Thursday, November 30, 2023

Terms of office

New and former mayors thank supporters

Byron H. Nolen
Both incoming Inkster Mayor Byron H. Nolen and former Mayor Patrick Wimberly issued statements this week regarding the election results from Nov. 7.

Nolen received 59 percent of the total vote with 1,662 ballots cast for him. Wimberly, currently under indictment on federal charges of bribery, was the choice of 1,153 voters or 41 percent of the total votes cast in the city.

Nolen, who previously served a term as mayor, thanked the Inkster residents and voters.

“Your commitment to the community is loud and clear, and I appreciate it. I am honored and humbled to again serve as your mayor, and I am ready to use every resource available to help us improve our city. We have work to do, and I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working together. I want to also thank a team of many volunteers that supported and believed in our mission and vision. Your contributions played a crucial role in getting us here. 

“As a community we must realize that the fight is not among ourselves. A divided house will fall. We must come together and work towards the common goal of making Inkster a wonderful place to live, work, and play. That is the goal, that is the standard, that is our future,” posted on social media. 

Wimberly said that it had been his “highest honor thus far in my life to have served the people of my hometown of Inkster as the mayor for the last four years.”

He thanked his family and his supporters for standing by him and supporting him “no matter what.”

“I'm truly humbled and will always be here for you,” Wimberly posted.

He urged Inkster residents to congratulate the incoming candidates and “give them all the support they need to keep moving Inkster forward. That should always be our number one priority,” he said.

He added that the people had spoken and urged everyone in the city to get involved and stay involved. He reminded residents that no elected title is necessary to work for a better community.