Partisan divisiveness has found its way into Farmington. This campaign season has been one like no other. A record number of seven candidates are vying for three seats on the City Council. Of those seven, three have banded together to create a “slate” in which resources were pooled and promises have been made.
The City Council plays a vital role in the day-to-day life of the residents. Your five elected officials are responsible for the very things that have immediate impact on your quality of life; setting the millage rate, identifying capital improvement projects, and balancing the budget.
Together, Maria Taylor ($4,801), David Delind ($6,430) and Johnna Balk ($3,004) have raised $14,235 to support their joint candidacies. Of that amount 60% ($8,604) was received from outside of Farmington, and in many instances outside of Michigan. $3,800 is directly from political parties and PACs.
In stark contrast, the other four candidates individual fundraising totaled less than $5,000.
Steve Schneeman and Geof Perrot both filed a reporting waiver that funds/expenditures did not exceed $1,000; Jacob Nelson raised $2,030 of which $1,605 was self-funded; Cathi Waun raised $1,175.