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

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  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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