Should the Mayor of Detroit live in Detroit?
The residency requirements to pay in-state tuition at the University of Michigan are higher than the ones needed to be Mayor of Detroit. That basically means I can run for Mayor of Detroit in November from my home in Bothell, WA.
A city’s mayor should be a city resident
For those that don’t know, Detroit elected a new mayor in a special election earlier this month to succeed disgraced former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Dave Bing beat out City Council President and then-acting Mayor Kenneth Cockrel. Only 15% of the city voted in the election, making his 52-47% similar to a basketball game without a ball. Problem: he lives in Franklin, MI, not Detroit, MI. (And yes, I know about his apartment in the city, but a married man lives where his wife lives, regardless of where his apartmnet is. Mrs. Bing lives in Franklin, so he lives in Franklin.)
Damaged credibility, authority, and standards
Just like it’s hard for me to accept pontification on the importance of public education from someone with kids in private school, it’s hard to believe someone who says they’re a leader invested in a city they don’t live in.
This idiocy, the idiocy of too little process for important things and too much process where it makes no sense, is unique neither to Michigan nor Detroit. This is the age of 2-page billion dollar bank bailout applications. It’s very troubling that it’s easier to get a multi-billion dollar loan or run for public office than it is to qualify for lower college tuition.
That definitely shows where our priorities lie.
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