Rochester, Rochester Hills face city, school elections

Voters in the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and the school districts of Rochester and Avondale will go to the polls Tuesday, Nov. 8.

In Rochester Hills, former councilman Erik Ambrozaitis is challenging Mayor Bryan Barnett for the second consecutive time. At least two new members of city council will be elected in the wake of the death of Councilman J. Martin Brennan and the decision not to run for re-election by Councilman Vern Pixley.

The candidates for Brennan’s District 2 seat are Adam Kochenderfer and Laurie Puscas. For two at-large seats the candidates are incumbent Michael Webber, Kathleen Fitzgerald, Dee Hilbert and Mark Tisdel. Council President Greg Hooper is unopposed for his District 3 seat.

Rochester Hills voters will also decide the fate of a charter-amendment proposal that would ban city-owned parks and open spaces from being converted to non-recreational use without voter approval.

In the city of Rochester, longtime Councilman David Becker is stepping down. Voters will elect four people, with the top three finishers receiving four-year terms, the fourth a two-year term. The candidates are incumbents Ben Giovanelli and Steve Sage and newcomers Cathy Daldin, Ann Peterson and Stan Surratt.

For the Rochester Board of Education, where two incumbents are stepping down, voters will elect three trustees. The candidates are incumbent Beth Talbert and newcomers Tom Malysz, Jeremy Nielson, Jane Pierobon and Pat Piskulich.

In Avondale, where voters will also elect three trustees, incumbent Tammy Muczynski is stepping down. The candidates are incumbents Ken Hedrick and Stephen Sucher and newcomers Scott Bittinger and Roseland Lewis.

The polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Absentee ballots are available at each city clerk’s office during regular business hours. In addition, clerks’ offices will be open Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. The last day to obtain absentee ballots by mail is Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m.


  1. Annette: The council did NOT support the proposal of the parks charter amendment, they agreed to the LANGUAGE of the proposal. Please don’t mislead the public with the statement you made.

    As this was an election year, they were backed into a corner and they knew it, otherwise they never would have even considered this. Get your facts straight.

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