Zach Rich, a 24-year-old Farmington Hills resident, will vie in November for a seat on the Farmington Public Schools Board of Education.
A former deputy treasurer for Oakland County, Rich attended schools in the district. He is finishing his Master’s Degree in Public Administration at Wayne State University, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and International Studies.
Rich said he’s running to ensure that all kids get the same great education he did. As a child, he had a speech impediment, and he remembers his teachers at Forest Elementary School encouraging him to work with the school’s speech pathologist. Later, he became a champion collegiate debater.
“I am running to give back to the community that set me on a path for success and help it to continue to adapt and improve,” Rich said in a press release. He was also inspired by his grandfather, who taught him “that you do not only wake up, go to work, and go home. You need to serve your community.”
Rich served as president of the Mayors’ Youth Council for Farmington/Farmington Hills. He received a Youth Recognition Award from Farmington Youth Assistance and a “Best and Brightest” award from Community Choice Credit Union.