Friday, October 31, 2008

Do Not Let The Light Die In This Election by Akindele Akinyemi


In Michigan, we, as Republicans, are facing some serious political challenges. In Oakland County alone we are witnessing a seismic shift in the political landscape that we have never seen before. It is possible that Oakland County can turn blue next week thanks to Sen. Barack Obama's Change and Hope Machine that has people buzzing around the political world.

While that is going on I want people to concentrate on the City of Farmington Hills and Farmington. You see, there are only three African Americans in this state that are elected to anything. One is Oakland County Commissioner Mike Rogers. The Commissioner represents District 14 in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Forget about the negative stereotypes about what you hear about Black Republicans in this country. Commissioner Rogers is strictly fiscal. Economic development is his top priority in Oakland County. His peers has learned to look past the skin and realize that his experience on the Oakland County Commission is valuable and that is why he is the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

So how come Gov. Granholm and Commissioner Dave Woodward (D-Royal Oak) who is also the Chair of the Oakland County Democratic Party want Mike Rogers gone? So the Democrats can control the Commission. My question to you is do you want Oakland County looking like Wayne County? It will if you give control of the commission to the Democrats.

While Commissioner Rogers have knowledge of issues related to growth, including development and the environment, budget constraints, accountability to the public, and leadership qualities that not even his liberal counterparts can find fault it is necessary that we look past all of the Obama-wave and realize that Oakland County is a goldmine for families.

What I do know about Commissioner Rogers, from a personal perspective, is the fact that he is about coordinating countywide on addressing major issues. He feels that we need to take the politics out of decision making and focus on results. Too often, we pit one side against the other instead of finding common ground.

The Commissioner strongly believes in Oakland County, its residents and resources. He is seeking the opportunity to help focus these resources on keeping our jobs and growing our local economy to create new jobs.
On November 4, we need to pull together as one and help re-elect Commissioner Mike Rogers for Oakland County Commission.

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