Two new faces join Heights Council; D7 tech bond approved

Times-Herald Newspapers

HEIGHTS — Voters here put two new faces on the City Council in yesterday’s general election while voting an incumbent off, and approved a city charter amendment.

In District 7, voters approved the $4.6 million technology and safety bond.

The city council will see incumbent Lisa Hicks-Clayton, 50, return to the council alongside newly elected Wassim “Dave” Abdallah, 49, and Ray Muscat, 61.

Hicks-Clayton received the most votes with 4,020 followed by Muscat bringing in 3,294 votes and Abdallah with 2,394 votes. Troy Brown finished just out of the money with 2,304 votes and incumbent Ned Apigian finished last earning 2,206 votes.

Abdullah works as a real estate agent in Dearborn and Dearborn Heights and Muscat worked as a skilled tradesman at Ford Motor Co. for 42 years.

Hicks-Clayton is a retired educator and administrator who has served on the council since 2011.

Also on the ballot was the D7 technology bond, which was rejected by voters in February 382-346. This time around, voters approved the proposal with 711-665.

The millage will be set at 2.70 for the next 10 years to create the funding for the bond.

The district will be upgrade computer labs, security network, security monitoring, video distribution systems, and data and electrical infrastructure within the buildings.

The charter amendment proposal was also approved with an overwhelming 4,128-to-1,393 vote.

The charter amendment allows items or news published by the city to be posted online, published in a newspaper or both.

Of the 38,561 registered voters in the city, 6,137 made it to the polls for a 15 percent voter turnout.

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