By Charles Sercombe
In a stunning upset, two city councilmembers who sought re-election were eliminated in Tuesday’s Primary Election.
Anam Miah, who is Mayor Pro Tem, and Abu Musa were among three candidates who were knocked out of the race.
The other losing candidate was Justin Jessop.
Miah came in dead last. Musa came in seventh place.
Fellow incumbent councilmember Saad Almasmari came in fourth place.
Former councilmember Robert Zwolak, who last served on council several years ago, came in sixth place – beating out Musa by 38 votes.
Another former councilmember, Mohammed Hassan, also survived the cut. Two years ago, he decided not to seek re-election and instead challenged Mayor Karen Majewski.
He lost that election by a wide margin.
A frequent critic of the council and city administration, Carrie Beth Lasley, came in third. This is her first attempt at seeking elected office in Hamtramck.
The top six finishers will now square off in the November General Election where voters will decide on the final three candidates.
The top vote-getter in Tuesday’s primary was Mohammed Alsomiri, a local business owner and developer. He has been in the process of renovating the former Shopper’s World building on Jos. Campau for the past few years.
Here are the results in order:
Mohammed Alsomiri: 727
Nayeem Choudhury: 680
Carrie Beth Lasley: 612
Saad Almasmari: 605
Mohammed Hassan: 595
Robert Zwolak: 588
Abu Musa: 550
Justin Jessop: 454
Anam Miah: 356
Miah’s defeat was perhaps not that surprising. He barely squeaked by four years ago.
There was a total of 2,136 votes cast, of which 988 were by absentee ballot.
The total number of voters represents only 17 percent of the city’s approximately 12,000 registered voters.
The turnout is considered low compared to other recent election years. One thing working against the candidates was that the only item on the ballot was the council race.
There were no incidents during election day. A slight drizzle occurred in the afternoon for about an hour.
Aug. 6, 2019