A battle over a seat on the Wayne County Commission has one contender crying foul. She’s accusing her opponent of using the race card to split up votes, and she says it’s not the first time.
This year Burton Leland is up for re-election against precinct delegate Monique McCormick, but at the last minute in May a third candidate entered the race.
Suddenly, Leland and McCormick had a new, unknown opponent. Her name? LaKeisha Finn. She’s never run for any political office before, she’s not a politician and McCormick says she’s a big mystery.
That’s not entirely true. Some know exactly who she is: Finn is a relative of Kwame Finn, a political appointee to Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, and a key member of the CEO’s political circle.
McCormick says LaKeisha Finns’ candidacy is a well-organized political maneuver, courtesy of the Ficano political machine.
Leland insists he didn’t ask Finn to enter the race, and doesn’t know if anyone else asked her to be a candidate.
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However, how many of you remember this? Burton Leland does not live in Detroit. By law, the Wayne County Commissioner must reside in the City they represent. Obviously, this rule only applies to some and not all.
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