|Ken Cockrel Address the Warrendale Community Organization - Photo by Frank Nemecek|
Detroit City Council Member Ken Cockrel announced this afternoon that he will not seek re-election to a fifth term this year. If he had run this year, he almost certainly would have won regardless of whether he ran for a district seat or one of the two citywide seats.
In a statement on his Tumblr page, Mr. Cockrel stated in part:
Though I've been able to accomplish much during my four terms, I've also come to realize that in a strong mayor form of government, which our city charter prescribes, there are limits to how much a council member can accomplish. These limits are frustrating to me. I feel that I must seek new challenges, new opportunities, and new ways to help this city I love so dearly.
For what it's worth, I for one hope and pray that his search for new ways to help Detroit leads him to challenge incumbent Congressman John C. Conyers, Jr. in the 2014 primary. I do not know if he will actually do this. However, that is what I hope will happen.