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District 2: Roy McCalister Jr. vs. Virgil Smith

10/04/17

District 2: Roy McCalister Jr. vs. Virgil Smith

The District 2 city council candidates face off. Here's what they had to say about the city.

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Hopeful Garlin Gilchrist II Competes For The Job of Detroit City Clerk

10/04/17

Hopeful Garlin Gilchrist II Competes For The Job of Detroit City Clerk

Former Moveon.org organizer, Garlin Gilchrist II says he's young but properly prepared to take on the job of Detroit's next city clerk. Past Experience: Political organizer for Moveon.org, City of Detroit Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology Education Background: Farmington High School, University of Michigan (B.S.E. Computer Engineering, B.S.E. Computer Science in Engineering) On what he'd bring to the position... It's important that we have a city clerk that is really energetic and really passionate about serving the needs of all Detroiters, not only voters but also everyone who is active in decision-making in our neighborhoods. And I believe young people in Detroit are hungry for more information about what the government does and...

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District 6: Tyrone Carter vs. Raquel Castaneda-Lopez

10/04/17

District 6: Tyrone Carter vs. Raquel Castaneda-Lopez

District 6 (Dix, Fort Street) hopeful Tyrone Carter challenges incumbent Raquel Castaneda-Lopez. Castaneda-Lopez is a seasoned politician and Carter is a retired Wayne County Sheriff’s Office executive lieutenant. BLAC chatted with both candidates to discuss the challenges facing Detroit and their district.   Tyrone Carter Age: 55 Education Background: Southwestern High School; Central Michigan University; Wayne County Sheriff’s Police Academy; FBI National Academy Bio: Carter spent 25 years with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and retired as an Executive Lieutenant in 2008. He also mentors young Detroiters and has worked with the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Summer Youth Program at Wayne State University. Carter is currently president...

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Caribbean Escape at River Bistro

10/04/17

Caribbean Escape at River Bistro

This new Caribbean-and-soul eatery, which opened in the Grand River and Rosedale district, takes your taste buds on a trip.

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District 5: Mary Sheffield vs. Jewel Ware

10/04/17

District 5: Mary Sheffield vs. Jewel Ware

District 5 (Mack, East Grand Boulevard) hopeful Jewel Ware challenges incumbent Mary Sheffield. Sheffield is a seasoned politician and Ware is the current Wayne County Commissioner for District 2. BLAC chatted with both candidates to discuss the challenges facing Detroit and their district.   Mary Sheffield Age: 30 Education Background: Wayne State University (B.A. in Public Affairs); Central Michigan University (M.S. in Public Administration) Bio: Sheffield is the current city councilwoman for District 5, elected in 2013, the youngest ever chosen. In addition to serving on multiple committees, she is a member of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations and a youth coordinator of the Detroit Ecumenical Ministers Alliance. Sheffield mentors young,...

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District 3: Scott Benson vs. Russ Bellant

10/04/17

District 3: Scott Benson vs. Russ Bellant

The District 3 candidates face off. Here's what they had to say about the city.

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Free Mammograms Help Local Women Prioritize Health

10/04/17

Free Mammograms Help Local Women Prioritize Health

The screenings, offered to hundreds of women by UAW-Ford, emphasize the importance of early breast cancer detection.

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Local Pastry Chef Crystal Smith Competed on TV's Chopped and Won

10/04/17

Local Pastry Chef Crystal Smith Competed on TV's Chopped and Won

The 'Chopped' champ dishes on her success.

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The Farmer's Hand Stocks Its Shelves With Real Food Made By Real People

10/04/17

The Farmer's Hand Stocks Its Shelves With Real Food Made By Real People

Meet the women behind this Corktown spot, which offers locally sourced foods and specialty products.

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District 4: Latisha Johnson vs. Andre Spivey

10/04/17

District 4: Latisha Johnson vs. Andre Spivey

District 4 (Warren, Conner) hopeful Latisha Johnson challenges incumbent Andre Spivey. Spivey is a seasoned politician and Johnson has worked at Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau. BLAC chatted with both candidates to discuss the challenges facing Detroit and their district.   Latisha Johnson Age: 42 Education Background: Kettering High School; University of Michigan (Bachelor’s of Finance) Bio: Johnson spent eight years as a senior sales manager at the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, where her primary role was to promote Detroit as a destination for conventions and events. She also worked at the Detroit Marriott in a similar capacity, but specifically touting the hotel, before pursuing a life as an entrepreneur and community...

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