MICHIGAN TEAMSTERS JOINT COUNCIL 43 ENDORSES M.L. ELRICK

Detroit, Mich.— The Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43 has announced its endorsement of M.L. Elrick for Detroit City Council in District 4.

In announcing the union’s endorsement, Teamsters Joint Council 43 President Greg Nowak issued the following statement:

“Elrick’s passionate, dedicated and effective background in helping [represent] union members, combined with his decades-long strong commitment to the residents of Detroit, are the primary reasons we have emphatically endorsed M.L. Elrick for Detroit City Council.”

Michigan Teamsters Joint Council 43 represents more than 65,000 members across 13 affiliated local unions in a variety of diverse private and public sector jobs. As a union negotiator for the Newspaper Guild of Detroit, Elrick served on joint bargaining committees with his Teamsters brothers and sisters.

“I’m grateful for the endorsement of Teamsters Joint Council 43, which is one of the most coveted endorsements in Michigan,” Elrick said. “Together, we’ll continue to fight for the rights of working people, and to bring honest change to Detroit politics.”

“We are absolutely committed to M.L. Elrick and his campaign for Detroit City Council District 4,” Nowak affirmed.

###ABOUT M.L. ELRICK—M.L. Elrick is running for a seat on the Detroit City Council in District 4 to be a stronger voice for Detroiters at City Hall. He’s focused on finding more job opportunities for residents, enhanced neighborhood safety, and greater accountability in government.After 30 years of seeking truth as an award-winning investigative journalist, Elrick vows to work just as hard for his constituents as their District 4 Councilmember. For additional campaign information, visit www.ML4DETROIT.com

M.L. ELRICK OUTRAGED AT PROBATION SENTENCE

FOR FORMER DETROIT COUNCILMAN GABE LELAND
Detroit, Mich. — M.L. Elrick, a Detroit City Council candidate, expressed his frustration Monday, at the 2.5-year probation sentence handed down today to former Detroit City Councilman Gabe Leland for misconduct in office.



“It’s an outrage that Gabe Leland, who betrayed the public trust, won’t spend one night behind bars after pleading guilty to misconduct in office,” Elrick said.



Elrick publicly called for Leland’s resignation in April when no one else would speak out against Leland using his position to enrich friends and loved ones. As an investigative journalist, Elrick exposed Leland’s voting record on $2M in city contracts that went to companies owned by Leland’s then-girlfriend. He also revealed secret FBI recordings of Leland negotiating a $15,000 bribe.



“I have always called out—and I will never stop calling out—officials who put self-service before public service,” Elrick continued, “Leland’s plea deal was far too lenient.”



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M.L. Elrick is running for a seat on the Detroit City Council in District 4 to be a stronger voice for Detroiters at City Hall. He’s focused on finding more job opportunities for residents, enhanced neighborhood safety, and greater accountability in government. After 30 years of seeking truth as an award-winning investigative journalist, Elrick vows to work just as hard for his constituents as their District 4 Councilmember. For additional campaign information, visit www.ML4DETROIT.com.


Politicians who break the law should lose their jobs

Serving the people of Detroit is a privilege Gabe Leland forfeited long ago

By M.L. Elrick

It never should have taken this long for Detroit to be rid of the now former City Councilman Gabe Leland.

It’s been seven years since I first raised questions about Leland’s fitness to serve the people of Detroit; nearly four years since I revealed that he voted to give $2 million in city contracts to companies owned by his then-girlfriend; more than three years since I exposed his effort to get $15,000 in illegal payments from a Detroit businessman and a federal grand jury indicted him on public corruption charges; and nearly a year since his own attorney acknowledged Leland committed a felony and would plead guilty to misconduct in office.

Today, Leland resigned from office after telling a judge what we already knew — he broke the law. Afterward, Mayor Mike Duggan said: “The charges against Gabe Leland were a negative cloud hanging over the City of Detroit. With his decision to resign, we can now move forward and focus on the business of rebuilding the city.”

Amazingly, this was the first time a Detroit official criticized Leland’s conduct. For months, I’ve been calling for Leland to resign, or for his colleagues to defund his office. Yet he continued to enjoy the privileges of a city councilman. He continued to drive a city vehicle and draw a salary of nearly $90,000 off the backs of the hardworking people who voted for him. That sent the wrong message to Detroiters who elect officials based on the promises they make while running for office and the progress they make when they get in.

Elected officials are held to a higher standard because they take an oath to serve the people. But it’s been clear for far too long that the only people Leland was interested in serving were himself and his cronies.

For more than 20 years, I’ve been holding public officials in Detroit and throughout Michigan accountable. Now, as a candidate for Detroit City Council in District 4, I’m hearing from neighbors who agree we deserve accountability, safety, and opportunity from the people we elect. 

I’ve been knocking on doors since January, and voters tell me they agree we need opportunities to help better ourselves and our families—not opportunists like Leland interested in enriching himself.

We want leaders who are dedicated to our safety. We want honest officials in office protecting our tax dollars and setting an example by abiding by the law — just like the rest of us are expected to do.

We expect elected officials to be held to the same standards we’re held to and to pay the same price when those standards are broken. Who among us would have been allowed to keep our job under the same circumstances as Gabe Leland? 

Leland is gone, but it never should have taken this long.

For years, I’ve called out officials who put self-service before public service. Detroiters know I’ll never sit in silence next to someone who has violated his oath and betrayed us all.

What Detroit politics need now is honest change.

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