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NOLAN FINLEY

Finley: Detroit Council pick boosts union influence

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

The question has to be asked: Was this the best the Detroit City Council could do for its citizens?

The council started with a list of 135 candidates to replace Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins, who left last fall to head The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). They whittled it down through a long process and finally settled on Janee Ayers, a 33-year-old union leader.

Detroit doesn’t need more union influence at City Hall. In Brenda Jones, it already has as former union official as council president.

The citizens needed an independent voice for the at-large position, not someone committed to a powerful special interest group. Surely out of 135 applicants it could have found that someone.