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Dearborn Residents Begin to Pull Petitions to Run for City Council

The filing deadline to run for local offices is May 14.

Though city council, mayoral and city clerk elections are still 11 months away, the effort to get on the ballot has already begun for some Dearborn residents.

In addition to the mayor and clerk positions, all seven council seats are up for reelection in 2013.

As of Jan. 8, two residents had pulled petitions to run for Dearborn City Council: Colette Richards and Michael Albano.

Richards, a 15-year resident of Dearborn, is a media secretary with the Dearborn Public Schools, longtime member and former president of the Dearborn PTA, as well as founder of the city's Special Education PTA. She serves on the City Beautiful Commission, is a board member of the Dearborn Rotary Club, and is active with Dearborn Relay for Life.

"I want to make sure that we leave behind a great place for everyone's children to grow up and raise children of their own here," Richards said of her reasons for running. "We have a gem of a city with great schools and recreation amenities that we need to focus on and make sure that people outside of Dearborn know we offer so much." 

Albano is a wireless consultant and 38-year resident of Dearborn. He serves on the city's Rental Task Force, and the Telecommunications Commission, and is an active advocate with the city's Save Our Pools group.

He commented that serving on council would allow him to be "involved in seeing that Dearborn plans well for its future, as well as making sure that it does not neglect the Dearborn assets that have created one of the greatest, unique cities in America."

His goals as a city leader, he said, would include preserving city services and amenities, as well as encouraging new businesses.

City Clerk Kathy Buda has also pulled petitions to run for reelection. Buda, a lifelong Dearborn resident, is currently serving her fourth term in the position.

No one has pulled petitions for the mayoral race yet.

All petitioners must submit 100 valid signatures by May 14 to the Dearborn City Clerk's office to be considered as official candidates. They may turn in up to 200 signitures, which will then be checked and verified by the clerk's office.

A signature will be considered valid if the signer is a verifiable Dearborn resident who is also registered to vote in Dearborn. Signatures and petition sheets must also meet a number of other criteria, as identified by the State of Michigan.

A primary election will be held if the number of candidates for a particular race is more than double the available seats. So, three people would need to run for clerk, three for mayor, and 15 for city council, to necessitate a primary election.

Otherwise, verified candidates will head straight to a general election on Nov. 5.

All candidates must pull petitions to file to run for office, even if they are already an elected official.

Donna Hay January 09, 2013 at 12:12 PM
Sounds like we are off to a great start for a New Dearborn City Council!!
Pam January 09, 2013 at 01:42 PM
Thank goodness we will have viable alternatives. Good luck.
Jim January 09, 2013 at 01:47 PM
We need new blood on that City Council. I will not vote for one member of the current RUBBER STAMP Council.
Concerned Parent January 09, 2013 at 06:40 PM
We need more then one candidate for Mayor because who ever runs against the current mayor is getting my vote!! I am happy with new candidates for Council also! We need some new people on there as well!
laplateau January 09, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Concerned....yes---I agree totally with you on your wishes for a new mayor. We dearly need one before the present mayor does more harm. Please write to Tom Tafelski,our present council president, to indicate your potential support. Tom certainly has the experience and is the only other person I would endorse, regardless of anyone else entering the race. But, he needs to know there is support for him out here in the general Daearborn populace. Please, if you like Tom for mayor, PLEASE let him know about your support support.
AndreaVH January 09, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Hmmm run for City Council....so, who's gonna vote for me? ;)
Marci January 09, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Someone in Dearborn should step up to the plate and run for Mayor ~ otherwise no one has room to complain next election! So many complained last election but eased him right in. I'm willing to bet he will be reflected, then I know My answer is to find a truly great place to live somewhere else:)
Adrenne January 10, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I believe it's time to have a council who does not "rubber stamp" the mayor. Colette cares and believes in the future of Dearborn. She believes in "diversity" and not "division". The future belongs to all and not the few! Adrenne
edward binkley January 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM
vote for ed binkley for mayor best man for the job abe lincoln ran a country with this country by book knowlegde and so can mr binkley
John Orischak January 14, 2013 at 02:35 AM
I really think Mayor McCheese will not run again. Deep down inside he knows how much he is hated and he will move onto bigger and better opportunities. Whoever runs for Mayor needs to remember the "HOMEOWNERS" pay their salaries, not special interest groups. This city needs real leadership, not just ribbon cutters for ValueLand, Dollar stores and Goodwill stores! (and someone with nuggets to get rid of paid parking and the Entertainment complex white elephant -Henry Ford Performing Arts Center) Tell me again why a City should be in the entertainment and gym business???
edward binkley January 16, 2013 at 09:56 PM
its like this why should the city give a golf course a budget are our children getting a learning or educational benifit from it it answer no! but to have a library open or the museum open then your children will have a place to go and learn about our city and do homework. and i will get rid of the parking meters trust me i think the bar owners and the bussineses pay enough taxes to be able to do snow removal in the lots!
edward binkley January 16, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I will vote for you if you vote for me as mayor lets do this thing
edward binkley January 19, 2013 at 07:52 PM
pickup my petition yesterday concerned so look for ed binkley
edward binkley January 19, 2013 at 07:53 PM
Im in for a long hall trying to figure out what form i have to fill out if im not gonna have a campaign meaning spend money i dont have

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