Does ‘the Swamp’ get any more fetid than this?
Is it any wonder some of these cities are so jacked up?
It’s a city of more than a 600,000 people.
Are these people the best they could scrape together out of that many?
Now we KNOW why the city is in so much trouble.
Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls on Detroit’s primary ballot next week have been convicted of felony crimes involving drugs, assault or weapons, a Detroit News analysis shows.
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. — Detroit News
The frontrunner has a clean record.
But Donna Marie Pitts was in an actual gunfight over a stolen car, served more than 4 years.
“I don’t hide it. God has brought me out,” said Pitts, who wants to improve health care services, and tackle crime and work on rebuilding the community. “I hope (voters) don’t look at it as negative but as my experience, and I can help. I want to fight for them.”
Danetta L. Simpson, another candidate has a 1996 felony conviction for assault with intent to murder.
Candidate Curtis Christopher Greene was charged with a felony at age 19. Greene, an author, said he’s since turned his life around by earning marketing degrees from the University of Phoenix and writing three books.
But Greene, now 32, said his past continues to hold him back. He struggles to find employment and wants to implement programs that will help ex-offenders, like himself, facing similar challenges.
And Candidate Atricia Bomer was charged for carrying a concealed weapon.
Here’s the question:
Should we be celebrating that these four candidates have turned a page in their lives and are seeking a life of public service?
Or should we be alarmed that, in a city of 600,000 people, fully half of the candidates for mayor have had serious brushes with the law?
Have your say in the comments.
But seriously. If this is the VERY best Detroit can come up with in its talent pool, maybe they need to make this book required reading.
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