Half Of Detroit’s 2017 Mayoral Candidates Are Convicted Felons

Half of the eight mayoral hopefuls for Detroit’s primary ballot next week are convicted felons. Three of them were charged with gun crimes and two were convicted for assault with intent to commit murder, according to the Detroit News.

Convicted felons are allowed to run for office, as long as they haven’t been convicted of crimes that involve breaching the trust of the public.  

“Black marks on your record show you have lived a little and have overcome some challenges,” said Bowens, a former press secretary to Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer and NAACP activist. “They (candidates) deserve the opportunity to be heard, but they also deserve to have the kind of scrutiny that comes along with trying to get an important elected position.”

Donna Marie Pitts, 58, has multiple felony convictions. The earliest one dates back to 1977, for concealing a stolen car. Ten years later, she was convicted of two

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