Rep. Gay-Dagnogo: 'I'm Ready' To Be Mayor Of Detroit

"I believe that our city needs a matriarch, needs a woman."

WWJ News
January 30, 2020 - 10:46 pm
Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo

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DETROIT (WWJ) -- A recognizable name in Detroit politics has apparently thrown her hat into the race for mayor.

Democratic State Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo said Thursday night she's ready to be the mayor of Detroit.

"I'm ready. I believe that our city needs a matriarch, needs a woman. I may not be the only woman, but I'm one of the women that can serve this city as the next executive Mayor of the City of Detroit," Gay-Dagnogo said at the end of a video posted to her Facebook page

Gay-Dagnogo, a former Detroit City Council staff member, made the announcement at a party at the downtown Detroit Atheneum hotel. Gay-Dagnogo, representing the 8th District in northwest Detroit, has been in the Michigan State House of Representatives since 2014.

"I cannot do it on my own, so these next few months, we will be exploring what it will take," Gay-Dagnogo goes on to say in her speech. "Will I have the name ID outside of District 8? Will we dig into our pockets -- and our grandmother's bosom -- to find the resources and capital? Will we build a message that unites us, that embraces our diversity, our collective genius, so that we can move forward, that we will not throw away those who are considered the least of these, but we will fight for the poor, for the returning citizens and we will invite business and economic development?" 

She asked "are you ready for the next move in the City of Detroit?"

Gay-Dagnogo is an educator worked as a Detroit public school science teacher before running for public office. She has previously led community engagement projects funded by the city of Detroit, UAW Region 1A, AFL-CIO, AFSCME Council 25, Great Start Collaborative, the Kresge Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, UCLA, United Way of Southeast Michigan, and the Skillman Foundation. She knows the importance of connecting community with their neighbors and leaders to solve problems, according to her profile on the State House website.

Mayor Mike Duggan is in his third term and the next mayoral election in Detroit is slated for 2021.