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hether he is serving
the city of Farmington
Hills or representing
the entire state as
president of the Michigan Mu-
nicipal League, Ben Marks
takes his job quite seriously.
He wants everyone to know
he cares. And he has gone to the
extreme to get this message
Within the past year, the
nine-year veteran of the Farm-
ington Hills City Council trav-
eled to 154 cities across the
state to tell city government of-
ficials about the dangers of los-
ing local control to the state.
"I traveled over 25,000 miles
last year and never left the
state," Mr. Marks says.
Like so many other munici-
pal elected officials, Mr. Marks
is concerned about the impact
on the local level of Gov. En-
gler's plans to reduce property
taxes and create a new system
also the Farmington PTA Coun-
cil president; and Vincent Lorel-
li, an attorney.
The three candidates who re-
ceive the most votes will be
elected to four-year terms. The
next candidate with the most
votes will be elected to a two-
The winners will join incum-
bents Terry Sever, Joanne
Smith and Nancy Bates on the
All candidates believe the
major issue in Farmington Hills
is maintaining funding for the
future. Ms. Oliverio believes the
council must work to preserve
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Ben Marks shows Alana Waldorf a campaign pamphlet
of financing education.
On Tuesday, Mr. Marks will
be on the ballot once again as
one of six candidates vying for
four open city council spots.
Others are incumbent Jon
Grant, a business owner; May-
or Pro-tem Lawrence Lichtman,
attorney; volunteer Cheryl Oliv-
erio; incumbent Aldo Vagnozzi,
residential property values. Mr.
Lichtman says the council must
balance the needs of the resi-
dents with fiscal responsibility.
Mr. Lorelli says keeping tax-
es lower is key, and Mr. Grant
says he will fight to return tax
money to the community from
the federal and state govern-