Planning Commission Member Seeks Farmington Hills Council Seat

Attorney Steven Schwartz says his experience with local government will be an asset.

Farmington Hills attorney Steven Schwartz is a candidate for Farmington Hills city council. Photo credit: Steven Schwartz
Farmington Hills attorney Steven Schwartz is a candidate for Farmington Hills city council. Photo credit: Steven Schwartz
When Steven Schwartz served as an Oakland County commissioner representing Farmington Hills, his favorite part of the job was dealing with public policy issues.

Schwartz now wants to bring his experience to Farmington Hills city council. He is one of nine candidates for three seats

"I have a level of experience that no other candidate has," said Schwartz, who added that he is a former assistant city manager and ran a cable television authority. He said he has spent his legal career helping cities deal with labor relations and employment issues. 

Among Schwartz's priorities are the city's aging housing stock and "significant number" of foreclosures, maintaining a focus on financial viability and ensuring that citizens are allowed to vote on next year's SMART (Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation) bus millage. 

He and his wife, Cindy, have lived in Farmington Hills for 17 years; their daughters Melissa and Jaclyn graduated from North Farmington High School and Michigan State University.

Why he decided to run
"While Farmington Hills is in better shape than most cities in southeast Michigan, there are still challenges we have to face," Schwartz said. "I think I can have more impact on city council." 

Community connections
Schwartz was on the Zoning Board of Appeals for six years and has served on the Planning Commission for two years, as well as on the Grand River Corridor Improvement Authority. He's a member of the Committee for Non-motorized Transportation and has served on the board and executive committee at Congregation B'Nai Moshe in West Bloomfield. Schwartz is a member of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, the Greater Farmington Area Chamber and Farmington Masons.

Schwartz is a self-employed attorney.

Campaign information

Editor's note: This is article is one in a series of profiles and issues-based articles featuring candidates in this year's Farmington Hills city council race. 
Gillian Talwar October 04, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Although property values are starting to rise again, the housing crisis is not over. The foreclosure epidemic fueled by unscrupulous banking practices continues to claim many victims in our community and affects all our neighborhoods. Thank you Steven Schwartz for paying attention to and bringing your expertise to bear on this issue. You have one of my votes.


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