Former deputy mayor Anthony Adams makes bid for Detroit mayor official
Detroit – Anthony Adams, who served as deputy mayor in the administration of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is taking part in the 2021 race for the city’s highest office.
Adams officially announced his bid for Detroit mayor Tuesday, saying the city could no longer afford Mayor Mike Duggan’s “benevolent neglect”.
During a live-streaming event, the Cincinnati-born politician called on Detroiters to vote in the August 3 primaries.
“Detroiters also need to know that there is a clear option that they don’t have to settle for what they get,” said Adams. “All my life I’ve had successes and failures. I’m not a perfect man. I don’t pretend to be a messiah, but based on my life experiences, I believe I can be a good mayor.”
Adams, a lawyer, formed a campaign committee earlier last year, emphasizing that there is “a dramatic need” for a change of mayor.
Adams’ campaign focuses on reducing crime and reforming police practices, as well as homeowner over-taxation, structural racism, hunger and water cuts.
One of the first things Adams said he would do if elected is to drop the city’s lawsuit against members of the Detroit Will Breathe activist group. The city alleged in the November counterclaim that the protests were a conspiracy and that protesters were being forced to pay damages.
Adams also said he would introduce a “Get your s — together day” so residents with legal problems or violations can get help correcting their records.
“We need to provide the people with the tools necessary to elevate and restore pride in this city,” said Adams. “The people in this city don’t have to be administered and loitered, they have to be empowered (and) developed economically.”
Adams said his association with Kilpatrick won’t hinder his campaign as it focuses on moving Detroit forward.
His announcement comes just days after former President Donald Trump commuted Kilpatrick’s 28-year sentence. Fifty-year-old Kilpatrick was convicted of orchestrating a program of extortion and bribery in public office and served 16 years in prison, the longest sentence in a federal corruption case in US history.
Adams told The News after Kilpatrick’s release that he wished the former mayor well. Duggan has also backed Kilpatrick’s release, calling it a decision that “Trump is right”.
“I’m my own man and I run on my own record,” said Adams when asked about his connection with Kilpatrick. “And I’m determined to have a robust campaign because I believe I have the agendas and can talk to the issues that people are concerned about.”
The former Detroit School Council president is the first prominent challenger to Duggan, who announced his offer for a third term last month.
As a former assistant to the management of the late former Mayor Coleman A. Young, Adams also served in the Detroit public school system, including serving as a management consultant to the district.
Adams is a principal at Marine Adams Law, PC in Detroit and said he attended virtual community meetings during the pandemic to hear from local residents and neighborhood organizations.
In addition to Adams, former Detroit mayoral candidate Myya Jones and northwest Detroit-based Cheryl Webb have nomination boards for the August 2021 primaries, Wayne County election records show.
Jones ran for mayor in 2017 and later as state representative in Michigan’s 4th district. Webb, a domestic worker, said she was also a grassroots lawyer for the elderly and youth at risk. She wants to improve the neighborhoods and encourage greater voter turnout in the city.
Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, a temporary state official elected to the Detroit School Board in November, was considering running for the city’s highest office.
On Monday she said she was focusing on the district’s 50,000 school children “unless I have to give it a lot of thought.”