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
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.
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SOURCE City of Detroit