Hamtramck’s political winds have once again shifted.
The city council has lost three incumbents councilmembers. In the August Primary Election, two incumbents, Anam Miah and Abu Musa, were knocked out of the race.
Last Tuesday’s General Election kicked off the third incumbent, Saad Almasmari. This kind of a sweep is almost unheard of in Hamtramck.
Does this mean future Hamtramck elections will be unpredictable and volatile?
This could be a troubling trend.
To the outgoing incumbents, we thank you for doing your civic duty.
Coming on board will be Nayeem Choudhury, Mohammed Alsomiri and Mohammed Hassan, who, until three years ago, was a city councilmember.
So, what does all this mean?
For a small city, it means a loss of experienced leadership, but it can also mean an injection of new ideas.
We are optimistic that the city will move forward and succeed.
But there are financial obstacles heading our way.
The important point here is that the city manager, Kathy Angerer, receives support. We are sure that some difficult – and likely unpopular — decisions are coming.
Angerer has proved to be a capable leader.
The role of the city council, according to the city charter, is actually limited. Let’s hope the new city council configuration respects the limits of the that role.
Nov. 15, 2019