F2H Votes: Geof Perrot, Farmington City Council

Our F2H Votes series brings you candidate interviews and information about the 2019 local elections in Farmington and Farmington Hills. Follow local election news on social media with the #F2HVotes19 hashtag.

Farmington city council candidates include: Sara Bowman (incumbent), Sarah Davies, Joe LaRussa (incumbent), Geof Perrot, and Steven Schneemann (incumbent). 

Geof Perrot
Geof Perrot (Contributed photo)

Geof Perrot, 39, is Global Product Manager, Driv Motorparts (Formerly Federal-Mogul & Tenneco). He has lived in Farmington for 11 years as a resident and homeowner.

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT

Two years, Zoning Board of Appeals, two years, Planning Commission, three years, early morning setup volunteer at Farmington Farmers & Artisans Market

Why did you decide to run for a seat on council?

The more I’ve become involved in Farmington government over the years, the more I want to be involved, so the city council is an exciting opportunity. My time on the Zoning Board of Appeals, and now the Planning Commission, have been great learning experiences, and I look forward to using those experiences on city council. It sounds kinda selfish, but I want to help develop the city I will one day be sharing with my grandkids.

What unique strengths will you bring to the table?

As I mentioned earlier, my time on the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Commission has given me the opportunity to be deeply involved in the business and development of Farmington. My education and career has provided me with advanced business management skills, paired with the attention to detail of an engineer.

I’ve always considered city council as an executive team that is responsible for leading the business that is Farmington, Michigan. My education, government experience, and community involvement would be a great addition to this executive team.

What one issue do you plan to address first if you win a seat in November?

We have a lot of exciting activity going on around town right now, most of which includes input from city council. I would like to get up to speed on the city’s involvement with filling the multiple empty storefronts we have throughout town.

There’s a new emphasis on arts in Farmington, particularly downtown. What role do you believe the arts play in building a stronger and more resilient community, and how will you support the arts as a council member?

I believe that a strong arts presence is a sign of a strong town. My family and I recently enjoyed Thistle Rose Academy’s performance of Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in Riley Park, which was fantastic. The Sundquist Pavilion provided a great venue, and we hope more performances will be planned.

What measures would you support to make the city, and especially downtown, more walkable and bike-able?

This issue hits really close to home for me. This summer, I removed the training wheels from our twin daughters’ bicycles, so we are exploring Farmington like never before, at speeds like never before. I experience firsthand the anxiety of my girls crossing busy streets like Grand River and Farmington Road, while stressing the importance of watching out for traffic in every direction. My time on the Planning Commission has kept me involved with the city’s master plan that includes multiple concepts for improving the overall mobility of all residents. We need to continue to support our master plan as it is our guide to developing a safer, more accessible city regardless of your means of transportation.

Both cities are looking at whether it makes sense to create a municipal broadband system. What’s your take on this idea?

A municipal broadband system is an interesting idea that could set Farmington/Farmington Hills apart from other metro Detroit communities. This is a very new idea, so a lot of research remains to be done prior to considering if this is a right fit for Farmington/Farmington Hills.