15th District to get new state rep; incumbent seeks re-election in 13th

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

The 15th State House District will have a new representative after the general election in November and an incumbent seeking re-election in the 13th District.

Democrat Abdullah Hammoud and Republican Terrance Gerin face off in the 15th District, and incumbent Democrat Frank Liberati and Republican challenger Annie Spencer will go head-to-head for the 13th District Nov. 8.

The spot for the 15th District opened after current state Rep. George Darany was term-limited out after six years in the House.

The district covers all of Dearborn except for two small sections in the northeast part of the city.

Hammoud was born and raised in Dearborn and has earned a bachelor’s degree in science and master’s in public health from the University of Michigan.

He sees education, the environment, healthcare and the economy the biggest issues facing the district.

“I will fight for the resources we need to keep us vibrant,” he said. “That includes preventing further cuts to public education system, ensure the protection of our environment, encourage local and state governments to work together to make healthcare accessible to all, and to protect economic stability of Michigan’s families by raising the minimum wage and lowering taxes for the working-class, and by supporting hardworking entrepreneurs and small business owners.”

Hammoud believes being a lifelong product of Dearborn is a strong reason to vote for him during the upcoming election.

“I have lived through our struggles and celebrated our struggles,” he said. “I am for this community, from this community. Additionally, I am the only candidate with state policy experience and that is crucial given that we have term limits. I will be able to not only voice the community’s issues, but also deliver results.”

Gerin earned a living as a professional wrestler for 21 years before resettling in Dearborn in 2001 and became invested in the community.

According to his website he sees roads, education and revenue sharing as areas of concern within the district.

In the 13th District, Liberati is seeking re-election against Spencer.

The district covers Allen Park, Southgate and part of Dearborn Heights.

He is a resident of Allen Park, a business owner since 2001 and Allen Park Public Schools Board of Education president from 2006 to 2012.

Liberati lists investment in education, better infrastructure and painting jobs that allow families to earn a decent living as the major issues facing the district.

“I will continue to advocate for increased investment in education programs that are proven to work — so that every student receives the education they deserve,” he said. “Additionally, I will fight for reversing the tax burden that has been placed on the backs of middle class and working families as well as policies that help cultivate 21st century entrepreneurs and allow small businesses to thrive.”

He believes his past and current experiences are strong reasons to vote fro him in November.

“With my experience as a small business owner, school board member, and state representative, I believe I have the experience, and judgement, to best serve the people of our community and to provide them with a strong voice in state government,” Liberati said.

Gerin and Spencer did not respond to questionnaires by press time.

The general election takes place on Nov. 8, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)