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.
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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.