Thursday, August 3, 2017

"Half of Detroit’s 8 mayoral candidates are felons"


Three were charged with gun crimes and two for assault with intent to commit murder. Some of the offenses date back decades, the earliest to 1977. The most recent was in 2008.

Political consultant Greg Bowens said there are candidates with past hardships in every election cycle. It’s not something unique to Detroit or the political arena in general, he said.

“Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges,” said Bowens, a former press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and NAACP activist. “They (candidates) deserve the opportunity to be heard, but they also deserve to have the kind of scrutiny that comes along with trying to get an important elected position.”

Tuesday’s Detroit mayoral primary election is the first since the city exited bankruptcy in 2014. The field of eight will be narrowed to two who will face off in the fall.

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6 comments:

Sixty Grit said...

I would have guessed a higher percentage than half.

edutcher said...

Me, too.

I was going to say, "Only half?".

AllenS said...

The other 4 haven't been caught yet.

Sixty Grit said...

Ah, we are a cynical bunch, are we not?

Or perhaps we are realists.

ampersand said...

Are any of them arsonists? At this point Detroit could use an experienced Incendiary.

Sixty Grit said...

Devil's Night consumed most of the available kindling.