DEARBORN, Michigan – Lifelong Dearborn resident Susan Dabaja, a local attorney, threw her hat in the ring in the race for Dearborn City Council. Dabaja was one of the first to return her petitions for the City Council race.
In an email this morning to potential supporters, Dabaja explained her decision to run for public office:
“As you may already know, I have decided to run for Dearborn City Council. It was a decision made from my heart because I care deeply about the city I’ve always called home. I was born and raised in Dearborn and attended Dearborn Public Schools. I graduated from Edsel Ford High School and earned my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan-Dearborn, a wonderful institution we are fortunate to have in our city. I went on to attend the University of Detroit-Mercy, School of Law and graduated first in my class, magna cum laude.”
“While obtaining my education, I was also raising my growing family. My husband and I are the proud parents of three children, Claudia (13), Joel (9) and Adam (6). It is very important to me to raise my family in a community that I feel is safe, happy and offers many benefits such as historical presence, cherished traditions, and a lively business district.”
“After law school, I began practicing in Dearborn where I’ve represented many local residents and businesses. For eight years, I had the honor of working with our newest judge at the 19th District Court, Chief Judge Sam Salamey, who helped mentor me to be a dedicated, principled and compassionate attorney.”
“Today, I am thrilled and passionate about what I hope to be the next chapter in my life, the opportunity to serve you and our city as your councilwoman. Through hard work and dedication, I hope to gain your support over the next few months. My parents took great pride in raising me to be a leader and a team player who believes in doing what’s right, even when faced with challenges. I promise that I will remain devoted to the residents of Dearborn if elected onto council because the issues that affect our city are important to my family and to yours. I will make certain that our services are maintained, our public safety continues to be a top priority, our business district is revitalized, and that Dearborn will continue to retain the charm, character and sense of community that has defined it for generations.”
“Dearborn is my hometown and it is where I want to be. It is where I want families to raise their children, business owners to thrive, and neighborhoods to feel safe and happy. I ask that you give me a fair consideration when you cast your vote on August 6, 2013. I will work hard to ensure that our city continues to be a place where our families can live, work and play.”