Sixteen, yes, a whopping 16 people are all vying for the top job of a broke, struggling city. I knew the economy and black unemployment was bad in some places, but bad enough that you’re willing to take on the current city-wide Greek tragedy that is “saving Detroit.” Hoo boy.

On top of that, even if one of these 16 people looking for work get the job, it doesn’t mean they’ll have the powers of a traditional mayor. Detroit is the largest city in the United States to ever declare bankruptcy. There are some rules. You don’t get to just run the city willy nilly without answering to 10 or 12 other people.

Said The New York Times:

The city’s finances are in the hands of a bankruptcy judge, and a state-appointed emergency manager is calling the shots at City Hall. The position of mayor, a once powerful job that now seems at best undefined, if not irrelevant, was left open when Mayor Dave Bing announced in May that he would not seek a second term. A primary election will be held on Tuesday to whittle the field down to two contenders, who will face off in a general election in November.

On top of the 16, more than 50 people are running for City Council, but despite all the interested candidates, the actual people of Detroit doesn’t feel too jazzed about voting. According to Detroit’s Department of Elections, voter turnout will be about 17 percent, just as it was in 2009 during the last mayoral free-for-all. But some folks are predicting it’ll be more like 12 percent, according to The Times. Why vote when who you vote for will likely have no power and it’ll barely mean anything other than one of these 16 (and a few of the more than 50 wannabe council members) might be able to draw a salary while pretending to run Detroit?

Said The New York Times:

“A lot of people feel that way,” said LaNesha McCann, 21, who spent the summer canvassing for Benny Napoleon, one of the front-runners. “They say, ‘What does it matter if I vote?’ ”

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  • The Comment

    This is the opportunity of a lifetime. The chance to start a city from scratch. Wow…a socio-economist dream I tell you. Reviving a crumbling city carries prestige that spans generations. To have your name carved in some fancy marble imported from Greece 100 years from now is the way to go.

    Sure you have to tackle pension reform, the municipal bond market and ask Jesus to make a guest appearance from time to time at the Detroit City Council meetings. You have to assure everyone that the future is bright; you are after all doing God’s like stuff like trying to raise a city from the dead. But it is worth it.

    I’m just really surprised non of these black Ivy league graduates are not busting down the door for this opportunity. I hope they are. Cause if they don’t act soon, the Arabs, Indians will send their best and brightest Visa holding book worms to do a make-over in under two years tops. Drive the blacks completely out and begin their curry melting pot take over faster than you can say Juwannaman.

    • Perspective

      I don’t think that you are doing the appropriate math on this.

      Detroit is a GOLD mine gone bust. It was the auto industry that birthed it, and the death of the auto industry that killed it. NOTHING MORE – I don’t care how much people want to spin it and blame it on other things.

      No jobs – NO taxes – no taxes – you an’t pay for ANYTHING.

      Unless (whoever you want to see fix the city) is going to bring MAJOR INDUSTRIES into the city to hire the residents, or have people move there by the thousands for JOBS – you can pretty much hang it up about bring detroit back.

      THE CITY IS DEAD. So unless your going to manufacture IRobots with Will Smith – FOGETABOUTIT!

  • Pepper

    They could always call Kwame back. But I think he’s still in prison

  • class of fitness

    Well i guess. Robocop was right?

  • AJ

    Ok, first, don’t use the NYTimes as your only source.
    Two..either be part of the change or be in the peanut gallery. was a primary so you’re supposed to have a lot of candidates.
    Still love the D