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Campaign Pool Increases For Dearborn City Council Seats

A total of 11 candidates have pulled petitions for the 2013 council election.

As the May 14 deadline to file to run for office approaches, more names are emerging as possible candidates for Dearborn City Council—from business owners to law enforcement officials to attorneys.

One candidates has also pulled petitions to run for the mayor’s seat. Mayor Jack O’Reilly has not pulled petitions as of Feb. 19, but did announce his intention to run for reelection at a fundraiser breakfast on Feb. 7.

More: Who Will Run For Mayor of Dearborn in 2013?

Here’s a look at the full list of candidates for Dearborn City Council, in order by the date on which they pulled petitions:

  • Colette Richards, secretary with Dearborn Public Schools
  • Michael Albano, wireless consultant
  • Maureen McIlrath, founder of the Going Green Foundation.
  • Robert Bochanek, sales representative
  • Mohamed Berro, retired Dearborn police officer and realtor
  • Robert Watson, building official
  • Susan Dabaja, attorney
  • Steve Guibord, owner of the Double Olive
  • Patrick Melton, deputy sheriff with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
  • Tarek Baydoun, attorney
  • Michael Berry, self-employed

None of the seven sitting members of city council have pulled petitions.

All candidates must turn in 100 valid signatures by May 14 to be considered for the ballot. If more than 14 candidates are confirmed, a primary election will be held in August. If not, candidates will move on to November’s general election.

Several candidates have written about their decision to run and background in Dearborn Patch's Local Voices section.

Watch Dearborn Patch this spring for full profiles on all confirmed candidates.

City of Dearborn February 20, 2013 at 06:09 PM
But if Tom is not successful in his run for mayor, he will also lose his council seat. Tafelski supporters, I'm curious to hear ... do you think it's worth the risk?
pat clark February 20, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Jessica: I don't think its a risk. T. Tafelski will beat O'Reilly if he choses to run. Here's hoping he does. PClark
Sue Suchyta February 21, 2013 at 08:28 AM
Is the "Robert Bochanek" possibly Robert Bochenek, former Dearborn police officer?
edward binkley March 09, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Actually Jessica I hope that Tom runs because I would rather get beat badly by him than a puppet master like O'rielly I know I'm gonna get beat but at least I'm gonna learn something. and maybe there will be another chance someplace else. Was offered a job out of state but this will decide whether i take it or not. need some help .I am not a quiter but thinking but it with everyone calling me a joke and telling me i have rocks in my head. starting to run out of motivation so Tom Run.
edward binkley March 13, 2013 at 08:11 PM
are you the pat clark that is married to mark clark and has a father in law by the name of john clark if so contact me..

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