DEARBORN – Dearborn real estate associate broker Sam Baydoun announced he will seek the Wayne County Commission seat being vacated by Chairman Gary Woronchak, who has opted to against seeking another term on the county’s governing board and will instead run for an open seat in the state Senate.
Woronchak represents District 13, which includes Dearborn and Allen Park.
Baydoun, 54, a longtime Dearborn resident, is an associate broker with Century 21 Curran & Christie, with a real estate career spanning more than 31 years. He said being chairman of the local Realtor organization’s Government Affairs Committee piqued his interest in public affairs and his support for the Realtor Political Action Committee.
Baydoun said it is time to serve his state and county by giving back to the country that gave him an opportunity to advance in his life, raise his family and realize the American Dream.
“I believe it is time for me to step forward and serve the community and the people of Wayne County,” he said.
Baydoun said he understands the challenges and opportunities facing the people of Wayne County, with Detroit re-emerging from bankruptcy into city that is recovering under the leadership of Mayor Mike Duggan. He said Dearborn is joining the progress and meeting the challenges with a huge investment by Ford Motor Co. that presents a historic opportunity that must be expanded upon.
“Under the leadership of Mayor John O’Reilly, Dearborn has weathered the economic downturn and is moving forward with plans to improve lives in the city by updating the infrastructure and building bridges of cooperation with the surrounding cities,” Baydoun said. “And I want to be able, through my position on the county commission, to help build on this progress and move Dearborn and Allen Park forward.”
Baydoun said Wayne County has made a significant progress under the leadership of County Executive Warren Evans.
“In just three short years, Mr. Evans and his team was able to rescue the county from a possible bankruptcy, enhanced business climates, encouraged investments and addressed the jail issue,” Baydoun said. “But there are still challenges and I would like to help in my position on the commission to build on the progress made so far, as well as address poverty, fix the deteriorating county roads, encourage investments by small businesses, support women’s rights and address the issue of sexual harassments and discrimination against minorities, especially in the working environments.”
Baydoun and his late wife, Ibtihal, have four children: Moe, 27; Ally, 24; Angela, 22; and Lilliana.
Baydoun is a Democrat and a member of the Dearborn Democratic Club, the League of Women Voters Dearborn/Dearborn Heights, a commissioner on the Dearborn Zoning Board of Appeals and is involved with several local organizations.
He served as a director of the Dearborn Area Board of Realtors and was twice elected president within the past 20 years. He was named Realtor of the Year in 2003 and 2016.