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August 29, 2013
GROSSE POINTE SHORES — The Nov. 5 city council election is uncontested.

The only candidates filing by the Tuesday, Aug. 13 deadline for three open seats are incumbents Dr. Alexander Ajlouni, Robert Barrette Jr. and Bruce Bisballe.

Ajlouni, a physician, heads the public relations committee.

Barrette, a retired DTE Energy executive, works closely with the public works department on infrastructure improvements.

Bisballe, a certified public accountant and tax attorney, chairs the finance committee.

There was some uncertainty about the filing deadline.

Under the municipal charter, it was Aug. 6.

“The Wayne County Bureau of Elections and state of Michigan said it was Aug. 13,” said Brian Renaud, city attorney. “They said they had a statute that trumps most city charters in terms of the filing deadline.”

The state’s legal opinion, which Renaud said was distributed to numerous jurisdictions, indicated the Aug. 13 deadline met the requirement of being the 12th Tuesday before the odd-year general election.

“Therefore, it was in fact Aug. 13, not Aug. 6,” Renaud said. “Notification of that fact was sent out accordingly to potential candidates.”

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