Voters narrow down judge, state representative candidates during primary

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Gene Hunt and Susan Dabaja will face in November for the 19th District Court judge seat, and Democrat Abdullah Hammoud and Republican Terrance Gerin will vie for the 15th District state House seat as a result of the Aug. 2 primary election.

Dearborn voters also overwhelmingly renewed a temporary 3.5-mill supplemental millage called Proposal 1, by a vote of 9,639 to 2,284. The tax is projected to raise $11.1 million a year for city services and programs as well as maintaining police and fire services.

In the race for age-limited 19th District Court Judge William Hultgren’s seat, Hunt received 7,000 votes and Dabaja 4,227 in the most hotly contested race on the local ballot, outdistancing Abbie Bazzi (2,710) and advancing to the Nov. 8 general election.

“I am very pleased and grateful that Dearborn voters have faith in me,” Hunt said. “After a week vacation, we’ll go back at it and knock on doors for the November election.”

Dabaja also thanked Dearborn voters and is glad to advance to the general election.

“I will continue to focus on showing the voters why I am so passionate about public service, and why my qualifications make me the best choice to become our next judge in Dearborn,” she said. “I take nothing for granted and will continue to run a grassroots campaign based on merits and qualifications.”

In the 15th District race for term-limited George Darany’s seat, Hammoud topped the Democratic side of the ballot with 3,520 votes. He was followed by Brian Stone with 2,717, Roxanne McDonald with 1,874, Jacklin Zeiden with 981, Alex Shami with 145 and Norman Alsahoury with 43.

“I am grateful our hard work paid off because this victory is for Dearborn,” Hammoud said. “We’ll keep pushing forward to November for the city and hopefully earn a victory.”

On the GOP side, Gerin received 1,056 votes followed by Paul Sophiea with 1,000 and Richard Johnson with 716.

The district consists of most of Dearborn.

In the 11th District race, Robert Pope beat Dale Prosser, 588-507, to face unopposed Democrat Jewell Jones in November to fill the seat of the late Julie Plawecki. The district includes most of north Dearborn Heights.

In the 13th District, Frank Liberati beat Rebecca Reed 3,712 to 1,338 on the Democratic ticket and will face off with unopposed Republican Annie Spencer in November. The district includes most of Dearborn Heights.

For term-limited 9th District state Rep. Harvey Santana’s seat, spouse Sylvia Santana advanced on the Democratic ticket with 2,983 votes. She was followed by Gary S. Pollard with 1,838 votes, Regina Ross (537), Alicia Murphy (242), Tijuana Morris (193), Annie Carter (151) and William Phillips (95). On the Republican side, James Stephens ran unopposed.

The district includes part of northeast Dearborn.

A total of 14,779 ballots were cast in Dearborn from among 59,507 registered voters for a 24.8 percent voter turnout.

Gerin, Liberati, Pope and Santana did not return phone calls and emails by press time.

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