Who Will Run For Mayor of Dearborn in 2013?

Elections for mayor and all seven council seats will take place in November.

Only one petition has been pulled for the Dearborn 2013 mayoral race, but that hasn't stopped residents from voicing their opinions on who else should run for the city's top elected spot.

The mayor's seat, plus all seven Dearborn City Council seats, are up for reelection this November. Several residents have already pulled petitions to run for council.

The sole petitioner as of Jan. 28 is Edward Binkley, a longtime resident and supporter of the Dearborn Historical Museum and city recreation programs.

Aside from Binkley and current Mayor Jack O'Reilly, several names are being thrown around as possible candidates in online social spheres—including current City Council President Tom Tafelski and Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Woronchak.

Facebook page urging Woronchak to run for mayor has garnered more than 100 "likes," though it's not clear who created the page.

"Nobody is more qualified," one supporter wrote on the page. "We've supported him and we've had a sign on our lawn for him for the past 25 years."

Woronchak told Patch he has no idea who created the page, but was flattered to see it.

"It certainly is gratifying to know that some of my fellow Dearborn residents have such faith and confidence in me, and would think of me and the work I've done for our community in such a complimentary way," he said. "I was quite surprised to see that someone created that page on Facebook."

Similarly, several calls for Tafelski to run for mayor have surfaced on social media, and on the pages of Dearborn Patch—especially in regard to conversations about the decision to move Dearborn City Hall. Tafelski has been an outspoken opponent of the move, which has the support of Mayor Jack O'Reilly.

"Looks to me like Tom Tafelski has taken off his socks and shoes and is dipping his toes into the mayoral pool," commented Patch reader James in regard to Tafelski's strong stance on city hall.

"Tom certainly has the experience and is the only other person I would endorse, regardless of anyone else entering the race," added reader laplateau. "But, he needs to know there is support for him out here in the general Dearborn populace."

Candidates for all races have until May 14 to submit 100 valid signatures and be placed on the ballot. A primary election will be held in August if the number of candidates for a particular race is more than double the available seats. If not, candidates will move straight to November's general election.

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edward binkley February 06, 2013 at 01:02 AM
sorry didn't not that good in writing. is this better! just have to take your time don't worry i talk fast too! but trusting in me and my word is like trusting in GOD. I don't flip flop I'M not book smart I am street smart.but Abraham Lincoln didn't have a formal education either he taught himself like myself.. And was the best President we had here in the United States.. So if you see Abe Lincoln walking to the museum on tuesday feb 12th then stop him and ask if you may sign his petition!! remember it is only a signature.. I had people tell me i should be a teacher i know alot about history of this soon to be broken down penniless city if you don't make a change for the better!!
edward binkley February 06, 2013 at 01:05 AM
councilman Bazzy's nephew thinks I can due it so does most of the younger crowd that is why he signed my petetion so it is proof if you set your mind to something stick to just like if your gonna do a job do it right the first time and you don't have to go back a second. this is my belief..
cmg February 06, 2013 at 07:57 PM
edward binkley February 09, 2013 at 09:03 PM
Here are some uf my paltforms> A) clean up east dearborn especially warren raod of the trash and debris matter of fact the whole city and the blight in the whole city along with the abondoned homes,get rid of the parking meters so that the bussiness in west dearborn would thrive again,re-open snow library so that the children did not have to cross the busy streets to get to bryant and be as frugal as possible and hopefully our houses will come back up to there values and also work for very cheap rate actually put cash back in to the system and ask employees to dothe same such as a matching program
AndreaVH February 09, 2013 at 09:07 PM
I have to say, I would also vote for Tom if he ran.
Dearbornwho February 18, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Just give it up Ed...You have no chance . You work for coffee and cigarettes at BP. You go every morning hoping to get something for picking up trash. In the job of mayor you can't get mad and stomp off to smoke a cigarette every minute. I think you need to dress as Lincoln every day at BP. I would like to see that.
Watcher February 18, 2013 at 11:35 AM
I'd support a candidate whose philosophy was: "Keep most of the people happy most of the time" instead of a guy who wastes half of the available resources trying, and failing, to keep all of the people happy all of the time. So far I haven't seen a candidate like that in Dearborn. Not a single one.
Dearbornwho February 18, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Ed. What would be your opinion on these topics?...#1 Dearborn CERT team taking over Police/Fire services #2. The purchasing of Belle Ile park from Detroit. #3 Erecting a statue of Colonel Sanders at Ford field park. #4 The consolidation of city of Fordson with the city of Dearborn. #5 City paying for women to have hair cuts.
vincent February 18, 2013 at 01:09 PM
Tom Tafalski or Mark Guido are the two logical candidates for Mayor. They know the ins and outs of City government, and would make the necessary changes to get people to want to move back into Dearborn. Ed whoever you are, you are simply a joke, sorry to say just like Bluto O'Reilly.
vincent February 18, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Vincent couldn't agree with you more. The two people mentioned are good solid candidates for the top job, now lets work on new council-people.
Tammi Ruselowski February 19, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I was a strong supporter of anywone willing to run against O'Reilly but after attempting to read Mr. Binkley's rants, I am going to have to re-think this. What I do know is that we cannot continue to live in a city under O'Reilly's thumb. He spends money without any forethought about the citizens. It is time that someone be willing to stand up to him and his thoughless politics.
laplateau February 19, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Tammi, you are SO right. He has to go, especially after his big lie about needing to change our City Charter to be able to raise the millage cap because he said we were in a terrible financial condition, then just months later, buys a new building for a city hall. For that reason alone he should be impeached, and certainly NOT re-elected! Tom Tafelski would make a great mayor and set us straight again. Please Tom...run, run!
edward binkley February 20, 2013 at 01:05 AM
number one if i were to erect any kind of statue it would be of the ford family Clyde was the first mayor of this city. I would stay out of Detroit they have too many financial problems to even get involved so bell isle is out. I am in for the Dearborn cert team to take over police and fire services if it will be cheaper for the city but i definatly would not merge serves with melvindale cause whom would be paying the bill,i feel it would be us and us alone and not melvindale and why should our tax payers suffer anymore than they already have. and the city is not paying for anyone's hair cuts if you want your hair cut pay for it your self.. And the consolidation of the city of Fordson with the city of Dearborn was a good thing it made our city bigger and stronger as most of the people worked for ford motor it is the same as Dearborn merging with Springwell's township and greenfield township all no known as east Dearborn..
edward binkley February 20, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Actually I dont get my coffee and smokes for free I pay for them like I pay my library fines or buy my groceries at least I am not on Food Stamps and begging on the street for food I'm not a stupid person like you think and im not going to give up because I'm just not a quiter in life if I lose I really don't lose I have gain experience in life you must learn something everyday of your life or you will become a loser...
edward binkley February 20, 2013 at 01:14 AM
you may think i am a joke but my friend at least i have guts to run against someone who has the ins and outs. And the wisdom to change things and not say things that i do not mean. like flip flop .
Your taxes pay my salary February 20, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Mayor McCheese is against the 2nd amendment that should be reason alone for him not to be reelected.
bitsy08 February 20, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Mr. Binkley. With all due respect. We have someone in DH who writes a blog and, too, ran for a council seat. I "believe" that one of the biggest reasons she didn't win is because when you read her blog, she also has run-on sentences, misspellings, incorrect word usage, etc. which gives the IMPRESSION that she's not very smart. So, too, with you. I also believe that if you want to run for a very important position, you need to make sure that anything you put out there is of the highest quality. People form impressions on what is written. You may very well be a good candidate. It's not proven by your writing.
bitsy08 February 20, 2013 at 04:22 PM
He's not against the Second Amendment. He, along with several other Mayors, sent a letter to the Governor asking him to vote against HB 5225 Permit-to-Purchase and Registration. Just because someone is against not letting everyone obtain a gun without a registration, or votes against allowing people to own guns that have no business in the hands of John Q. Citizen doesn't mean he's against the Second. Far as I'm concerned, just means he has a brain, Scarecrow.
edward binkley February 20, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Thanks bitsy08, i tend to speak to fast also. But this is for dearbornwho if you want to know me then come do some volunteer work for the dearborn historical museum, this is what I do 20-25 hours a week and I know that if Tom won the mayor race the museum would be gone cause he doesn't care about the history of dearborn. And I accept challenges everyday and learn from my mistakes so I am not a joke I am on a mission, I may lose but not really because I'm gonna win a personal challenge and that is gain knowledge of how the system works. So this proves I am not a joke,coward or any other names you people would like to call me.
edward binkley February 20, 2013 at 08:17 PM
want to know me come to the dearborn historical museum and do some volunteer work I put in over 20 hours a week and my pay is 000 but i will take the knowledge and history .
laplateau February 20, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Ed, God bless you for doing the volunteer work you apparently love so much. I wish many more citizens of Dearborn would become as unselfishly involved as you are. However, I know Tom Tafelski. I have known him and his family for decades. He has always lived in Dearborn and has a lot invested here as well. He has a true love for the city and its history. He wants this city to be what it once was. His integrity cannot be questioned. His experience and leadership on the City Council, his knowledge, balance and insights are what we need most. Ed, you sound like a great person. Even though you provide a challenge to most of us out here in the way you write, I know there is a good heart behind it. I just think Tom is the man for the job. But, please keep up all the good work you do for Dearborn. I am sure it does not go un-noticed or unappreciated.
bitsy08 February 20, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Would never think to call you a joke. I think it takes a lot of courage to run for a political office, especially nowadays. This was only meant as a constructive criticism.
edward binkley February 20, 2013 at 09:37 PM
thanks laplateau,i appreciate your kind words. but my heart will be broken if the museum does not function and the youth in dearborn cannot be able to gain knowledge of there township,village,unincorporated dearborn tothe incorporated city in 1928 and yes tom did grow up here and i believe he graduated from fordson high school. come and helpout for the school program the museum offers this ear it will be in march. I believe that even yourself will be able to learn and have a great time while doing it. If tom runs maybe i will let him have it and give up go live somewhere else this is what you all want anyway. but i want orielly to realize he can be replaced at a seconds notice and that we are tired of his crap.
AbuHak February 24, 2013 at 11:25 PM
A crook by any other name is a crook.
edward binkley March 06, 2013 at 09:01 PM
see I am glad that the commission said no raises because i would not take a raise i would take a reduction if anything. I would accept 31,133.00 and break up the 100,000 as follows 50,000.00 to re-open the Snow Library, and 25,000 to the museum,and the other 25,000 to the recreation department for the maintenance on the pools. And the first 6 months would be free of charge to the citizens to see if I am do a good job or not. If they say no then I would step down and let the council president have the job..
edward binkley March 06, 2013 at 09:05 PM
Actually I was wrong the other day Orville Hubbards middle name was liptsome is what i was told by the historical commission president at the volunteer brunch last saturday. Now at least the mayor knows whom I am.
edward binkley March 09, 2013 at 08:36 PM
hubbards name actually Orville Lispern
Gus June 20, 2013 at 10:03 AM
Whom ever it is, there needs to be a change of the existing Directors in some of the departments, time for a real change in Dearborn. The rhetoric in the Building and Safety is ridiculous, and a waste of my tax dollars, when you ask questions and they give you the "I don't know the answer to that" with no effort in trying to get an answer for you. I am hoping for change.
Bryan Begley June 23, 2013 at 04:46 PM
im going for Edward binkley all the way and so are my sisters and brothers and mom i have a huge family and we are all for edward cause we know he is the man for the job and he is very smart and book smarts to me he may say he aint but he is a book himself he really is a great guy give him a chance to show you people that he can do this he has much love for his city we all know that and we have know edward for many years keep up the good work dont give up man you will have people talk bad about you cause they have no hope but things will change C:
edward binkley July 22, 2013 at 08:58 PM
thankyou very much brian i will try the best that i know how and if i have any question i will ask questions of the people for the answers god bless


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