Center Line voters elect Delikta, Reid to City Council

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 8, 2019


CENTER LINE — Voters in Center Line have picked Aaron Delikta and James Reid to represent them on the City Council for the next four years.

Delikta, a graduate of Center Line High School who earned a degree in political science from Michigan State University in 2018, finished atop the field of four candidates vying for two four-year terms Nov. 5 with 526 votes, according to unofficial results from the Macomb County Clerk’s Office.

“It’s truly amazing. I’m so thankful and I’m so happy that the city is putting its trust in me to really represent the people and do what’s best to help the city progress and move forward,” Delikta said. “I wasn’t expecting to get the most votes tonight.”

Delikta ran as a Republican against Democrat Lori Stone in 2018 for a seat representing Center Line and part of Warren in the Michigan House of Representatives. He said he learned a lot from that experience as he covered the city, interacting with its voters.

Reid, a retired UAW member who followed local politics for 10 years before he was appointed to a seat on the City Council in 2015, garnered 441 votes to finish in second place.

“I’d like to thank them for their support, and also Aaron — he did a fine campaign,” Reid said. “I think he’s a very smart, young, educated person. I think he’ll fit in real well.”

Reid said he’d like to see the city continue the progress that has been made in recent years with new development.

“I’d just like to see us get more businesses in. Like I said in the beginning, bring some life to Center Line,” Reid said.

Lee Ann Rutila finished third with 399 votes, and incumbent Ron Lapham finished fourth with 329.

The collective decision by the voters means the departure of Lapham, a retired police officer who spent 14 years on the City Council.

Delikta said he plans to reach out to Lapham and thank him for his service to the community.

“I respect that man. I never had any problems or anything with him. I didn’t have a problem with anyone that was running,” Delikta said. “I can only just say thank you for the service you gave to Center Line.”