Have you been charged with a felon?
If you have a felony charge on your record, have you had a difficult time finding a job?
Today, I will be sharing a bit of good news with a message of hope. A man who was convicted of a murder charge has been elected on to the Flint City Council. This man brings a needed message of hope for convicted felons everywhere.
The Convicted Murderer’s Story
In 1991, 17-year-old Wantwaz Davis went to confront the man who had sexually assaulted his mother. When Davis faced Kenneth S. Morris, 27, Morris reached for his pocket. Davis was faster and shot Morris 3 times before running off. As soon as he found out that he had killed Morris, Davis turned himself in. He served 19 years in prison after being convicted of a second-degree murder.
Not The First Elected Officer With a Record
Davis is not the first elected official with a record according to The Huffington Post. Former Flint mayor, Don Williamson, served 3 years in prison in the 1960s for business scams. The State of Michigan only bars felons that have been convicted of fraud or public corruption related to service as a government official from being elected as officials.
Davis ran his campaign based on giving back to his home town of Flint. He says that he doesn’t imagine, he knows what many of the residents are facing. Back in May, Davis posted on his Facebook page saying,
Corporate America, entrepreneurs, and private sectors will not employ or hire these ex-felons, who should be afforded the same equal rights as all citizens, if shown to be a productive member in society. Hiring these men and women could place federal and state taxes into the general fund that would produce revenue, revenue creates more jobs. Taking the gun out of these men and women’s hand and exchanging it with a good paycheck would bring a sign of relief to not only our community, but build a strong robust economy.”
What Do You Think?
Do you think a convicted murderer should serve in public office? Is Davis exactly what the city of Flint needs? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.