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Detroiters Push to Establish Community Advisory Councils in City Districts

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“Community Councils is really a grass roots representation of residents from the city.”- Aaron Goodman

Detroit is on its way to creating Community Advisory Councils in each of the seven council districts. The aim of the committees is to improve community access to city government and to better connect residents’ voices to elected officials. Aaron Goodman is from Community Development Advocates of Detroit, the group organizing the council. He spoke to WDET’s Martina Guzman about how the councils were created.

"Detroit City Council passed a long awaited ordinance allowing the establishment of Community Advisory Council in each of the seven council districts as is called for in the 2012 Detroit City Charter. Aaron Goodman is from Community Development Advocates of Detroit says the CAC's aim to improve community access to city government and connect resident voices to elected officials through an elected board of community leaders from each council district. Each CAC consists of five elected members and two appointed positions for a “senior issues” representative and a youth member."