Election results come as a surprise for many

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

One Response to Election results come as a surprise for many

  1. Dennis Nowak

    December 1, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Personally, I do not think there will be groundbreaking changes.

    Mohammed Hassan has worked closely with Saad Almasmari in the recent past and spearheaded – through Almasmari – the recent effort to controversially re-hire Max Garbarino to a lucrative newly-created law enforcement position in the City of Hamtramck.

    It is my understanding that the newly-elected trio of councilpersons intend to keep City Manager Kathy Angerer and City Attorney Jim Allen – which is controversial.

    The city ran far more smoothly financially when Emergency Manager Cathy Square and, later, when her handpicked successor Katrina Powell ruled the city with an iron hand. They were not afraid to make unpopular decisions and looked out for the public interest.

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