Friday, November 4th, 2005

Hip-Hop Voters May Swing Mayor’s Election In Detroit

The Detroit Free Press describes a a swing in young voters toward Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the 35 year-old self-dubbed “hip-hop mayor” who has been trailing in his race for re-election to 55 year-old deputy mayor Freman Hendrix. Young voters have closed Hendrix’s one-time 13-point lead to almost single digits in the closing days of the campaign.

Four years ago, Kilpatrick mobilized a large wave of young voters in winning the office. But although he was celebrated early on by Russell Simmons and hip-hop magazines, he has stumbled badly in recent years with multiple corruption scandals.

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One Response to “Hip-Hop Voters May Swing Mayor’s Election In Detroit”

  1. ronnie brown says:

    Black mayors of any party affiliation, in any major city will continued to be cut off at the knees as long as white property holders continue to divert potential tax revenue and corporate investment.

    This is especially revelant in regard to Detroit. Since the riots years ago, white folks are content to let Detroit twist in the wind until we leave. Gentrification is a one-way street, another way of sayin’ “we’ll wait til’ you die on the vine”…then all of a sudden resources will return…

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