Candidate Profile: ML Elrick, Detroit City Council


DETROIT – Voters in Detroit will vote for its representative in Detroit City Council’s Fourth District in the November general election.

To help readers make informed choices, Patch has asked candidates to answer questions about their campaigns and will be posting candidate profiles as Election Day approaches.

ML Elrick is running against Latisha Johnson for Detroit City Council. Here’s how he completed his profile:



Wife Tresa daughters Emily and Sophie

Does anyone in your family work in politics or in government?



Michigan State University, BA in Journalism, 1990


Journalist and podcaster

Previous or current office elected or appointed

representing East Outer Drive / Whitter Street, East English Village Association; vice president of the Detroit Free Press unit of the Newspaper Guild of Detroit

Campaign website

Why are you looking for an elective position?

I am standing here to make an honest change in Detroit politics, to clean up City Hall and our neighborhoods, and to bring opportunity, safety and accountability to District 4 and the city of Detroit. After 30 years as a government-focused investigative journalist and 20 years as a labor activist, I’m looking for a different way to make a difference. I have also been active in my community and I wish to contribute to improving the neighborhoods and business corridors of the 4th arrondissement, where I worked or lived for nearly 40 years. While we have beautiful parks and neighborhoods and improving business districts, most of the neighborhood has not seen the rebirth of other parts of Detroit like downtown and Midtown. I want my neighbors and local business owners to have access to the same benefits and opportunities as the city center and to make sure that the people who have lived here and kept the city viable are not subjected to second-hand treatment. class while billionaires get tax breaks. and special offers. I also want to see a throwback to the days when Detroiters could walk to work and support their families with jobs in their neighborhood that offer good wages and benefits.

The most pressing issue facing our (council, district, etc.) is _______, and that’s what I intend to do about it.

Responsibility. We need our elected officials and public employees to be held to obey the law and do their jobs, that landlords are accountable to their neighbors by maintaining their properties and making sure their tenants do the same, and that residents take care of their properties so that all of our neighbors can enjoy clean and safe streets. I will continue to expose officials who break their oath, call on city workers to help clean up neighborhoods, and enforce the city code to make sure people who disrespect their neighbors are cited.

What are the critical differences between you and other candidates for this position?

I am the only candidate who is used to holding officials and employees accountable, who knows how to get things done in town hall and in our neighborhoods, I don’t want to fund the police, and I am the only candidate for council city ​​council that has made proposals to stop the flooding, end public corruption, end crooked towing practices, and provide more and better police.

If you are a challenger, how has the current board or incumbent failed the community (or district or constituency)

This is an open seat, but our former city councilor did not respond to the public. I will return the calls and get to work solving my neighbors’ problems.

How do you think the local authorities reacted to the coronavirus? What if something would you have done differently?

I think the city of Detroit has set the gold standard for the response to COVID-19.

Describe the other issues that define your campaign platform.

Opportunity, security and responsibility. Opportunity means helping entrepreneurs open businesses so that we have places to work, shop, dine and play within walking distance of our homes, as well as providing recreational and educational opportunities for young people. Safety means putting speed bumps on neighborhood streets to slow down drivers and hire more and better police officers. And accountability means cleaning up the town hall and our neighborhoods.

What accomplishments in your past would you cite as proof that you can handle this job?

I am a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist with 30 years of experience as a government watchdog. I also have 20 years of experience as a union organizer, shop steward and negotiator. I have coached youth sports, mentored youth, sat on a school board and raised over $ 125,000 for youth recreation programs. I’m a creative problem solver who builds strategic partnerships. I am currently the representative for East Outer Drive / Whittier and a member of the board of directors of the East English Village Association.

The best advice ever shared with me was:

Don’t do anything that you wouldn’t want to appear on the front page of the newspaper.

What would you like voters to know about yourself and your positions?

I gave up my job and possibly my career to run for Detroit City Council. I’m not a politician, but a problem solver who hopes his neighbors will give him a chance to clean up town hall and our neighborhoods. I will never stop working for you!

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