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Ferndale area Candidates Respond to CFF Questionnaire: Fall 2021

Get to know our community’s candidates! On Tuesday, November 2nd, Ferndale voters will vote for Mayor and members of the City Council. CFF seeks to help Ferndale voters get acquainted with those running for public office. To this end, CFF asked candidates to complete a CFF Candidate Questionnaire, allowing them to share contact information and responses to several questions. Click on names to view each candidate’s completed questionnaire.

Candidates for Mayor ( Vote One for a 2-Year term)

Stella Dyacnenko (write-in)

Melanie Piana

Candidates for City Council (Vote Two for a 4-Year term)

Laura Mikulski

Greg Pawlika



Citizens for a Fair Ferndale, 263 Vester St., Ferndale, MI 48220

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 9/5/19; Contact (248) 439-0747 landline/v.m; (248)707-0097 mobile/text

Citizens For a Fair Ferndale to Host Candidate Meet-and-Greet
On Monday, September 16, 2019, the League of Women Voters Oakland Area will host a Candidate Forum for the Ferndale City Council and Mayoral races at the Ferndale City Hall, 300 E. Nine Mile Rd, Ferndale, MI 48220, beginning at 6:30 PM. The public and media are invited. (Learn more about the LWV forum at

Immediately following this event, Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) will host an informal afterglow meet-and-greet. CFF has invited all declared candidates running for the Ferndale City Council and Mayor’s seat. The public and the media are encouraged to attend this free event.

Candidates have been invited to submit answers to a CFF Candidate Questionnaire. Candidate responses will be made available at the event and will be posted in coming weeks on CFF’s website.

CFF’s mission is to foster a community that is dedicated to the fair and equal treatment of all residents and visitors regardless of sexual orientation, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression or identity, age, height, weight, familial status, national origin, physical or mental ability.

Learn more about CFF at

Contact us for more information: or (248) 439-0747

2018 Good Neighbor Awards

Citizens for a Fair Ferndale is proud to announce the 2018 winners of its Good Neighbor = Strong Community awards. The annual awards celebrate the ongoing efforts of those who live, work and attend school in Ferndale, who value the fair and equal treatment of others and are engaged in making this happen on a daily basis.  The Good Neighbors = Strong Community Awards program identifies and honors individuals, organizations and businesses in our community who are outstanding examples of “good neighbors.”

This year’s honorees include:

  • Grace Bacon
  • Doug Gillespie
  • Lindsay Gonska
  • Carol Jackson
  • Stacey Bellott Jamison
  • Beth O’Connor
  • MaKisha Reed
  • Laura Mikulski, Suzanne Janik & Eric Geiner of the Ferndale Rat Patrol
  • Cheryl Salinas-Tucker & Jeny Bulatovic of Rouge Make Up and Nails

“As always, the selection committee had a diverse pool of nominations, proving once again that Ferndale if full of Good Neighbors,” said Bridget Deegan-Krause, an organizer of the event. “This year we are honoring everyone from a school teacher who helps get food on kids’ tables to a local business that helps clients feel good inside and out.”

Citizens for a Fair Ferndale will hold a special event on November 13 at 7 p.m. at Ferndale’s Go Comedy to present the 2018 awards. Contact us at or 248-439-0747 if you are interested in attending.

Citizen’s for a Fair Ferndale Hold Candidate Forum


On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Citizens for a Fair Ferndale (CFF) held a Candidate Forum at the Ferndale Area District Library (222 E. 9 Mile Rd.) from 2:00-4:00 p.mCFF has invited all declared candidates for the Ferndale Public Schools Board of Education, the Ferndale Library Board, and Judge of the 43rd District Court. The public and the media are encouraged to attend.

Below are candidate questionnaires that were circulated and returned to CFF by 5 of the candidates on the upcoming November 6th ballot.

Click this link  for a facebook live recording of the forum. It is only 35 minutes long!

Anna Ibrahim – School Board

Jim O’Donnell School Board

Daniel Hooper – Library Board

Beau Perry – Library Board

Kevin Yezbick – Library Board

Keith Hunt – Judge

Jim Osak – Judge


Bowling Fundraiser, August 26

Join Citizens for a Fair Ferndale at Luxury Lanes (600 E. 9 Mile) on Friday, August 26 at 6:30 pm for bowling, food, and FUN!

Register in advance for $25 or pay $30 at the door. Registration fee includes your lane reservation, shoe rental, and food (pizza, salad, snacks and soft drinks). Proceeds go toward CFF’s budget, which funds annual the Good Neighbors = Strong Community Awards, election forums, and other various projects.

Click here to register online, email or call, 248-515-7803 for more info.

CFF Race in Community project to host special event

FERNDALE PAST & PRESENT: How did we Become the Ferndale of Today?

Join us for a fascinating look at Ferndale’s racial roots.  Renowned demographer and Mayor of Pleasant Ridge, Kurt Metzger, leads us through the years of demographic changes.

Wednesday, December 9 | 7pm-9pm,  Doors open at 6:45pm

Ferndale City Hall – Council Chambers (downstairs)

RSVP: email: | phone: 248-812-9202


Event is free and open to the public – RSVPs are appreciated, but not required.  This event is produced by the Race in Community Project, a new initiative of Citizens for a Fair Ferndale and co-sponsored by the City of Ferndale.