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Voter Guide: District 3 City Council Candidates and Voter Voices [VIDEO]

The Incumbent: Scott Benson
The Challenger: Russ Bellant

SCOTT BENSON

 

Citizen Detroit Video:

RUSS BELLANT

  • Age: 59
  • Experience: President of the Detroit Library Commission, Member of the Detroit Public Schools Task Force
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in history from Wayne State University
  • Campaign Website:  BellantForDetroit.com
  • Twitter:  N/A
  • Facebook:  Bellant4Detroit
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Voter Voices from District 3:

WDET reporters have been talking to residents around the city. Click here to see them all. Here are some from District 3:

Cathy Presley, 53

What’s your biggest concern about the city?
“Jobs. They need more jobs for the young people.”

Toni Owens, 24

 
If you could tell the mayor, the council members and the city clerk what should be at the top of their agendas, what would you say?
“I would just like to see them do more for the community and the youth. And I would like to see them just build more programs for the youth because the youth are our future.”

Diana Marie Auston

If you could tell the mayor, the council members and the city clerk what should be at the top of their agendas, what would you say?
“Improve the crime. Get the guns off the street. Lower the current insurance rates. And make the streets safe again like they used to be. “

George Preston

 
What’s your biggest concern about the city?
“The major areas of concern for me and our community organization is, ‘How can we impact blight and crime in our community?’”

Reafeal Cole

 
What makes you think Detroit is great?
“What makes me say it’s getting great is just being here today, meeting together, and talking about our future. I think everything is being touched upon, it just takes time.”

Sakina McCullough, 37

 
What’s your biggest concern about the city?
“It’s the violence, the crime rate. Our school system. I didn’t even put transportation in there, you know. Those are the three biggest things.”

Image credit: Melissa Mason

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