The question of whether to revise the Dearborn City Charter – the document that sets the framework for Dearborn city government – will be put before voters in the August 3 primary election. 

If voters decide on August 3 that the charter should be revised, a Charter Commission will be established and its nine members will be elected in the November general election.

Residents who want to run for a seat on the Charter Commission must file petitions by 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 to get on the November 2 ballot. The petition forms and an information packet are available now at City Clerk George Darany’s office at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

The deadline to turn in petitions is prior to when voters will actually decide whether or not to revise the charter, in keeping with state election law. If voters do not approve the charter revision proposal on August 3, there will not be an election for Charter Commission in November. However, prospective candidates must file their petitions before it is even known whether a Charter Commission will be formed.

Anyone registered to vote in Dearborn may become a candidate to serve on the Charter Commission. They will need to submit an Affidavit of Identity and Receipt of Filing, along with a minimum 100 valid petition signatures. No candidate may submit more than 200 total signatures for this office.

Charter revision is expected to take two years and a document revised by a Charter Commission would require approval by voters.
The current Dearborn City Charter went into effect January 1, 2008. If a general revision is not approved by voters, the current charter would continue as it stands. Portions of the charter can still be amended by voters, if amendments are put on a ballot by the City Council or by citizen petitions.