MOVIN’ ON UP
Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett (R) is currently preparing for his second write-in campaign later this year, but others are pushing ‘America’s Mayor’ to consider other offices in 2020, including for Oakland County Executive and Michigan’s 8th Congressional District currently held by Elissa Slotkin (D-Rochester, Rochester Hills, north Oakland, part of Livingston and Ingham counties). Barnett, who in 2015 took 53 percent of the votes with a write-in campaign for mayor, had been term-limited after winning twice prior. In addition to his local duties, Barnett also serves as the vice president of The United States Conference of Mayors, and in June will be named president of the bi-partisan organization. The mayor said that while he’s currently focused on the 2019 election, he isn’t ruling out any future plans, acknowledging he would be able to pursue another office if re-elected again. Word around the county is he’s poised to announce for a congressional run.