Rochester City Council Seats Remain Largely the Same

According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Elections Division, over 7,000 votes were cast this past Tuesday, Nov. 3. When the final tally came in, incumbents Ben Giovanelli, Rob Ray, and Kim Russell managed to hang onto their Rochester City Council seats. Added to the fourth seat was newcomer Ann Peterson. Read more here. … [Read more...]

Rochester Hills Voters Write-In Bryan Barnett for Third Term as Mayor

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett celebrates winning a third term with his family late Tuesday evening - photo by Michael Dwyer

Third Term for Mayor Barnett The Oakland County Elections Division has released the numbers for the 2015 general election. With 32 of 32 precincts reporting, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett presumably gets a third term as a write-in candidate. Jim Stevens took 1,413 votes, Ravi Yalamanchi took 7,120 votes, and 9,708 votes went to WRITE-IN. Certainly, other names could be included in this early tally as a write-in, however the consensus is the majority will be for current Rochester … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Vote Bill Soule At Large – Restore Residents’ Voice on Council

It’s not often that we can say that candidate’s campaign promises are fulfilled, but I think that’s mostly the case for Councilman Mark Tisdel. Indeed, let’s take a look at some of his achievements during his four years on City Council. Tisdel was a vocal and vehement opponent to the resident driven 2011 city charter amendment –ensuring a prior public vote for ANY city parks lease, sale or conversion to non-conservation, non-recreation use. At a League of Women Voters Forum in 2011, … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Vote ‘No’ on Commercializing Parks

We are in the election season and receive many mailings regarding the candidates. I received one today that I feel the need to respond with some historical facts for your consideration. Write-in candidate Bryan Barnett, current mayor excluded from running on the ballot due to term limit regulations, rightfully claims that that he has invested in our parks and trails. However, what he fails to disclose in his mailing is his attempts to commercialize our park lands near our homes and … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Vote Ravi Yalamanchi for Our Future

I have been a resident of Rochester Hills for nearly 30 years, raising 3 children who are graduates of Rochester Community Schools and now 5 grandchildren are attending the schools their parents attended. I’m a former Chairman of the Board of the Rochester Regional Chamber of Commerce and a 20-year small business owner. I have spent my work and family life in this community - I am more than vested. Last evening my husband, granddaughter and I gathered with a group of residents to keep … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Barnett Exceeds Expectations

As a long-term member of our community, I am writing to share my strong support for Bryan Barnett in the upcoming mayoral election. I have known Mayor Barnett for many years and have watched him work tirelessly for the good of our city. I can honestly say Mayor Barnett has exceeded our expectations as to what city government is able to achieve. I believe the Mayor’s unprecedented success is due to his strong moral and personal character. His relentless commitment to excellence and … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Rochester Hills Election

As a parent in Rochester Hills, I respect the fact that Mayor Barnett, and his family, are active members in our community. I have come across the mayor and his family at many community events, even when he is not performing “mayor duties.” This shows that the mayor and his family truly love and care about our city, which is exactly the type of person I want leading our Rochester Hills! I also, greatly respect the fact that his children attend Rochester Community Schools. This proves that he … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Write-In Bryan Barnett

To the Editor: As a 31-year resident of Rochester Hills, and a career Law Enforcement Official, I and my wife strongly support Mayor Bryan Barnett for a write-In third term; as Mayor of our wonderful city. Mayor Barnett has been and will continue to be a positive leader for our community. All one needs to do is look at what has been accomplished under his leadership since 2006. Just the fact that Rochester Hills, Michigan was recognized as one of the 10 best places to live in America says it … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Business Community Supports Bryan Barnett

To the editor: My husband Ravi and I are the owners and operators of both Tim Hortons locations in Rochester Hills. Over the last two years we have gotten to know Mayor Barnett and have been wonderfully impressed. He has supported our growing business and has proven to genuinely care about our operations. We are proud to do business in the Safest City in Michigan and Ravi and I look forward to writing in Bryan Barnett to keep this good thing going! Anita and Ravi Saini … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor: Fair is Fair

I will be enthusiastically voting in support of our current mayor, Bryan Barnett, for a variety of reasons, and encourage my fellow residents to do the same. Mayor Barnett has done and outstanding job at the helm of our city and I wholeheartedly support his bid to continue. Recently, I have noticed a significant amount of press regarding the gas and oil issue, yet the truth is, it’s a non issue as the entire program has been scrapped in our area. I’m not sure why some candidates feel … [Read more...]