There are an overwhelming number of new candidates for City Council
this election year. The Detroit Historic Neighborhoods Coalition (DHNC)
gathered information from various sources to introduce its 30,000
residents to the new faces vying for these important positions. It was
very difficult to narrow the field as there are many qualified candidates.
We expect the Council incumbents who are running will make it through the
primary and thus our focus right now is on the new people and what they can offer.
After the primary we will support the best candidates whether
incumbent or new contender.
We felt it important to wade through the 159 pages of survey answers
from the 105 candidates who responded to a community group and share with
you who DHNC considers the best new candidates. Please visit the candidate's web
site as well as the resources listed below for more detailed information
on these and other candidates.
For your consideration:
Brenda Goss Andrews - Retired Police Chief with a long history of
advanced criminal justice training. Includes "Neighborhood Stability" as one of her top three issues.
Matthew Al Naimi - Headed up city-wide recycling efforts including
developing a program to teach school children about recycling. His
priorities include budget efficiencies through Green Initiatives,
dealing with blight while preserving our architectural legacy and
working to create Green Jobs.
John Bennett - Detroit Police Officer who asks for a forensic audit of
the city's finances and to increase police presence in neighborhoods.
Gary Brown - Retired Police Executive who has stood up against
corruption. Focuses on core city services, implementing a balanced budget
and taking a look at the perception of safety in the city.
Fred Elliott Hall - Small business owner who, with an MBA in Finance,
has the skill-set to balance the budget, work to improve small business
relationships and listen to community groups about what they need.
Saunteel Jenkins - Former assistant to Maryann Mahaffey. She has
experience in City government with goals to attract and retain jobs,
stabilize the city's finances and create a safe environment for children
Roy McCalister, Jr. - This retired Police Commander and Iraqi War
veteran shows leadership throughout. His priorities are taking a
forensic audit, looking at ordinances and resolutions and looking at
Dalton Roberson. Jr. - This lifelong Detroiter who works to eliminate
racial and regional boundaries hopes to attract new industries to the
city, improve public safety (in order to make our neighborhoods more
desirable) and repopulate our city.
Andre Spivy - This Master of Divinity is determined to focus on
character and emphasize decreasing crime, developing and maintaining
quality neighborhoods and streamlining the process for businesses to
function in Detroit and thus bring in jobs.
For more quality information check out these other evaluations:
Remember we cannot impact the future of our city UNLESS WE VOTE. Be
sure to get your neighbors out to the polls on August 4th to get some
strong and qualified people on the Council making decisions for your