Yes, you read that headline right. The best Detroit can offer are a bunch of ex-convicts.
According to The Detroit News, four of the eight candidates running for mayoral office are convicted felons. Three of those four are women, and (shocker!) three are women and they are all black.
In confined spaces like towns and cities the public officials are almost always directly representative of the local population, and in Detroit it’s no different.
From the Detroit News article:
“Detroit — 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.”
And yes, you read that right too. Violent felonies including assault with intent to commit murder. (One might wonder why someone convicted of said felonies is allowed to wander the streets, much less run for public office.)
The guilty candidates include Donna Marie Pitts, Danetta L. Simpson, Articia Bomer, and Curtis Christopher Greene. Of the four, Pitts and Simpson were charged with attempted murder and Greene is the only one without a firearm-related conviction.
Bias and discrimination have been cited by the candidates as reasons for their incarceration, because of course they have, as in the case of Pitts:
“Pitts contends she’s been wronged by the courts and police, and she disputes many of the allegations in each criminal case, saying she was discriminated against.
If elected, she said she will combat ‘discrimination and racism’ and advocate for an overhaul of the justice system.”
None of the four are polling in the lead for the mayoral primary next week, but hell, they probably should be. Violent career criminals can probably relate to the Detroit population better than any semi-respectable candidate.