When voters go to the polls Nov. 5, they will be voting for their cities’ futures in these tough economic times. The Times-Herald and Sunday Times Newspspers endorse the following candidates and proposals:
For mayor, we endorse incumbent John O’Reilly Jr.; for city clerk, incumbent Kathleen Buda. For the seven seats on the city council, we endorse incumbents Robert Abraham, David Bazzy, Brian O’Donnell and Mark Shooshanian and newcomers Susan Dabaja and Mike Sareini.
We also recommend “yes” votes for all three Dearborn Public Schools proposals, the 20-year, 5.35 mill SMART bond for security, modifications, additions, renovations technology and transportation for K-12 — which basically is a renewal — and the Henry Ford Community College proposals for a five-year, 1 mill proposal for new taxes and the other a combination and renewal of 2.5 mills and .5 mills over 10 years. Both HFCC proposals are for money for operational purposes.
For mayor, we endorse incumbent Daniel Paketo. For the four seats on the city council, we endorse incumbents Thomas Berry, Maragaret Horvath and Joseph Kosinski as well as former councilman and state representative Bob Constan.
We also recommend a “yes” vote for the library millage asking for .95 mills for operational purposes.
For mayor, we endorse incumbent Patricia Diaz-Krause; for city clerk, incumbent Donna Breeding. For the six seats on the city council, we endorse incumbents Mario DiSanto, Joseph Kaiser Jr, Mark Kandes and Thomas Murphy as well as Christopher Dardzinski and Larry Kelsey.
We also recommend “yes” votes for the two millage proposals on the ballot, one a three-year, 3.46-mill renewal for police and fire operations, and the other a 10-year, 2.64-mill request for road and infrastructure maintenance and improvements.
For the three seat on the city council, we endorse incumbents Andrew Swift, David Ryan and James Trombley.
For the seven seats on the city council, we endorse incumbents Bill Colovos, Patricia Ganzenberger, Karen George and Dale Zemecki as well as newcomers Gerald A. Dusik, Mark Farrah and Edward Gawlick Jr.
For mayor, we endorse incumbent Jeffrey Lamarand; for city clerk, incumbent Cynthia Bauer. For the open seat of city treasurer, we endorse current City Council Chairwoman Cheryl Burke.
The city council will see at least five new faces after the election as several sitting members are running for other offices in the city. For the seven seats on the city council, we endorse incumbent Dennis Stapleton and newcomers Daniel Bzura, Angela Croft, Tim Faremouth, Herman Ramik, Bob Tompos and Tim Woolley.
For the three seats on the city council, we endorse incumbent Timber R. Baun-Cooks and newcomers W. Dan Gillespie and Tom Kinney.