Mayor pro tem Massey elected Farmington Hills mayor

Farmington, Hills council races decided

By: Mike Koury | Farmington Press | Published November 3, 2015

 Olivia Erickson, 6, of Farmington, got a sticker after helping her mom vote.

Olivia Erickson, 6, of Farmington, got a sticker after helping her mom vote.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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FARMINGTON HILLS — After serving the past 12 years on the Farmington Hills City Council, including his three terms as mayor pro tem, Ken Massey has been elected mayor of Farmington Hills.

With all 23 precincts reporting, Massey received a little more than 68 percent of the vote, totaling 9,112 votes, defeating his opponent and fellow Councilman Michael Bridges, who received a little more than 31 percent, or 4,232 votes.

Massey said he was excited and humbled by the community that elected him to serve as mayor, and is looking forward to bring the City Council together to go over some of the city’s issues.

One of the things Massey wants to get working on is improving Farmington Hills’ infrastructure, including improving the roads.

“We need to really make sure that our infrastructure is on par with the level the community would expect,” he said. “(Roads) impacts our community every time they leave our driveways.”

There also were three open seats on the Farmington Hills council, with five candidates for voters to choose from.

Richard Lerner, Theresa Rich and Randy Bruce were selected for the council, collecting 8,879, 8,494 and 7,820 votes, respectively, winning over the other candidates, William A. Miller III and Al Zaparackas, who totaled 4,421 and 2,579 votes, respectively.

The race for the council seats in the city of Farmington wasn’t so much a race as it was a walk, as there were only three candidates for the three open seats.

Sara Bowman, Steven Schneemann and Greg Cowley were elected to the council with no other opposition. Schneemann and Cowley have been on the council since 2013, while this will be the first term for Bowman.

Bowman, who has previously served on the city’s Planning Commission, said that while this wasn’t a contested race, she still acted like it was as, she was the only non-incumbent running.

“It was really important to me that people knew who I was and what I was about and what my interests were for the city,” she said. “People still make informed decisions. It wasn’t something that I took for granted. I wanted to make sure that people understood who they were voting for.”

One of Bowman’s interests is helping the needs of the city’s senior citizens, and giving them better housing options within the city where they don’t necessarily have to maintain the home and yard as they get older.

“We have a very limited amount of places that can accommodate their needs,” she said. “So looking for something that’s one story, they’re looking for a condominium where the yard will still be available to them, but it’s not something they need to maintain.”

Voters in Farmington also approved a charter amendment that gives the city’s mayor and council members a raise from $1,800 a year to $3,000.

The amendment also includes “a corresponding deletion of the provision” in the charter, which says that “the salary of an elected official shall not be changed from the time the official is elected until the end of the official’s term of office.”

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