Mayoral candidate Napoleon airs first TV ad

Detroit mayoral hopeful Benny Napoleon is sticking to his pledge to run a positive campaign.

The presumed frontrunner to replace Mayor Dave Bing will air his first TV commercial during local cable programming starting today, his campaign team announced Wednesday. It will run until the Aug. 6 primary election.

The ad, which also is available on his websiteshows a smiling Napoleon sitting on the steps of his mother’s home.

“In this house, my parents told us we could be anything we wanted, that it was up to us to build a better Detroit for our children to excel in,” Napoleon says in the commercial. “Forty years later, I still believe in that, and I still believe in Detroit.”

Napoleon, who was a no-show at Wednesday’s TV forum for mayoral candidates, said he’d work to transform “blight into beauty.”

“My parents, like many Detroiters, instilled in me the value of service to the community,” Napoleon says in the ad. “I have served Detroiters for 38 years. Now is the time to take that experience and vision to transform our city into livable, walkable and sustainable neighborhoods. We will do this by turning poor city service to proud service and by transforming blight into beauty. It starts by engaging in our movement and going to vote on Tuesday, Aug. 6.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.