(Watch the full announcement video at the end of the article)
Team Barnett Announcement
Mayor Bryan Barnett and his team sent a message to friends, family and supporters earlier this week. “It has been my honor and privilege to serve as Mayor of Rochester Hills, and this April I will celebrate 8 years representing the residents and businesses of this community. During this time, Rochester Hills has become one of the most successful and recognized cities in Oakland County, and a leader in innovation, collaboration, and fiscal responsibility,” said Barnett in an email, “I am proud of the role that I have played in making Rochester Hills the preeminent place to live, work and raise a family. Using my proven conservative leadership, I am excited to consider a new opportunity that will allow me to make an even greater impact for our community.”
The email invited those friends, family and supporters to a live announcement. EEI Global hosted the announcement Tuesday afternoon at their location in Rochester Hills. Derek Gentile, President and CEO, of EEI Global introduced the announcement and welcomed everyone.
Mike Rogers Not Running Again
Currently, U.S. Congressman Mike Rogers (R) holds the Eighth District seat and recently announced he would not be seeking another term. Before the weekend started, Bryan Barnett had planned on running again for mayor of Rochester Hills as a write-in candidate in 2015. Several phone calls with colleagues over the weekend, discussions with family, and prayer led to his announcement to run for congress.
The first hurdle will be the Republican Primary on August 5, 2014 and then the race continues with the general election on November 4, 2014. The Rochester Hills Mayor is “overwhelmed by the support” he has been given and is “excited about this move,” said Barnett.
Prepared for the Challenge
Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, said this is a “good opportunity” for Barnett and “he has the talent.” It really boils down to the “team behind you,” said Patterson.
At the time of the announcement, the campaign was less than 100 hours old. “This decision starts with what got me into politics in the first place, and that is family. The reason I love being mayor of Rochester Hills and love public service is because I feel like I have an impact in creating the environment that my boys are growing up in,” said Mayor Bryan Barnett.
Regarding being Mayor, “I’m very, very proud of the work we’ve done in the city of Rochester Hills,” said Barnett. His “first priority … is the importance of job creation.” In regards to the Eighth District, “It’s about a lot of small businesses working hard to make ends meet – working hard to keep people employed,” said Barnett.
Mayor Barnett thanked his family, friends and supporters in the room during his announcement, which included:
Oakland County Executive, L.Brooks Patterson
Orion Township Supervisor, Chris Barnett
State Representative Brad Jacbosen
Supervisor Pat Kittle, Independence Township
Supervisor Bruce Pearson, Addison Township
Supervisor Bill Dunn, Oxford Township
Mike Gingell, Oakland County Chairman Board of Commissioners
Dan Kelly, Oakland Community College Chairman Board of Trustees
“My promise to you … is to be 100 percent committed to this campaign,” said Barnett, “I’m excited to take what I’ve done in Rochester Hills and now take it to an even larger area.”
Watch the Full Announcement VIDEO below …