Press release Jan.12/07
DEARBORN ‹ Dearborn mayoral candidate Abed Hammoud announced today that he has withdrawn his candidacy for mayor. The city is holding a special election February 27 to elect a mayor following the death last month of Mayor Michael Guido.
Hammoud's decision came after a breakfast meeting this morning with Mayor Pro Tem and candidate John O'Reilly, Jr. "O'Reilly spelled out his plan for the city and we agreed on most of the issues. I was running to ensure we had a competent and ethical administration, equal application of the law, fiscal responsibility, creative and effective economic development and a transparent and responsive administration. Jack O'Reilly indicated he had the same goals and that he would involve the entire Dearborn community in the process."
"Although I had the full support of my family and a large segment of the Dearborn community, I have decided nonetheless to spare the city from the effort and expense of a campaign." Hammoud said that he had entered the race when it appeared that many serious candidates were running and because of the lack of a primary, anyone could have won. Hammoud said he was concerned for the future of the city and decided to step up to the plate. "Today, I am confident that with my withdrawal, the winner will be a competent and ethical individual," he added, referring to O'Reilly.
"Just over a month after the loss of Mayor Guido, the city needs healing and unity," Hammoud said.
Hammoud thanked all those who contacted him and who expressed support for his campaign.