Election deadline approaching


By Charles Sercombe
Hamtramck’s election season is about to be off and running.
Next Tuesday (April 23) at 4 p.m. is the filing deadline for city council candidates.
Councilmembers Anam Miah, Saad Almasmari and Abu Musa are up for re-election.
As of press time Thursday, none of them have yet filed to run.
At press time, the only candidates to file are: Nayeem Choudhury and Carrie Beth Lasley.
The terms are for four years.
To file, you can either do it the easy way and simply spend $100, or you can get nominating petitions. Candidates using petitions must get at least 40 Hamtramck registered voters to sign on, with no more than 100.
City Clerk August Gitschlag warns that candidates should turn their nominating petitions in early, rather than later, just in case something is erroneously filled out, in which case there could still be time to fix it.
Candidates who have second thoughts about seeking a seat on council have until Friday, April 26, to withdraw.
The city council race is the only local office that will be on the ballot this year. So far, there are no proposals being discussed that would require voter approval.

April 19, 2019

8 Responses to Election deadline approaching

  1. Roadman

    April 20, 2019 at 12:00 am

    Expect Robert Zwolak to be filing nominating petitions with the City Clerk as those have been circulating throughout the city.

    Carrie Beth Lasley, a Democratic Party precinct delegate, already has a campaign Facebook page set up and is seeking assistance for her campaign.

    Lasley is an employee of the Wayne County Land Bank. She has close ties to Mayor Majewski and has been a frequent critic of Councilman Anam Miah.

    Nayeem Choudhury, a Bangladeshi-American, owns Walee Enterprises, a business on Conant Avenue. This will be his second run for City Council.

  2. Dennis Nowak

    April 21, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    There are rumors that at least a dozen more City Council candidates will file by next Tuesday.

    Ms. Lasley already had an event earlier this year to promote her campaign and will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser June 1st.

  3. Nasr Hussain

    April 22, 2019 at 11:53 am

    It would be a nice idea if your newspaper adds an article where readers can post question to the candidates to answer on this website.

  4. Nasr Hussain

    April 23, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Another lawsuit


    More details tomorrow night. Allegedly Hamtramck city colluded and conspired with Breakthrough towing.

    Interesting Development.

    This city has to be cleaned up.

    Are you up to it future officials running for office.

  5. Nasr Hussain

    April 23, 2019 at 12:47 am

    “The complaint, in addition to the allegations against Breakthrough Towing, claims that the City of Detroit, City of Hamtramck, and their police officers have accepted incentives and/or have otherwise allowed Breakthrough Towing to operate illegally in Detroit and Hamtramck.”


  6. nasr hussain

    April 23, 2019 at 10:58 am

    James Allen, Hamtramck city attorney, released the following statement about the lawsuit:

    The serious allegations in the complaint against unnamed members of the Hamtramck Police Department completely lack merit. Hamtramck does not contract with the defendant towing company and, under state law, cannot interfere with private property owners who choose to do so. Hamtramck has, however, taken appropriate measures to enforce state law as it relates to towing companies operating within the city. Hamtramck selected its own (different) towing company in a thorough competitive bidding process. That company is the exclusive provider of towing services to the city and the only vendor HPD is authorized to call for towing services. Hamtramck and its provider follow state law regulating towing. Hamtramck will viorously defend this meritless lawsuit.

  7. Nasr Hussain

    April 23, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Hopefully, our city’s towing company is not one of these ten banned by Detroit for shady practices:



  8. Roadman

    April 25, 2019 at 1:28 am

    @Nasr Hussein:

    As of now, Olivia Robertson is the ONLY Bumbo’s customer that is suing Breakthrough Towing and the Hamtramck Police Department for some sort of complicity in connection with a CVS tow job.

    I am actually bewildered as why no other Bumbo’s patron has come forth to file any legal action – or even legal proceedings by the owners of Bumbo’s Bar as this conduct has interfered with their business operations.

    While there are allegations of kickbacks or other incentives received by police – no officer is either identified or named as a defendant in the lawsuit. No specific illegal conduct of police are mentioned however there are allegations of inaction by police in the face of complaints by the public.

    It should be noted that Breakthrough Towing sued the City of Detroit in federal court when the D.P.D. seized a Breakthrough tow truck and also a car that was towed by Breakthrough Towing from the Midtown McDonald’s and Breakthrough Towing collected a $75,000.00 settlement approved by Detroit City Council – so its not like the D.P.D. has done nothing to address complaints b the public.

    Breakthrough Towing had continued to tow vehicles from the Midtown McDonald’s lot long after its controversial tow practices had been reported in the media – now not only the franchise owner, but also the parent corporation, is being sued as a result of illicit tow allegations.

    AAA – on the other hand – cut its ties with Breakthrough shortly after the adverse media coverage occurred.

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