By Dawn Wolfe Gutterman
DETROIT – On July 11, Triangle Pride Political Action Committee announced its endorsements for the city of Detroit’s Aug. 2 primary.
Pride PAC refrained from endorsing any candidates for Mayor or City Clerk, but did endorse nine City Council candidates, including five incumbents and four challengers.
According to Pride PAC, “Triangle Pride PAC recognized the importance of the City of Detroit in the social life of the state of Michigan and the need to provide quality leadership to the state’s largest municipality.”
Asked why the organization refrained from making a mayoral endorsement, Sean Kosofsky, a member of the election committee, said, “We got questionnaires from some, but not all [of the candidates], and we did not feel compelled to make a decision based on the information we have.”
The City Council incumbent candidates who have received endorsements are:
Council President Maryann Mahaffey
Council Member Ken Cockrel, Jr.
Council Member Alberta Tinsley-Talabi
Council Member Jo Ann Watson
Council Member Barbara-Rose Collins
The challengers who have received endorsements are:
James M. Edwards
Ralph C. Simpson
Maureen D. Taylor
For more information about getting involved on behalf of pro-LGBT candidates, about the City of Detroit city council race, or Triangle Pride PAC, call Sean Kosofsky at 313-537-3323, ext. 105.