Rochester Election Guide: It's Not Too Early To Get You Ready to Vote

Here are the candidates, incumbents and issues that will be affecting Rochester, Rochester Hills and Oakland County.

As we look ahead to August's primary and November's general elections, Rochester Patch is committed to bringing you the information you need about every race in town. 

Here's a look at the candidates and issues we'll be covering as the election days near.

As we gear up our election coverage, we're wondering: Which races are most important to you?


Because of Congressional redistricting after the 2010 Census, our Congressman, Democrat Gary Peters, will not be able to run again in the 9th District. In fact, Rochester and Rochester Hills are now broken into two Congressional districts.

  • District 8: Mike Rogers, a Republican from Brighton, will seek another term in the Congressional district that now stretches from Lansing to Rochester and Rochester Hills. Republicans Brian Hetrick of Brighton and Vernon Molnar of Holly will try to unseat him. Democrat Lance Enderle of Lansing is also a candidate.
  • District 11: This district covers the southwest corner of Rochester Hills. Kerry Bentivolio of Milford is the Republican candidate. Democrats William Roberts of Redford and Syed Taj of Canton will face each other in the primary. 

State leadership

  • District 45: Incumbent Tom McMillin of Rochester Hills is the only Republican candidate for the post. Democrats Ted Golden, Joanna VanRaaphorst and Douglas Wilson are also candidates for the position, which represents Rochester and Rochester Hills. See  for a closer look at those two candidates. Stay tuned to Rochester Patch for continuous coverage as the election approaches. 

County leadership

  • Oakland County Executive: L. Brooks Patterson will seek another term (See ). He will be challenged by Republican E. Wadsworth Sherrod III in the primary. is the Democratic candidate. 
  • Oakland County Sheriff: Mike Bouchard will seek another term. He will be challenged by Republican James Stevens of Rochester Hills in the primary. Jane Felice Boudreau is the Democratic candidate.
  • Oakland County Prosecutor: Mike Bishop, the Republican former Senate Majority Leader from Rochester, will challenge Democratic incumbent Jessica Cooper. 
  • Oakland County Clerk: Democrat Lisa Brown of West Bloomfield will challenge Bill Bullard, the Republican incumbent.
  • Oakland County Treasurer: Republican Marty Knollenberg will challenge Democrat Andy Meisner.
  • Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner: Republican John McCulloch will seek another term. Democrats Mark Danowski and Jim Nash will face off in the primary.

County commissioners

Because of redistricting, Rochester and Rochester Hills now fall into two different County Commission districts. 

  • District 11: This district covers the western half of Rochester Hills and Troy. Incumbent Robert Gosselin, a Republican from Troy, will face Democrat Louise Schilling of Troy.
  • District 15: This district covers all of Rochester and the eastern half of Rochester Hills. Republican Jeff Matis of Rochester, an incumbent, is the only candidate running for this position.

Ballot questions

  • Police funding: Voters in Rochester Hills will be asked to renew funding for police services. The ballot question specifically asks about a 1.2083 renewal and 2.5 additional mills for police services from the general fund. See .
  • County questions: Voters will be asked to support .2 mills for the Oakland County Art Institute Authority and to renew .59 mills for the Oakland County Transportation Millage. 

The president

We'll cover the presidential race when it makes sense, locally, to do so. We'll update this page with coverage as we go.

Christopher June 27, 2012 at 03:00 PM
I agree, term limits has only forced him to move around a lot. How many state, county and local pensions is he working on?
Christopher June 27, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Pay linked to property values seems nice now, but 20 years from now it'll seem rediculous. Like the Headlee (sp) Amendment, creating property tax increases as our houses went down in value.
james.stevensforsheriff June 27, 2012 at 03:17 PM
My name is James Stevens I’m running for Oakland county Sheriff BUDGET- This is tough economic times, in the past governments spent money like Drunken Sailors I plan to cut cost and replace older vehicles with high fuel ratings to save tax dollars Incentives to our deputies will be paid Bonuses from my own personal Fund. TOP ISSUES 1. Let’s get tough on Crime and drugs. 2. I Plan to start a Boot Camp with my own money, no tax payers money. 3. More patrols in the neighborhoods 4. A plan to get guns off the streets and a new Crime hotline. 5. Reward deputies by catching the criminals’, bonuses to be paid out from the Sheriffs personnel fund and not the tax payers. JAIL OVER CROWDING – This will no longer be an issue, I plan to open a Boot Camp With my own Funds and inmates are going to perform work details, during the winter they will be shoveling sidewalks and I will pay for the shovels from my own pay. Many crimes cost tax payers money. Shoplifting is a large issue which makes prices Of goods cost us more, the current fine is just another fine in payment which causes the same people to just steal more to pay the fines, but my plan of a Boot Camp is braking concrete during the summer and shoveling snow in the winter for just a few task that they would perform. After one stay at the Sheriff’s Camp I don’t think anyone would want to revisit the county hotel. The Camp will cost tax payers no money Cut cost, let’s make Oakland County a nice place to live
Kathy July 17, 2012 at 10:32 PM
If inmates are doing Boot Camp, where do they stay when they are not on detail? They will still be in the jail, right? If they come in for duty on a daily basis from home, then don't show up for detail, they will be arrested and....be put in jail. The over crowding in jail will still be an issue. Also, If you pay for Boot Camp with your own funds, and next election you don't get re-elected, then what happens to Boot Camp? Will it rely on the future Sheriff funds? How can this be a long term solution to jail over-crowding?
james.stevensforsheriff July 18, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Well my plan is better than what is currently happening, which is sitting in a A/C County Hotel.


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