Afrotopia founder to announce bid in Detroit mayoral race


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Arts advocate, community organizer, curator, creative professional, and Detroit native Ingrid LaFleur will announce her candidacy in Detroit's 2017 mayoral race during an event called Detroit is the Future tomorrow evening, according to a press release.

LaFleur, who founded Afrotopia and was featured in an MT cover story about Detroit's Afrofuturist enclave, says she will base her campaign on "uniting, healing, and inspiring Detroiters while bringing humanity to government."

Other core tenets of her campaign will include ending water shut offs, stopping city foreclosures, building a working economy to eradicate poverty, bringing innovation to Detroit Public Schools, and neighborhood revitalization.

LaFleur's announcement will start at 8 p.m. at O.N.E. MILE located at 7615 Oakland Ave. in Detroit. There will be musical performances by Stacey Hotwaxx, John Collins, Shigeto, DJ Heru, Mother Cyborg, and Monty Luke.

Twenty-two-year-old Myya Jones and incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan have also announced bids in the race, while it is likely that Coleman Young Jr. will also run for the office.

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