Thursday, 8 January, 2009 10:38 PM
Candidates Square Off in 2nd Debate on WADL-TV 38
TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- The second part of the Mayoral debate
aired last night on WADL-TV 38 Detroit, with candidates D. Etta
Wilcoxon, Rev. Nicholas Hood III, Coleman A. Young II, and Stanley
Christmas, as each answered questions from panelists Stephen Henderson
(Detroit Free Press), Nolan Finley (Detroit News), and Dayna Clark
(WJR News Talk Radio) on their platforms that includes the deficits
of the economy, the Big Three, and what it means to be Mayor of
It is time
for a change in city government, said Christmas, who believed that
the people are entitled to a good government, jobs of the 21st century,
children to have a good education, and so forth. Wilcoxson, on the
otehr hand, believed that both Detroit and the neighborhoods needs
to be economically revitalized in hopes of being "a city of
destination". "The state is holding our money", Wilcoxon
stated, who doesn't advocate cutting services but wants to make
a deal with the Big Three (Chrysler, General Motors, Ford) due to
their "appetite for cars".
either going to sink or swim", the loving and compassionate
yet self-proclaimed realist continued. "A
city of destination doesn't sell off its assets but must find creative
outlets." While agreed that it is time for both change and
growth, Hood said that solving the rising economic decline in Detroit
must be done with structure, while Christmas responded that this
won't be an easy fix yet believed that "we can grind it out".
dealing with the rising Great Recession, other important agendas
on the table includes dealing with crime in the Motor City. If elected
as Mayor, Hood said, he'll talk to the Chief of Police on being
more tough on crime in the neighborhood that is affecting Detroit.
"A lot of these crimes", he went on, "don't show
up on homicide, but it's real life. These are tough times, and this
requires tough leadership. If we commit as an community, we can
do this and have a safe neighborhood."
according to Wilcoxon, generating revenue must be looked at for
Detroit because the police department is "underfunded".
She stated that there've been the citizens want the police to not
only respond faster, but also be present. Christmas, though, believed
that the people should also get involved in this tide. "Our
children are taught to have no respect for the law," he commented,
using New Year's Eve as an example, and said that, "we have
to get involved and volunteered (for instance, Devil's Night)".
Young didn't believe that the state of Michigan should take over
the school system, and stated that a forensic audit should be done.
Still, he continued, "the Mayor of Detroit should provide motivation
and inspiration. There should be more jobs in Detroit; economic
prosperity must be achieved through jobs. We all want a better Detroit
but [we shouldn't] give up the power or [the] assets. Votes [from/by
the people] should be heard".
was previously invited to joined in but refused to be debate with
candidates that were randomly selected after she didn't make the
cut for the final four.
debate will be in three weeks on the 27th with Dwayne Montgomery,
Gerald Sanders, Angelo Scott Brown, and Warren Evans at 8pm on WADL-TV
for Mayor will be on February 24, 2009.
Mayoral Candidates Face Off in a Debate on WADL-TV 38