Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oakland Press: Rep. Marty Knollenberg joins race to be Troy’s next mayor

Rep. Marty Knollenberg joins race to be Troy’s next mayor
Friday, January 18, 2013 7:16 PM EST
By CHARLES CRUMM
Former state Rep. Marty Knollenberg has joined a crowded field of candidates who want to be the next mayor of Troy.
Ten people have picked up candidate packets from the city to run in the May 11 special election required after the recall of Janice Daniels in the November election.
Knollenberg, a Troy Republican, left the Michigan Legislature at the end of year, after six years in the state House, because of term limits.
Besides Knollenberg, others who have taken out candidate packets are Andrew Dabish, Edward Kempen, Michael Curran, Nicola Travis, Stephen Grassi, David Elsas, Jon Desjardins, Dan Brake, and Faris Alami.
Troy residents have until 4 p.m. Feb. 12 to file to run for mayor. After the filing deadline, candidates may change their minds and withdraw from the ballot by 4 p.m. Feb. 15.
Following Daniels’ recall in November after just one year in office, Councilman Dane Slater took over as interim mayor until the May 7 special election.

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10 comments:

  1. That's going to be a real pay cut from State Representative. I imagine Knollenberg just wants to keep in "the game" until he runs for daddy's old U.S. House seat in 2014.

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  2. Is there any good who has picked up a packet? These all look just marginally better than Janice.

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  3. Good Lord. Not only is Knollenberg a terrible choice, some of those names listed are also cringe-worthy.

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  4. So, will Knollenberg cost the city yet another special election if he wins the mayors seat, when he decides to run for Pappageorge's Senate seat up in Nov. 2014? That is assuming he could win it.
    Voters should make him sign a contract when he goes for the mayor's office (term ending in 2015) that he will stay until the end of the term no matter what. If he can't make that guarantee, then he should not be elected to that office. The city can't go through this again in a year and a half.

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    1. That'd be a good question for him during a candidate forum. The good thing about Knollenberg having larger political aspirations is I'd hope he would be keeping that in mind and not go out of his way to demonize the Troy Transit Center and antagonize the Troy Chamber of Commerce. Here's a campaign slogan for him "Knollenberg, Not a Kook". Works for me!

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  5. I think Mr. Knollenberg would make a fine mayor. He has political experience, and is an upstanding individual. Good job Marty! Best of luck, I hope you win.

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    1. Are you kidding me? This idiot's voting on school funding runs has done great harm to one of Troy's greatest assets: our schools. He's a career politician, and partisan to the core. He is NOT capable of representing everyone. Give me a break.

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  6. On reflection, I agree that Knollenberg is preferable to the truly awful alternatives of Brake and Kempen. I don't think he would be a loose cannon and push Tea Party social and political agenda like the former mayor did. I still don't like his proud sponsorship of the RTW bill, even though he was simply being waterboy for ALEC.

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  7. Anon January 25, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Are you a union member?

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    1. No I am not a union member and difference would that make.

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