Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Republican challenger Bruce Lilley praises campaign team and talks about measuring success in a different way.
State Rep. Vicki Barnett cruised into her third and final term in the Michigan House on Tuesday, taking slightly more than 61 percent of the vote in the 37th District, which includes Farmington and Farmington Hills. Barnett finished with a wider margin of victory over Republican challenger Bruce Lilley of Farmington than when she won her first term in 2008. "I really want to thank the voters for repudiating the negative attacks and the robocalls that came out for my opponent's side," Barnett said during an election night party at Page's Food & Spirits. "They made it very clear that you win an election in Farmington and Farmington Hills by having ideas and positive things to say." "We walked all over this district," Barnett campaign …
Friday, October 12, 2012
State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and Republican challenger Bruce Lilley of Farmington both want good schools and share their ideas about how to achieve that goal.
This is the first in a series of articles about the candidates seeking the 37th District State House seat, representing Farmington and Farmington Hills. Incumbent State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and her challenger, Republican Bruce Lilley, agree their community needs good schools that give kids a foundational education, attract families and bolster property values. But they differ in how to achieve that goal. Barnett believes schools still need the $1 billion in funding she said was "siphoned off" of K-12 education when "the current leadership" passed legislation that combined post-secondary and K-12 funding. She and other Democratic lawmakers lobbied hard against that move. Barnett said she was told by one Oakland County …
Friday, September 14, 2012
A Wednesday call accuses State Rep. Vicki Barnett of voting against a bill requiring the Pledge of Allegiance in schools because it contains the word "God".
A robocall making the rounds in the Farmington area Wednesday accused State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-37th District) of voting against a bill to require the pledge of allegiance in Michigan schools because it includes the word "God". Patch readers who reported receiving the call said it did not include any information that would identify the responsible group or individual. Barnett's challenger, Republican Bruce Lilley, said the call did not come from his campaign. Barnett, who vehemently denies the allegation, said she voted on principle against two House bills that would require schools to display a flag in every public school classroom and to ensure that every student has the opportunity to recite the Pledge every school day. Previously …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
There's a big cash gap between incumbent State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) and challenger Bruce Lilley of Farmington, ahead of the Aug. 7 primary.
Incumbent 37th District State Rep. Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills) has raised about three times as much money as her Republican opponent Bruce Lilley of Farmington, according to Pre Primary Campaign Statements filed with the Michigan Secretary of State July 27. Statements show Barnett adding $25,149 to a balance of $27,270 already in her campaign fund. Lilley has raised $8,283. You can find both reports on the State of Michigan website, but here are some of the highlights: Headed into the Aug. 7 primary, Barnett has a remaining balance of more than $38,000; Lilley has a little over $1,400. The vast majority of Lilley's contributions came from donors in Oakland County, 22 of the 37 from people in Farmington or Farmington Hills. Only …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The Farmington Hills Democrat says her goals haven't changed since she was elected four years ago.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Job creation, the safety and sustainability of communities, guaranteeing that every child has access to a high quality public education and repairing Michigan’s deteriorating infrastructure remain state Rep. Vicki Barnett’s top priorities. The two-term, 37th District legislator recently announced her bid to seek election to her third and last term. State law limits representatives to three two-year terms. “My goals haven’t changed in my four years in the state House,” said Barnett, D-Farmington Hills. “If we are not addressing these four things, then we truly aren’t addressing the needs of the people of the state of Michigan.” The former veteran Farmington Hills mayor and council member will face political newcomer, Republican Bruce Lilley…