By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Voters here put two new faces on the City Council in the Nov. 3 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.
“I’m very happy and pleased with how well I did for my first time running for office,” Muscat said. “The real work begins now, working with residents to get things done.”
Troy Brown finished just out of the money with 2,304 votes and incumbent Ned Apigian finished last earning 2,206 votes.
“I was defeated and I am extremely disappointed,” Apigian said. “I didn’t expect that result.”
Abdallah 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.
“I am not only honored but flattered that the voters chose me to represent the whole community,” Abdullah said. “It is a big responsibility and I will give it 1,000 percent to make the city better.”
Hicks-Clayton is a retired educator and administrator who has served on the council since 2011.
“I am deeply moved by the confidence the community and residents showed,” she said. “I will continue to engage with the residents and hear what their concerns are to better find solutions.”
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.
“We are very happy with the large voter turnout at the polls,” D7 Supt. John Frazer said. “We can now put more resources in the hands of our students to help their education.”
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.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)