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Michael Sareini was elected to his first term on the Dearborn City Council in November 2013.


Sareini is a life long resident of Dearborn.  He is the son of the late Tom Sareini, owner of the Village Café previously located for over 25 years on Greenfield Rd at Rotunda Drive, and Suzanne Sareini, retired Dearborn City Council President Pro-Tem who served on the Council for 24 years.


Sareini and his wife Dalal have five children – Toufic, Houssain, Aliah, Suzanne and Hassan.


Sareini graduated from Fordson High School in 1990 and earned his Associate’s Degree from Henry Ford Community College in 1993. Sareini began a career in automotive sales in 1995. Sareini has won countless sales awards, and in 2011 was recognized by Ford Motor Company as Michigan’s #1 ranked volume salesman and #3 ranked salesman in the country.


Sareini was appointed as the sole representative of the state of Michigan in a national Ford Sales Advisory Panel that consisted of only 13 nationally renowned salesmen. Sareini’s recommendation resulted in a direct policy change within Ford Credit, the company’s financing arm.


In 2006, after 14 years out of the classroom, and while working full-time and raising his family, Sareini returned to school to complete his education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sareini graduated in 2009 “With High Distinction,” earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology.


Sareini continued pursuing higher education, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been a general practicing Attorney for 8 years.


Sareini was chosen by the Michigan Attorney General as a transition team guidance member of experts comprising extremely-revered individuals from the government, legal, indigenous, and corporate sectors.  This team was formed to guide a smooth and seamless transition between administrations as the Attorney General-Elect took office, effective January 1, 2019.


Sareini has a long history of participating in Dearborn youth recreation programs, sitting on boards and coaching. Sareini is a supporter of many local charities.

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 Mike Sareini Announces Run For Dearborn’s City Council

DEARBORN — Mike Sareini has officially announced his bid for a seat in this year’s city council race, eyeing to take one of the seven spots available in this November’s election. Sareini is looking to build on the work established by his mother, Suzanne Sareini, who announced this week that she will not seek a re-election after serving on the council since 1989.

Sareini, 41, who pulled his petition at city hall on Wednesday accompanied by his mother, says he’s been planning on seeking a position on city council for a while now. He’s hoping his education at Cooley Law School in Lansing, as well as his business experience at Jorgensen Ford in Detroit, where he was recognized as the number one salesman in the region, will have prepared him to take on such a position at Dearborn’s city hall.

“I have been involved in public service all my life from being raised by my mom and family, so it was always something I knew I would do in some point in my life. I wanted to make sure the timing was right and that I had the credentials as well,” Sareini stated.

A father of five, Sareini says it’s important that the city keeps its strong services intact, such as the police and fire departments. He says he wants to make sure those services aren’t affected as budget cuts continue to strain the city. He also wants to educate the community regarding their rights and privileges when it comes to services that are offered.

“The city services need to remain strong. We are known for having outstanding police and fire departments. A lot of people don’t know what services are offered and how they can get to it. The council allows people to get access into the city government and to get resources regarding tax bills, ticketing, parking, and even garbage pick ups. All these things affect people on a daily basis,” Sareini says.

Sareini’s mother, Suzanne, says she will be supporting and campaigning for his bid on the council and believes he has picked up plenty of experience just from working closely with her over the years.

“Mike can fill the gap in the community for the people who are my age and his age. I think he can excite the younger generation to get involved. He’s a dedicated hard worker who knows the workings of the city. He’s realized how his law education and what I do in the city mesh together. His law degree will be a great benefit to the community. People who know my son will be proud of him as I am,” Suzanne said.

Sareini’s announcement makes him the fourth Arab American candidate seeking a seat on the council this year. He joins Attorney Tarek Baydoun, Attorney Susan Dabaja, and former Dearborn Police Officer Mohamed Berro in the race. Sareini says the Arab American community has come a long way since the early days of when his mother became the first Arab American Muslim woman to be elected into office.

“The community has gotten wiser than they were in the past. I think this time we have a different outlook and it’s very positive. The candidate pull this time is significantly more qualified than the past and they are all in it for the right reasons. We are all on the same page of working together and not hurting each others’ campaigns. We’ve all had talks together and I feel confident and comfortable that the candidates won’t hurt each other, hopefully we will just bring out more people to vote,” Sareini said.

Sareini plans to hold a campaign fundraiser on May 15 at Byblos Banquets.

The deadline to petition for city council is May 14. All candidates will compete in the upcoming Primary on August 6, where the top 14 vote getters will move on to the general election on November 5.

This content was originally published at ArabAmericanNews.com

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