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Our Approach

WE SUPPORT CANDIDATES WHO ARE:

  • Pro-Environment - Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to building environmental design into the neighborhood, including investing in public transportation efforts, urban farming efforts, zoning changes to allow creative sustainable businesses, pro-parks, walkable communities, considerate of the potential for blight reclamation, and whose ideas fuse environmental planning into the future plans for the city are the type of candidates we support.
  • Pro-Community - Candidates who find a way to balance the needs of the current residents with the needs of future residents are the type of candidates we support. This may include social justice considerations, smart growth design, strong school districts, capable community centers, supportive of creative communities, historic preservation, new business attraction and investing in safety infrastructures.
  • Pro-Business - Candidates who are interested in bringing a diverse array of businesses to Detroit and who have plans to attract and retain businesses in a way that create healthy, safer, more culturally enriching communities are the type of candidates we support. 
  • Fiscally - responsible - Candidates who find a way to meet the basic needs of the city: safety and community without repeating the mistakes of past politicians, ushering Detroit out of bankruptcy will for example be the type of candidates we support.

TOP ISSUES FOR 2016

In conversations with our fellow Michiganders, it would appear the top challenges for the next few elections are:

  • Safety - Real or perceived threats impact the desire of current residents to live in certain locations and the desire of locals to visit certain communities. But everyone deserves safe streets, no matter where they live. First responders must be available when called. Streets have to be well-lit for foot traffic to increase in neighborhoods with exciting new venues, restaurants and shops.  Most of this is happening, but funding may be needed to help support further improvements, and Detroit XPAC will support candidates who invest in programs that improve safety in Detroit. 
  • Education - The community deserves access to quality educational opportunities for children, teens and adults. Trade schools and basic soft-skills training are needed, too. This may translate to our PAC participating in School Board elections in Detroit. 
  • Public Transportation - We have heard countless times that public transportation options must improve in Detroit. However, when building public transportation systems, they must be both widely accessible and stop at a location at which it is worth arriving. All major cities around the world have functioning public transportation systems that link the suburbs to the cities, and allow visitors to arrive from the airport and head downtown to see the sights. Detroit XPAC supports candidates who understand and fund these initiatives. 
  • Diversifying Business - Detroit is certainly known for cars and music, but it should also be investing in programs that help the city diversify its portfolio. The governor and the mayor have done quite a bit to highlight and support diversity. Detroit XPAC has celebrated the recent movement to encourage new art installations, new artists, new cultural centers, new restaurants and stores to open, and will continue to spread the word that Detroit is reinventing beyond the automobile. Detroit XPAC would like to see more incentives put in place to support Detroit entrepreneurs, and would like to encourage media to highlight success stories from people of all backgrounds. 

We also make sure that we support:

  • Elected officials who have strong plans that match their job requirements
  • Equal representation for state funding opportunities
  • Creative zoning plans that allow for new uses of city blocks, like: green roofs, urban farms,  small renewable energy inst allations, art installations, walkable streets
  • Urban design that encourages community vibrancy
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Incentive programs for businesses and families
  • Cultural and recreational centers
  • Mixed - use and mixed-income developments 

   

Our Five Year Plan:

Over the next five years:

2013- Launch organization formally by filing paperwork with FEC and State of Michigan. Begin building team of volunteers.

2014 - "The Beta Year." We launched our website, set up our first advisory group, are recruiting volunteers and spending most of our time building our name recognition and our network of Michiganders. We plan to participate in at least 3 campaigns, one at the local, state and Federal level. 

2015 - We will launch in 3 additional cities, establishing on the ground networks for Detroit XPAC, and fundraising for the 2016 campaigns. We will continue to build our network and will start to participate in policy conversations. 

2016- Presidential election year and City Council Election Year - which means higher turnout at the polls. Detroit XPAC will invest time in supporting the regional transit authority's master plan for transit. We will announce the races that are important to Detroit's future and will weigh in on our candidate choices before the primaries, specifically focusing on City Council elections, County elections and State elections. We will also launch new XPAC groups in more cities across the country. 

2017 - Keep building momentum. We will launch in 3 additional cities, establishing more on the ground networks for Detroit XPAC, and fundraising for the 2018 campaigns. We will continue to build our network and will continue our participation in policy conversations. 

Current Endorsements

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 - DETROIT XPAC ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS OF GARY PETERS, MARK SCHAUER AND STEPHANIE CHANG

We will support candidates who are able to describe:

  • What their platform will involve and how it will impact the City of Detroit
  • How they plan to get work completed in their official capacity

:These candidates may reflect the following:

  • Pro-Detroit - Candidates who have demonstrated that they will not support revitalization efforts for the City or whose plans are to remove elective power from the City will not be receiving our support
  • Pro-Environment - Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to building environmental design into the neighborhood, including transportation efforts, urban farming efforts, zoning changes to allow creative sustainable businesses, pro-parks, walkable communities, considerate of the potential for blight reclamation, and whose ideas fuse environmental planning into the future plans for the city are the type of candidates we hope to support.
  • Pro-Community - Candidates who find a way to balance the needs of the current residents with the needs of future residents are the type of candidates we hope to support. This may include social justice considerations, smart growth design, strong school districts, capable community centers, supportive of creative communities, historic preservation and new business attraction
  • Fiscally - responsible - Candidates who find a way to meet the basic needs of the city: safety and community without repeating the mistakes of past politicians, ushering Detroit out of bankruptcy will for example be the type of candidates we hope to support. 
  • Pro-Business - Candidates who are interested in bringing a diverse array of businesses to Detroit and who have plans to attract and retain businesses in a way that create healthy, safer, more culturally enriching communities are the type of candidates we hope to support.