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Chaldean Voters Ready for Michigan Primary Election Tuesday, August 5
By Sam Yousif :: Monday, August 4, 2008 :: 140991 Views :: Law & Order, Government & Society, Opinion and Editorials, Chaldean Caucus

Michigan, USA - The Chaldean Caucus has sent out over 6,000 e-mails and mailed out over 2,000 letters to likely Chaldean voters reminding them that tomorrow, Tuesday, August 5 are the primary elections.  “We want to keep the Chaldean community informed and excited about local races as much as the upcoming presidential race,” says Lauren George, western district Chaldean Caucus representative. 

Politicians have come to realize the importance of winning the Chaldean vote says George.  “The community values democracy.  Coming from a country that would kill your entire family should you dare consider thinking and acting in democratic ways, we are hungry to participate.  Our community is active in campaigns, involved in running for politics, and we get out the vote.”

The largest population of Chaldeans in the United States lives in Oakland County, Michigan.  George says that political candidates in that county wisely court the Chaldean constituency knowing that Chaldeans can make all the difference. 

“We have great candidates vying for their party representation or to make the ballot list in the primary.  Candidates for Oakland County Prosecutor Attorney, County Commissioners, County Sheriff, district representatives,  6th Circuit Judge, 46th District Judge, Probate Judge, and even a ballot proposal to fund West Bloomfield parks and the Detroit Zoo,” shares George.  District representatives for the 26, 27, 29, 35, 37, 38, 39, and 40 are highly populated Chaldean regions where candidates have to fight through a primary. 

“Voters can not split their ticket,” says George .  “In other words, if you vote for a candidate in a Republican primary, all voting must remain on the Republican side otherwise you spoil your ticket and the vote does not get counted.  You just have to pick one side and stick to all the votes on that side.  The ballot will also reflect the district for representative, county commissioner, and local races.”   

The Chaldean Caucus candidate communication packet encouraged Chaldeans to vote for the following candidates:


  • 27th District State Representative: Kevin Weeden
  • 35th District State Representative Vincent Gregory
  • 39th District State Representative: John Kuriakuz
  • 45th District State Representative:  Theodore A. Golden
  • 15th Oakland County Commissioner District: Todd White
  • 21st Oakland County Commissioner District: Kyrian Nwagwu
  • 23rd Oakland County Commissioner District: Eric Coleman 
  •  West Bloomfield Township Supervisor: Michele Economou
  • West Bloomfield Township Clerk: Sheryl L. Mitchell
  • West Bloomfield Township Treasurer: Teri Adelberg Weingarden
  • West Bloomfield Township Trustee: Larry Brown, Gene Farber, Howard Rosenberg, Scott J. Winnick
  • West Bloomfield Township Park Commission: Merv Aronoff, Carol Hack, Larry Horowitz, Marc E. Jeffries, Adam S. Littman, J. Andrew O'Connor, Gerald J. Sukenic
  • Oakland County Sheriff: Mark D. Mitchell


  • 27th District State Representative:  Ochelski, Sr., Norman J.
  • 37th District State Representative: Paul Welday
  • 38th District State Representative: Douglas Curry
  • 39th District State Representative: Donald B. Elliott Jr.
  • 45th District State Reprehensive:  Tom McMillin
  • 9th Oakland County Commissioner District: Lou Csordas
  • 13th Oakland County Commissioner District: Robert Gosselin
  • 15th Oakland County Commissioner District: Daniel Beaubien
  • 16th Oakland County Commissioner District: Shelley Goodman Taub
  • 19th Oakland County Commissioner District: John Witt
  • Oakland County Prosecutor Attorney:  David Law
    Oakland County Sheriff: Michael Bouchard


  • 6th Circuit Judge: Robert H. Giles & Lisa Gorcyca
  • 46th District Judge Of The District Court:  Bill Richards
  • Oakland Probate Judge: Daniel A. O'Brien


  • West Bloomfield Township, Renewal Of Existing Parks And Recreation Tax:  NO
  • Oakland County, Oakland County Zoological Authority Tax: NO
  • Oak Park City, Ballot Pproposal no. 08-01 Tax:  NO

The Chaldean Caucus gives Chaldeans interested in politics an opportunity to share their concerns and network with other politically savvy members.  “We are a non-partisian group that helps educate the community on where candidates stand on issues, we hold candidate forums, and we help candidates we feel are best able to understand the challenges of the Chaldean community,” George states.  “Political candidates and Chaldean voters with questions, concerns, or comments can e-mail the Chaldean Caucus at CC@chaldean.org”  

Mother of God Church, MI USA


Mother of God Chaldean Catholic Church
25585 Berg Road
Southfield, MI 48033
Tel: (248) 356-0565
Fax: (248) 356-5235

Founding Pastor:
Msgr. Geroge Garmo in 1972
The current church building
was completed in 1980.

Rev.  Manuel Yousif Boji

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Wisam Matti

Daily:  10:00 AM Chaldean
Tuesdays:  5:30 PM Chaldean/English 
Saturdays:  Ramsha 4:45-5:20 PM; Mass 5:30 PM Chaldean   
Sundays:  8:30 AM Arabic, 10:00 AM English, 12:00 PM Chaldean

 1st Friday, Sodality Prayers 11 AM – 12 PM
1st Saturday, Immaculate Heart Sodality Prayers 4:00 PM

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 Rev. Manuel Yousif Boji

Fr. Manuel was born in Telkaif in the suburbs of Nineveh, Iraq in 1946.   Reverend Manuel Boji entered the Chaldean Seminary in Mousl in 1958 and was ordained a priest in Baghdad in 1968.  His first assignment was in Telkaif where he served for 19 years.  In July 1987, Fr. Manuel was assigned  to the United States  where he assisted Mar Addai Parish in Oak Park, Michigan for six months.  From March 1988 until April 1990, he was administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  Fr. Manuel completed his Masters and Doctorate work from both U of D Mercy and Wayne State University while assigned to the United States.  In May 1990, Fr. Manuel was assigned to Mother of God Parish and is currently serving there as Rector of the Cathedral. 

Parochial Vicar: Rev. Wisam Matti

Fr. Wisam was born in Basrah, Iraq on October 30, 1971. Completing his education in Iraq and serving in the military Fr. Wisam then entered the Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad in 1984.  He was ordained a priest in Karemlees a suburb of Nineveh on July 4th 1997.  His first assignment was in Mosul where he served for five years.  On January 21, 2002, Fr. Wisam was transferred to the Unites States and was assigned to Mother of God Parish where he is currently serving as parochial vicar.  Fr. Wisam, earned his Master in Pastoral Theology on April 28, 2007 from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.