Farmington Hills returns familiar faces, renews public safety millage

Farmington Hills voters returned some familiar faces to city council during Tuesday’s local elections.

Incumbents Valerie Knol and Michael Bridges each earned another four-year term. Bridges was first elected in 2008; Knol, in 2013.

Valerie Knol Farmington Hills
Valerie Knol (City of Farmington Hills)
Michael Bridges Farmington Hills
Michael Bridges (City of Farmington Hills)

Randy Bruce took the third seat, returning after a two-year absence. He served on council for 16 years before leaving to run in the 2020 Democratic state house primary.

Randy Bruce
Randy Bruce (Contributed)

Mayor Vicki Barnett sailed into a second term. First elected to council in 1995, she won mayoral terms in 2003, 2005, and 2019. She also served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives, from 2009 to 2014.

Mayor Vicki Barnett
Mayor Vicki Barnett (City of Farmington Hills)

Voters overwhelmingly renewed a 1.7 mill levy that will fund the Farmington Hills Police and Fire Departments over the next 10 years. The measure cruised to passage with more than 75 percent of the vote.

Farmington Hills saw a light, 24 percent voter turnout, with five precincts under 20 percent. Only precincts 3, 12, and 14 cracked 30 percent. 

Here’s a look at the unofficial vote totals:

City Council

  • Jon Aldred – 5113
  • Michael Bridges – 7824
  • Randy Bruce – 7029
  • Valerie Knol – 9899
  • Jacob Kovacs – 4040
  • Matt Strickfaden – 5736


  • Vicki Barnett – 11,640
  • Gina Phillips – 3,329

Public Safety Millage

  • Yes – 11,523
  • No – 3,779

View complete results and find out how your precinct voted on Oakland County’s website.

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