New councilman says he’s ready for challenge

‘I have a great deal of respect for the mayor
and the current City Council members and look forward to being a positive addition.’
— Councilman David Bazzy

By DANIEL HERATY
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — As the calendar turns to 2011, another change is taking place on the City Council.

Former Councilman George Darany will head to Lansing as representative for Michigan’s 15th House District, and David Bazzy, who is stepping into the vacancy, is looking forward to the challenge.

“I will approach this job as I have every venture in my life,” Bazzy said in an e-mail. “Although difficult challenges face all cities, Dearborn, due to this strong leadership, has positioned itself to weather the storm and come out as a stronger regional player in the future.

“I look forward to being part of that positive growth.”

Bazzy also spoke of his predecessor, as well as the tasks that lie ahead for the council.

“George and I have had a great working relationship over the years,” Bazzy said, “and have spoken at length on the current pressing issues facing the city.”

Though Darany said he doesn’t know Bazzy very well, the new state representative is confident in his successor’s abilities to manage the ins and outs of government.

“You can’t ask for better business sense,” Darany said, referring to Bazzy’s position as chief operating officer of Kenwal Steel Corp. and his dealings with labor unions in the past.

Bazzy said he will approach the job humbly, and that he will work hard with other council members and Mayor John O’Reilly Jr.

“I will approach this job as I have every venture in my life,” the new councilman said, “by trying to humbly serve those who have put me in this position, and working analytically to come up with solutions with the team of council members I have joined to best serve Dearborn.

“I have a great deal of respect for the mayor and the current City Council members and look forward to being a positive addition given my background in both the public and private sector.”

Successful collaboration is among Bazzy’s main goals for his time in office.

“My primary goal is to be a productive member of the council team and to work with the council and administration to create an environment in the city which will foster business growth,” he said. “As a resident for 53 years coming up in April, I believe in the strength of this city’s great residents, and have been overwhelmed in the last month by just how great a desire of the individuals in this community to see Dearborn succeed.”

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