Hamtramck City Council November 2nd Candidate Guide

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Voters will go to the polls on November 2nd to cast their votes for local leaders, nominations and more.

Meet the candidates who are 101.9. to run FM WDET‘s candidate guide. Polls have been distributed to candidates to fill out and you can see the candidates’ responses for Hamtramck City Council below.

A full list of races covered can be found here.


Related Race: Hamtramck Mayor


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Adam Albarmaki
Lynn Blasey
Amanda Jaczkowski
Muhith Mahmood
Abu Musa
Khalil Refai


Adam Albarmaki

The candidate did not respond to the survey request. Visit the campaign website.


Lynn Blasey

The candidate did not respond to the survey request.


Amanda Jaczkowski

Age: 29

Current job: United Way Agency Relations Specialist for Southeast Michigan

Education: Master in Public Administration, Wayne State University (2021), Bachelor of Science in Political Science (2014)

About Amanda Jackzkowski: I am an experienced executive with many years of non-profit activity and leading committees. I hope to be able to use the many skills I learned on the city council. With my Masters degree from Wayne State, I learned how to use many tools and best practices for transparent, effective governance. I look forward to implementing practical solutions to the problems of the residents of Hamtramck and bridging all the rifts in the community.

Why are you running for Hamtramck? I moved to Hamtramck because I love the city’s diversity. The history of the city encompasses my family history – as does my future. Shopping, eating and playing in the city is a great experience as neighbors from many different backgrounds share life in many ways. The walkability of Hamtramck is a huge draw and I know many improvements are and can be made in the future to highlight this feature. These are just a few things I love about Hamtramck and why I want to be on the council – to continue the good and allow for even more improvements. Hamtramck is a great place to live and I believe in doing my part to make it even better.

What is the main problem for Hamtramck? Trust between residents and town hall.

How would you approach this problem? This is an answer that requires strong communication and respect between everyone involved and an agreement on the goal: what is best for the city. Clear and transparent communication between the elected officials and the community is a matter of course – this not only includes attending council meetings with the residents, being ready to listen to the residents’ contributions and justifying the decision-making process. I plan to continue to have semi-regular “coffee hours” in cafes across town so people can speak to me face to face, and I am determined to respond to the many emails that affected residents are sending Send the council meetings to help them understand their positions on issues at stake. I also continue to attend community events such as cleanup, tree planting, and other community utilities to demonstrate my passion for the future of the community.

Which measures / decisions of the current mayor’s administration or the city council do you disagree with? This is more of an on-going and somewhat sporadic topic that I hear from many residents – it often seems like councilors come to meetings unprepared or even come up with resolutions without exploring or contextualizing the topic. This is something I am absolutely keen to improve the perception of the Council – understanding the issues on the agenda and drawing up resolutions that will provide residents with preliminary research for context where necessary and appropriate. I have the utmost respect for those who pledge to work on the city council in the city as it can be time consuming alongside careers, family and friends, but it is an obligation that we show the same respect that it deserves us.


Muhith Mahmood

The candidate did not respond to the survey request. Visit the campaign website.


Abu Musa

The candidate did not respond to the survey request.


Khalil Refai

The candidate did not respond to the survey request. Visit the campaign website.

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