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Kathy S. Crawford (R)

Oakland County Commissioner, District 9

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Boundaries: Includes the Cities of Novi, Northville and the Township of Novi.

First elected: November 2010
Current term:   January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014 

Contact information:

Oakland County Board of Commissioners
1200 North Telegraph Road
Pontiac, Michigan, USA, 48341-04214
6275 West Eleven Mile Road
Novi, MI 48374

Phone: 248-858-0100 (County); 248-349-5079 (home)
Fax: 248-858-1572 (County)

Commissioner Crawford Seeks Reimbursement for Special Election Costs


On Thursday, August 23, 2012, Oakland County Commissioner Kathy Crawford introduced resolution #12187 that supports Reimbursement of Special Election Costs in the 11th Congressional District following the vacancy established after the resignation of Congressman Thaddeus McCotter from the United States House of Representatives.

The Oakland County Board of Commissioners approved resolution #12187, voting 22-2, in favor of it.  The Board joined in supporting the request of Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Jr., to Governor Rick Snyder, Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, and the Michigan State Legislature in seeking $650,000 in anticipated reimbursement costs associated with the 11th Congressional District special election for the local communities. 
Local Clerks and the Oakland County Clerk’s offices will incur these costs from the August 7th primary and September 5th special election, along with the November 6th general election.  The communities to be impacted include Commerce Township, Highland Township, Lyon Township, Milford Township, Northville, Novi, Novi Township, South Lyon, Walled Lake, Waterford Township, White Lake Township, Wixom, Belleville, Canton, Township, Dearborn, Heights, Garden City, Livonia, Northville, Northville Township, Plymouth, Redford Township, Van Buren Township, Wayne and Westland. 
"After listening to County Clerk Bullard and Novi Clerk Marianne Cornelius discuss the unanticipated huge costs of this special election and the burden of special training and getting election precincts and workers on short notice, I decided that we should ask the State of Michigan via a Board of Commissioners Resolution, to reimburse the 11th District municipalities. This request is not improper and communities have been reimbursed before for special elections," stated Oakland County Commissioner Kathy S. Crawford.

Oakland County Committees:

  • General Government:  Vice Chair
  • Finance:  Member
  • Planning & Building: Former Member
  • Area Agency on Aging 1B
  • Oakland County Retirees Compensation and Event Board Member
  • OLHSA Board and Executive Board Member
  • Oak 65- Senior Citizen Issues

Work History:

Commissioner Crawford  was a professional in the field of aging for over 30 years and was one of Michigan's first Senior Directors to be certified. She retired from the  City of Novi Parks and Recreation Department in 2004 to launch her business; Kathy Crawford Communications. She currently provides workshops for senior citizen groups, Directors of senior centers as well as recreation professionals. She has authored several workbooks "Stir Up Some Fun" and "Programs With  Pizzazz", and was selected by the Attorney General Mike Cox in 2005 to conduct programs on Identity Theft and Fraud. She was appointed by Congressman McCotter to be a delegate to the 2005 Whitehouse Conference on Aging.

She is a published author of "Two Broads Abroad", a memoir co-authored with a friend after their five-week romp throughout the UK in search of  people who looked like them. Kathy frequently escorts senior trips and is also an active performer  on stage at the Novi Theater.

Crawford has served the Novi community as an elected  City Council member in 2007 until 2010.  She was appointed to the Novi Consultant Review Committee, the SEMCOG General Assembly, the MML Energy and Technology Committee,  and the MML Legislative Governance. She was past chair and is an active member of the City of Novi Retirees Association.

She is a founder and active member of the Novi Town Hall Series. Commissioner Crawford was also the secretary and is an active member of the Novi Oaks Chapter of American Business Women's Association, the Novi Library Friend/Library Fundraising Committee and the Library Jubilee Committee, the Novi Library Writer Group and the Novi Senior Theater Member.


Commissioner Kathy Crawford has been married to her husband, Hugh, for 48 years. Her husband currently serves as a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives for the 38th District. They have three children and two grandchildren. She has the unique distinction of serving on the Oakland County Board of Commissioners where her husband  also served on the board as a commissioner.