June 29, 2011

USA: Detroit suburb mayor, 89, campaigns unopposed for 15th two-year term

DETROIT, Michigan / Detroit Free Press / June 27, 2011
  
Mayor, 89, still has work to do for Grosse Pointe Park

By Cecil Angel, Detroit Free Press Staff Writer

At 89, Grosse Pointe Park Mayor Palmer T. Heenan plays golf, doesn't drink too much and is running unopposed for his 15th consecutive 2-year term. Heenan, who will turn 90 in December, doesn't want to be celebrated for his age. "I try to take care of myself," Heenan said. "I'm trying to take care of my city, too." "I don't need any recognition for living a long time," said Heenan. He wants attention focused on what his administration has done for the city, things he's quick to tout early in his bid for re-election.

Mayor Palmer T. Heenan, 89, checks out Grosse Pointe Park from a vantage point near the clock tower across from city offices on East Jefferson. As he seeks a 15th consecutive 2-year term, he says he doesn't want attention for his longevity, but for his accomplishments. Patricia Beck/Detroit Free Press


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