Thursday, November 2, 2023

Voters will select new mayor, 4 councilmembers

Next Tuesday, voters in Westland will choose a new mayor, the first in nearly 20 years.

Current interim Mayor Mike Londeau and State Rep. Kevin Coleman, D-Westland, are vying for the four-year position which pays $121,574 annually. The two were selected from a field of six hopefuls in an August primary election.

Coleman, 40, served on the Westland City Council, the veteran's association and the Westland festival committee, prior to his election to state office. Coleman was defeated by former Mayor William Wild in his first bid for the top job in the city.  If Coleman is elected, a special election to fill his unexpired term as the representative from the 25th District would be necessary. 

Following Wild's resignation, current members of the city council chose Londeau to serve as interim mayor until the election. Prior to his election to the city council, Londeau chaired the city Downtown Development Authority and was a member of the master plan steering committee. He is a graduate of Wayne Memorial High School.

Voters will also choose four members of the city council on Nov. 7. Six candidates are seeking the four terms. Emily Bauman, DeLano Hornbuckle, incumbent Michael McDermott, Edward Pruett, Council President Pro tem Andrea Rutkowski and incumbent Melissa Sampey are vying for terms. Hornbuckle was appointed to fill Londeau's seat when he left the council to become the interim mayor. Both Bauman and Hornbuckle are seeking a partial term through 2025, the remainder of Londeau's unexpired term.

The councilmembers are paid $18,040 annually while the council president, elected by the members, is paid $18,953.