Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick Urges Voter Participation In Democratic Gubernatorial Primary
DETROIT, July 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick stood in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue with the Chairman of Michigan's Democratic Party and the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the 2002 primary, calling for unity after the August election. The Mayor and the candidates were surrounded by a crowd of Detroit union and community leaders, as well as key supporters for each candidate. All in attendance had copies of the Detroit's Urban Agenda booklet. The Mayor stated that he would refrain from influencing voters for any particular candidate in the 2002 gubernatorial primary. Instead, the Mayor will encourage voters to engage in constant dialogue with each candidate and commit to the candidate who best addresses Detroit's Urban Agenda. Each of the candidates, U.S. Congressman David Bonior, Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, and former Governor James Blanchard, all have substantial support from various segments of the Detroit community. Each candidate commended the Mayor for his leadership and commitment to the democratic process. In such a competitive Democratic primary election, Mayor Kilpatrick said that it is important that Detroiters do not lose sight of the ultimate goal -- electing a Democratic governor in November of this year. "I believe that each of these candidates have strong credentials that would be instrumental in supporting the future progress and prosperity of Detroit," said Mayor Kilpatrick. "With three strong Democratic candidates, the most important thing is to ensure that our civic, religious and community leaders don't create such a divide that we can't unite to elect a Democrat for governor in November," he said. Mayor Kilpatrick praised all three candidates for their commitment to leadership in bringing the entire community together after the primary, and pledged to lend his full support to the Democratic victor. Finally, Mayor Kilpatrick commended the candidates for committing to support the further development and advancement of Detroit's Urban Agenda, which outlines issues that are critical to the success of Detroit, and other cities across the country. "I firmly believe in the democratic process and I trust the voters of Detroit to vote for the candidate that commits to helping us move Detroit to greatness," the Mayor said. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X76466521
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