OVER & OUT
Former state Rep. Chuck Moss (R-Birmingham) has made it official, filing on June 24 to run for county commission for the12th District, which Shelley Goodman Taub (R-Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills) has represented since January 2009. Taub confirmed she's “done with the county seat,” having always said she would “go out when Brooks (Patterson, Oakland County Executive) does.” Patterson has announced he will not run for re-election in 2020 as he is battling pancreatic cancer. Taub also inferred that changes in the county board – which became majority Democrat for the first time in 42 years this year, has lead to a “lack of leadership” on the board. Moss, who lost to Taub in the primary in 2016, in announcing his campaign, said he is running because “No matter who (is) the county exec (sic), Oakland has to ensure the good government and financial practices that's made Oakland number one. I can do that and that's why I'm running.” In his third term representing the House 40th District (Birmingham, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hills), Moss chaired the powerful appropriations committee. A Democratic challenger (or perhaps a GOP primary opponent) has yet to be heard from. We're sure that's only a matter of time.