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Chaldean Voters Ready for Michigan Primary Election Tuesday, August 5
By Sam Yousif :: Monday, August 4, 2008 :: 52137 Views :: Article Rating :: Law & Order, Government & Society, Opinion and Editorials, Chaldean Caucus

Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Caucus has sent out over 6,000 e-mails and mailed out over 2,000 letters to likely Chaldean voters reminding them that tomorrow, Tuesday, August 5 are the primary elections.  “We want to keep the Chaldean community informed and excited about local races as much as the upcoming presidential race,” says Lauren George, western district Chaldean Caucus representative. 

Politicians have come to realize the importance of winning the Chaldean vote says George.  “The community values democracy.  Coming from a country that would kill your entire family should you dare consider thinking and acting in democratic ways, we are hungry to participate.  Our community is active in campaigns, involved in running for politics, and we get out the vote.”

The largest population of Chaldeans in the United States lives in Oakland County, Michigan.  George says that political candidates in that county wisely court the Chaldean constituency knowing that Chaldeans can make all the difference. 

“We have great candidates vying for their party representation or to make the ballot list in the primary.  Candidates for Oakland County Prosecutor Attorney, County Commissioners, County Sheriff, district representatives,  6th Circuit Judge, 46th District Judge, Probate Judge, and even a ballot proposal to fund West Bloomfield parks and the Detroit Zoo,” shares George.  District representatives for the 26, 27, 29, 35, 37, 38, 39, and 40 are highly populated Chaldean regions where candidates have to fight through a primary. 

“Voters can not split their ticket,” says George .  “In other words, if you vote for a candidate in a Republican primary, all voting must remain on the Republican side otherwise you spoil your ticket and the vote does not get counted.  You just have to pick one side and stick to all the votes on that side.  The ballot will also reflect the district for representative, county commissioner, and local races.”   

The Chaldean Caucus candidate communication packet encouraged Chaldeans to vote for the following candidates:

CHALDEAN DEMOCRATS

  • 27th District State Representative: Kevin Weeden
  • 35th District State Representative Vincent Gregory
  • 39th District State Representative: John Kuriakuz
  • 45th District State Representative:  Theodore A. Golden
  • 15th Oakland County Commissioner District: Todd White
  • 21st Oakland County Commissioner District: Kyrian Nwagwu
  • 23rd Oakland County Commissioner District: Eric Coleman 
  •  West Bloomfield Township Supervisor: Michele Economou
  • West Bloomfield Township Clerk: Sheryl L. Mitchell
  • West Bloomfield Township Treasurer: Teri Adelberg Weingarden
  • West Bloomfield Township Trustee: Larry Brown, Gene Farber, Howard Rosenberg, Scott J. Winnick
  • West Bloomfield Township Park Commission: Merv Aronoff, Carol Hack, Larry Horowitz, Marc E. Jeffries, Adam S. Littman, J. Andrew O'Connor, Gerald J. Sukenic
  • Oakland County Sheriff: Mark D. Mitchell

CHALDEAN REPUBLICANS

  • 27th District State Representative:  Ochelski, Sr., Norman J.
  • 37th District State Representative: Paul Welday
  • 38th District State Representative: Douglas Curry
  • 39th District State Representative: Donald B. Elliott Jr.
  • 45th District State Reprehensive:  Tom McMillin
  • 9th Oakland County Commissioner District: Lou Csordas
  • 13th Oakland County Commissioner District: Robert Gosselin
  • 15th Oakland County Commissioner District: Daniel Beaubien
  • 16th Oakland County Commissioner District: Shelley Goodman Taub
  • 19th Oakland County Commissioner District: John Witt
  • Oakland County Prosecutor Attorney:  David Law
    Oakland County Sheriff: Michael Bouchard


NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATES:

  • 6th Circuit Judge: Robert H. Giles & Lisa Gorcyca
  • 46th District Judge Of The District Court:  Bill Richards
  • Oakland Probate Judge: Daniel A. O'Brien

BALLOT PROPOSALS:

  • West Bloomfield Township, Renewal Of Existing Parks And Recreation Tax:  NO
  • Oakland County, Oakland County Zoological Authority Tax: NO
  • Oak Park City, Ballot Pproposal no. 08-01 Tax:  NO

The Chaldean Caucus gives Chaldeans interested in politics an opportunity to share their concerns and network with other politically savvy members.  “We are a non-partisian group that helps educate the community on where candidates stand on issues, we hold candidate forums, and we help candidates we feel are best able to understand the challenges of the Chaldean community,” George states.  “Political candidates and Chaldean voters with questions, concerns, or comments can e-mail the Chaldean Caucus at CC@chaldean.org”