Farmington Hills City Council Member Randy Bruce has officially launched his campaign for the 37th District State House seat held by Rep. Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills), who is term-limited.
Bruce’s fourth term on council expires this year. A small business owner, he has had an extensive career in both the public and private sectors.
“I am going to Lansing to do a job, not get a job,” Bruce said in a press release. “I am very proud of my accomplishments as a business owner and healthcare professional and will use my experiences to make Michigan a healthier place for all citizens.”
During his 16 years on City Council, Bruce has served three terms as Mayor Pro-Tem and served 13 years with the National League of Cities, including seven years with the organization’s Human Development Steering Committee.
He previously served for eight years on the Farmington Hills Zoning Board of Appeals, including one year as vice-chair and two years as chair.
“I have many accomplishments on Council that show I will be able to hit the ground running once I get to Lansing,” he said. “I have been involved in the development of national policy, including White House briefings on veterans’ affairs and homelessness, as well as participating in meetings with the Speaker’s chief of staff on the Affordable Care Act.”
Bruce completed B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Wayne State University, and is a licensed psychologist, neuropsychologist and board-certified rehabilitation psychologist. He has over 30 years’ experience as a health care provider and owns two health care businesses employing over 60 people.
Bruce was an eight-year member of the United Auto Workers Local 6000, working for the State of Michigan mental health system. “Being a member of the union, as well as a business owner, I am able to clearly see and appreciate both sides of labor issues, giving me a unique perspective of the needs of workers and businesses and being able to create win-win situations.”
Fiscal responsibility is a top priority for Bruce, who was trained as a scientist. “I look at what the data indicates, and then work on solutions based on that data. When I saw that our water rates were constantly increasing, I had a study completed that resulted in the construction of our water tower, that is now saving the rate payers over three million dollars per year in rate increases. I also started the Intergovernmental Task Force between Farmington Hills, Farmington and the School District, that resulted in the combination of services and savings of tens of thousands of dollars.”
”Our fiscal responsibly over the last 16 years has resulted in the City of Farmington Hills’ bond rating increasing from AA to AAA. We are also 80 percent funded in our pension fund and over 100 percent in our retiree healthcare, which is the best in the state. This is the type of fiscal management that I can bring to Lansing.”
Bruce said he is also a proud cofounder of Farmington SAFE (Suicide Awareness for Everyone), as well as advocating for a rental home inspection ordinance, and one of the most comprehensive dangerous animal ordinances in the state. He also supported the expansion of the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to protect the LGBTQ community from discrimination. He is a 16-year member of the Farmington Area Arts Commission, as well as serving on the Sobriety Court Task Force.