Council primary election next week

By J. PATRICK PEPPER
Times-Herald Newspapers
DEARBORN — A primary election next week will winnow down a slate of 25 City Council candidates to 14.
The top 14 vote-getters on Tuesday will live to fight another day and advance to the city’s November general election. Incumbents Thomas Tafelski, Nancy Hubbard, Suzanne Sareini, Robert Abraham, George Darany, Mark Shooshanian and Doug Thomas all are seeking to retain their seats.
Challenging them are Joseph Agius, David Bazzy, Terry Burke, Khalil Dakhlallah, Patrick D’Ambrosio, Mark Dawdy, Stephen Dobkowski Jr., Sharon Dulmage, Rabih Hammoud, George Hart, Patrick Kiernan, Scott Marquette, Brian O’Donnell, Ali Sayed, Molly Sharp, Nancy Siwik, Hussein Sobh, Adrenne Wygonik and write-in candidate Kristin Taylor.
Voters can choose as many as seven candidates, but many will choose none, said Deputy Clerk Lola Isiminger.
Only about 14 percent of registered voters are expected to cast a ballot in the primary based on past primaries. And as is the case in most primary elections, the incumbents likely will advance to the general.
Those interested in obtaining more information about the candidates can pick up a voter’s guide published by the nonpartisan League of Women Voters Dearborn-Dearborn Heights at City Hall, 13615 Michigan Ave., or check it out online at http://lwvddh.org/. The guide includes personal background and political ideas in the candidates’ own words.

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