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