Thursday, October 22, 2009
There is finally hope for Detroit !
On November 3rd, Detroit will be able to finish putting together its new leadership team to lead the turnaround of the city. It began when Dave Bing and interim Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. were running to finish the term of jailed former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. I said at the time that electing Dave Bing would be a "two-fer" for the city, it would not only install a fine man into the Mayors office, it would also return a fine public servant to City Council as the Council President, replacing the national disgrace, Monica Conyers.
Bing has since begun the difficult task of getting Detroit turned around while finishing disgraced former Mayor Kilpatrick's term, and is now running for a full term of his own. Cockrel is attempting to be re-elected to Council, hopefully as it's President. With Monica Conyers now in jail and several of other incumbent council members not finishing in the top 18 qualifiers in the primary, and some just choosing not to run for re-election, Detroiter's have a real chance to put the entire Kilpatrick/Conyers era behind them.
But, if they make some of the same mistakes that resulted in poor leadership on the council, like voting for a candidate based on "name recognition" rather than integrity and proven good judgement, then they could end up right back in the same situation. It appears that one such case is Council candidate Charles Pugh. He was the leading "vote getter" in the August Primary and has been leading most polls for Council since, slightly ahead of current Council President and former interim Mayor, Kenneth Cockrel Jr. I think that replacing veteran Councilman Cockrel as President with novice Pugh, based almost entirely on Pugh's "name-recognition" would be a huge mistake, especially in light of the revelation that Pugh has lost his home to forclosure.
Pugh has made several poor financial decisions leading up to his run for office, such as quitting both of his jobs without having prepared himself financially. He is now losing his home to forclosure due to his poor financial decisions. This is exactly the kind of irresponsible behavior that has gotten Detroit into the financial mess that it currently finds itself in and the city should not elect an irresponsible individual like Pugh to lead council and preside over it's budget ! I strongly urge the readers of this blog to support Kenneth Cockrel for Detroit City Council in any way possible in these last 10 days leading up to the election !