Oakland County

Oakland County expands protections for LGBTQs 

BY: - November 26, 2019

A new non-discrimination policy in Oakland County, signed into law Tuesday, expands protections regarding gender identity and expression.  Oakland County Executive David Coulter, a Democrat, and the Board of Commissioners approved the county’s first comprehensive non-discrimination policy on Nov. 20. The updated policy states “that no individual or entity shall be subjected to discrimination or […]

Republican Bouchard won’t run for Oakland County executive

BY: - November 19, 2019

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, long considered Republicans’ strongest potential county executive candidate, announced Tuesday he will not run for the job in 2020. Longtime Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, a Republican, died in August. Democrat Dave Coulter, the mayor of Ferndale, was appointed his replacement by the Oakland County Commission. Coulter and county […]

SE Michigan leaders push House bill in renewed regional transit effort

BY: - November 18, 2019

With proposed legislation, leaders in Southeast Michigan hope to get another crack at regional transit, albeit without one major part of the region.  Leaders from Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw counties, as well as the city of Detroit, are pushing a bill to revise the Municipal Partnership Act (MPA) of 2011 with the goal of getting […]

It’s a who’s who of Dem allies on new Oakland County exec. Coulter’s transition team

BY: - September 6, 2019

New Democratic Oakland County County Executive Dave Coulter has tapped a slew of well-known Democratic allies for his 10-member transition team. Coulter, the former mayor of Ferndale, was picked last month by the Oakland County Board of Commissioners, which has a Democratic majority. The Oakland County GOP has filed suit to block his appointment. The […]


Rick Haglund: What’s behind Patterson’s economic legacy in Oakland County

BY: - August 19, 2019

Within hours of his death on Aug. 3, journalists served up two stark portraits of controversial Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Some condemned Patterson for his long history of racially charged comments about Detroit and its majority-black population. Others praised him for his deft leadership of wealthy Oakland County. If you haven’t already done […]

Woodward withdraws from Oakland County executive race

BY: - August 15, 2019

WXYZ-TV in Detroit reported Thursday that former Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chair Dave Woodward has withdrawn his candidacy for the position of county executive. According to the report, acting County Executive Gerald Poisson informed them that Woodward, a Democrat long viewed as the frontrunner, was withdrawing from the race and that he is still […]