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Our choices for Detroit Charter Commission

The Detroit News

Detroit voters decided in the August primary to impanel a commission to revise the 2012 charter.

After just four years, it seemed a little early to subject the city's guiding document to a wholesale rewrite, instead of amending it as needed.

Had the measure failed, the next opportunity to make broad changes in the charter would have been in 16 years.

But having made to decision to rewrite the charter, it is essential the best possible authors be selected to carry out the task. 

Fifteen candidates are seeking the nine seats. We recommend:

  • Emily Dabish. A Rocket Fiber strategist who is well schooled in public policy, having held staff positions  with former City Council President Saunteel Jenkins and Gov. Rick Snyder, and at the federal level.
  • Carol Weaver. She is director of community and schools at the Detroit Public Schools Community District and is working with Superintendent Nikolai Vitti to improve school performance. 
  • Michael Griffie. He is an attorney with the Butzel Long firm and a former principal of the Cornerstone Schools.
  • Laura Hughes. She's a former executive with Strategic Staffing Solutions who is now working as a consultant. She brings both business and non-profit experience.  
  •  Quincy Jones. He is director of the Osborne Neighborhood Alliance and would would represent the interests of the city's neighborhoods well. 
  • Richard Mack. He's a lawyer who also holds a degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, and would add legal expertise.
  •  Chase Cantrell. He's a former lawyer and founder of the Building Community Value non-profit. 
  • Karissa Holmes. She is a legal counsel with Rock Venture and has her MBA.
  • Byron Osbern. He is a journeyman electrician with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and would add labor's voice to the group.
"These nine would form a bright and committed charter commission. As a group they are younger than is typical for commissions of its kind in Detroit."

These nine would form a very bright and committed charter commission. As a group they are younger than is typical for commissions of its kind in Detroit.

That should give them a vision for the city that is focused on the future, not on the past.