Dabaja announces candidacy for 19th District judge

DEARBORN — City Council President Susan Dabaja announced her candidacy for 19th District Court judge March 3.

She seeks to fill the seat being vacated at the end of 2016 by Judge William Hultgren who, because of age restrictions, may not run for re-election.

Dabaja was elected council president in 2013, receiving the most votes in the race in her first run for public office.

She has spent her entire legal career in Dearborn, representing clients on civil, immigration, business, real estate, landlord-tenant, family, criminal, contracts, and bankruptcy law cases. She has 11 years of courtroom experience at district, circuit and appellate courts across the state.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

“As an experienced courtroom attorney and devoted public servant, I will apply the same commitment that I do on city council and be a positive force in serving our residents as judge at the 19th District Court,” Dabaja said.

In addition to council president, Dabaja co-chairs the Dearborn Education Foundation; serves as treasurer of the Dearborn Bar Association; member of the Rotary Club of Dearborn, Darborn Goodfellows and Arab American Political Action Committee; and volunteers with the Dearborn Historical Museum and Neighborhood Association cleanups.

“I watch Susan work tirelessly every day advocating on our behalf,” said Dearborn resident Larry Johnson. “I am confident that Susan will do a fine job as our next judge.”

“Susan gives 100 percent commitment to any task she takes on,” said Dearborn attorney and 19th District Court Magistrate Helal Farhat. “Susan is an ethical practitioner, a proven leader with an extensive legal background, making her an ideal candidate for judge.”

Dabaja and her husband, Majid, have three children: Claudia, 16; Joël, 12; and Adam, 9.