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Saunteel Jenkins

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Saunteel Jenkins
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Detroit City Council
Incumbent
In office
2010-Present
Term ends
2018
Years in position 4
Leadership
City Council President
2013-present
Director, Mariners Inn
National Business Development Director for Platform Learning
Founder, Petite Sweets
Policy Analyst & Chief of Staff, Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffy
Compensation
Base salary$73,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First elected2009
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolCass Technical High School
Bachelor'sWayne State University
Master'sWayne State University
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
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Detroit, Michigan
Michigan
Population701,475
Form of governmentMayor-Council
Council composition7 district members, 2 at-large members
Terms of office4 years
Current mayorMike Duggan
Saunteel Jenkins is a member of the city council of Detroit, Michigan. She was first elected in 2010 and won re-election to an at-large seat in 2013.[1]

Career

  • 2009-2013: Detroit City Council member (President, July 2013-December 2013)
  • Director, Mariners Inn, a shelter and treatment center for homeless men who suffer with drug addiction.[2][3]
  • National Business Development Director for Platform Learning, a private organization that provides tutoring to students in underperforming school districts, free of charge.[2][3]
  • Founder, Petite Sweets, dessert catering company.[2][3]
  • Policy Analyst and Chief of Staff to Detroit City Council President Maryann Mahaffy.[2][3]

Elections

2013

Jenkins won re-election to the Detroit City Council on November 5, 2013.[1]

General election

City Council of Detroit, Michigan - At-large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins Incumbent 34.4% 76,948
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones Incumbent 34.4% 76,986
     Non-partisan David Bullock 17.4% 39,001
     Non-partisan Roy McCalister, Jr. 13.3% 29,868
     Non-partisan Write-in 0.4% 990
Total Votes 223,793
Source: City of Detroit Department of Elections

Primary election

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, At-Large, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins 34.2% 51,971
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones 30% 45,594
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bullock 10.4% 15,746
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoy McCalister, Jr. 8.8% 13,414
     Nonpartisan Monica Lewis-Patrick 6.4% 9,775
     Nonpartisan Angles Lisa Hunt 3.6% 5,523
     Nonpartisan Cedric Banks 3.5% 5,325
     Nonpartisan Jessica Rayford-Clark 3% 4,516
     Nonpartisan All other candidates 0% 67
Total Votes 151,931
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

2009

General election

The 2009 election was the last election in which all city council members were elected at-large. The names of the 18 highest vote recipients from the August 2009 primary were listed on the ballot, and voters were instructed to vote for no more than nine candidates.

A measure on the 2009 general election ballot proposed a change from a nine-member at-large city council to a council with seven members elected by district and two members elected at-large. The measure was approved with the support of 73.35% of voters[4][5]

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, At-Large, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Pugh 9.4% 88,797
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Brown 8.6% 80,809
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins 7.9% 75,016
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cockrel, Jr. 7.9% 74,781
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones 6.5% 61,367
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndre L. Spivey 6.4% 60,450
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Tate 6.2% 58,215
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKwame Kenyatta 6.1% 57,541
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Watson 5.8% 54,653
     Nonpartisan Lisa Howze 5.1% 48,483
     Nonpartisan Alberta Tinsley Talabi 5% 47,003
     Nonpartisan Jai-Lee Dearing 4.9% 45,785
     Nonpartisan John K. Bennett 3.8% 35,613
     Nonpartisan Shelly I. Foy 3.7% 35,148
     Nonpartisan Mohamed Okdie 3.5% 32,933
     Nonpartisan Fred Elliott Hall 3.5% 32,875
     Nonpartisan Raphael B. Johnson 3.4% 31,665
     Nonpartisan David J. Cross 2.3% 21,534
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.1% 999
Total Votes 943,667
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

Primary election

The names of the 18 highest vote recipients from the August 2009 primary advanced to the November 2009 general election ballot, and voters were instructed to vote for no more than 9 candidates. Jenkins finished fifth, making the cutoff for the general election.

Detroit, Michigan City Council Primary, At-Large, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharles Pugh 8.7% 59,681
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Cockrel Jr. 7.3% 49,743
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGary Brown 6.1% 41,351
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrenda Jones 4.4% 30,041
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSaunteel Jenkins 4.4% 29,879
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKwame Kenyatta 4.2% 28,674
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJo Ann Watson 3.7% 24,934
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJai-Lee Dearing 3.4% 22,935
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlberta Tinsley Talabi 2.9% 20,124
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndre L. Spivey 2.9% 20,105
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Tate 2.9% 19,513
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLisa Howze 1.8% 12,511
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShelly I. Foy 1.7% 11,736
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngFred Elliott Hall 1.6% 11,088
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRaphael B. Johnson 1.6% 10,904
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMohamed Okdie 1.4% 9,389
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid J. Cross 1.3% 9,140
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn K. Bennett 1.2% 8,177
     Nonpartisan Roy McCalister Jr. 1% 6,876
     Nonpartisan Delicia Taylor Coleman 1% 6,792
     Nonpartisan Clinton Griffin Jr. 0.9% 6,334
     Nonpartisan Sheila Jackson 0.9% 6,281
     Nonpartisan Dalton Roberson Jr. 0.9% 6,159
     Nonpartisan All other candidates 33.8% 230,751
Total Votes 683,118
Source: City of Detroit Elections Center

Leadership and committees

Jenkins has served on the following committees and tasks forces:[6]

  • City Council Planning and Development Committee (Chairperson)
  • Planning and Economic Development Committee (Former Chairperson)
  • Rules Special Committee (Former Chairperson)
  • Detroit Public Schools Bond Oversight and Fiscal Responsibility Committee

Boards, memberships and honors

Boards

Jenkins has served on boards for the following organizations:[6]

  • City of Detroit Election Commission
  • City of Detroit Employee Benefits Plan Board
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC)
  • Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
  • Detroit Transportation Corporation, operators of the People Mover
  • Root Cause Committee, which oversees the reorganization of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department (DWSD) with the federal Judge Sean Cox
  • R-Path (Regional Partners Advocating Transit Here), a voluntary bi-partisan group of elected officials representing the legislative bodies of five counties
  • Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), a regional planning agency of elected officials
  • TechTown, a small business incubator at Wayne State University.

Organizations and memberships

Jenkins has been a member of the following organizations:[3]

  • Jovan Foundation (Founder)
  • Partnership for a Drug Free Detroit (Co-Chair)

Honors and awards

Jenkins has received the following awards[3]

  • Crain’s Detroit Business Women to Watch
  • Michigan Frontpage Thirty Honorees
  • American Association of University Women 12th Annual Women’s Summit
  • Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence
  • Women of Wayne State University Alumni Association Headliners Award

Personal

Jenkins is married to Carl Bentley.[2]

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