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Farmington Hills Council Race Draws Thousands in Union PAC Money

Pre-election campaign finance statements filed Oct. 25 show who contributed how much to candidates and issues committees.

While Farmington city council candidates did not raise any outside campaign dollars, the race for three seats in Farmington Hills has drawn more than $7,000 in PAC (political action committee) money alone. 

Campaign finance statements turned in Oct. 25 show Hills candidate Samantha Steckloff won the pre-election contribution race, with $11,483 in donations. No one else cracked the $10,000 mark:

  • Valerie Knol - $5,740
  • Christopher McRae - $4,919
  • Steven Schwartz - $3,984
  • William Miller III - $3,700
  • Michael Bridges - $3,100
  • Erik Lindquist - $2,865
  • Thomas Wolverton - $2,540 (all in-kind contributions to his own campaign)
  • George Varghese - $2,200
Miller took in the largest amount of PAC money, a total of $4,500 from:
  • Local 1324 Political Activities Committee - $2,000
  • UAW Michigan VPAC - $1,000
  • Michigan Laborers Political League - $500
  • Registrars PAC - $500
  • Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters - $300
  • Plumbers 98 PAC - $200
Steckloff and Bridges each took in $1,000 from UAW Michigan VPAC, and Steckloff received $250 from Operating Engineers Local 324. The Farmington Democratic Club supported Bridges, Lindquist, Schwartz and Steckloff, with contributions of $500 to each campaign. 

Farmington city council race

In the race for three city council seats in Farmington, no one reported outside contributions. Jeff Scott contributed more than $1,900 in in-kind contributions to his own campaign. Greg Cowley, Bill Galvin and Erica Reaves formed committees, but did not spend enough to reach the $1,000 reporting threshold; Mathew Wayne did not form a campaign committee. 

School bond election

Supporters of the Farmington Public Schools bond election, organized as Advocates for Excellence, raised $6,330.84. The group's largest contribution, $1,000, came from Bassett & Bassett, a Detroit firm. Other larger donations came from the Farmington Democratic Club, Natech Corp. of Caledonia, and Farmington Association of School Administrators, $500 each, and the Farmington Coordinating Council, which contributed $499. 

Farmington Kids 1st, the bond opposition group, raised $5,125. Nearly half of that amount, $2,500, came from Management Accounting Services, a business located on Northwestern Highway in Farmington Hills. 

To see all campaign finance reports, search the database at oakgov.com

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