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Fogler Running as Write-In For Oakland Township Supervisor

‘I’m not finished yet,” she says.

Oakland Township Supervisor Joan Fogler is running as a write-in candidate to try to keep the seat she lost in the August primary.

Fogler lost to Terry Gonser by 547 votes, with 31 percent of the township’s registered voters participating. Because there are no Democratic candidates, Gonser’s is the only name on the ballot.

Fogler said she filed a declaration of her intent to run as a write-in with Oakland County on Friday, the deadline for the Nov. 6 election.

“I’m not finished yet,” she said. “I still love Oakland Township. I’ve lived here 58 years and I think I’ve done a good job.

“It was just a couple of issues that made me lose the election. … Since I’ve been supervisor, we have gotten a AAA bond rating with the state. We are one of two townships in the state, and that’s happened since I’ve been supervisor. We also have almost $6 million in reserves. And that’s happened since I’ve been supervisor.”

Fogler said she decided to run because of what Gonser said about her during the primary campaign.

“He accused me of having too many ordinances in place, that we’re too restrictive for the residents,” she said. “But they’ve been in place for years and years.”

She said she “took it personally” when he attacked her role as a travel escort for the Rochester Older Persons Commission. “I’m a trained travel escort,” she said. “I certainly didn’t take any money from seniors.” Fogler also said she had 75 signs stolen during the primary, something that’s never happened to her before.

In addition, she said Gonser “doesn’t know about government, particularly Oakland Township government.”

She knows she faces an uphill battle. Absentee ballots have already been mailed and some people have already voted. But she’s hoping turnout, which is generally highest for a presidential election, will be in her favor.

“I’ve been on the phone telling everybody I know and they’re calling everybody they know,” she said. “I know there are a lot of emails going out about it.”

Gonser, president of the Rochester-Area Republican Club, is a newcomer to township politics. A 60-year resident, he is a retired General Motors engineer and an entrepreneur. 

Another concerned citizen November 07, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Mrs. Buser, The vipers have bitten watch out for the venom!
Char Kruse November 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Mrs. Buser, I remember your reign well, I have lived here for 38 years! At one time when I had 3 little kids, unemployed husband, you made it known to the press that "nobody in Oakland Township was needy". and yes Joan F. has worked for us however, it is time for her to retire,besides,her's and your harrassment of the Barkham family and their businesses have been shameful. they should get you on bullying!
Joan M. Buser November 10, 2012 at 01:39 AM
"A New Era for Oakland Township", the epitaph on the tombstone.
Nestof Vipers November 14, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Mrs. Fogler, It was a real pleasure watching you chair your last meeting as Oakland Township Supervisor. To say it was a great night in the history of Oakland Township is a mild understatement. It’s just too bad that had to leave on such a sour note with Barkham family. But after the last 8 years I have come to expect nothing less from you. I wish you all the best in your retirement, Nestof
wildheart December 31, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Joan Fogler used her position as Township Supervisor to protect her family’s interests and the family farm business that they operate on Rochester road. Anyone that threatened that business or created competition the Township would improperly use its governmental powers to shut them down. They did it with the barkham family and their cider-mill and with the Rochester Rd is a greenhouse and garden center which is now sitting vacant. There were two different owners of that land and both could tell you stories about the harassment they received from both Joan Buser and Joan Fogler and the cronies of Oakland Township. “Shameful”

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