If you haven’t voted in any other local election make this November the one you Vote in.
This November the City of Dearborn Heights has a local election. There are three seats on the Council up, one of those seats is going to be a vacant seat the other two are to re-elect council members Lisa Hicks-Clayton (whom I would say needs to stay) and Ned Apigian (whom I feel needs to go.) The biggest bloc of voters in the City of Dearborn Heights are the AV’s (absentee voters) the majority of those voters are seniors. Past election numbers show that they decide who gets elected in Dearborn Heights. They vote while the majority of voters sit at home many not even knowing that there is an election. Yes, this election is important, but how many residents know just how important? Many don’t know who their Council members are most of the residents in the City have no idea there are issues here. Until they have a problem that is. Then they as did I start to ask questions.
We have the opportunity to get some people at that table that can work together for the residents to finally get some of the things we have been asking for. For years, we’ve watched council members that have the best interest of the residents work alone. Former councilwoman Janet Badalow is one of them. Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton who now sits on the council is another. Both these women have tried without support from their fellow council members to bring more transparency and communication with the residents. Based on what I’ve seen so far from two of the candidates running and what their platforms are I think the residents of Dearborn Heights have a chance. I say chance because over the years we really haven’t had chance to have our needs addressed. Time and time again we’ve asked for the same things over and over many I’ve written about here and time and time again we are denied. Denied because we have a City Council that is out of touch or just doesn’t care about what the residents want. It’s bad enough to have an administration that could careless put a City Council that feels the same way and us residents don’t stand a chance.
Council Chair Ken Barron is leaving the council this November your vote can help decide who will be voting on a new council chair. Council Chair isn’t picked on the highest vote getter in the election, but rather by the council members themselves. Based on what I’ve seen over the years I shudder at the thought of certain council members getting to the position of Council Chair. The council chair decides what gets put on the agenda to start with. If you have a council chair that doesn’t believe in the advancement of technology or the advancement in communicating with the public then it’s possible that those issues, if a council person wanted to bring those issues to the table would never make it there. It would be an absolute nightmare if the wrong council person was voted in as Council Chair. What if a council member who always supports the Mayor was picked as the council chair? There could be the potential for the Mayor to simply pick up the phone and say I don’t want this put on the agenda and that person might be inclined to do as the Mayor asks. I know many reading this might say oh there she goes again, but those of you who want to know the truth of things in this City, Really want to know the truth should be able to see this as something that is possible. In the City of Dearborn Heights with this administration and Council, history tells us this is so.