14 file for Detroit’s race for mayor, 9 for clerk
Tuesday’s filing deadline for Detroit’s 2017 municipal elections drew 14 candidates for the mayoral race and nine for city clerk, according to the Department of Elections.
So far, Mayor Mike Duggan and state Sen. Coleman A. Young II are certified in the race for mayor, while 12 other candidates have turned in petitions that have yet to be certified. Anita Belle, Articia Bomer, Edward Dean, Curtis Christopher Greene, Myya Jones, William Spirgion Noakes Jr., Donna Pitts, Jeffery Robinson, Brenda Sanders, Danetta Simpson, Kenneth Snapp and Eric Williams all are seeking to run for mayor.
Two others, Angelo Brown and Ingrid LaFleur, were not certified for the ballot by the Elections Department, according to the list.
In another race, City Clerk Janice Winfrey is opposed by Heaster Wheeler, a former high-ranking official in Wayne County government and ex-director of Detroit’s NAACP chapter, and D. Etta Wilcoxon, who is looking for a rematch after Winfrey defeated her in 2013. Both joined Winfrey as the only candidates so far confirmed for the ballot.
Six other potential contenders — Debra Eddington, Garlin Gilchrist II, Cynthia Johnson, Faustine Amara Onwuneme and Michael Stephen Richard — also have turned in petitions. Ronald Creswell submitted signatures that were not certified.
More than a dozen residents initially pulled petitions for the clerk’s post, but a few withdrew, including state Rep. LaTanya Garrett and Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware. Ware instead filed petitions Monday for a run in Detroit’s Council District 5 against incumbent Mary Sheffield. Her petitions are not yet certified, records show.
Meanwhile, close to 80 residents took out petitions for two at-large and seven district seats on Detroit’s City Council.
Incumbent at-large members, President Brenda Jones and Janee Ayers were the first two to turn in signatures with 500 necessary to run certified.
Past contender Mary Waters, Beverly Kindle-Walker, Alisa McKinney, Naomi Estella Anderson and Cyrus Wheeler also submitted petitions for the at-large seats. None have been certified yet.
Council members George Cushingberry Jr., Scott Benson, Mary Sheffield, Raquel Castaneda-Lopez and Gabe Leland have already been certified for their respective district seat races, which require 300 certified signatures. Members James Tate and Andre Spivey submitted theirs on Monday, according to elections records. They had not yet been certified late Tuesday.
At least a few of the council incumbents are facing some well-known competitors.
In District 2, Cushingberry is facing a challenge from former state Sen. Virgil Smith and past council contender Roy McCalister Jr. In District 6, past candidate Tyrone Carter, is certified to go up against Castaneda-Lopez in the southwest Detroit district.
The Elections Department has 10 days to certify petition signatures. Candidates can withdraw through Friday.