SAMANTHA STECKLOFF FOR CITY COUNCIL
I have lived in Farmington Hills (formerly Farmington Township) for 80% of my life beginning in 1961 when my parents built a home in the center of Kimberley Subdivision.
I say, without a doubt, that I have seen this city grow from a blend of homes and working farms to an established suburb of 80,000 people.
Because of the foresight of the Greatest Generation--which includes my parents and former city leaders like Aldo Vagnozzi--Farmington Hills is a wonderful place to live. We are blessed with an excellent park system, good schools, an AAA bond rating, and a relatively low crime rate. However, there are looming issues cannot be ignored.
Farmington Hills is an aging city, with too many empty homes and store fronts. Our crime rate is low, but our need for fire and EMS service grows each year due to an aging population. And, it is my observation that way too many young families are choosing other cities as places to buy or build homes and raise their kids.
Like me, Samantha Steckloff is a longtime resident of Farmington Hills. As a younger person influenced by leaders like Aldo and her mother, Vicki Barnett, she will bring a fresh perspective to the city council. She understands that to sustain our greatness, we need to attract young people to the area. And, as a millennial, she knows full-well what attracts these young families: walker-friendly shopping/leisure centers, bike paths, and preservation of the wonderful natural areas that already exist. And, she also understands that in this era of dwindling revenues from the state, a city cannot thrive with a shrinking tax base.
Because of the things I just mentioned, I am supporting Samantha Steckloff for city council, and I urge you to do the same.
Member, Zoning Board of Appeals