RIDING A HISTORIC TRAIL
A potentially raucous campaign to replace Michigan House Democratic Leader Christine Greig (D-Farmington, Farmington Hills) looks primed to unfurl as the term-limited representative of the 37th District steps down at the end of 2020. Currently, three members of the Farmington Hills City Council – made up of a total seven members – are poised to battle one another in the Democratic primary next August 4 – council members Randy Bruce and Samantha Steckloff have both filed campaign finance paperwork to run as Democrats for the seat, as has mayor pro tem Michael Bridges. While political wonks say it could be a record to have three individuals from the same body running against one another for the same seat, Farmington Hills City Council has a history as a feeder to the state House 37th District. Not only is Greig a former council member, but so was her predecessor, former House Democratic Leader Vicki Barnett, who is looking to head back home, running for a seat on council this fall, along with late Rep. Aldo Vagnozzi, who held the seat from 2002 to 2006, and late Rep. Jan C. Dolan, a Republican who was state rep for the district from 1989 to 1996. A bit of family trivia – Steckloff is Barnett’s daughter.