This 22-Year-Old Black Woman Is Running For Mayor Of Detroit

This 22-Year-Old Black Woman Is Running For Mayor Of Detroit

by Elijah C. Watson
January 24, 2017 10:22 AM

This 22-Year-Old Black Woman Is Running For Mayor Of Detroit

A 22-year-old black woman has announced her candidacy for mayor of Detroit.

Myya D. Jones, who is currently a Michigan State University senior, made the announcement earlier this month during an interview with the Detroit Metro Times.

“While I was interning in Congress, I knew [politics] was something I wanted to do,” Jones said. “I want to give the voiceless a voice.”

Jones’ resume is undeniably impressive for someone her age: she attended Cass Technical High School where she was awarded 18 scholarships to attend Michigan State University, and is currently studying business management at the college. She has also served as a Google Student Ambassador, as well as studied abroad in six different countries.

This is an incredible feat, considering what Jones endured as a child. Jones helped raise her five siblings when her mother, who has bipolar disorder, fell into a deep depression when Jones was in the fifth grade. Later on in life Jones would discover that she too, also suffers from bipolar disorder.

However, Jones wants to use her personal experiences and accomplishments to make Detroit a better place. She hopes to revitalize the city, meaning everything from improving neighborhoods and focusing on the city’s longtime residents in parts of downtown and midtown Detroit, to creating a better police force.

“We can’t forget about the people who have to live in Detroit,” Jones said. “We need to create more opportunities for people to have jobs, for them to be financially literate.”

“I have lots of plans for the neighborhoods,” Jones added. “I want people to be able to walk down the street and go to the park. I want to clean up our streets and make sure we have block clubs and neighborhood clubs. I want to make sure people feel a responsibility to their neighborhood. Right now those things aren’t happening.”

You can read Jones’ announcement here via her Twitter account, as well as read how you can support her campaign when it begins at her website.

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