Ecumenical Ministers Alliance Establishes Exploratory Committee To Select Candidate to Succeed Mayor Archer

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ecumenical Ministers Alliance

    DETROIT, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ecumenical Ministers Alliance (EMA)
 Co-Chaired by Bishop Clarence B. Haddon and Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III,
 today announced an "Exploratory Committee" to be Co-Chaired by Rev. Horace L.
 Sheffield, III, Dr. Jim Holly, and Ms. Lavette Anderson to ascertain consensus
 among its membership and Detroit's Clergy for the best person to succeed the
 Hon. Dennis W. Archer as Mayor of the City of Detroit.
     According to Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III, "this exploratory committee
 will proceed with the perspective that any candidate whose platform and
 rhetoric is based on the contention that the Mayor (Archer) is and has been
 all wrong -- is not right for Detroit.  And we will make our announcement on
 Tuesday May 1, 2001."
     Dr. Jim Holly, Pastor of Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, also added
 that "we need -- the community that is -- to maintain the momentum created and
 sustained by Mayor Archer and to make certain that anyone who would dare
 attempt to succeed him also embrace the philosophy of inclusion and not
 exclusion, and purport to build on the foundation already established by Mayor
 Archer."
     The Ecumenical Ministers Alliance, given this fragile and potentially
 fragmented time in our city, strongly believes that we must create a consensus
 candidate and not promote political personalities that will further divide us.
 
 

SOURCE Ecumenical Ministers Alliance
    DETROIT, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ecumenical Ministers Alliance (EMA)
 Co-Chaired by Bishop Clarence B. Haddon and Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III,
 today announced an "Exploratory Committee" to be Co-Chaired by Rev. Horace L.
 Sheffield, III, Dr. Jim Holly, and Ms. Lavette Anderson to ascertain consensus
 among its membership and Detroit's Clergy for the best person to succeed the
 Hon. Dennis W. Archer as Mayor of the City of Detroit.
     According to Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III, "this exploratory committee
 will proceed with the perspective that any candidate whose platform and
 rhetoric is based on the contention that the Mayor (Archer) is and has been
 all wrong -- is not right for Detroit.  And we will make our announcement on
 Tuesday May 1, 2001."
     Dr. Jim Holly, Pastor of Historic Little Rock Baptist Church, also added
 that "we need -- the community that is -- to maintain the momentum created and
 sustained by Mayor Archer and to make certain that anyone who would dare
 attempt to succeed him also embrace the philosophy of inclusion and not
 exclusion, and purport to build on the foundation already established by Mayor
 Archer."
     The Ecumenical Ministers Alliance, given this fragile and potentially
 fragmented time in our city, strongly believes that we must create a consensus
 candidate and not promote political personalities that will further divide us.
 
 SOURCE  Ecumenical Ministers Alliance