Grosse Pointe News | November 9th, 2017
Theros elected Farms’ mayor By Melissa Walsh Staff Writer
Grosse Pointe Farms — In the first contested Farms mayoral race since 2003, the uncertified tally released by the Wayne County City Clerk’s Office Tuesday night showed Louis Theros with 67 percent of the total 2,978 votes, defeating Joe Ricci with 33 percent, or 977 votes.
“I want to thank the voters in Grosse Pointe Farms who put their trust in me and for allowing me to continue to serve on city council,” Theros told Grosse Pointe News.
Theros’ mayoral term will follow seven terms held by James C. Farquhar Jr., who became the Farms’ first popularly elected mayor in 2003.
“I hope to serve the community as well as (Jim) did,” Theros said.
The race between Theros and Ricci was the first “people’s” election since the city revised its charter prescribing direct election of mayor by Farms residents.
Ricci — founder of Joe Ricci Automotive — is in the middle of his four-year term on city council, which will expire in 2019.
With nearly 3,000 total votes cast, Ricci told Grosse Pointe News he’s glad to see how this election brought the issues to the table and got people involved. Running for mayor, he said “was a great experience.”
“I met a ton of residents I might not have met. And I’m excited to get back to work on the issues and going forward,” he said.
Louis Theros — a trial lawyer specializing in employment/labor law and collective bargaining — has served on Farms city council since 2001. During his four terms on city council, Theros chaired the Audit and Budget and Ordinance committees and served as member of the Personnel Committee and General Employee and Public Safety Employee Pension Commission.
Theros’ mayoral election platform included a pledge to prioritize services to residents over facility and aesthetic improvements. He said as mayor would put to good use his experience in the council’s auditing and finance activities. He also vowed to pursue a plan to correct issues related to storm water runoff, invest more in the Mack Avenue business district and nearby neighborhoods and increase cooperative activities with the public safety activities of neighboring communities.
As for how to use the city-owned land at the southeast corner of Mack and Moross, during his campaign Theros had told Grosse Pointe News he envisioned a public/private partnership for the development of a city hall, with city services on the first floor and private business above.
Though he will continue his role working in the private sector as MGM Grand - VP Legal, Theros promised accessibility and approachability in the community.
Theros and wife, Patti, have two sons, the elder, Jonathon, attending the University of Michigan, Theros’ alma mater, and the younger, Evan, a senior at Grosse Pointe South High School.
“I look forward to hitting the ground running at the next city council meeting on November 15,” Theros said.