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PAGE 4                                                         ASSOCIATED NEWSPAPERS OF MICHIGAN                                            April 29, 2021


        5 file for mayor’s office, 13 seek council terms

           Westland voters will have the  Friday to withdraw from any of  $17,368 annually, while the coun-  Candi Halton; Antoinette Martin;
        opportunity to winnow an exten-  the races.                   cil president pro-tem is paid  Josh Powell and Melissa Sampey.
        sive field of candidates for mayor  Incumbent Wild, seeking his  $17,802 and the council president  Voters will also be asked to
        and city council during an August  fourth term as mayor, will be  is paid $18,247. The three candi-  decide on a 10-year, .85 millage to
        primary election this year.    challenged by William Asper;   dates receiving the highest num-  help fund operations at the
           Westland City Clerk Richard  Daniel Beier; current City    ber of votes during the       William P. Faust Public Library
        LeBlanc received 18 nominating  Councilwoman Tasha Green and  November balloting will serve  of Westland.
        petitions from candidates last  Edward Pruettt. The mayoral   four-year terms on the council   If approved by voters, the 10-
        week, four hoping to unseat    term is four years and is paid  while the fourth-highest vote  year millage would generate
        incumbent Mayor William R.     $121,564 annually.             total will serve a two-year term.  about $1.4 million during the first
        Wild and 13 wanting to serve on  Four terms on the city council  The president and president pro-  year on the tax rolls. Currently,
        the city council               are being sought by 13 candi-  tem of the council are chosen by  Westland residents pay a .975
           The top two candidates for  dates. One of those is that of  their fellow elected members  millage to operate the library
        mayor chosen by voters during  Green who resigned her council  during the first organizational  which will expire this year.
        the Aug. 3 primary will move on  position to seek the mayoral  meeting following the swearing  Library officials said the mill-
        to the Nov. 2 general election bal-  office.                  in of the new officials.      age is needed for operating the
        lot. The top eight vote getters  Three incumbents, Jim Hart,    The three incumbent city    library including maintenance,
        during the primary will appear  James Godbout and Peter       councilmen will be challenged  wages, books, programs and serv-
        on the November ballot seeking  Herzberg, have all filed for  by: Angela Anderson;  Sarah   ices necessary to keep the facility
        terms on the city council.     reelection to their expiring seats.  Austin; David Cox; Mike Delph;  open and accessible to the pub-
           Candidates had until last   Council members are paid       Debra Fowlkes; Jon Haddad;    lic.                                     Mayor William R. Wild

                                                                                                    Help wanted

                                                                                                    Volunteers are needed for
                                                                                                    the annual Lighthouse
                                                                                                    Home Mission yard sale set
                                                                                                    for Friday April 30 through
                                                                                                    Saturday, May 8. All pro-
                                                                                                    ceeds from the sale go to
                                                                                                    stock the food pantry at the
                                                                                                    facility. Volunteers are need-
                                                                                                    ed from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m.
                                                                                                    each day of the sale and
                                                                                                    donations of gently used
                                                                                                    items of any type are being
                                                                                                    accepted. To volunteer, call
                                                                                                    Paola Tucker or text
                                                                                                    (734)334-3204. The mission
                                                                                                    is located at 34033 Palmer
                                                                                                    Road in Westland.

        Local man now serving on Navy Guided Missile Cruiser

                                   Rick Burke    Williams joined the Navy two years ago,  As a member of the U.S. Navy, Williams,  lasting effect around the globe and for
            Navy Office of Community Outreach  he said, to give his wife and children a bet-  as well as other sailors, know they are a  generations of sailors who will follow.
                                               ter life.                             part of a service tradition providing unfor-  “Serving in the Navy has shown me
           A Westland man is serving aboard USS  According to Williams, the values   gettable experiences through leadership  that I am mentally and physically stronger
        Philippine Sea, a U.S. Navy Flight II  required to succeed in the Navy are simi-  development, world affairs and humani-  than I thought I was,” added Williams.
        Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser,  lar to those found in Westland.   tarian assistance. Their efforts will have a  “This life is hard but the reward is great.”
        homeported in Mayport, FLA.              “I learned if you want to be successful,
           Petty Ofc. 2nd Class Brian Williams is a  you have to work hard and grind every
        2014 Wayne Memorial High School gradu-  day,” said Williams. “Life gives you many
        ate and 2019 graduate of Washtenaw     obstacles to overcome, it's all about how
        Community College. Today, Williams     you are going to overcome them and keep
        serves as a damage controlman.         moving forward.”
           “I'm responsible for being a fire sys-  Though there are many opportunities
        tems technician and firefighter aboard the  for sailors to earn recognition in their
        ship,” said Williams. “I've also enjoyed the  command, community and careers,
        relationship I have built with my broth-  Williams is most proud of being a first
        ers.”                                  time homeowner at 23 years old.

           On air

           Megan Kirk is the new communi-
           cations specialist with the
           WLND/Community Media team.
           Kirk’s duties will include coordi-
           nating Westland social media
           platforms,   communications
           efforts, assisting with WLND pro-
           gramming and  hosting “On-Air”
           projects at the city cable channel.
           Kirk has been a writer and content
           creator for many highly regarded
           content providers, officials said.
           She is a graduate of Michigan
           State University and loves to read
           and enjoys writing, news and
           being a dog mom to her 4-year-
           old poodle, Tucker, they added.


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