Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta will not run for re-election

Kwame Kenyatta says consent agreement is among his reasons for not seeking re-election to Detroit City Council

DETROIT - Detroit City Councilman Kwame Kenyatta is declaring himself a lame duck.

Kenyatta said his days on the Council are numbered. He will not run for re-election when his term ends in 18 months.

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The reasons for his decision include the city's recent consent agreement with the state of Michigan, which Kenyatta voted against.

"You guys don't really know how to run government and you've had your corruption, which we have," he said. "You've had your inexperienced people, and we have, and you have your deficits, we have, and at the same time, look at the rest of them as well."

Moreover, he said the increasing atmosphere of lawlessness in the city and a feeling he has done all he could have led to his decision.

Kenyatta, 56, has served on the City Council since 2005.

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