2017 ELECTION


By Joyce Ervin

Election night in Milan on November 7 was a time of anticipation for candidates and residents alike.
Beating his opponent, former mayor Owen Diaz handily, Dominic Hamden, a council member since 2010 and a local attorney, will be officially sworn into office as mayor on Jan.8 by the Honorable Mark S. Brunlich and the Honorable Julia B. Owdziej of Monroe.
They will also swear in incumbent council members Ann Gee and Doug Gilson along with first-time newly elected Ed Kolar.
Hamden, who has served on council for eight years, has been dedicated to Milan’s progress with roads, the rehabilitation of the downtown and other improvements.  He plans to continue moving Milan ahead, and he’s proud of the city’s progress in all areas.  He said, “Looking forward to going to work.”
His attention will be given to the Ford Lake shoreline that will address the deterioration of Wabash Street.  It’s a $550,000 project, he said, that will save Wabash, one of two major routes through the city, and will be an enjoyable way to use the waterway including a walkway for pedestrians and bicyclists. He added, “It has to be addressed.”
Hamden looks forward to a continued progressive city stating he has good people to work with including council members, knowledgeable department heads, organizations and businesses.
Hamden said he was humbled by the voter turnout and support. Gee thanked her constituents on social media saying, she thanks everyone that trusted and supported her.  She said in part, “I will do what I can to keep that trust and integrity for the next four years.”
 Gilson said he was pleased, and “the city is moving forward and is the black.”  Ed Kolar said on election night, “It was a great night and I thank my friends for their support.”   Looking forward to his council seat, he said, “Great times are coming.”
Official election results were: Hamden 899 votes, Andrew Douglas – 355 – Ann L. Gee – 791, Douglas A. Gilson – 614, Sean M. Jenkins – 497, Ed Kolar – 878, library board winner, Larry Biederman – 1,006 votes.
Washtenaw County mental health, public safety levy passed with – 30,659 yes votes, with- 17,365 opposed. Washtenaw County ISD special education levy passed with – 34,609 votes and 12,007 opposed.
All the candidates emphasized their enthusiasm and desire to keep working hard come January for continued growth and prosperity for the community.

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