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DETROIT February 18, 2015– Metro-Detroit AFL-CIO Vice President Janee Ayers (UNITE HERE 24) has been selected to fill an at-large vacancy on the Detroit city council through the end of 2016.
The 33-year-old will fill the vacancy created when Shaunteel Jenkins resigned her post last fall to head up a charity in Detroit.
Ayers was sworn in yesterday after a selection process that started with 135 applicants and took a month to complete. To fill the vacancy, a candidate needed to receive a 2/3 vote from the council. The final two candidates were Ayers and retired Chrysler executive Debra Walker.
From the Detroit Free Press:
The council was at an impasse last week in picking between Ayers and…Walker. But Councilman Andre Spivey flipped his vote today, giving Ayers the required super majority of six votes to win the appointment. … The council is now at full strength for the first time since Jenkins resigned in early November. Ayers comes aboard about two months after the council regained its full authority with the resignation of former Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. Next week, the council will begin discussing the city’s budget.
Ayers was pleased to join the council, and said she was always just concerned with making sure residents were best served. “The most important part is just what’s best for the city,” Ayers said, who, in 2013, became the youngest vice president of the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO. Ayers becomes the second union leader to sit on Detroit’s current city council, joining council president Brenda Jones (CWA 4004) who was previously president of her 1,000 member local.