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Richard Lerner
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Former candidate for
Michigan House of Representatives, District 37
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Richard Lerner was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 37 of the Michigan House of Representatives.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Lerner's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

  • Excerpt: "Eliminate wasteful spending, such as our corrections system with the highest per inmate cost of all 50 states and sentencing 30% longer than surrounding states. Empower our judges to determine the appropriate sentence in each case. That's their job, let them do it."
  • Excerpt: "Work toward a 100-day Legislature by completing the budget process no later than May of each year. This would help our local government, schools and other state funded entities, whose fiscal years begin July 1, to better prepare their budgets and plan their operations."
  • Excerpt: "The School foundation payment should be cut in stone after it is determined, and never reduced after the start of the school year. Stop raiding the school fund when the lottery income comes in above forecast. If the lottery hands the schools a windfall, then let them keep their windfall instead of using it to patch holes left in the general fund by legislators who kicked the can down the road."
  • Excerpt: "Make health insurance premiums tax deductible for small business, helping to put them on an even footing with big business. Make health insurance premiums tax deductible for individuals. Most if not all of us are resigned to never being able to reduce the cost of healthcare insurance. But government can make it just a little bit more affordable for everyone by reducing the total cost through tax-deductions."
  • Excerpt: "Require that any proposed legislation be made public 72 hours before it can be voted on. No one should be able to sneak through legislation in the middle of the night. Transparency and thorough vetting by a concerned citizenship is far more likely to result in good legislation than partisan and heavy handed legislation hurriedly passed."



See also: Michigan House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Michigan House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on August 5, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was April 22, 2014. Christine Greig defeated Barry Brickner and Theresa Rich in the Democratic primary. Richard Lerner defeated Julie Grippo in the Republican primary. Greig defeated Lerner in the general election.[4][5][1][2]

Michigan House of Representatives, District 37 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Greig 57.1% 19,148
     Republican Richard Lerner 42.9% 14,359
Total Votes 33,507
Michigan House of Representatives, District 37 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChristine Greig 39.8% 3,288
Barry Brickner 33% 2,729
Theresa Rich 27.2% 2,244
Total Votes 8,261
Michigan House of Representatives, District 37 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Lerner 75.1% 3,931
Julie Grippo 24.9% 1,305
Total Votes 5,236



In 2014, Lerner's endorsements included the following:[6]

  • Mayor Bill Galvin
  • Former Mayor Tom Buck
  • Former Mayor Nancy Bates
  • Former Mayor Bill Hartsock
  • Former Mayor, Current Councilmember Valerie Knol
  • Former Mayor Pro-Tem & Current Councilmember Richard Lerner (of course!)
  • Former Mayor Pro-Tem & Current Councilmember Ken Massey
  • Former Mayor John Richardson
  • Former Mayor Don Winguard
  • Oakland County Commissioner & Former Chief of Police Bill Dwyer
  • Farmington Observer
  • Detroit Free Press
  • The Detroit News

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