Farmington Incumbent Says City Council Faces Tough Decisions

Greg Cowley said he decided to run for re-election because he feels he can make those decisions.

Farmington city council member Greg Cowley is running for re-election. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Farmington city council member Greg Cowley is running for re-election. Photo credit: Patch file photo
Farmington city council member Greg Cowley says while officials have already faced challenging times, tougher decisions lie down the road. 

Elected to his first term in 2011, Cowley is on the Nov. 5 ballot with four other candidates for three council posts. Rather than raising taxes to make up for reduced revenues, he favors a "growth strategy" to increase the city's property tax base.

Cowley said from the time he was elected, he pushed for a 5-year budget forecast. He said the city faces $250,000 to $1 million in potential deficits over the next three years, and he wants to look at more ways to share services with the City of Farmington Hills.

"Making the dispatch decision (to contract with Farmington Hills) was the first of many tough decisions," he said. "It's a solution that's working for the citizens and the public safety department."

Greg and his wife, Maureen, have been Farmington residents for 14 years. 

Why he decided to run
"The biggest reason is that I got two years into it, and I got a full picture of what the city faces," he said. "There's tougher decisions coming ... I think I'm capable of making those decisions."

Community connections
John Cowley & Sons, his family's restaurant, has supported the Catholic Central Dads Club and the Mercy High School Dads Club, raffling off a trip to Ireland annually for both schools. Cowley is also an active member at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church and is a past member and president of the Farmington Downtown Development Authority. 

In addition to working with his family's downtown Farmington restaurant, Cowley is employed by ComData. 

Campaign information
Cowley says he doesn't have a website or a Facebook page, and he doesn't plan to spend money on signs. He invites anyone with questions to stop by John Cowley & Sons.
Tera Shamey October 05, 2013 at 06:10 PM
When I read the comments on some of these articles one man's wise words come to my mind. "When you wage war on public schools, you are attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You are not a conservative, you're a vandal." - Garrison Keillor
Sharon October 05, 2013 at 08:24 PM
So what is your wise word quote for the PTA waging war on a taxpaying, community supporting, business owner simply because he is exercising his right to free speech? The children at Longacre school were hurt by these actions.
Jim Sparks October 05, 2013 at 09:43 PM
You see, "Sharon", this is the kind of thing that undermines any serious consideration of your tirades. A number of local citizens decided to spend their money wherever they please, for whatever reason they deem fit, and immediately you and your cohorts see a conspiracy. Of course, the PTA is "waging war" on individual citizens! So is FPS!! Because, of course, this makes complete sense. It's "them" against "us", and it's only logical that the big, bad liberal cabal is plotting the undermining of all those unsuspecting moms, dads and children in an evil and dastardly effort to make communists of us all. It's all so clear now!
Jim Sparks October 05, 2013 at 09:49 PM
And "Sharon", if you'll remember, this article and it's comments were directed at the race for city council, NOT the PTA or FPS. See what I mean about obsessive, one-dimensional monologue? I have a feeling if there was an article about the weather, you very well might feel you have to offer up your comments about our EVIL school system. We grow tired...
Sharon October 06, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Seriously.... communists?


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