One month ago, I was approached at my home by the Tarek Baydoun campaign. I have lived within the east side of Dearborn for over two decades, and love this city. When I spoke with the campaigners, I understood their vision, and shared with them my own.
My father, who has worked for General Motors for over 30 years, and my mother, a homemaker, raised me as a child of this community, a product of this city. Before the campaigners came knocking on my door, I didn't know much about these candidates but what I had read online of them. They hadn't crossed my mind, and for good reason. I had never conversed with them, attended any functions organized by them, or given the chance to agree with their mantra.
This began to raise questions; Where are the other candidates? Where is the mayor? Does my vote not matter? Is the west side of Dearborn the only side that matters to candidates? This opened my mind to the larger picture, which the community I was raised within and love, MATTERS.
Stephen Dobkowski, Jr.
No other campaign, not one of the aforementioned candidates campaigned to me, or my community, not one. If you are an advocate for this community, this city, than you need to speak to this community, our votes should not be taken for granted. We are eagerly and attentively listening. We matter. There is more to Dearborn than it's west-side, and the more lawn signs I see that candidates have placed strategically, the more I wonder why we have never seen you.
As a third of the registered voters live within this area, our votes are equally valuable as the other two-thirds. The candidates need to know this, as I will be voting for candidates who do share my vision of a future Dearborn for our children. If the candidates continue not to realize the importance of voters in east-Dearborn, than it remains on the voters of east-Dearborn to stand up and vote only for candidates who serve all of Dearborn. We need to take advantage of our inalienable right to vote, and be heard. The days of voter importance and acquisition being substantially higher in west-Dearborn are part of the past, while Dearborn, as a whole, becomes our only future.
"The ballot is stronger than the bullet." - Abraham Lincoln
Adham F. KassemDearborn Resident