Elrick: Not every Detroit city council candidate has scandals in the past

Who will fill the open spot on Detroit's City Council? There are more than a dozen nominees and last week, FOX 2's M.L. Elrick uncovered a laundry list of red flags on several candidates. But what about the rest? 

While several have varying levels of financial and legal troubles, nine of the candidates have a clean record.

First up is Roy McCalister and John Bennett. These two are grouped together because they have a lot in common: both have extensive experience with the Detroit Police Department, both ran for city council and nearly missed, and both have advanced degrees.

McCalister is a retired homicide lieutenant while Bennett still holds his position with the DPD. McCalister has said he wants to focus on youth and making the city safer for young people.

Bennett says he brings experience as a city employee but unlike some people on council, he has no scandals and won't embarrass the council.

Tyrone Carter also has law enforcement experience. In 2008, he retired from the Wayne County Sheriff's Department and was very active in his union. He currently works for the Detroit Public School system.

Adam Hollier is Ivy League educated with a masters degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He has extensive government experience, has run for city council and now works for Hantz Woodlands, which is trying to grow more trees in the city of Detroit.

Bernard Parker, a former Wayne County Commissioner, is the founder of Operation Get Down, a government-supported transitional housing support for homeless men

Robert Thomas has studied engineering and law. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals and primarily deals with land use issues.

Janee Ayers is a former recreation department manager who took a job at the MGM Grand Casino. She's currently on leave from her position as recording secretary for her union and when she applied she had a simple statement: "I am not a career politician, I am not in need of employment. I am simply a member of the working class that has stuck with Detroit when many turned their backs."

Debra Walker is a retired executive from Chrysler. Currently, she's active in Corktown and is a community organizer in the area.

Wanda Redmond has a home for people with special needs. She's active in the Marcus Garvey movement and was elected to serve on the Detroit Public School board.

The current members of the Detroit City Council haven't made their final choice yet. In fact, they're still trying to figure how to figure out their final choice. 

To learn more about the other candidates in our previous profile, click here.
Up Next:

  • Popular

  • Recent

Stories you may be interested in - includes Advertiser Stories