Michael Bridges has proved to be, as promised, a valuable and independent voice on the Farmington Hills City Council. Since first elected in 2008, he has worked hard to improve the quality of life in our city and to represent all the residents in our diverse community. He has brought a fresh and much needed perspective to the office, challenging when appropriate the country club tendencies of the City Council. I urge voters to re-elect Michael Bridges.
Michael needs help! For the two open seats on the Farmington Hills City Council, I recommend Erik Lindquist and Steven Schwartz. Both these candidates bring specific ideas and useful experience in preventing and managing the foreclosures which continue to threaten our neighborhoods and keep property values down. Both are strong supporters of local transit services and protecting the environment.
Erik Lindquist has extensive civic experience and has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the last six years. He pledges to hold County and State government accountable to make sure Farmington Hills is treated fairly with regard to revenue sharing and regional services. Steve Schwartz has thirty-five years of experience working as a municipal attorney, and is currently a Planning Commissioner. He served effectively and with great energy as County Commissioner for part of our city before being redistricted out of a seat. In that role, he spearheaded attempts to improve SMART services and advocated for a county-wide service.
Electing Erik Lindquist and Steve Schwartz and re-electing Michael Bridges will make our City Council more proactive, progressive and responsive while maintaining fiscal integrity and stability.
For our city to thrive, it is also imperative that we vote in favor of the two school bond proposals. Failure to do so will inevitably lead to families choosing to live in other cities where the schools are perceived to be valued and supported by their communities. Our neighborhoods will decline as a consequence as will the standard of education as money is diverted from classroom teaching to structural repairs and necessary technology upgrades. Vote Bridges, Lindquist and Schwartz and “Yes” on the two school bond proposals.