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Garrett to continue as mayor, Kantor as pro tem in Lathrup Village

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published December 18, 2019

 Kelly Garrett was chosen to serve her second term as mayor of Lathrup Village.

Kelly Garrett was chosen to serve her second term as mayor of Lathrup Village.

Photo provided by the city of Lathrup Village

 Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Kantor will continue to serve in his seat for another term.

Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Kantor will continue to serve in his seat for another term.

Photo provided by the city of Lathrup Village

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LATHRUP VILLAGE —  Mayor Kelly Garrett has been chosen to serve another term in her role.

At the Nov. 18 City Council meeting, following the swearing-in of re-elected council members Ian Ferguson, Garrett and Donna Stallings, Garrett was voted mayor 4-1. Stallings voted no.

In 2017, Garrett was elected as the city’s first African-American woman to serve as mayor.

Prior to her appointment, Garrett served as Lathrup Village’s first female African-American mayor pro tem. She was elected to the City Council in 2013 and was re-elected for a four-year term in 2015.

The Lathrup Village City Council has five members, one of whom is the mayor. After each election, the mayor is elected from among the council members, and he or she serves in that position until the next council election.

Kantor was re-appointed to his seat unanimously.

Stallings said she voted against Garrett because she wanted to vy for the seat, but she was outnumbered.

“I just wanted to put my name in the hat,” Stallings said.

Garrett said she is grateful to serve again in her role and thanked the council for the appointment.

“We have a lot to do going forward, and I have seen the tremendous push from each person on the council to make Lathrup Village the best city possible,” she said. “I think we have a very cohesive group, and I’m glad that it’s the five of us again.”

Ferguson, Garrett and Stallings all ran unopposed for a seat on City Council. Stallings and Garrett will serve four-year terms, while Ferguson will serve a two-year term.

The newly re-elected members also offered comments following their swearing-in.

Ferguson said he has set his focus on bringing harmony to the city.

“I’m going to focus totally on civility in 2020, and without mentioning anything else, we’ll be focusing on that,” he said. “We’re all one. And we may look different, but at the end of the day, we’re one big family. All 4,100 of us.”

Stallings thanked everyone who voted for her in the election.

“To all my colleagues, I look forward to serving the next four years together with you as we push the city forward,” she said. “We have a lot of work ahead of us, but I think we can do it.”

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