|Brenda Jones’ public service career began in 2005, when she was first elected to the Detroit City Council (Council). She has been re-elected, to the Council, by the people of Detroit three additional times, always as an at-large member. Jones was elected president of the body by her peers in 2014, and again, in January 2018.
President Jones serves as Council’s liaison to the Police and Fire Pension Board and was appointed in 2014, to the Detroit Financial Review Commission, where she also serves as ex-officio member of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Financial Review Commission. She is also the chair of two City of Detroit task force initiatives, Skilled Trades and Military Veterans. Currently, Jones is leading an effort to form the Detroit Commission on Human Trafficking to align all branches of government, law enforcement, non-profit, faith-based and corporate entities together, bringing awareness to and leading the fight against this criminal epidemic.
Jones also sits on the executive board of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Detroit Transportation Commission. She is a trustee of the Michigan Municipal League and Vice Chair of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). She has also completed the Detroit Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy. Jones is an active member of many charitable organizations and her home church is Wyoming Church of Christ, where she has been a member, since 1967.
Prior to her election to the Detroit City Council, Jones had a career with Michigan Bell/SBC, has owned her own small business and, at the time of her election, was the President of the Communication Workers of America Local 4004. She is a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, and completed Wayne State University’s Labor School. She is 1st Vice President of the Metro Detroit A. Philip Randolph Institute, and an active member of CLUW, CBTU and the TULC.
Jones is the recipient of several awards and acknowledgments for her service, including the John Conyers, Jr. Public Service Award at the Congressional Black Caucus, the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Organization of Women, Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence, the S’Hero and Tip of the Spear Award from the University of Michigan Labor Studies, the Olga M. Mader Award from the Metro Detroit Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the 2017 Michigan AFL-CIO Legislator of the Year Award.
||COLEMAN A. YOUNG II “The greatness of a man is determined by his character as he overcomes adversity.” - Coleman A. Young II
Coleman Alexander Young II is a 35-year-old man of outstanding character and leadership. He genuinely cares for his constituency and considers it an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of Detroit, MI. He looks forward to serving Detroit as Mayor for the City that his father The Honorable Mayor Coleman A. Young, Sr. (deceased), was Mayor for 20 years (1973-1993). Mayoral Candidate Coleman A. Young II is currently the State Senator for the 1st District. He resides in Detroit, MI and believes God’s hand is upon his life to carry on the great legacy of his father, The Honorable Mayor Coleman A. Young. He takes his father’s legacy to heart and works to collaborate with all people for the best interest of the people of Detroit and the 1st Senate District. His slogan is, “Everyone Loves Coleman… And Coleman LOVES The People!”Coleman Alexander Young II has served as the elected State Senator for the 1st District of the State of Michigan, since 2011. He served as State Representative for the 4th District for two terms, from 20072010 and had a 98% voting/attendance record. He won the general election with a 96% landslide victory.
Coleman Alexander Young II believes his success is a direct result of his faith in God. He, along with his volunteer team has personally knocked on 45,000 doors and met people all over the district. The 1st State Senate District goes from Alter Road to Gibraltar, MI and he meets with the elected officials from all 11 cities and 2 townships in his district of 400,000+ constituents. From the floor of the Michigan Senate he gave a statement in support of Colin Kaepernick and the NFL protestors. That speech posted on 9/27/2017 went viral and has nearly 4 million views! He is “Elected and Always Working Hard for You!”
Coleman Alexander Young II as a Mayoral Candidate has provided an extensive socially just and equitable Plan for Detroit that is innovative and technologically advanced, but his major concern is to put his people back to work that live in the neighborhoods. He believes, like his father before him, that there is no problem that a good paying job can’t solve. His plan includes, expanding Police Mini-stations and community police walking the street so that citizens have greater familiarity. His plan includes a mass, rapid transit system that was developed by NASA called skyTran. It is being built in Israel, India and Colorado. (His complete plan is attached for your review.)
Coleman Alexander Young II has introduced legislation that is pertinent to his constituents and passed 6 laws since he has been elected, including landmark civil rights legislation that gave paid maternity leave to pregnant police officers and firefighters. He brought thousands of jobs to the Detroit region with his law for tax credits for the movie industry. He has helped small business with amendments to the Michigan Business Tax and savings for businesses in alternative energy. He decreased blight with a law that required notice before ticketing residents and provided a separate interest-bearing account for economic growth funds. He has also passed laws regulating medical marijuana. As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee he has passed $500,000 for the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; $2,000,000 to keep Focus Hope open; and $6.8 million for Heat and Eat programs, which allows the State of Michigan to draw down up to $300,000,000 for additional programs for people in need.
Coleman Alexander Young II has resolved over 11,818 constituent complaints while he has been elected that include landlord tenant issues, mortgage foreclosures, utility concerns, incarceration revocations and many other constituent considerations. Constituent services is the important core of his elective office.
Coleman Alexander Young II began a pilot program that paid 3rd grade children to read books and write book reports. Some children read as many as 45 books and wrote 29 book reports in one month. He has had many programs to give back to the community and help to uplift the people that are residing in our community.
Coleman Alexander Young II has completed his junior year at Wayne State University having transferred from Azusa Pacific University, a Christian college in Azusa, CA., where he was a member of the football team and majored in communications and pastoring. He plans to complete his degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
Coleman Alexander Young II, as a member of the Senate Education Committee, at his own expense, travelled to New York to meet billionaires Eli Broad and his wife, as they announced the Broad Prize for the top school district in the nation and Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City. Also in attendance were Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen. “I just wanted to see what the top public school district in the country was doing, so that I could see how to best help our children in Detroit. What I found was that weren’t doing anything that we weren’t doing, they were just doing it consistently and responsively. The leadership was focused on serving the students and their families to insure student success. Then I knew Detroit Public Schools could succeed, too. It wasn’t just inside the classroom, it was what the students were having to deal with outside of the classroom, too.”
Coleman Alexander Young II was previously employed by the Detroit City Council Research & Analysis Division, where he was an intern studying the various aspects of city government. He was also an intern for Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. Since July 2005, he has hosted “The Young Effect” his own weekly talk television and radio show broadcast on WHPR-Channel 91/Comcast simulcast on WHPR 88.1FM. The format is live unscreened call-in. Each week he covers issues that are pertinent to the community and he provides updates on activities at the Capitol. He closes the show each week with “No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care.” He follows the show with a 30-minute Town Hall Meeting on his Face Book page. Recently,Coleman Alexander Young II graduated as Valedictorian of his class at Provisional Accelerated Learning Charter Academy High School and was recognized by the California State Assembly. At age 19, Senator Coleman Young received a Certificate of Manhood, from his mentors, acknowledging his devotion to godly principles in right living. His mentors are four successful men who represent the business, civic, educational, medical and religious arenas. They presented him with this honor after mentoring him for 10 years.
State Senator Coleman Alexander Young II often says “I Love Detroit and want to give back to the citizens that gave so much love to my Dad. My Dad told me that I should ‘always let the people find me working.’ So that’s what I do. I know that I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13Coleman A. Young For Detroit