A Wyandotte City Council candidate said he's not happy with the direction the city has taken over the last several years and wants to see more policing done in order "to keep out the unwanted."
Longtime Wyandotte resident Ted Miciura Jr. also had some harsh words for neighboring cities to the north.
"I'm concerned about how (Wyandotte) is going," he said. "I don't feel that the city is exactly in the perfect direction. I think it needs to be in a little bit better direction. I'm not looking for the city to turn into a Lincoln Park, a River Rouge or an Ecorse. Slowly, it is moving this way and we need to make sure we stop that now."
Miciura said Wyandotte "is slipping away" from what it was when he was a child.
"We need police ... more now than ever," he said. "You can just see how things are changing in this city. We need more policing in this city to keep out the unwanted and what we don't want this city to turn into."
Miciura made his comments Wednesday night during a meet the candidates event at the Copeland Center. He is among 10 people running for six council seats in the May 7 general election.
After the event, Miciura said his comments shouldn't be interpreted as having a racial overtone, but instead said his concerns fall mostly with people who don't take care of their property.
"It's a different set of people from what I'm used to," he said. "I'm interested in keeping Wyandotte as it has been."
Check back later in the week as Wyandotte Patch begins to run videos of every candidate who spoke at Wednesday's event.