Farmington council member to run for county commission seat

Bill Galvin
Bill Galvin (City of Farmington)

As Oakland County Commissioner Bill Dwyer (R-14th District) plans his retirement – at least from county service, Farmington city council member Bill Galvin hopes to start another political career.

Galvin, a self-employed financial advisor, on Wednesday announced his candidacy for the 14th District seat, which serves Farmington, portions of Farmington Hills, Southfield Township, and the Villages of Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms and Franklin.

Maria Taylor David Delind Johnna Balk Farmington City Council

In a press release, Galvin said he will continue to serve on council during the campaign and resign if successful on November 6. He was re-elected last fall to a four-year council term.

Galvin said Dwyer “set a high standard of leadership and stewardship which I have watched and intend to continue.” The four-term county commissioner was hired to run the Warren Police Department in July of 2017 and said then that he would not seek re-election.

Twice appointed mayor, Galvin has served seven years on city council and held positions on the Southwest Oakland County Cable Commission, Beaumont Farmington Hills Community Advisory Board, Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce board, Farmington Downtown Development Authority board and the Farmington/Farmington Hills/Farmington Public Schools Joint Task Force. He is a current board member and treasurer for the 8 Mile Boulevard Association.

“I intend to use Farmington’s small-town values of bipartisan, civil discourse to serve the greater good of Oakland County,” Galvin said. “Farmington and Farmington Hills have much in common with our neighboring communities of Franklin, Bingham Farms and Beverly Hills, and I look forward to representing them at the county level.”

To learn more about his candidacy, visit


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