Mayor John "Jack" B. O'Reilly, Jr. will turn in his petitions to run for his first full term in office today at 4:30pm at the Dearborn City Clerk's Office in the concourse of City Hall. Joining him to show their support will be State Senator Irma Clark-Coleman, State Representative Gino Polidori, County Commissioner Gary Woronchak and representatives of Congressmen John Conyers and John Dingell.
As most know, Mayor O'Reilly assumed office after the death of Mayor Michael A. Guido in late 2006. Mayor O'Reilly was elected to a partial term in February 2007 with over 90 percent of the vote in a special election that included 10 other candidates. Before that, of course, he had been City Council president for 17 years, meaning he earned the highest number of votes each of the five times he ran. His father had been Mayor from 1978-1985.
Petitions to run for Dearborn city offices are due on Tuesday, May 12th. At least 100 signatures from registered Dearborn voters must be turned in to qualify to run. The primary is August 4th and the general election is November 3rd.
In addition to the Mayor's race, the election will determine all seven City Council seats and the City Clerk's position. All are four year terms, beginning on Jan. 1, 2010.