HOPE Votes candidate forum focuses on neighborhood
resident questions and concerns about neighborhood revitalization
and access to opportunity for the average Detroiter
HOPE Village, a neighborhood in north central Detroit, is hosting a forum for District 2 City Council candidates. The purpose of this forum is to provide an opportunity for candidates who are seeking election to represent District 2 on Detroit’s City Council to address key questions and issues regarding neighborhood revitalization in Detroit and to respond to neighborhood questions and concerns. The forum will takes place on Friday November 3 at Focus: HOPE’s Center for Advanced Technologies building located 1400 Oakman Blvd. The forum will begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
The HOPE Village community is fighting to participate in Detroit’s economic revitalization and also to ensure that its residents have access to opportunity. The community has a high concentration of prominent Detroit based non-profits including: Focus: HOPE, Neighborhood Service Organization, Wellspring Lutheran Services and Presbyterian Villages of Michigan. With no Detroit Public Schools Community District schools located in its geographic boundaries, New Paradigm Glazer Academy and Joy Preparatory Academy are key education partners providing K-8th Grade educational opportunities. The Parkman Branch of the Detroit Public Library, also located in HOPE Village, operates one of three Technology, Literacy and Career centers in the city.
The HOPE Village is located in District 2. The District 2 City Council race features an unusual four candidate battle. Two candidates are on the ballot (Roy McCalister, Jr. and former Senator Virgil Smith) and two write-in candidates (City Council President Pro Tempore George Cushingberry and Nguvu Tsare) who have been featured in newspaper coverage and are actively pursuing election.
The HOPE Village community is hosting this election forum to increase awareness of the election by residents, make known their concerns as Detroit residents and understand how City Council candidates intend to represent them. The format will be a facilitated panel discussion, which will provide an opportunity for the candidates to respond to the same question in turn. There will also be an opportunity at the end of the panel discussion for audience questions.