HEIR TO THE THRONE
Which leads us to wonder, who might follow the the great and mighty Patterson? Following seven terms in office as Oakland County Executive, he claimed his 2016 race would be his last one. While still early for conjecture about a 2020 race, one thing we know for sure – Republicans will want to keep it all in the family. Sheriff Michael Bouchard said that he would definitely consider running for the position – only if L. Brooks Patterson definitely doesn’t run for an incredible eighth wonder term. Otherwise, he’ll stay pat at the sheriff’s position, where he has a national reputation and sits on several national sheriff and law enforcement boards. As for whispers that Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett may be being groomed for an appointment or run for the executive, Barnett said he's currently focused on his job as mayor. Barnett often works with Brooks, who co-chairs Barnett's Mayor's Business Council. "Brooks is a good friend, and I appreciate his guidance and friendship in my role as mayor," Barnett said. As for his interest in the job, Barnett said he, of course, would be interested, but "I'm sure lots of people would be interested." That includes Oakland County Commissioner Mike Gingell, of Clarkston, who said he has also been in conversations with people about the position, including discussions with Brooks himself. Gingell, who will have a dozen years under his belt on the commission next year, including eight as board chairman, praised the county exec and his team. "I think it's still really early, but it's pretty humbling to have people mention my name for it."