Statement of Council Member Kenneth Cockrel Jr.

April 23, 2013

It has been my honor to serve the City of Detroitfor the over 15 years as a member of the Detroit City Council.  This service has included a term as Council President and a seven-month stint as Mayor following the resignation of Kwame Kilpatrick in September 2008.

As the filing deadline for the 2003 municipal elections approaches, I have thought long and hard about whether or not to seek a fifth four-year term.   I have decided that this current term which ends December 31st will be my last.  I will not run for re-election this year.

Because of my deep and abiding love for this city I did not make this decision lightly.   However, I’ve concluded that now is the time for me to leave my current position.

Though I’ve been able to accomplish much during my four terms, I’ve also come to realize that in a strong mayor form of government, which our city charter prescribes, there are limits to how much a council member can accomplish.   These limits are frustrating to me. I feel that I must seek new challenges, new opportunities, and new ways to help this city I love so dearly.

Make no mistake, my heart remains with Detroit.  I remain committed to helping our city overcome its current obstacles and realize its vast potential.   But I also believe that I can best aid in that important work in a different way.

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