By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Two new City Council members and one incumbent were sworn in to office during the council’s Nov. 24 meeting.
Incumbent Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton, 50, and new Councilmen Wassim “Dave” Abdallah, 49, and Ray Muscat, 61 were were sworn in by 20th District Court Judge David Turfe.
Hicks-Clayton received the most votes in the Nov. 3 general election with 4,020 followed by Muscat bringing in 3,294 votes and Abdallah with 2,394 votes.
Other candidates included in the election were Troy Brown who finished with 2,304 votes and incumbent Ned Apigian finishing last earning 2,206 votes.
Hicks-Clayton is a retired educator and administrator who has served on the council since 2011.
“I am honored to be re-elected and back on the council to serve the community,” she said. “I have a real passion for public service and will continue to make our city better for residents.”
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.
“It’s amazing to have the support of my friends and family as I become a member of the council,” Abdallah said. “I have been a part of this community for more than 30 years and I am excited to continue to give back to the city.”
Muscat also showed his gratitude during the meeting.
“I am excited to join the council and work with other members to improve the city for everyone,” he said. “I have attended meetings as a resident for 15 years and now I am ready to attend members as a councilman.”
Hicks-Clayton will continue to serve on the council but Abdullah and Muscat will have to wait until their term officially begins on Jan. 1.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)