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FORD FOR BUSINESS MAYOR.

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FORD FOR BUSINESS MAYOR.

The New York Times
December 6, 1922


He Names Qualifications Detroit's Chief Should Have.

DETROIT, Dec. 5.—Detroit's new Mayor should be possessed of three cardinal qualifications, in the opinion of Henry Ford.  These qualifications are:

The man should be capable of managing the street railway and making municipal ownership a success.

He should understand engineering and transportation problems.

He should be free from the influence of professional politicians.

Mr. Ford pointed out that acquisition of the street railway system had greatly changed the character of the Mayor's duties and indicated that the resources of the Ford Motor Company would be placed at the disposal of the city in its efforts to make public ownership a success.

"Detroit ought not to elect a professional politician as Mayor," Mr. Ford said.  "Get rid of the politicians.  The Mayoralty of Detroit is largely an engineering job.  But this need not necessarily mean that it is a difficult job.  It's easy for the man who knows how."



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