Op/Ed: Local matters, and other lessons from the 2017 election

I learned a lot from the 2017 Farmington city council election, but most of all, this: Farmington Voice readers care about local issues and local news.

In the weeks leading up to Tuesday, Nov. 7, election-related posts – candidate profiles, letters, and news stories – received more combined traffic than any other news category. Our election results story picked up a higher number of page views than any story other than the October water main break and boil water advisory in Farmington Hills.

Clearly, local news matters. And it will matter even more in 2018, with re-development of the Maxfield Training Center, a controversial road millage in Farmington Hills, the looming closure of Harrison High School and its potential repurposing as a community center.

That’s in addition to the avalanche of “regular” stories – about events, local government meetings, police and fire incidents, community festivals, nonprofits and businesses.

Farmington Voice should and will cover it all. But to do this work, we need your help.

Your voluntary subscription – as little as $2 per month – will make a huge impact. With additional resources, I’ll dedicate more time to writing news and analysis and hire freelancers to increase our coverage of stories that matter.

I envision a more robust, local, independent news website exclusively dedicated to Farmington and Farmington Hills. I think our community deserves that, and I believe it is a dream worth reaching for.

If you agree, please consider joining your neighbors who make recurring contributions through Patreon or Paypal (there’s more information here: farmingtonvoice.com/support/). You may also send an annual contribution, via check or money order to Farmington Voice, to 33414 Oakland St. #2 Farmington MI.

Thank you for your careful consideration, for reading and sharing, and for inspiring me every day.

Joni Hubred