Voters get choice of old or new in clerk race

Sunday Times Newspapers

MELVINDALE – Voters have a choice between old and new when they hit the polls to vote for city clerk Tuesday.

Incumbent Norine Peeples has served as city clerk for the past year. She also works as a motivational speaker, ordained minister and business consultant and has lived in the city for about six years.

When she took the office, she made history as the first black resident elected to a city office, a designation she said is close to her heart.

She said her love for the city and its residents led to her decision to run again.

Challenger Diana Zarazua said she hopes to use her 15 years of administrative experience to serve residents of the city where she has lived for 10 years.

She works part-time as an administrative manager and bookkeeper at an architectural firm in Detroit and raises three children under 10. She is currently attending Wayne State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting.