Thursday, October 20, 2022

3 city council seats on Wayne ballot Nov. 8

The Nov. 8 ballot in Wayne will ask voters to choose three city council members to serve 2-year terms. 

One seat is available in Ward Six where Matthew Mulholland and incumbent Phillip Wagner each hope to garner voters' favor and win the ward seat at the city council table. In Ward Five, Eric Cleereman and Rabih Darwiche, both first-time candidates, are vying for the seat.  

Deborah Wass is the lone candidate seeking election in Ward Four. Wass was appointed last year to serve a partial term on council. Wass previously served on the city planning commission and board of review.

Mulholland, 52, who served for three years as the city personnel director before resigning in 2014, also previously served on the council for four years. He is a life-long Wayne resident, and the Mulholland Department Store was originally founded by his grandfather.

Incumbent  Wagner has served on the city council since 2018. He is the owner of a window treatment business. 

Ward Five candidate Cleereman served on the city parks and trails committee and has served on the commission on aging. He is employed in project management. Also vying for the Ward Five term is Rabih Darwiche who is director of operations and peer recovery coach for the Safe Substance Abuse Coalition He also manages a gym.

Each of the two-year terms will expire in 2024 when the ward system in the city will be eliminated and candidates will be elected as representatives of the entire city. In 2024, voters will be asked to choose a mayor and six council representatives.