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By Elena Herrada

While I know many of you are aware, there are quite a few people in Detroit who do not feel the election was fair and the investigation of it was a sham. I am proud to have been one of the people in attendance at the recounting of many of the ballots.

If I had not been there for many days and many thousands of ballots, it would not be clear to me that so many of the signatures were the same. If you see the pictures of the ballots with Duggan written in, you can see there were about 40 or 50 variations of the same signature. It is far too many to consider a hack job of one or two people sitting writing in the same handwriting.

We were treated with disdain by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, who were getting paid while we volunteered to do this work. It was very similar to the way elected school board members are treated by the school district’s highly-paid staff.

We work for free and do this out of commitment to our city and our students, while those getting paid are rude, incompetent and going out of their way to discourage any light of truth being shone on their hackery. I am not sure what has happened in recent years to make so many people so willing to sell out the rights of voters, students, pensioners and workers in general. It’s as if something is in the water to make people lose any semblance of conscience. The worst offense is the willingness of people in positions of power to create a separate and unequal school district — the Educational Achievement Authority — and lie and steal to keep it in place for the most vulnerable students. This is important to raise because the “winner” of the mayoral election, Mike Duggan, was the write-in who did not live in Detroit and was also the treasurer of the EAA. He stepped down during the campaign because he was being asked about his role in EAA too frequently, but this role and his position goes to his character. He is willing to segregate — racially and economically — the poorest students who rely on government rules to protect them. Instead, the judges, the courts, the lawyers work together against the poorest among us.

There are no words to express the sadness I feel as a Detroiter about the level of complicity of the judiciary and many former educators, now turned privateers. The law firms who stand to make the most money on this have lost any modicum of respect for the true rule of law in the service of enriching themselves at the expense of the most vulnerable.

Shame, shame, and shame on people who I believed could not have gone any further to sell out. They have outdone themselves.

Elena Herrada is an elected member of the Detroit Public Schools Board and a Democratic Party candidate to represent Detroit, Ecorse and River Rouge in the Sixth District of the Michigan House of Representatives. For more information on her campaign, visit:


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