shapiro rive in an impaired state. Shapiro later stated he had mied up his prescriptions and that accounted for his "loopy" behavior.
Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:30 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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One surprising element in the Flint Journal story is the comment that Sheriff Pickell, who was not in attendance at the meeting, wanted the tapes from the county parking garage. Pickell stated he would recuse himself and he would ask the Michigan State Police or the Flint Police to investigate. But what would they investigate? There were no reported breathalyzer tests nor any alcohol blood level tests.

In addition, I was informed the Sheriff Department had delivered a request to the Genesee County Clerk's office regarding taking away the gun permit of Shapiro prior to the meeting. There is more to this story than being told.

Some assert that it was love lost that led to a number of bitter encounters between Shapiro and the new paramour, of his ex-fiancee, John Zerka. The event that led to criminal charges occurred at 8 a.m. May 27th aon Silver Lake in Fenton Township. It was the that a drunken Shapiro and an equally drunk friend took a black Remington Pontoon and started hurling insults at Zerkas' home and waking up the neighbors.
Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:45 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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One female neighbor of Zerka ran out as Shapiro nearly hit her boat when leaving. Shapiro then got the pontoon stuck on one of the two sandbars in the lake. He was gone when th police arrived at 9:16 a.m..The police statement was said to include how Shapiro drove a 4 wheeler over the lawn of the parents of his ex-fiance.

Complaints were filed and the case was sent to the township attorney Jack Belzer after Genesee County Prosecutor sid the charges did not rise to the level of a felony. The Sheriff Department then sore out thre warrants in the 67th District Court of Judge David Goggins. The misdemeanor charges reckless operation of a vehicle, indecent language and disorderly, each carried a possible sentence of 90 days and a $500 fine. Shapiro s said to have hurled the words F**k You Arab at Zerka.

Shapiro responded to the charges, that he had always heard that Genesee County politics were dirty and he was experiencing it first hand. But actions have consequences.
Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:01 pm 
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County commissioners vote on the budgets of the courts so most of the 67th District Court judges recused themselves. The job fell to Judge Vicki Bayeh Hayley . In a plea deal, Shapiro pled guilty to a single count of indecent language, and given i delayed sentence. After 11 months of probation on terms established by Odyssey House, the case ould be dismissed in next November. The Judge appeared to view Shapiro as someone deeply hurt who used poor judgement. "Love Hurts!

While the Silver Lake incident makes Shapiro look really bad, I haven't heard of any more incidents. Shapiro really appears to e working hard on his state representative bid.His ability to onnet with the voterswill be a determining factor. His website features the motto "The Qualified Candidate" and has a shot of him sitting at a desk with a photo of Reagan ehind him. He is attending many Republican events.
Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:45 pm 
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untanglingwebs
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Rumors are that he has been targeted by some Democrats, some UAW, and evens some in the Republican party who want to take him down. After the large amount of "dark money" that showed up in the the Flint elections last October and November, he needs to be able to counter any attacks launched against him as tales have a tendency to grow.


THIS WILL BE A RACE TO WATCH.
Post Thu Feb 01, 2018 3:49 pm 
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The 51st district boundaries were redrawn to drop Mundy and Grand Blanc. It includes the townships of Flushing, Clayton, Gaines,and Fenton. It also contains Oak Grove Township in Oakland County.
Post Sat Feb 03, 2018 1:09 pm 
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