Incumbents hang on to Rochester City Council seats

Council welcomes newcomers Salvia, Bevacqua

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 15, 2017

ROCHESTER — Incumbents Stuart Bikson and Ann Peterson, along with newcomers Nancy Salvia and Dean Bevacqua, outpaced challengers Lynn Campo and Tammy Byers for seats on the Rochester City Council Nov. 7.

Approximately 4,972 voters cast their ballots on Election Day, according to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division. Salvia led the field with 1,109 votes, followed by Bevacqua with 1,041 votes and Bikson with 985 votes; they each secured four-year terms.

Peterson earned a two-year seat with 810 votes. Byers came in fifth with 568 votes, and Campo followed with 450 votes. Nine votes were cast for write-ins.

Salvia, a financial adviser and a 20-year Rochester-area resident, said it is “a great honor” to be the top vote-getter, and she said she is thankful for everyone who voted.

“And I’m thankful that, for the most part, all candidates worked together fairly and it was (a) clean election process. It was nice to be a part of that process, and I enjoyed meeting everyone through all the door-to-doors and talking to everyone at the polls,” she said. “The hard work begins now, so I am gearing up for what is next and getting ready to serve the citizens.”

Bevacqua — a seven-year Rochester resident who owns the company American Newspaper Representatives — said he spent the last seven years helping to resolve issues with neighbors, planning beautification projects and social events, and managing the finances of the Great Oaks Homeowners Association, and he is ready for the challenge of serving as a councilman.

“I’m excited and honored,” he said in an email. “I look forward to serving the people of Rochester.”

First elected in 1999, Bikson said he is “honored” to be elected by the people of Rochester for the seventh consecutive time.

“I will continue to work for limited government and excellent city services for the next four years. I want to continue to work for the people of Rochester and will do my best to serve Rochester,” he said in an email.

Peterson, a local Realtor and mortgage loan officer, has served on the City Council since 2015. She said she is “honored and so excited” to be re-elected.

“As a city official making tough decisions in your term, you do not realize the impact you made until you run for re-election. I feel there is so much more work to do and goals to accomplish, and I look forward to serving this awesome community and continuing to be their advocate,” she said in an email. “As I told many voters, ‘A vote for me is a vote for you.’ I believe we will have an even tougher job moving forward, as our community is experiencing real growing pains. Strong leadership is needed, and I welcome this opportunity with our elected council.”

Campo reflected on the election by thanking everyone who voted for her and congratulating the winners.

“Naturally, I really give them credit. They did a fabulous job, and I wish them very well,” said Campo.

Byers said she wants to give voters “a simple thank-you to all who supported me on this journey.”

The council meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at City Hall, and members earn $55 per meeting.

For more information about Oakland County elections, visit www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections.