Hometownlife.com Published 1:01 p.m. ET July 19, 2019
Samantha Steckloff, Randy Bruce and Michael Bridges of the Farmington Hills City Council are all seeking the open 37th District seat in the Michigan House of Representatives.
The seat will be left vacant by House Minority Leader Christine Greig, a Democrat who lives in Farmington Hills, in 2020.
State representatives can serve up to three two-year terms. The 37th District represents Farmington and Farmington Hills.
In a political rarity, the three colleagues from the seven-person council are all seeking larger influence through the state house. Steckloff and Bruce both officially launched their campaigns with events in late July. Bridges did not respond to multiple requests for an interview.
Bruce has a bachelor’s, a master’s and a Ph.D. degree, all from Wayne State University. He is a board-certified rehab psychologist and has called Farmington Hills his home for the last 33 years. Bruce has spent 16 years on council with three terms as mayor pro tem and eight years on the Farmington Hills Zoning Board of Appeals.
He is running as a Democrat on issues like increasing mental healthcare services, regulating charter schools and common sense gun regulations. He said he’s moving to the state house campaign with the hopes of having a wider impact.
“I now want to take my extensive record and experience and accomplishments to Lansing because I feel I can have a large positive impact there based upon what I’ve been able to do in the city,” Bruce, whose current city council term expires this year, said.
He said he feels good knowing that three experienced people are vying for the job for voters.
“I think it’s a great feeling to know that so many qualified people want to continue providing a good public service by moving up to the state legislature,” Bruce said.
Bruce’s campaign officially kicks off on July 25 at his Farmington Hills home.