Barnett makes House bid official
Former Farmington Hills Mayor Vicki Barnett officially announced her candidacy this week for the 37th District State House of Representatives.
She announced her candidacy at a town hall meeting Tuesday night at the Costick Center, where she talked about her experience and vision.
"I am proud of my record that for the last 12 years as council member and mayor I balanced the city budget in good times and bad without increasing the local millage rate," Barnett said.
The Farmington Hills Democrat is seeking a two-year term in the House and will face one of two Republican candidates, Paul Welday and Richard Lerner. The seat is currently held by Rep. Aldo Vagnozzi, D-Farmington Hills, who cannot seek re-election due to term limits.
Barnett, a 27-year Farmington Hills resident, said she has the skills that are needed in the House.
"My message is simple," she said. "I have spent 12 years in local government keeping the city strong and sustainable while working in a bipartisan fashion. These skills are sorely missing in Lansing. It's time to elect someone who puts the people first rather than partisan agendas. I have successfully solved problems in a creative way and helped establish Farmington Hills as one of the premier cities in the country, and one of the safest in the state of Michigan."
Barnett is an investment consultant with LPL Financial and continues to serve on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security committee to improve emergency technology. With a long resumÃ© of community service, Barnett was recently honored by Crain's Detroit Business as one of the most influential women in southeast Michigan. She also formed the North Coast Project, which calls for a Great Lakes alliance for economic development.
She is married to attorney Mark Steckloff. They have two children, Samantha and Jordan.