Who am I?
I am the candidate with history of fighting to restore integrity to the Office of Clerk. I have fought and won three lawsuits and successfully orchestrated three recounts .
In 2013, residents drafted me to run against the incumbent. I prevailed in the primary after the incumbent certified me for the ballot and then threw me off the ballot. I defeated her in Court. She took an emergency appeal. I won in a 3-0 published opinion; Wilcoxon v Winfrey.
What I discovered for the residents of the City, is that it is easy to steal an election . Sample ballots are yellow, green or pink, with the word “Sample” super imposed . Official ballots and Test ballots are identical in color and format. Both bear a perforated top. Test ballots have the word “Test” and Official ballots have the number of the ballot to be voted on their perforated tops, otherwise, they are identical. If one is unscrupulous, vote tallies can be manipulated.
My lawsuits revealed: the incumbent does not abide by state law which requires that a near equal number of republican and democratic Election Inspectors be assigned to each of the City’s 600 precincts. In the last election: 47 republicans. Having thrown me and Congressman Conyers off the ballot, it is clear that the incumbent does not ascribe to a policy of access to the ballot.
Through Team Wilcoxon’s efforts at integrity and access over the last 11 years, the residents and I respect and trust one another.
What am I fighting for?
I was inspired to run for this office by knowing of my parents history of having to pay a poll tax to vote. They made the conscious decision to pay the poll taxes so that my mother could vote. They could not afford to pay for my father to vote and be able to put quality food on the table and place a quality roof over their children’s heads. My farther lost his battle with leukemia, dying at age 37. He never had the right to vote in America.
I am also running for the Office of Clerk because the residents of the City of Detroit are being disenfranchised by the State of Michigan’s imposition of an “Emergency Manager”, while “suspending” democracy. I am of the of the opinion that a suspension of democracy anywhere, is an affront to democracy everywhere. Detroiters have experienced political power, electing governors in Michigan. If Detroiters were engaged in the political process, no governor in this state would sign emergency management legislation and no legislator would have proposed it. Unfortunately, Detroiters also know what disenfranchisement looks and feels like. It shows on their faces.
In 2009, Team Wilcoxon discovered that 60,000 ballots could not be recounted. Fast forward to our 2016 presidential election cycle wherein Jill Stein found that approximately 60% of the City’s precincts could not be recounted. Detroit cannot withstand anymore incompetence in her Office of City Clerk.
America and democracy are better than this.
My DFA Values
I have been in the trenches with Detroit residents for over three decades as we have fought municipal and school take overs. My relationship is what it is with residents because of the courage and conviction that I have displayed on an array of issues.
It is my sense, as demonstrated in an hour long TV interview with SEIU’s leadership, accompanied by a McDonald’s worker, as we made the case for a $15 dollar an hour living wage for fast food workers, that no one in America, the wealthiest country in the world, should be a part of the working poor.
As a TV personality, a radio contributor and a newspaper publisher, I raise my voice consistently, in search of an honest discussion on race. Race is an issue that America must address in the context of structural racism, police brutality and hence the fact that people of color are of the opinion that justice means “just us”. My law degree enables me to discuss the issues of reasonable and unreasonable force, the Blue Code of Silence, the origins of policing in America as applied to our constitutional protections as well as a myriad of other issues.
The emergency manager structure in Michigan must be a text book case for democracy gone awry. It is also an opportunity for progressive thinkers to act on our system of justice and fairness. Lady Justice can in fact be blind if we insist on ensuring that her blind fold is never removed.