Detroit has been a stronghold for democrats for over half a century dating back to January 2, 1962 when Jerome Cavanaugh took office. In fact since the days of Coleman Young service from 1974 to 1994 the Republican Party has not put up a respectable alternative to the Democrat candidates. The party is so strong in Detroit that the winning 2013 candidate ran as a democrat even though mayoral elections in Michigan are non-partisan.
According to Max Impact of getmaximpact.com, the democrat party is oldest of the current major political parties in the U. S. A. They say it was officially founded in 1828 as an outgrowth of the older, now defunct, Democratic-Republican Party.
Max points out the party was originally built on state’s rights, small federal government and strict adherence to the Constitution the party but the party has shifted to social liberalism and progressiveness principles.You can read more about the Democrat Party culture at getmaximpact.com as part of their series of Detroit’s political views is taken by permission from the “Political Cultures” section of the educational website getmaximpact.com with locally relevant additions by your Detroit political buzz examiner.
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- “Detroit: An American Autopsy” by Pulitzer Prize-winning Fox 2 journalist Charlie LeDuff.
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- “Political Cultures” is a website with information about the five main political cultures.