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Saturday, August 05, 2017

Half the candidates in Detroit mayoral election are felons, analysis shows

Half the candidates in next week’s Detroit mayoral primary have been convicted of felony crimes, according to a local analysis.

The Detroit News found three of the eight mayoral hopefuls have faced gun charges -- two for assault with intent to commit murder -- and a fourth candidate pleaded guilty to a non-gun charge years ago. While some of these cases date back to the 1970s, some are more recent.

Under Michigan state election law, convicted felons can vote and run for office, so long as they are not incarcerated or guilty of crimes breaching public trust. The nonpartisan primary will narrow the field down to two candidates who will face off in November.

The candidates are apparently open about their histories. Greg Bowens, a political consultant and former press secretary to former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, told The Detroit News that the rap sheets aren't unique to this election or Detroit.



Anonymous said...

nonpartisan primary? Of course it's nonpartisan Detroit is all democrats and all they want is more handouts.

Anonymous said...

So what? Half of the residents of Detroit are felons, too. Don't they deserve some representation, too?

Anonymous said...

Of course they are!! Just like in Chi-town, Charmed City (Balitmore), etc...etc...etc..