Farmington area candidates, campaigns reveal pre-election finances

Local candidates for public office filed pre-election campaign finance statements last week, revealing stark disparities in fundraising and campaign spending.

In the race for the 37th District House seat held by Rep. Christine Greig, challenger Mitch Swoboda filed for a waiver granted to candidates who expect to raise and spend less than $1,000. Running for her third and final term, Greig raised more than $18,000 during the pre-election period, including 20-plus contributions from political action committees.

Of the four candidates running for two Farmington Public Schools Board of Trustees seats, retired educator Pam Green topped fundraising with more than $7,000. The youngest candidate, 24-year-old Zach Rich, pulled in more than $5,000 and Jeff Grynaviski, just under $1,300. Incumbent Mark Przeslawski filed for a waiver. Rich and Green both received PAC funds.

Committee promotes Farmington millage

The Vote Yes for Farmington committee, formed to promote the city’s 3-mill ballot request, also filed required reports. The group has received more than a half-dozen contributions, council member Maria Taylor said. The largest, $400, came from Bridget Benton, a Canton resident and member of the Farmington Area Jaycees.

“The donation was made after I gave a presentation to the group earlier in October, and it was put toward the cost of 125 yard signs,” Taylor said.

The committee put out a mailing to absentee voters and has a supply of lawn signs. Taylor said a second mailing is scheduled this week to get information into the hands of likely voters in the November 6 election. The committee is still looking for support; anyone interested can contact Taylor, 2highlandsoles@gmail.com.

To find campaign statements for a local candidate, visit oakgov.com/clerkrod/elections/. To search for reports filed by candidates and committees in state-wide elections, visit the Secretary of State’s Campaign Finance Disclosure section at michigan.gov.

Here’s a look at the numbers for local races:

State House District 37

Christine Greig (D) incumbent

$18,140 contributions, $16,791.51 expenditures, $10,016 ending balance (includes balance from last report)

PAC contributions: MEA-PAC, $2,000; Comerica Political Action Committee, $2,000; AEE Action Fund, $1,000; Northville Democratic Club PAC, $1,000; Michigan Association for Justice, $1,000; Health Care Association of Michigan, $1,000; AT&T Michigan PAC, $1,500; Michigan McDonald’s Government Association PAC, $1,000; Auto Dealers of Michigan PAC, $500; Ford Motor Company Civic Action Fund, $500; UAW Michigan V-PAC, $500; Michigan Fraternal Order of Police, $500; Architects Political Action Committee, $500; McAlvey Merchant PAC, $500; United States Steel Corporation PAC, $500; School Administrators Political Action Committee, $500; BIASM Political Action Committee, $300; Michigan Milk Producers PAC, $250; Michigan Fire Chiefs PAC, $250; CSX Corporation Good Government Fund, $250; Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners PAC, $200.

Filing status: Current, on time

Mitch Swoboda (R)

Received a waiver.

Oakland County Commission (13th District)

Michelle Dinardo (R)

Received a waiver.

Marcia Gershenson (D) – incumbent

$8,543 contributions, $1,823.03 expenditures, $26,645.62 ending balance* (includes balance from last report)

PAC contributions: UAW V-PAC, $500; MI LIST, $500; IUPAT (International Union of Painters and Allied Trades), $500

Filing status: Current, on time

*The candidate’s committee holds $30,750 in debt, with the majority owed to the candidate.

Oakland County Commission (14th District)

William Galvin (R)

$7,900 contributions, $13,812.52 expenditures, $6,430 ending balance (includes balance from last report)

PAC contributions: 14th District Republican Committee, $400; Plunkett Cooney PAC, $400

Filing status: Current, on time

William Miller III (D)

$8,325 contributions, $6,266.12 expenditures, $15,040.95 ending balance (includes balance from last report)

PAC contributions: Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters PAC, $500; IUPAT PAC, $500; UAW Michigan V-PAC, $5,000

Filing status: Current, on time for this reporting period. Late filings for August primary pre-election and post-election statements.

Oakland County Commission (21st District)

Janet Jackson (D) – incumbent

$0 contributions, $380 expenditures, $570 ending balance (includes balance from last report)

PAC contributions: $0

Filing status: Current, on time

Richard A. Van Camp (R)

Received a waiver.

Farmington Public Schools Board of Trustees

Pamela S. Green

$7,670 contributions, $6,408.39 expenditures, $1,261.61 ending balance

PAC contributions: Michigan Education Association PAC, $600

Filing status: Current, on time

Jeff Grynaviski

$1,281 contributions, $1,622.51 expenditures, $341.51 ending balance (includes loan from the candidate)

PAC contributions: $0

Filing status: Current, on time

Mark Przeslawski

Received a waiver granted to candidates who expect to raise and spend less than $1,000 during the campaign

Zach Rich

$5,612.31 contributions, $4,648.94 expenditures, $963.37 ending balance

PAC contributions: Michigan Laborers’ Political League PAC, $250; Operating Engineers Local 324 PAC, $150; Farmington Democratic Club, $250

Filing status: Current, on time

Farmington millage question

Vote Yes for Farmington

$1,495 contributions, $558.61 expenditures, $936.39 balance

Filing status: Current, on time