Barnett Teams Sweeps Hills Election- with video!

Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett was re-elected to his second full term Tuesday, beating former councilman Erik Ambrozaitis with 77 percent of the vote. The council candidates who ran with him—incumbent Mike Webber and newcomers Adam Kochenderfer and Mark Tisdel—also won.

“I am a very blessed person,” Barnett told supporters at the Concorde Inn. “I’m so grateful to have a job I love and an opportunity to have it for four more years.”

Turnout was 21 percent. Tisdel came in first in the race for two at-large seats, followed by Webber. They defeated newcomers Kathleen Fitzgerald and Deanna Hilbert. Kochenderfer beat Laurie Puscas for the District 2 seat formerly held by the late J. Martin Brennan.

In his first campaign, Tisdel said he knocked on a lot of doors. “Even though I finished first in the primary, we just continued to work hard,” he said.

Webber was sidelined by an ankle injury and said he wasn’t able to knock on as many doors as the rest of the team. That made this year just as challenging as four years ago, he said.

“Four years ago the community took a chance on me,” he said. “I’m proud of the fact I was able to connect with people.”

Kochenderfer said he has big shoes to fill. “There’s a sense of responsibility toward the voters, and gratitude,” he said. “I’m going to work to represent all of my constituents.” He said he would work to find more ways to collaborate with other communities, “where it makes sense for Rochester Hills.”

Barnett said he felt the results show voters are happy with his leadership. “We don’t need to make 180-degree changes. We have a great product to build on.”

The newly elected will be sworn in Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at city hall.

A charter amendment won big–88.29 percent of the voters supported the change, which  will add new protections for future uses of city parks.


  1. What about the silent majority of 79% of the voters who are feeling hopeless? As long as they still silent the slate don’t care about them.

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