2013 Dearborn Primary Results

Get updated results for the mayoral, clerk and city council races as they come in.

Roughly 19 percent of Dearborn's registered voters came out to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the city's primary election.
Roughly 19 percent of Dearborn's registered voters came out to the polls on Tuesday to vote in the city's primary election.
Dearborn residents headed to the polls Tuesday to vote in the first round of elections for the city's mayor, clerk and city council.

The crowded ballot featured 30 candidates. City Clerk Kathleen Buda reported that voter turnout at the majority of Dearborn's 55 precincts was lighter than previous elections.

According to information provided by the city, of the 61,120 registered voters, 11,795 ballots were counted, or roughly 19 percent.

In the mayoral race, incumbent John B. O'Reilly, Jr. received the lion's share of votes at 8,592. Challenger Edward Binkley came in second with 989 votes and will face O'Reilly in November's election.

Buda received 7,291, or 67 percent of the votes, in the clerk's race. She will face Khalil Dakhlallah, who received 2,190 votes, in November.

The 14 city council candidates moving on in November from the pool of 21 primary challengers include: Council President Thomas Tafelski (5,637 votes), Mike Sareini (5,302 votes), Susan Dabaja (4,696), Patrick Melton (4,321 votes), Mark Shooshanian (4,302 votes), Brian O'Donnell (4,237 votes), Robert Abraham (4,057 votes), David Bazzy (4,005 votes), Tarek Baydoun (3,308 votes), Sharon Dulmage (3,258 votes), Jane Ahern (3,013 votes), Kristyn Taylor (2,277 votes), Colette Richards (2,172 votes), and Stephen Dobkowski, Jr. (2,161 votes).

You can read more about the candidates in our voter's guide.
Kathleen R August 06, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Are you missing some? I don't see Kristyn Taylor.
Daniel Lai August 06, 2013 at 09:39 PM
There's a glitch. We are working to get it fixed.
Concerned Parent August 07, 2013 at 05:51 AM
I am extremely sad with the results even though it was not completely unexpected. How anyone can vote for our HORRIBLE Current Mayor is beyond me. The man has done nothing to improve Dearborn and voting for someone just because they attend your church or you think they are a nice guy is really the most ridiculous reason. While I give Edward Binkley credit for running his poor grammar and spelling in these forums is a strike against him. IT would have been smart to vote for either the Economist or Accountant. These two professions understand on the level that is needed to fix the issues in Dearborn. Not some Career Politician who one does not have his staff return E-mails of citizens who do not believe the way he does and who challenges his stances. The current Mayor has no idea how to fix the city. He has done nothing but increase our property taxes to buy vacant buildings and wants to give away our current City hall for Free to Art Space. Very, Very poor financial decisions for the city. To top it all off the amount needed to fix the current city hall just happens to be around the same amount that we have from Servetal. But if he actually did use that money to fix the perfectly good City Hall we currently have then he would look bad for buying a building that the city would now have to sell. Which money could be used to fund either more upgrades to the Current City hall or placed in a fund that would pay for future repairs and upgrades. But what do I know since I am not a career politician (that means all on both sides of the aisle) whose only goal is to screw over tax payers.
kozer August 07, 2013 at 07:15 AM
I agree with you Concerned Parent.
becki kain August 07, 2013 at 08:54 AM
As I posted everywhere, yesterday, people didn't vote because they got frustrated and left. I was at Sissan Manor and just like in the last election, whomever is working the computer can't figure it out. Just like the last time, it took over half an hour to vote with one man ahead of me because the polling worker had no idea how to handle giving out ballots.
Arno Krause August 07, 2013 at 08:58 AM
Over 8,000 votes for O'Reilly. These must be ALL city of Dbn employees. They have the most to gain, and everybody else in the city has the most to lose. I voted for the accountant, not the failed lawyer. Unfortunately, the accountant only got over 300 votes. The gas station attendant got almost 1,000. Seems that the intelligence of the average Dbn elector,(who does not work for the city) can now be ascertained. Also, it seems, as a last resort, I will be forced to vote for Binkley in November. Dear Mr. Binkley...if elected Mayor, please bring back live human beings to answer the telephones to service resident issues. Get rid of all the answering/message machines.
James August 07, 2013 at 10:36 AM
I'll chime in on the O'Reilly issue with this: is anybody really surprised? Not one of the other candidates is a candidate of quality when it comes to being mayor. Our best bet for a quality candidate would have come from the council, but nobody wanted to risk going against O'Reilly in the election - which is a shame because that just extends the status quo for another term and endorses O'Reilly's reign on the city. As the old saying goes: You get the government you deserve. I voted last night at 6pm, my ballot was #130. I know primaries never fair to well in turn out, but this is the process that we must go through to filter our candidates.
Richard Margittay August 07, 2013 at 11:57 AM
Arno and James: Great comments! Isn't technology great! Our city supervisors can play golf and still give the impression they are in their office. It seems that convenience for residents is a thing of the past. Mayor Hubbard must be spinning in his grave. Additionally, Thomas Tafelski, who likely would have unseated Junior, will now likely be unseated by Mike Sareini in November. Tommy: I believe you blew it! How many of our Dearborn public servants have integrity and courage? Hopefully Sareini will exhibit real leadership, courage, and integrity as Council President. New council members: Please do as Arno is requesting and put human beings next to city hall telephones (and get supervisors off golf course during working hours). I also have a small favor to ask: Please include a return envelope in with the water bill.
Arno Krause August 07, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I believe 100% that Tafelski would have made an ideal candidate for the office of Mayor. I would vote for him in a heartbeat. Also, he was my desired candidate to run. I think he would have been the ONLY viable person to have a chance of winning and kicking O'Reilly back to the curb, where he belongs. Be advised that if you see any future political flyers/adds with ANY candidate running for city council posing with O'Reilly in the picture, do not vote for that candidate. Be assured that they will be in O'Reilly's pocket as a rubber stamp, and you will receive more sub-standard leadership for this city. I treat this as the kiss of death, as far as my vote goes.
James August 07, 2013 at 01:39 PM
100% this! The one thing that lost my vote for any candidate was an endorsement or a photo of them with O'Reilly. I was hopeful for a Tefelski run at mayor and am disappointed still that he is not. He would have been a breath of fresh air for this city. I hope he reconsiders again in the future. I hope you are wrong on Sareini and the presidency, regardless of what he's done for his community/family, being the son of an outgoing councilmember should be the last of his qualifications. I wonder where his campaign chest came from. The billboards, signage, fancy website. Somebody has been endowing him from the getgo, maybe this ties back to your point on the O'Reilly factor?
Richard Margittay August 07, 2013 at 02:25 PM
James and Arno: Like both of you, I am against electing familiar names without experience or merit and “grip and grin” endorsements. But, watch out! Mike Sareini has his mom's machine and her army of volunteer workers. Mike does not need much money. He could unseat Tafelski with just 5,000 signs and show-up everywhere like George Hart did. He will likely out campaign Tafelski with his apparent relentless effort. The scary part is: If Mike ends up top vote-getter in November, will he just go along to get along? If Mike or anyone melts under Junior, we will be in more trouble than we are now with Tafelski as president.
MoJo August 07, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Politics and the details of this election aside, Concerned Parent, I always roll my eyes when I hear people railing against "career politicians." In every other situation we prefer people with experience. Do you ever go to a doctor's office and say "I hope I don't get one of those career doctors....the kind who've spent their lives being doctors. They're the worst." No. But somehow, people think good governing doesn't require experience. It does, and anyone who believes otherwise is just naive and doesn't understand how it all works. If you think someone is abusing their position and using their connections for their own gain, fine. Don't vote for them. But don't blame it on being a "career politician." Blame it on their character. Period.
edward binkley August 07, 2013 at 05:05 PM
i probably dont have a chance in hell of winning but yes arno i will replace the answering machines with real people here's an idea start a youth job work corp similar to the 1 that michigan had back in the 80's give the youth a chance to make some money and become responsible part of the city. and set up a program whereas if your a senior or disabled person and need something done in your home let me know and will have someone do it for you . similar to what Mayor Hubbard had planned
Luther's Fan August 07, 2013 at 07:30 PM
I'd be happy if someone could bring back our once great high schools and public pools.
becki kain August 07, 2013 at 08:04 PM
when Ford pays all of our taxes, like it used to, the pools will be back. Until then, it's old to talk about it. if you want pools, pay for them with usage fees.
becki kain August 07, 2013 at 08:05 PM
and use your own name if you're going to attack me, not some "handle".
Concerned Parent August 08, 2013 at 07:27 AM
MoJo- You can roll your eyes all you want about my opinion on Career Politicians. And you comparing Career Politicians to Career Doctors is comparing apples to Oranges. Doctors you need a degree and a lot of training and so forth. To be a politician all you need to do is know how to say one thing, do another, and know how to play the system so you are getting paid by the lobbyists which means you profit off of your position. I do not think that they start out to profit and be paid for their vote but it happens because Lobbying is allowed. Do you think all those politicians are voting for what they think is best for their constituents? If you do I have swamp land to sell you. Sorry if you do not agree or believe that all politicians are crooked. By your reasoning you think that it is better to vote for a career politician who is going to rob the taxpayers blind then it is to allow someone who has a degree in an area of study that is more relevant to helping the City or State or Federal Government get back on its feet and prosper. Sorry but I will give any new comer a chance before voting for our Current Mayor who make very poor decisions. I mean to use your very own example. Everyone has to give New doctors a Chance so why should we not give anyone who is not a career politician a chance. I believe in Term limits. You never get new ideas or change without changing out the old politician for a new one.
Concerned Parent August 08, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Everyone Remember that you can write in someone! I will be writing in a candidate myself.
Luther's Fan August 08, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Luther's Fan "becki kain August 07, 2013 at 08:05 PM and use your own name if you're going to attack me, not some "handle"." Who is attacking anybody here; isn't this just a forum for opinions and ideas. I welcome them all. Pools, parks, good schools... are what make a city great. These have always been paid for by our taxes. Money needs to be properly allocated and spent. Citizens shouldn't have to pay usage fees for a city's assets. And citizens do pay a fee for the pool, it's called a tag; and the prices rise every year while the 'number of' and 'open' hours of pools decrease.
becki kain August 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
and the hours for the inside pool are non-existent, in the summer, even though i pay for a membership. how fair is that?


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