In his many years of public service, Richard has been honored to have the support of some of Michigan's finest leaders including Governor Rick Snyder, Lt. Governor Brian Calley, Oakland County Executive Brooks Patterson and Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard. During this election cycle he has earned the endorsements of almost every former Mayor of Farmington Hills and Farmington. Richard has also been endorsed by 10 current and former Mayors of Farmington and Farmington Hills from BOTH sides of the aisle - 5 Republicans, 4 Democrats and 1 Independent. If you run into one of them in town, be sure to ask them why. In the 2015 City Council race, Richard was also endorsed by 3 former Mayors who are sadly, no longer with us: Mayor Joanne Smith, Mayor Al Bennett and Mayor Jan Dolan. That 13 Mayors in all. But who's counting?
Mayor Ken Massey
Mayor Jerry Ellis
In 2015, Here's what the Farmington Oberserver had to say when they endorsed Richard for City Council:
"Lerner, a moderate Republican, offers a common sense approach and a no nonsense attitude to cut through rhetoric to pinpoint the real issues. He calls it as he sees it. He is also a heavily involved community volunteer and has his own business, providing voters with an insight into the needs of small business. Farmington Hills needs a candidate who won’t mind taking some bumps and bruises to fight the growing staunch conservatism that is hurting families, children and senior adults locally and statewide."
In 2012, Here's what the Detroit Free Press had to say when they endorsed Richard for the State House seat:
"Perhaps no House district in Michigan boasts a stronger field of primary candidates than the 37th, where three Democrats and two Republicans are vying to replace term-limited Rep. Vicki Barnett. Farmington Hills City Councilman RICHARD LERNER, 55, has a long record of public service and a broad view of Michigan’s challenges. Lerner has worked effectively with Democrats on City Council, raising hopes that he might temper the rigid partisanship that has limited the Legislature’s effectiveness."
In 2012, Here's what the Detroit News had to say when they endorsed Richard for the State House seat:
"Two Republicans and three Democrats are running for an open seat. Incumbent Democrat Vicki Barnett is term-limited. Our choice is Richard Lerner of Farmington Hills. He’s a City Council member and was mayor pro tem in 2012."
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