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Friday, September 29, 2017

Write In Voting Correction Instructions for Detroit City Council District 2

By Richard C. Clement


If you did not know that the incumbent George Cushingberry Jr. is running as a write in candidate and, you have already voted absentee, you can correct that mistake easily. 

Go to your Detroit City Clerk's office and ask for a replacement ballot then, follow the instructions below to write in George Cushingberry Jr's name in the non partisan section for City Council District 2.

If there are any questions on this simple procedure, then go to the City Clerks office at 2978 West Grand Boulevard or, satellite centers located on the campuses of Wayne County Community College District on 8200 W. Outer Drive 48219 or 5901 Conner 48213 and make that change.

Otherwise, you have until November 6th, to vote in person at any of the above locations in the City of Detroit hosted by the Elections Division.

If you show up on November 7th, to vote in person after receiving your absentee ballot, your absentee ballot  is destroyed.

Reference Website:  Michigan Secretary Of State / What If I make a mistake?

This is how to Write In The Name of George Cushingberry Jr.


Why you should Write In the name of George Cushingberry Jr.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Write-In Voting Instructions For George Cushingberry Jr on November 7th. The Man For You In District 2

By. Richard C. Clement

On August 9th, 2017 a lawsuit was filed by Anita E. Belle chair of the Voting Justice Committee regarding voting irregularities in the City of Detroit in the primary election on Tuesday August 8th 2017.  The organization performed research on voter registration and found that at least 1,175 voters registered for the August primary were vacant lots belonging to the Detroit Land Bank. 

There were other improprieties reported such as duplicate ballots and denial of challenging the voter list with the land bank properties. Some election inspectors were given bonuses of $30 for their poll book not being challenged. According to her signed affidavit, challenges to duplicate ballots were prevented by Elections staff members and Ms. Bell was forced to leave the room. Oral Arguments will be heard on October 13, 2017. If successful, there will be further investigation for Voter Irregularity (or Voter Fraud)

Website:  List of Vacant Homes with Voting Addresses for the City of Detroit
Case# 17-011933-AW Belle v City of Detroit Election Commission et al Janice Winfrey 

The race in District 2 was impacted by a judicial system who never considered that Virgil Smith would get ANY votes, let alone place in the top two. In the computer industry, this anomaly would have been addressed with a system test and the error would have been corrected. The legal system has left the issue up to the voters and after consulting with constituents and supporters, George Cushingberry Jr. was strongly advised to pursue a Write-In Campaign. On Friday September 15th George Cushingberry filed a Declaration of Intent to run as a Write-In candidate in the November 7th, general election 



 Write-In Instructions to vote for George Cushingberry Jr. 






Sunday, September 17, 2017

On Nov 7th, 2017 Write In George Cushingberry Jr. Detroit City Council District 2

By The Friends of George Cushingberry Jr.


On Friday September 15th at 3pm Eastern, George Cushingberry Jr. filed a Declaration of Intent with City Clerk Janice Winfrey to run as a Write in Candidate for the office Detroit City Council District 2.  He will be joining candidate Nguvu Tsare as a write in for the position who just recently moved into the District to run as a Write In. His constituents have encouraged George Cushingberry Jr.  to give them an alternative choice instead of a near fascist or a ward of the court and, to vindicate my name from the false accusations and outright lies being told.


Affordable Care Act Information

All of the work to get Davis Aerospace HS and commercial service to Detroit City Airport will be lost if you do not re-elect George Cushingberry Jr.  Along with finally straightening out the City Information Technology structure the work done to repair the financial damage done to city retirees will be lost also. George Cushingberry is reading to children at Thugood Marshall Elementary School in District 2  and others in the District raising their literacy levels by over 50% in two weeks. 

Mr. Cushingberry has learned his lesson on the new electorate of the City of Detroit.  The legal system has taken a position on Virgil Smith's candidacy by shirking their legal responsibilities to the electorate to dictate the final result with their vote.

It is not a total mystery of why a Northwest Detroit neighborhood association leader would support Roy McAlister and Virgil Smith at the same time. First of all, Roy McAlister has spent over $30,000 in running for City Council which is four times the amount all the other candidates spent for the August primary election. Comparing his administrative background to George Cushingberry's 30+ years of knowledge, experience, and education in politics is more than overwhelming.  




Who's interest is Roy serving and, who is paying him off besides the anti-marijuana lobby and vested interests who want to keep Detroit dumb. Although being a police officer is a noble profession, is not a prerequisite to being an effective councilman. However we really do appreciate your service to the Detroit Police Department and after the election we can work together to restore the damage to retired police officers and firefighters with their health care cost. Thank you Roy for your service to the City of Detroit as a Detroit Police Officer.

For marijuana supporters  Virgil Smith is a better choice than Roy Mc Alister. As a part of the plea deal from Judge Talon, Senator Smith was allowed to retain and use Cannabis for medical needs as a licensed Medical Marijuana patient. This was upheld by the by the Michigan Supreme Court. 

Do you really want to give a fourth and fifth chance to someone who has skillfully used the talents of legal system lawyers to evade felony charges over the years, only to repeat the behavior again and again? 

Virgil Smith has successfully put the myth of a Medical Marijuana patient and gun ownership. This was always a myth and another falsehood promoted by special interests supporting his campaign. Therefore if you are possessing a Medical  Marijuana patient card you can own a gun, rifle, etc, without penalty. 

Another example of this erratic behavior is that on September 7th, 2017  Candidate Virgil Smith went on the record opposing Sativa Detroit on the intersection of Santa Barbara and 8 Mile road over the objections of the community. At the same time he  supported an un-open Marijuana Business center on San Juan and 8 mile road.  Sativa Detroit has been operating and employing people to work at their provisioning center. 


Winfred Blackmon and Virgil Smith
Working together to shut down all Detroit Marijuana Businesses

As demonstrated by Mr. Smith, you could shoot up the neighborhood, mis-manage female relationships,  and still get elected like Donald Trump. Whereas George Cushingberry and a passenger in the car are handcuffed on the hood of a Detroit Police Car without gloves and made to stand outside in -20 degree Fahrenheit (-28 degrees Celsius) weather for a failure to signal on a cold and miserable January night. Who really deserves a second chance?

With all of the progress Detroit has made over the last four years, to elect a Virgil Smith with all of the legal baggage would be a complete disaster.


George Cushingberry Jr is a better choice of candidate between Roy McAlister and Virgil Smith because of three things Education, Experience, and Demonstrated ability. This is not fake news but cold hard facts. Besides guiding Detroit’s finances into solvency, George Cushingberry has:
  • Never been convicted of any crime
    • Abused by a legal system and stood up to the test of time by a jury of his peers.
  • Never accepted a bribes
    • Un-bought, Un-Bossed, with nothing but integrity!
  • Does not accept a City Car, Credit Card, or phone
  • Added committees on Ethics and Appropriations
  • Implementing a city tax on provisioning centers to help repair the financial damage to City of Detroit Retirees pension system.
  • Vigorous participation in the South East Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) for Organization for region-wide resource sharing
  • Elected by his peers as the President Pro-Tem of the Council 
  • Reads to Children in the Detroit Public Schools to increase their reading scores
  • 4 straight years of balanced budgets
  • Believes in regulation with fairness of Medical Marijuana facilities with sale proceeds to shore up Detroit City Retiree pensions
  • Has the option of restarting a lucrative law career again but chooses to finish the work started in turning around our city from the financial ashes of mismanagement, fraud, and deceit, to become a great city again for our young citizens to carry on.
    • Some jobs are done not for money but for the love of the City of Detroit
  • Has the record to demonstrate that the other candidates could not have accomplished what he has done in public service to the City of Detroit, County of Wayne, and the State of Michigan.
As soon as you get your absentee ballot, or show up in person on November 7th, take the time to write in George Cushingberry Jr., the man for you in District 2.




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Restitution For City Retirees Under 65 are on the Horizon - Detroit Police get $3.8M in Drug Fighting Equipment - New Housing Projects for Homeless

By Richard C. Clement 


At the Detroit City Council Budget, Audit, and Finance committee meeting held on September 6, 2017 at the Coleman S. Young Municipal Center, the committee set in place the plan to help repair the financial damage to the retirees on health care costs. Committee members Gabe Leland, Janee Ayres, and Committee Chair George Cushingberry Jr  reviewed a possible solution. The proposal is to help all retirees under 65 because they are not eligible for Medicare. The committee discussed the best way to help with health care cost is to get group rate health insurance by adjusting the Voluntary Employee Benefit Agreement (VEBA) that was negotiated in the bankruptcy.  

City of Detroit Auditor General
Mark Lockridge
The end result would be lower health care costs for retirees and, that would be a major step in the road to financial recovery for Detroit.  On December 31st, the City of Detroit will exit all State of Michigan financial control and that will give city leadership the power to negotiate fees to sustain and elevate a better quality of life for Detroit residents.


City of Detroit Financial Team


This action was a result of a letter from Council President Brenda Jones on behalf of the Retirees to use the budget surplus as a funding source to restore the cuts suffered by them in the Bankruptcy Proceedings. The letter was sent to the Legislative Policy Division and sent to the BFA committee for their detailed review. Other funding sources are not off the table and will be brought up in committee meetings before November. On other news the Detroit Police Department’s Drug Enforcement Program was appropriated $3.8 million dollars to purchase police equipment or services that are eligible to use in Local Forfeiture funding. 


New and Livable Housing in Detroit


Finally homelessness and affordable housing issues were addressed by three projects authorized by the committee.  The first one was for Kamper and Stevens to rehabilitate the exiting Kamper building and Stevens building containing 165 units of senior housing with 145 one bedroom units and sixteen two bedroom units. The next project was by Norstar development USA to create the Gardenview estates on the former Herman Gardens Housing Projects. This project will create 97 one and two story townhomes units. The final project is by Detroit Central City CMH, Inc. to develop the Saint Rita Apartments. Project. This development will consist of 26 units of rehabbed living conditions.

For more information please contact the members of the Budget Audit and Finance committee and Stay tuned for more information.


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