Michigan: Ex-Police Official Ponders Primary With Kilpatrick

Posted April 7, 2008 at 6:38pm

Former Detroit Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown has said he’ll decide in the next two weeks whether to challenge Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick in the Democratic primary.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Brown discussed the issue after attending a rally this weekend that was organized to bring the city together in the wake of a sex scandal involving Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D), the Congresswoman’s son.

“It’s overwhelming,” Brown told the Free Press about the rally crowd chanting “Run, Gary Brown!” repeatedly.

Brown and a fellow police officer won millions of dollars in a civil suit against Kwame Kilpatrick for allegedly firing the former deputy policy chief for investigating the mayor.

Rep. Kilpatrick has held onto her district, which takes in half of Detroit and votes Democratic in all but rare circumstances, for six terms.

The Michigan primary is Aug. 5 and the filing deadline is on May 13.
— Shira Toeplitz