Councilman Richard Lerner for Mayor of Farmington Hills
Thanks for visiting our election campaign website. If you live in Farmington Hills, you may know Richard as your City Councilmember since 2011, and former 2-term Mayor Pro-Tem. You may know him as the President of the Farmington Area Goodfellows, or from any of the numerous charities and community service organizations he works with. You may know him from our schools, soccer fields or just being around town. Richard represents the City Council on the Committee to Increase Voter Participation, the Parks & Recreation Commission, and the Municipal Broadband Taskforce. His commitment to serving our community is unparalleled, and he hopes to continue to bring his leadership and strategic vision to our local government for another term as our Mayor. Throughout this site you will find his positions on the problems we face, and how we can address them.
"Farmington Hills is fortunate to have a City Council that works well together, and constantly seeks out fresh ideas and new solutions. We're proud of our results - In 2018, Money Magazine named Farmington Hills the Best City to Live in Michigan and in 2019, we have the lowest crime rates in 45 years. The best is yet to come!"
Richard does not solicit or accept campaign contributions or endorsements from Special Interest Groups or PACs.
Richard has a significant list of accomplishments from his first 2 terms in office. He has supported and led bold new initiatives to move Farmington Hills forward, including projects like the Riley Skate Park, Archery Range, Splash Pad, Water Tower, Band Shell, Longacre House, F2H Fit Challenge, road millage process, Harrison High School conversion to a Community Center, the Memorial Day Parade and many, many others. He believes in tighly controlled spending, and promoting economic growth and opportunity by providing incentives to companies that create new jobs in Farmington Hills. Richard strives to make Farmington Hills “business friendly” by working to streamline processes and helping employers find new opportunities to bring their companies and people to our city.
We need local leaders who understand the needs of our residents, small businesses, the economy, and how to best operate lean and efficiently - in business and in government. Our City Council understands that failure and inaction have consequences. In the next two years, here are a few things Richard will be working on:
- Maintaining our AAA Bond rating with prudent oversight of our municipal budget.
- Sheparding the Harrison High School project as it becomes a World-class Community Center.
- Working with the Sisters of Mercy on moving forward with the sale and development of property surrounding the Costick Activities Center.
- A plan to bring affordable and reliable fiber optic internet access to every home and business making us the first Gigabyte City in Southeast Michigan.
- Continue to streamline processes for developers and businesses looking to move or expand in Farmington Hills.
- Making more information available on the City website to promote our 100% transparency policy.
- Rehabilitating or repaving 9-12 miles of local roads each year, along with 3-4 miles of major roads.
- Working closely with our schools, library system, and other local governments to find synergies so we can best serve our constituents.
- Promoting policies that will help to attract young people to live and work in our community.
As a non-partisan City Council, we don't dwell on the right and left, we spend our time talking about right and wrong. If a candidate for office tells you they are ready to reach across the aisle, they have already staked out their claim. Richard believes that the Council needs to work together to do what is best for Farmington Hills - all of Farmington Hills - not just those representing the extreme right and left. After that, everyone can sit where ever they want.
The Michigan economy has made some solid progress in recent years, and Farmington Hills needs a leader with real solutions to keep us moving forward. We want to be sure that our community remains at the forefront of the recovery. If our ideas resonate with you, please help us spread the word. We're running a truly grass roots campaign. Our campaign team lives together (when the kids aren't at college). That's because Richard's wife Maureen, along with our Spartan Keith, and Wolverine Lynn, are the entire campaign staff. So please, tell a friend or neighbor, volunteer, contribute, be part of the solution. We can and will do this with support from friends like you.