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Detroit journalist takes buyout, will run for council

January 5, 2021 GMT

DETROIT (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist said he will run for the Detroit City Council after leaving the Detroit Free Press.

M.L. Elrick has filed paperwork to create a candidate committee for the 2021 election. He said he accepted a buyout from the newspaper.

Elrick won a Pulitzer at the Free Press for exposing scandals involving Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned as Detroit mayor in 2008. Besides working at the newspaper, he has been a reporter at Detroit-area TV stations.

“I think people know what I can do,” Elrick said Tuesday. “They’ve seen me for the last 20 years trying to get to the bottom of things, trying to make sure that government works, calling out people who are cheating us, people who are stealing, who are putting self-service before public service. That’s not going to change.”