Longtime city council member (and current president) Maryann Mahaffey announced the end of re-election campaign. Mahaffey is battling chronic, nonfatal, t-cell leukemia, which apparently is the cause for her recent hospitalizations. She has served on the Detroit City Council for 31 years.
With Mahaffey out of the race, voters will elect at least three new City Council members. It is not unreasonable to expect a fourth new name as Bates is running low in the pack of now 17 candidates. This may just be the shake up Detroit needs to get back on track.
For more information on Mahaffey’s 31 years of service, check out the Freep’s article today. (link)