Farmington candidate tops all locals in fundraising

First-time Farmington city council candidate Maria Taylor has raised more money during this campaign cycle than any other candidate running for a city post in Farmington and Farmington Hills.

According to campaign finance reports due Oct. 27, the three incumbents running in Farmington – Greg Cowley, Bill Galvin, and Jeff Scott – all filed waivers indicating they do not plan to receive or spend more than $1,000. Farmington Hills city council candidate Mary Newlin also received a waiver.

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Joe LaRussa, another first-time Farmington candidate, raised $770, all from individuals.

Taylor raked in $6,300, plus $1,900 in in-kind contributions ahead of the pre-election reporting period, which closed Oct. 22. She received about 80 donations, including $250 from the New York-based Launch Progress PAC, which “supports young, bold progressives from diverse backgrounds for state and local office,” according to the organization’s website.

Taylor received $500 from the Farmington/Farmington Hills Democratic Club, which also supported incumbent Michael Bridges in the Farmington Hills city council race. Bridges raised a total of $1,200, well behind Valerie Knol, also a Farmington Hills incumbent.

Knol took in $5,810 from more than 50 donors, including contributions from candidate committees for State Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) and fellow council member Richard Lerner, as well as the Plunkett Cooney Employees PAC and Waste Management Employees Better Government Fund.

Farmington Hills candidate Samantha Steckloff took in $4,396 from nearly 60 contributors, including the Greig Leadership Fund, which supports progressive Michigan women elected officials and candidates, and Waste Management Employees Better Government Fund.

Steckloff also received funds from candidate committees for State Rep. Jeremy Moss (D-Southfield), Oakland County Commissioner Marcia Gershenson (D-District 13), Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash (D), State Rep. Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park), and fellow council member Richard Lerner. 

Farmington Hills Mayor Ken Massey, who is running unopposed, raised $3,575 from 26 donors, including Republican Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer’s campaign committee.

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