MEET JERMAINE 

Progressive Leadership to Move Detroit Forward

Detroit once had a population of 1.85 million residents. Our city was the place to be, attracting new residents from all around Michigan and all around the United States. It was the 4th largest city in the country, as well as world-class city. Now, it has become a city that some politicians rooted to go into bankruptcy, while others have openly insulted by calling it “a hellhole.”

I’ve lived in Detroit all my life. In 42 years, I’ve never lost faith in this city. I’ve believed in Detroit because I’ve seen the grit and determination of our dedicated residents firsthand. Residents like Detroit 300 who volunteered to patrol our streets and protect the innocent from violence. Residents like the volunteers throughout the city who have given their free time to board up abandoned buildings so they don’t become havens for crime and violence. Residents like the Greening of Detroit project, who are hard at work improving quality of life for all residents by creating green spaces out of the enormous amount of vacant land in our city. Many Detroiters from all walks of life have been ready, willing, and able to do their part to restore, rebuild, and reclaim our city from the jaws of crime, blight, and neglect. As we move forward, I’m confident that, with the right leadership and vision, a fully rebuilt Detroit will be even better than Detroit in its prime.

My vision for Detroit is one of a vibrant, diverse city filled with sprawling green spaces such as parks in every neighborhood and urban gardens supplying fresh and healthy food to the community. It’s a vision of thriving small businesses being started up all across the city by the residents of the city. It's a vision in which every Detroiter can find a safe and clean job and earn a living wage. I see a Detroit where children can play freely on any street without fear of being caught in the crossfire of a shootout, where seniors can relax in a park, or on their front porches, without worry of being mugged, and where every resident can confidently safe that they live in a beautiful and safe neighborhood.

To make this vision a reality, Detroiters need truly progressive officials that actually represent their best interests rather than the interests of the elite establishment. They need people in government who will listen attentively to their wants and needs and work closely with them to fulfill them. If Detroiters have a this type of government, rather than one that takes them for granted, this vision can become a reality.

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