Letter to Residents of Detroit

Dear Detroit:

Words can hardly express how blessed I am for each day I am given the opportunity to serve you and every citizen within our great city of Detroit. I have come to deeply appreciate the complex challenges facing our city, especially those that affect our health and safety, our children’s education, and our financial stability. I am the only Councilperson to sit on four committees: Internal Operations, Budget, Audit & Finance, Rules and Public Health & Safety.

Inspired by my father’s struggles as a felon, I established the Returning Citizen’s Task Force to help reintegrate formerly incarcerated Detroiters and reduce recidivism rates. I have tackled blight by getting an amendment passed to the current ordinance so that violators can no longer receive new building permits if they have other properties blighting our city. I also have several other ordinances in progress that address issues such as making public places like parking lots and gas stations safer, senior discounts on property taxes, and giving returning citizens a fair chance at housing and employment.

I have spent countless hours working to familiarize myself with these issues and finding ways to overcome them. Whether I’m working with the law department to draft new legislation, working with our police and fire departments to improve what we already have in place, or meeting with community groups to better understand the issues all Detroiters face, I am always working to improve the place that you and I call home.

My staff and I have already had the privilege of speaking to many Detroit residents. If we haven’t met yet, I encourage you to contact my office and to be on the lookout for future events and community group meetings where I would love to meet you in person.

Please feel free to contact me anytime at (313) 224-4248 or by email at [email protected].


Janeé L. Ayers
Council Member-at-Large
City of Detroit;

City Council President
City Council Pro Tem