We cannot endorse anyone that is running but we can tell you about the candidates, we sincerely hope this will help you make a decision on November 3, 2015. Dearborn Heights needs a change.
The Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Richard A. Young center starting at 7:00pm. There will not be a forum of the candidates running for the Dearborn Heights City Council but we will still have a meeting. If there are candidates at this meeting we will give them time to talk about why they should be elected.
Five residents seek three seats on Dearborn Heights City Council they are:
Ned Apigian, 77, running for reelection. He said the city of Dearborn Heights should have the same restrictions as Bloomfield Hills when it comes to its appearance. Apigian said rules, regulations and stipulations must be made to give a clean appearance and increase the property value of the city, calling a resident’s home “his greatest investment.
Raymond Muscat, 61, running for a seat on the City Council. He said his role in the community includes being a member of the Knights of Columbus, attending St. Linus Church, and caring for the elderly. Before he began his campaign for office, Muscat had been attending council meetings for 12 years. He said he is running because his cares about the city, and believes it has regressed from when he grew up and he would like to see more transparency from government officials. He is very passionate about his family, his faith and about this city.
Lisa Hicks-Clayton. 50. Running for reelection. She said the city’s most valuable resource is the residents. She said the position of being on the City Council is all about serving the residents and assessing the needs of the community. This is what Lisa loves to do. She is always looking forward to improve for the residents.
In a press release about her candidacy, some of the concerns she cited were retaining the city’s residents, blight in the community, developing youth programs and maintaining integrity in the city.
Troy Brown, 49, running for a seat on the City Council. He said I don’t believe the current government is collectively for the people and by the people. He would like to change that one council member at a time. He said he recognizes specific issues that still affect the city like the 2014 flood and said he can represent Dearborn Heights as a whole with no agenda outside of serving the people. One of the first actions he would take if elected is to have simplified and transparent reporting of all financial and accounting records as well as maintaining and improving the city’s standard of living. He believes in true representation and transparency that has residents engaged. There is no reason why we can’t.
Wassim Abdallah, 49, running for a seat on the City Council. He said all of his family lives in Dearborn Heights, and he has the endorsements of other politicians including Michigan Sen. David Knezek (D-Dearborn Heights) and Mayor Dan Paletko. He also mentioned issues of city regulations and home values. He cares very much for this city and wants to give back to the city and country. Because of his experience in real estate he can implement rules and ordinances to increase property value of homes in the city in terms of safety and cleanliness.
Hope to see all of you there.