Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Denzel Anton McCampbell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Denzel Anton McCampbell

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I’m a 26-year-old Detroiter. I was born and raised in this city and I’ve been working to advance social justice issues since my high school days, to be quite honest. For my entire adult life, I’ve been working on issues such as voting rights, water justice, education justice, equitable development, immigration, racial justice, LGBTQ rights, making our government more accessible, and many other issues in Detroit and across the state of Michigan. I understand the need to create public policy to improve the quality of life for everyone, especially folks who have been historically marginalized. I will bring these skills to the Detroit Charter Commission to ensure that no one of being left out of the conversation.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I continue to say that we are at a crossroads in the city of Detroit. I’m running for the Charter Revision Commission to ensure that our governing documents reflect the spirit and policies in the direction of inclusivity, investment, and uplifting of the most vulnerable populations and of those who have made Detroit the great city it is. We cannot strip our charter of accountability and access for residents, instead we must make our city government more responsive to its residents. I know I have the skills to be a part of making this happen.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.
Other (please specify):
I think we also have to look at programs that increase safety for everyone that involves getting community members things that they actually need to have a good quality of life separate from incarceration and policing.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Other (please specify):
Yes, I do believe it is a conflict of interest. I would be in favor of looking at policies that ensure true independent and non-biased investigations occur.

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Chase L. Cantrell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Chase L. Cantrell
Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

As the founder and leader of a community-based organization, a Michigan attorney in good standing, and an economic development specialist, I have dedicated the past ten years to analyzing, influencing, and applying policy to improve Detroit neighborhoods and to provide other Detroit residents with tools and resources to rebuild their communities. My time as a transactional attorney especially afforded me the experience of reviewing and drafting bylaws, operating agreements, and other governing documents, skills that would be invaluable in the process of proposing amendments to the Charter.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

The City Charter is our most important foundational document. As with other legislative enactments, the rules and regulations contained within the Charter are written to prescribe outcomes. We must, therefore, be careful and diligent in selecting who may draft such rules. As the leader of a community-based organization, an attorney in good standing, and an economic development specialist, I am running for the Charter Revision Commission to ensure that the process for proposing revisions and the the proposed revisions themselves reflect my commitment to transparency, accessibility, and resident engagement.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Page 3: Police Commissioner Authority
Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.
Other (please specify):
I would retain the Commissioners’ rule making authority, in consultation with the executive branch, but I would consider removing the requirement that the mayor approve the rules.

Page 4: Conflicts Of Interest
Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Other (please specify):
I believe that it sometimes can be a conflict but that former police officers can provide important perspectives for the rule and budget setting processes. A potential modification may be to require former police officers to run for one of the seven district positions and prohibit mayoral appointment.

Page 5: Statement of Affirmation
Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Byron Osbern ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Byron Osbern
Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I am a lifelong citizen of Detroit who is engaged and concerned with how our city functions. I have been active in my community and my professional life as a labor leader has allowed me to sit through negotiation sessions and come to agreements. I know how to listen, process, seek relevant information, and come to a sound decision.
Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I hope I get the opportunity to represent all walks of life in this city that are directly affected by our government and the municipal services provided. I want a chance to sit at the table with our elected offices and figure out how to help our city work better for us all.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Tracy Peters ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Tracy Peters

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I understand fully that Detroit’s City Charter expresses the will of the People. The most qualified candidates are those experienced at overcoming barriers to resident engagement in the charter revision process including lack of computer and/or neighborhood library access, limited transportation options and language barriers. Twenty years as a public school teacher and six as an attorney practiced at citizen engagement support my strength in this area.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Probably would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.
Other (please specify):
I would maintain the Peoples’ expressed will that the City’s police force is in strict subordination to the Civil Power.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Cindy Darrah ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Write in Cindy Darrah
Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

My political engagement in Detroit since the 1970s.
Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I want Detroiters to vote any proposal down since the more people who voted in the August primary did not vote on Proposal ‘R’ thanvoted either ‘yes’ or ‘no’ and the lack of adequate notice and discussion eliminated the equal chance for citizens to file for candacicy on any charter revision commission.
Page 2: Specific Provisions.
Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Probably would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Page 3: Police Commissioner Authority
Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.
Other (please specify):
Video broadcast, and archieve meetings

Page 4: Conflicts Of Interest
Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Page 5: Statement of Affirmation
Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

JoAnna Underwood ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

JoAnna Underwood

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

Political Activist with 10 years of community experience in Grassroots organizing

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

To make sure we have proper representation from the neighborhood from the poor disenfranchised communities.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Definitely would

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Definitely would

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Definitely would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Sometimes

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.

Charter Commission, Detroit Charter, DRACO

Taylor Harrell ( Raw Questionnaire Responses )

Q1
How will your name appear on the ballot?

Taylor Harrell

Q2
What do you believe qualifies you to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

As a Community Advocate with both organizing and legislative experience, I believe that I have the practical work experience necessary to be on the Charter Commission. I have a deep understanding of the charter and its importance to how our local government is run.

Q3
Why do you want to be on the Detroit Charter Commission?

I am running for the Charter Commission to protect and defend the rights of all citizens in Detroit. As a Charter Commissioner, I want to increase transparency and accountability within our city government, preserve and strengthen our police commission, and ensure real civic participation in decisions affecting all of our neighborhoods.

Q4
Would you support keeping a Board of Police Commissioners in the revised charter?

Other (please specify):
I would definitely support keeping a board of police commissioners in the revised charter. In fact, I previously stated that I would like to strengthen it by making the board 9 instead of 7.

Q5
Would you support keeping a system whereby the majority of the Police Commissioners are elected?

Definitely would

Q6
Would you support the election of some of the Commissioners by district?

Other (please specify):
I would support the election of 7 Commissioners by district and 2 at-large.

Q7
Would you support the requirement that Commissioners be civilians at the time they are elected?

Probably would

Q8
Check powers or responsibilities you would like Police Commissioners to retain:

In consultation with the Chief of Police, and with the approval of the Mayor establish policies, rules and regulations.
Review and approve the departmental budget before its submission to the Mayor.
Receive and resolve, as provided in this chapter, any complaint concerning the operation of the Police Department and forward all allegations of criminality to the appropriate internal or external law enforcement agency for further investigation.
Act as final authority in imposing or reviewing discipline of employees of the department.
Make an annual report to the Mayor, the City Council, and the public of the department’s activities during the previous year, including the handling of crime and complaints, and of future plans.
The Board may subpoena witnesses, administer oaths, take testimony, and require the production of evidence.
The Board shall also appoint a Chief Investigator and such additional staff of investigators as it deems necessary.

Q9
Do you think it is a conflict of interest for former Detroit Police Officers to serve on the BOPC?

Always

Q10
I affirm the above statement.

Yes.