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Incumbent Scott Benson and challenger Russ Bellant debate for Detroit City Council District 3 seat on Tuesday, October 17, 5:00 PM at Farwell Recreation Center


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WHAT: The Farwell Recreation Advisory Council will host the only scheduled debate between Detroit City Council District 3 incumbent Scott Benson and challenger Russ Bellant lead by moderator Oliver Leon Wilson. This is long-awaited and will be a hotly-contested face-off between the two candidates who will appear on the Tuesday, November 7 General Election ballot.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM   
WHERE: Farwell Recreation Center, 2711 E. Outer Drive, Detroit, MI 48234
WHO: Incumbent Scott Benson is a long time resident of the Osborn community and received his Masters degree in urban planning from WSU.  He has over 17 years of experience in community development and he served 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard as an officer achieving the rank of Commander serving in two overseas deployments. He was the Small Business Director with Midtown Detroit, Inc.  Benson became the City of Detroit councilmember in District 3 in January 2014.  Scott has a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create jobs and revitalize a community from the ground up.   Challenger Russ Bellant was born in Detroit and received his B.A degree from WSU.  He served in the military and he has lived at his present northeast home for over 30 years. He’s a retiree from the City of Detroit, where he worked in water plants becoming a water plant operator and later he ran the skilled trades apprenticeship program. He has been an activist for decades fighting for what is right for the community in District 3. Russ is president of the Helco Block Club, as well as his neighborhood association. He also serves as Treasurer of the Ninth Precinct Community Relations Council and VP of the eastside AARP chapter. He was recently appointed to serve another six year term on the Detroit Library Commission. And, Mr. Bellant served as Chief of Staff for State Representative Wendell Byrd until May 2017 when he started to run for Detroit City Council.

 CONTACT: For more media information please call Adrienne D. Warren, (313) 614-3288.

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