DEARBORN — City Council President Pro-Tem Tom Tafelski today filed the papers necessary to run for mayor in this year’s election.
Tafelski, 46, was elected to his fourth term on city council in November 2013. He was first elected to council in 2001, and served as council president from 2007 to 2013.
Prior to his election to council, Tafelski served on the City Planning Commission from 1999 to 2001 and the City Beautiful Commission from 1998 to 1999.
Tafelski is a lifelong Dearborn resident who graduated from Fordson High School in 1988. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and is a father of three young sons.
“As mayor, my pledge will be to take what I have learned from my many talks with residents and business owners and turn it into action,” he said in a press release. “Over the years, I have learned what their priorities are and what is important to their families.
“I have spent the last 16 years, as a member of Dearborn City Council, listening and asking the questions that citizens have wanted me to ask. I will also apply the skills and knowledge that I have learned throughout my business career and personal life, while raising my family, in order to move Dearborn forward.”
The statement said Tafelski “has been a consistent advocate for strong, stable neighborhoods and believes that neighborhoods are the heartbeat of a community. He believes in fair but firm enforcement of city ordinances and codes while maintaining the finest public safety programs.”