Farmington Hills candidates raise thousands for mayor, council races

A candidate for mayor and a write-in city council candidate topped fundraising in the final campaign finance filing before the November 5 City of Farmington Hills local elections.

Vicki Barnett and Richard Lerner are vying for a 2-year mayoral seat. Candidates for three, 4-year city council seats are Jackie Boleware, T. R. Carr, Danette Duron-Willner, Kenneth D. Massey, Mary Newlin, and write-in candidate Theresa Rich.

Books closed October 20 for campaign committees; reports were due by 5 p.m. Friday.

Here’s an overview of the reports, which detail who donated to campaigns and how candidates spent their money:

Mayor (listed in order of funds raised)

Richard Lerner
Richard Lerner (City of Farmington Hills)

Lerner topped fundraising for all Farmington Hills candidates, with $13,715, which includes a $3,340 transfer from his previous city council campaign. More than 60 individuals contributed to Lerner’s campaign, with $1,000 contributions coming from retiree Ray Okonski and Majid Koza, owner of Koza Brothers Management of Southfield.

Vicki Barnett
Vicki Barnett (Contributed)

Barnett raised $11,445 from around the same number of donors, and contributed $4,600 to her own campaign, $4,500 of which is listed as a loan. Her largest donation ($1,000), and the race’s only Political Action Committee (PAC) contribution, came from the Realtors Political Action Committee of Michigan.

City Council (listed in order of funds raised)

Theresa Rich
Theresa Rich (Contributed)

Write-in candidate Theresa Rich topped council fundraising, with $12,830 from more than 80 donors. She contributed $7,000 to her own campaign, which is listed as a loan, and her largest donation came from Greater Metropolitan Association of Realtors RPAC, $1,000.

Other PAC contributions to Rich’s campaign included Michigan Laborers Political League, $250; Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 PAC, $100; Planned Parenthood Advocates of Michigan, $250; Registrars PAC Local 58 IBEW, $500; and UAW of Michigan VPAC, $500.

Danette Duron-Willner
Danette Duron-Willner (Contributed)

Duron-Willner finished second in the money race, raising $7,425. Only the summary pages of her finance report were available as of 9 p.m. Friday.

Jackie Boleware
Jackie Boleware (Contributed)

Boleware raised $5,370 from 76 contributors. She contributed $100 to her own campaign, and her only large contribution, $1,000, came from the UAW Michigan PAC.

Mayor Ken Massey
Ken Massey (City of Farmington Hills)

Massey raised $3,450 from 30 donors, with no contributions of $1,000 or more and no PAC contributions.

TR Carr
TR Carr (Contributed)

Carr raised $4,550 from more than 30 contributors. He gave $1,400 to his own campaign, $1,000 of which is listed as a loan. He received no other contributions of $1,000 or more and no PAC contributions.

Mary Ellen Newlin
Mary Ellen Newlin (Contributed)

Candidate Mary Newlin filed for a waiver, indicating she plans to raise or spend less than $1,000.

To see who contributed to each candidate and how they spent their funds, view the filed campaign documents in Oakland County’s searchable, online database.

Correction: The amount that candidate Theresa Rich contributed to her own campaign as a loan was incorrectly reported in the original version of this story. 

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