A personal message from Gary to Dearborn voters
Direct communication between you and me. That’s how it’s always been, through my 20 years of elected service and as a journalist before that. And that’s how I’m approaching it now, as I ask your vote to be Mayor of Dearborn.
From regular newsletters as your County Commissioner and State Representative, and in writings as Editor of the Dearborn Press & Guide, I’ve always approached our communication as personal. I’ve provided information and analysis on topics of importance and interest, and asked your feedback.
Whether it’s been in wide distribution, or in emails between two of us, more recently on social media, or in conversations over the years at Kroger and elsewhere, I’ve felt a relationship with the people of our town through this communication.
The communication has been two-way, certainly. As an elected official, I mailed an issues survey to residents every year, and was grateful for thousands of responses that advised me on how to best represent our city. I’ve not only been listening, I’ve been asking and engaging.
I’ve always done my own writing, never leaving it to staff or others. So what you read is from the horse’s … well, keyboard.
In that vein, here are a variety of thoughts about Dearborn and the mayoral election. Not necessarily well organized or conventional. But that’s how conversations go.
Gary has informed and communicated with us for years. Drawing on his background as a journalist, his newsletters as an official kept us aware of what was happening in government. His annual issues survey asked our opinions on important matters to guide Gary in his role as our representative. And, Gary created A Citizen's Guide to Wayne County Government to increase awareness of how the county works and the services it offers.
THE FIRST, OBVIOUS QUESTION: WHY SHOULD YOU VOTE FOR ME
I can provide a steady hand to move Dearborn forward during uncertain times. Stability in the face of challenges.
Even after we’ve endured one of the most unusual couple of years ever, much uncertainty remains about what’s ahead. Optimism and vaccines aside, we really don’t know when things will be “normal” again.
Our community faces continued challenges from the pandemic, not just in public health, but also its devastating effects on small businesses, how it has impacted our children’s education, and the general economy. Long-term impacts on the financial health of our government and the continued delivery of important services are unknown.
Separately, but related, the divisions that have afflicted our country have not spared Dearborn and have seeped into our community, sometimes on levels beyond politics.
Our challenges demand strong leadership and an ability to bring people together, and keep them informed and engaged as we move ahead, unified, as one Dearborn.
EXPERIENCE THAT GOES BOTH WAYS
I hope you will consider my background, experience and performance as a public servant as you decide who is best prepared and suited to lead our community forward. Respectfully, no other candidate has the experience that I have, and I want to put to work for you as Mayor. My performance in positions of responsibility in Dearborn for most of my life has prepared me for this.
I have served our community as its State Representative and then on the Wayne County Commission, where I was selected by my colleagues to lead as Chair of the Commission. As Editor of the Dearborn Press & Guide, I provided information to residents while delving into the issues and traditions that have shaped our city.
But on the topic of experience, it’s not just my experience serving the city, but also the experience you have had with me. Based on your own experience, you can judge whether I have worked effectively in Dearborn’s best interests, gotten results for our community and communicated well to keep you informed about, and involved with your government.
It’s the kind of two-way experience, I hope, that will bring us together as you decide on who will be Dearborn’s next mayor.