Michigan elections.. First Arab win as mayor of Dearborn

Candidate Abdullah Hammoud announced his victory as mayor of Dearborn, Michigan.

Hammoud became the first person of Arab origin to hold the position of mayor of Dearborn, a city of 110,000 people.

Hammoud’s victory came at the expense of Gary Ronchak, the former state representative and former Commissioner of

Wayne County, with 54.6 percent of the vote to 45 percent, according to the results of the city of Dearborn announced by American media.

“Dearborn, we won! Our residents spoke out. We want change and bold leadership to meet the challenges our city faces,” Hammoud tweeted

He continued, “We live in the greatest city in America and I’m excited about what we can achieve together. Let’s get to work!”

Hammoud was contesting against 7 other candidates in the August non-partisan primaries, receiving 42 percent of the vote.

Rep. Abdullah Hammoud of D-Dearborn, speaks during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., in Dearborn, Mich., Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Runcak came in second with 18.5 percent, with both leading in the November general elections.

Hammoud, 31, was born to immigrant parents from Lebanon and grew up in a working-class environment with parents struggling to support their families. 

He studied biology and earned a master’s degree in public health and an MBA from the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.

In an earlier interview, Hammoud said Dearborn “can compete again” and “address the infrastructure issues” facing the city.

Flooding has been a major problem this year, with candidates debating how to solve a problem that has plagued the city for years, especially in the eastern part of Dearborn.

According to the United States Census, 47 percent of Dearborn’s residents are of Arab descent.

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