DETROIT — Detroit mayoral candidate Anthony Adams welcomed Pennsylvania state Rep. Ed Gainey (D) to Detroit, Friday. Gaines announced his support for Adams, just outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal building, the same building in which Adams hopes to hold office.
Gainey, won the Democratic nomination in May and is on track to becoming Pittsburgh’s first Black mayor.
“I am excited that Ed came to support my mayoral candidacy in a city that is experiencing a similar renaissance as Pittsburgh, but we want all people to have access to the growing opportunities in Detroit,” said Adams. “Ed and I share similar platforms of improving police and community relations, expanding affordable housing and reversing an exodus of Black residents. We want to build a “fair economy” for all, not just for the wealthy and privileged.”
The message of Friday’s joint press conference was centered on the important need for investment into the city’s infrastructure, equity, and addressing public safety.
“The policies that he laid out for the city of Detroit are really policies for America,” said, Gainey. If we don’t find a way to address peace and talk about the root cause of violence and how we break it down, talking about poverty, equity, investment in the community, that haven’t seen them before. If we don’t show progress and growth, how will the kids know …It’s this kind of leadership that needs to happen to transform America.”
During Gainey’s visit in Detroit, he and Adams planned to visit with Black business owners on the Livernois Avenue of Fashion, hold a door-to-door voter drive and participate in a voter registration rally on Saturday.
As the primary elections draws near, Adams see no level of comfortability in the race. “We have to continue to grind. We have to continue to work hard in this community because people need understand that we don’t just run to show, we run to win.”