Detroit’s current mayor is 69. Andrae Townsel, who wants his job, is 28.

“I’ve hired my campaign managers, strategic media consultants and financial director,” the Howard University doctoral student tells Steve Neavling of Motor City Mukraker.

“I want to be mayor of Detroit so that I may restore faith and confidence in city government,” Townsel says.

Townsel knows he’s an underdog. But with various degrees from Howard University, a successful college football career and a graduate of Cass Tech High School, Townsel thrives on challenges.

“I went away to college so that I may specifically see how other cities are run,” the former college football player says. “I have been preparing to serve the citizens of Detroit ever since I left.”

The youngest candidate has a website at