State Rep. George Darany completes final day in office

Photo courtesy of George Darany. Outgoing state Rep. George Darany (right) and state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) work on passing final bills during Darany’s final day in the House of Representatives Dec. 15.

Photo courtesy of George Darany. Outgoing state Rep. George Darany (right) and state Rep. Pam Faris (D-Clio) work on passing final bills during Darany’s final day in the House of Representatives Dec. 15.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

DEARBORN — During his final official day, state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn) was still focused on passing bills and important issues, just as he was on day one.

Dec. 15 marked that final day, but Darany said it was bittersweet because he did not want to leave.

“I’ve been taking a lot of photos,” he said. “Everyone has told me to take photos of my final day on the floor. I’ve enjoyed helping the people of Dearborn.”

During his time, Darany passed 10 bills into laws including one on Dec. 14, the day before his final day in office.

The bill came at the request of doctors who asked for a requirement having all doctors and hospitals report any infant mortality death to the state. Data collected by the state will be analyzed to find the cause for what the doctor considers to be a high infant mortality rate in Michigan.

Darany cited passing his first bill in October 2012 as his greatest accomplishment because it was dedicated to his father and other veterans.

“The bill aimed to help get veterans jobs,” he said. “My father served in the U.S. Army during World War II, so I’m proud of that first bill.”

He also mentioned transparency, education, healthcare, taxes and prisons as the biggest resident concerns he was able to address during his time.

“I’m proud of my accomplishments during my years in office,” Darany said. “I will miss seeing people at grocery stores and having them tell me, ‘Thank you for your work,’ along with students who make the trip to learn about state government.”

Darany leaves Lansing after serving six years as state representative in Michigan’s 15th District. Abduallah Hammoud won the seat in the Nov. 8 election receiving 21,739 votes compared to Terrance Gerin’s 13,452 votes.

Darany is helping Hammoud with the transition by meeting and discussing remaining bills and resident issues Darany was unable to complete.

Darany is already making plans for 2017 where he said he will run for Dearborn city clerk at the local level.

“It’s a good fit for me because I want to make changes in the clerk’s office,” he said. “In Lansing I’ve worked to making voting easier for residents and clerks. I believe that the people think I’ve done a good job during my six years as state representative.”

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

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