The Detroit Regional Chamber recognizes 2016 as a very important election year for Detroiters. The city of Detroit is at a turning point and to keep the positive momentum going we need to protect development, continue to put Detroiters to work and tackle issues from infrastructure to education, by supporting regional transit and returning governance of Detroit Public Schools back to a locally controlled school board. Do you know someone who lives in Detroit? Download and share the Detroit Voter’s Guide with relatives and employees prior to heading to the polls and learn what is needed to make Detroit a great place to live, work and play.
Vote “No” on Proposal A
Why is ‘Proposal A’ Awful for Detroit?
Since 2014, Detroit’s residents have gained over 15,000 jobs, and unemployment is at its lowest since 2001. Proposal A is a burdensome and unmanageable regulation that would halt growth and innovation.
As the first ordinance of its kind in the United States, Proposal A:
- Makes Detroit uniquely uncompetitive for new investment, encouraging businesses and developers to choose elsewhere.
- Leaves potential job creators at risk to negotiate on their own and shifts the decision to approve private investment in the city from elected officials and planning professionals to unelected and/or ad hoc community groups.
- Sets no limits on the number of people involved in negotiations, who they are, or how they are selected.
- Sets no time limits on the process, potentially stalling projects and blocking jobs for months or even years.
- Allows nearby suburban communities to negotiate community benefits for Detroit projects.
Vote “Yes” for Regional Transit to Connect Southeast Michigan
Southeast Michigan’s transit system does not adequately serve our most pressing needs, leaving the region at a disadvantage compared to similar regions. Rapid, reliable, regional transit will connect to 1.9 million existing jobs and directly support almost 68,000 new jobs over the next 20 years throughout Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties. View the “Know Before You Vote: Yes for Regional Transit” campaign at detroitchamber.com/regionaltransit/.
Detroit School Board
The Nov. 8 election marks a tipping point for education in Detroit. Unlike previous boards under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the power of an elected board decision is being given back to Detroiters, and the district will have a debt-free, clean slate to make decisions necessary to ensure its long-term financial and academic growth. This slate of candidates represents a wide range of proven turnaround leadership expertise.
- Leslie Andrews
- Penny Bailer
- Mary Kovari
- Sonya Mays
- Misha Stallworth
- Iris Taylor
- Rev. Kevin Turman
Detroit City Council
- Janeé Ayers
Michigan Supreme Court
- Joan Larsen
- David Viviano
Michigan House of Representatives
- District 3 – Wendell Byrd (D-Detroit)
- District 5 – Fred Durhal III (D-Detroit)
- District 6 – Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit)
- District 9 – Sylvia Santana (D-Detroit)
- District 10 – Leslie Love (D-Detroit)
- District 4 – Ian Conyers (D-Detroit)