Letter to the Editor: Barnett Cares About the Community

I was born and raised in the City of Rochester Hills and have been blessed to work for the City for over 27 years. During that time I have seen many changes.

On November 3 residents will cast their votes for Mayor for the next 4 years. I would like to encourage you to write-in Bryan Barnett for Mayor.

Bryan has been the Mayor for the last nine years. Under his leadership, the City has experienced unprecedented successes:

  • AAA bond rating, the highest possible
  • Lowest tax rates for similar communities
  • Safest city in the State of Michigan
  • High technology companies that added 5,000 new jobs in our city
  • Historically low unemployment rates
  • #1 recycling community
  • Outstanding roads and parks
  • One of the fastest rising property values
  • Top 10 best places to live in the nation by Money Magazine.

I have worked for many mayors over the years and can honestly say none has cared more about our community and the people who live here than Bryan Barnett. He is a smart business man with integrity and ironclad moral values. He is a family man and the most approachable guy you’ll ever meet.

I am proud to say I’m from Rochester Hills and a graduate from Rochester Adams High School. Please consider casting your vote for Bryan Barnett by writing him in and filling in the circle next to it.

Thank you,

Karen Somerville

Comments

  1. I wouldn’t disagree with most of what you say. Generally things are run pretty well. I do have issues with the longer term planning of the city. We don’t seem to value our heritage and are quick to tear down historic homes. That said, I am still leaning toward the Mayor. The one thing that might change my mind is the negative campaigning. There is no place for that in a non-partisian city election.

  2. Scot Beaton says:

    Brenda, thanks for your comment…

    Ravi Yalamanchi City Council voting record; City Council minutes up at City Hall.

    Ravi Yalamanchi… voted yes to rezone single family residential property to mental care zoning FB1 (flexible business zoning), and the destruction of a historic home on that property on South Boulevard. This property was designated by the City as a historical resource.

    note: our City’s Historic Preservation Commission voted unanimously to save this house… Ravi ignored our citizen historic experts at the City Council meeting… 🙁

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