Primary election day is Tuesday, August 5. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. It’s summer and many people are away. But important local races are taking place. They will decide who is to be on the ballot in November when the general elections, including for president of the country, will happen. We urge everyone to understand the importance of the primary. Friends of the community are depending on us to get them in the final election. In some races, the number of candidates running means that just a few votes could be critical. If, for example, five candidates are running for the same position and 6,000 votes are cast, fifty votes one way or the other could decide the race. This community needs to understand that the primary is as important as the general election. If our friends are not on the ballot in November, we cannot vote for them, no matter how ready we are then.
The Arab American News endorses the following candidates:
|Sheriff Warren Evans
For Wayne County Register of Deeds, we believe incumbent Bernard Youngblood should be re-elected. Youngblood founded the first Document Fraud Task Force in the nation in 2005 and he’s worked alongside Sheriff Evans to fight deed and mortgage fraud problems.
For Wayne County Clerk, we endorse incumbent Cathy M. Garrett.
For Wayne County Circuit Court, where you must choose three of six candidates, we suggest Lynne Pierce, Corbett O’Meara and Daniel Hathaway.
Pierce, a municipal judge in Grosse Pointe for 16 years, has a reputation in the community for being fair, honest and hardworking. She has been married to Raymond Andary, an attorney of Lebanese descent, for 28 years.
O’Meara, with a strong civil rights background, has represented victims of police misconduct and individuals falsely accused of terrorism. He’s also coordinated legal services for progressive political organizations.
Hathaway, a practicing attorney for 29 years and founding partner of his own law firm in Allen Park, has been a fair friend to the Arab American community.
For State House Representative in the 11th District, vote for Gary Pollard, D-Detroit. Pollard, current chief of staff to State Senator Irma Clark-Coleman, has been recognized for his service and commitment to serving the community.
Finally, for State House Representative in the 5th District, we endorse Abdul Algazali, a Democrat in Hamtramck. Algazali shows real promise as a legislator, having worked hard and accomplished a great deal as a councilman in that ethnically diversity enclave.
On the proposal to levy a tax to support the Detroit Zoo, The Arab American News encourages a ‘Yes’ vote. Since the City of Detroit turned responsibility of the Zoo over to the Detroit Zoological Society in 2006, it’s stuggled to find funding. For the average home in the tri-county area, the increase is only about $10 a year. It’s worth it.