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Chaldeans Called to Vote in Tuesday August Primary
By Chaldean Caucus :: Monday, August 2, 2010 :: 50622 Views :: Article Rating :: Opinion and Editorials

Chaldean Caucus of Michigan is a non-partisan group of politically knowledgeable Chaldeans.  We serve the Chaldean community by engaging and encouraging Chaldeans to be more politically active.  Some of our efforts include helping Chaldean candidates run for office, registering and encouraging Chaldeans to vote, and educating the community about local politicians and where they stand on issues important to the Chaldean community.

We use our community culture as a measuring stick in responses to questionnaires, researching the candidates, reviewing voting records, and making these recommendations for our community.

The following candidates are officially endorsed by the Chaldean Caucus of Michigan.  All Chaldeans are encouraged to go out and vote Tuesday August 3rd in the Michigan primary.  We tend to list only those offices where a large Chaldean population exists.  If your particular city or district is not listed please contact us for a custom guide.  You may VOTE in ONLY ONE party's primary - either Republican or Democratic.  If you attempt to vote in more than one party's primary, your ballot will be invalidated.  In a Primary election, voters CANNOT "split their ticket" for the Partisan offices.


Governor Of Michigan, 4 year term – Vote Pete Hoekstra

Secretary of State – Vote Ruth Johnson

Representative in U.S. Congress, 8th District – Vote Mike Rogers

Representative in U.S. Congress, 9th District – Vote Rocky Raczkowski
West Bloomfield, Walled Lake, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Twp., Rochester, Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Berkley, Beverly Hills, Birmingham, Auburn Hills, Franklin, Bingham Farms
State Senator, 10th District – Vote Candice Miller

State Senator, 12th District – Vote Copper Rizzo 

State Senator, 13th District – Vote John Pappageorge
Troy, Clawson, Royal Oak, Madison Heights, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills and Bloomfield Township

State Senator, 14th District – Vote James Hardin
(Southfield, Berkley, Oak Park, Ferndale, Hazel Park)


District 7: Vote Christine Long
(Includes Commerce Township, Milford Township, Village of Milford & the Village of Wolverine Lake)

District 13: Vote Robert Gosselin
Includes the southern portion of  Rochester Hills and a northern  portion of Troy with a portion of Bloomfield Township.

District 15: Vote Al Zaparackas
Includes the eastern portion of the City of Farmington Hills.

District 16: Vote Shelly Goodman Taub
Includes Orchard Lake and portions of Bloomfield Township and West Bloomfield.

District 17: Vote Anne Marie Blake
Includes the villages of Beverly Hills, Franklin, Bingham Farms and sections of West Bloomfield, Bloomfield and the Township of Southfield.

District 19: Vote Mike Bosnic
Includes the City of Clawson, the majority of central and eastern Troy with a northeastern section of Troy. A southeastern portion of the City of Troy's borders connects to the City of Clawson and a section of the City of Royal Oak.

District 20: Vote David L. Wisz
Includes the Cities of Birmingham, Bloomfield, Bloomfield Hills, and a portion of Troy. He also represents Bloomfield Township.

District 21: Vote Mordechai Klainberg
Includes the northern section of the City of Southfield, the City of Lathrup Village and Berkley.

District 22: Vote Ezra Drissman
Includes the Huntington Woods, Oak Park, Pleasant Ridge, Charter Township of Royal Oak and the southeast corner of Southfield.


Governor of Michigan, 4 year term – Vote Andy Dillon

State Senator, 14th District – Vote Vincent Gregory
(Southfield, Berkley, Oak Park, Ferndale, Hazel Park)

Oakland County Democrat Commissioner

District 23: Vote Tim Wirkus


Vote Kathleen Ryan


County Wide – Vote NO to all Proposals

Countywide proposal for tax increase to go to parks.
Countywide Public Transportation Proposal (SMART) for some communities


Village of Clarkston - 1 Proposal (Increase taxes) – Vote NO

Farmington - 2 Proposals - (Clarify ordinances) - Vote YES to both Proposals.

Keego Harbor - 2 Proposals – (Sell land to raise funds) – Vote YES

Oak Park - 1 Proposal (Borrow money increase taxes) – Vote NO

Rochester & Rochester Hills  – 2 Proposals –  (Tax increase for roads & Senior Citizen ) – Vote NO on both.


West Bloomfield - 1 Proposal (Increase Taxes for Library) – Vote NO


Oakland Community College - 1 countywide Proposal (Tax Increase for School) – Vote YES


Avondale - 1 Proposal Only – Vote NO

Farmington - 1 Proposal Only – Vote NO

(Warren, Sterling Heights, Shelby Twp.)

Representative in State Legislature 30th District: Vote Mike Shallal


County Executive - Simon Hadad

District 1: Churck Anglin
District 4: Justin M. Riberas
District 5: Marurice Abouna
District 6: Jerry Khami


DON’T FORGET TO vote Tuesday, August 3.  The Chaldean vote is critical.  Thank You!

St. Thomas, MI USA

St. Thomas Chaldean Catholic Church
6900 Maple Rd.
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Tel: (248) 788-2460
Fax: (248) 788-2153

Founding Pastor:
Rev. Hanna Cheikho

Current Pastor:
Rev. Frank Kalabat

Parochial Vicar:
Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Emmanuel Rayes, Retired  

Rev. Frank Kalabat

Rev. Frank Kalabat was born in 1970 in San Diego, California and entered St. Francis Seminary of San Diego, California.  The admission to the Catholic seminary made him the first born U.S. Chaldean to enter an American seminary.  In 1992, Fr. Kalabat continued his studies at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Michigan.  In July 1995, shortly after graduation he was ordained as priest by His Excellency Bishop Ibrahim N. Ibrahim.  

Fr. Frank chose Mother of God Parish in Southfield, MI. as his first assignment serving the Chaldean community as an associate pastor for half a decade.  In 2001, Fr. Kalabat was elected to serve as Pastor of St. Tomas Parish in West Bloomfield, Michigan where he remains today.   

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim

Rev. Jirjis Abrahim was born in Telkaif, Iraq in 1942. Upon graduation Fr. Abrahim was admitted to St. Peter Chaldean Seminary in Baghdad, Iraq.  After a decade of studies and numerous degrees, Fr. Abrhim was ordained a priest in 1967.  He chose to continue ministering in Baghdad, Iraq.  There he was appointed the headmaster of the catechism at Mother of Sorrows Cathedral.  Fr. Abrahim also assisted St. Therese Church in Baghdad until 1978.  Afterward he was asked to assist St. Joseph Church in Baghdad and was appointed Parochial Vicar from 1978-1992. 

In 1992, Fr. Abrahim was called upon to assist the growing Chaldean population in Michigan.  Upon his arrival he was assigned to St. Joseph Church in Tory, Michigan.  Two years later Fr. Abrahim was asked to become the pastor of a Parish community in Windsor, Canada  where he remained the parish pastor until 2001.

Continuing demographic changes in Michigan required Fr. Abrahim to return to St. Joseph Parish in Tory as a Parochial Vicar, where he remained until 2006.  In 2006 he was elected to St. Thomas Parish as Parochial Vicar in West Bloomfield, MI. where he currently serves the Chaldean community.


Rev. Emmanuel Rayes

Rev. Emmanuel Rays was born in Araden, Iraq in 1930.  He studied at St. John Dominican Seminary and was ordained to the priesthood in 1954.  The Chaldean catholic ambassador ministered in northern Iraq from 1954-1963, in Syria and Lebanon from 1963-1980, and in the United Stated from 1980 to the present day.
Form 1980-1983, he was appointed associate pastor at Mother of God Parish in Southfield, Michigan.  From 1983-1989 he served as pastor at Sacred Heart Parish in Detroit, Michigan.  During the early 1990’s he ministered to the Chaldean community in Farmington Hills and was at St. Joseph Parish in Tory where he was Parochial Vicar until 2000.

Although Fr. Rayes retired in 2001, he remains active in serving the community.  He is the author of many articles in Arabic and is the editor-in-chief of the Al Mishal and Al-Tariq magazine.  He has translated and continues to translate many books from French and English into Arabic.