vote button2 Candidates Vying For 13th Congressional Seat Face OffWhat a night at Wayne State!

Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick faced-off against four other candidates vying for the 13th Congressional District seat. And, as expected, Kilpatrick faced questions surrounding her son, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Candidate and Detroit resident Steve Hume said to the audience, “She’s the one that used the term ‘yall’s boy’. If I used that term, I would be considered a racist.” That comment was followed by loud boos from the audience.

Cheeks-Kilpatrick’s responded later by saying: “I’m running on my record. My son has had problems. I love my son. But I’m running on what I do.”

Other candidates included the Rev. Glenn Plummer and businessman Vincent Brown. The only candidate that did not participate was Senator Hansen Clarke.

The Wayne State University Journalism Institute for Media Diversity and the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists co-sponsored the debate, which was moderated by WWJ’s City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas.

  1. Jennifer says:

    I’m not understanding the correlation of the term “ya’lls boy” being racist if used by one of my counter parts. That candidate is out of touch. That is an urban, colloquial phrase. Now if a counter part had used the term “boy” to refer to a black male that might cause a stir. Or the term “you people”. I agree that Kwame’s mother should be subjected to what she has done as a public servant, not her son’s record.

    1. Trice says:

      I believe that Congresswoman Cheeks Kilpatrick did a great job. She has my family as well as my support! Leadership is what she does and has done for a long time now. Her record speaks for itself. She has brought back billions for those things we really need in our community, student programs…SEMA being one of many. Thats the important part to me… not how much another district recieved over ours. Its not a competition our nation is in hard times and we are getting what we can. We risk that and so much more if we don’t vote Congresswoman back in office. I hope and pray the citizens of the 13th district will make a wise choice on next Tuesday, August 3rd, by voting her back into office.

  2. james says:

    Hansen Clarke is the only really credible alternative to Cheeks-Kilpatrick. The other “opponents” have no chance. A couple of them are actually Republicans. Others probably are there to split the anti-Kilpatrick vote. If folks in the 13th Districk want change, they need to vote for Clarke.

  3. Walt says:

    Very much like her worthless son, we all know that Cheeks Kilpatrick is nothing more than a political parasite. If she didn’t have her current political position to enjoy, she’d never find a job in the private sector. No way…no how. Incompetence and corruption runs in this family.

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