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Revenue, family, dominate council choice

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015

Hollier, former chief of staff to State Senator Bert Johnson, said he will bring a fresh perspective to the council. “The most important thing is that I am young resident of Detroit and I am planning on raising my family in the city,” Hollier said. “You don’t see that as a narrative right now. I hear people talk about young Whites who are moving in but no one is talking young Blacks who want to raise families in the city.” Hollier said being on the council will allow him to tackle the issue of property values and the school system, all of which he said make it difficult for...

Meet the candidates to fill Detroit council’s opening

Posted by on Jan 20, 2015

By Joe Guillen, Detroit Free Press The field of candidates for the Detroit City Council vacancy includes former elected officials, some who have tried and failed to get elected, union leaders, a pastor and others. The council starts interviewing candidates on Wednesday to fill the vacancy left when former Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins resigned in November. The council selected 17 candidates for interviews from a pool of 135 applicants. Each council member picked up to three candidates for the interview round. Some council members selected the same candidate. The council is to vote on Jenkins’ replacement after interviews wrap up next week. The winning candidate must secure support from at...

17 finalists for Detroit City Council vacancy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

CRAIN’S BLOGS Amy Haimerl Small Business We’re one step closer to filling the vacancy on the Detroit City Council. Council President Brenda Jones recently released the names of 17 candidates who will be interviewed for the position. The seat has been vacant since Saunteel Jenkins resigned in November after serving on council since January 2010. She left to become CEO of Detroit-based nonprofit The Heat and Warmth Fund. “It’s another opportunity to help people in need,” Jenkins told me when she announced her resignation. “That’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. This provides a different way to do that.” The 17 candidates were chosen from a pool...

Hollier in the running to fill Council At-large Vacancy

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015

The months-long process to replace Saunteel Jenkins on the Detroit City Council advanced in a major way on Friday, as the list of candidates to fill the seat was narrowed from 135 to 17. Council members had until 5 p.m. on Friday to submit up to three names from the pool of 135 applicants to advance to an interview round. The council is expected to interview candidates the week of Jan. 19 before voting to appoint Jenkins’ replacement for the at-large seat. The candidates who advanced to the interview round are: Janee’ Ayers; John Bennett; David Bullock; Dustin Campbell; Tyrone Carter; Kenneth Donaldson; Fred Durhal; Adam Hollier; Frazier Kimpson;...

A symbol of Detroit blight in bankruptcy filing is finally demolished

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014

For the Hurt sisters on Detroit’s east side, the first sign of hope came Oct. 23, when Janice Hurt-Clarke noticed a truck parked outside the abandoned house next door to the home where she and her siblings grew up. The house — vacant for at least a decade, its windows gone, leaving it open to become a drug den, a squatter’s place and even a home for wild animals — was a painful eyesore Hurt-Clarke and her sisters fought for a decade to have torn down. She knew that truck meant their fight would soon be over. “When I turned the corner I saw the truck, and I was...