Dear Friends,


Thank you for subscribing to my legislative e-newsletter! It is my distinct honor and privilege to represent the families of the 6th House District at the Capitol in Lansing. My first and last priority as your state representative will always be to serve the best interests of our community, and I am eager to assist you in any way I can.


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In this month’s e-newsletter, you will find the following information:


  • Upcoming Events
  • Investigating Rouge River Contamination
  • Marathon Accident Update
  • Recapping March is Reading Month
  • Henry Ford College Distinguished Alumni Award


Upcoming Events


One of my main priorities as your state Representative is having the opportunity to sit down with you to hear about the issues that matter to you most. Every month, my team and I hold events and meetings in the district where we discuss what’s happening in Lansing and your ideas for how we can make our community better. I hope you can join me at one of my upcoming events, held on:


Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 p.m.

Auto Insurance Town Hall

Focus: HOPE

1400 Oakman Blvd. in Detroit


Monday, May 6, 10-11:30 a.m.

Coffee Hour

The Telegram Newspaper

10748 W. Jefferson Ave. in River Rouge


Investigating Rouge River Contamination


Last week, I noticed that scores of dead fish were washing up along the banks of the Rouge River and became deeply concerned. I have been in contact with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) urging them to do water testing of the River after the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) called the happening a ‘non-issue’.


On Thursday, April 11, I held a press conference along with a group of Detroit lawmakers to urge MDEQ and DNR to take action and provide our community the peace of mind we deserve. I want to make clear that I am taking this situation very seriously and will do all I can to ensure any wrongdoing is remedied in short order. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this potential contamination, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Marathon Accident Update


In early February, many of us noticed a foul odor creeping across Detroit. It was discovered that the smell came from a flare at the Marathon Oil Refinery that released hydrogen sulfide and mercaptan into the air. Multiple tests administered by numerous government agencies confirmed that the air was not toxic as a result of the flare, but the situation was quite alarming to many of us nonetheless. I was glad to see the MDEQ issue a violation notice to Marathon for the incident, leading to Marathon taking responsibility for the accident and working quickly to repair the flare. In response to this incident, Marathon is developing new protocols to ensure this does not occur again, as detailed in their response letter to the MDEQ’s violation notice.


If you’d like to learn more about this incident, a discussion will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at 2 p.m., at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, in the Erma L. Henderson Auditorium on the 13th floor. In attendance will be a number of community leaders as well as the Marathon leadership team to hear feedback from the community and answer any questions you may have.


Rest assured, I will always be a steadfast advocate for environmental protections as your representative in Lansing to ensure we work toward improving the quality of air and water across our district and throughout Michigan.


Recapping March is Reading Month


Last month was March is Reading Month, which meant that I spent some time visiting classrooms across our district to read to our children. Thank you to all the students and teachers across the district for your hard work and dedication to learning – it was my pleasure to be a part of your education experience in March.



A special thank you to Mrs. Sims and her terrific group of 2nd graders for allowing me to share my love of reading with them.



Another shout out to Mrs. Phifer and her incredible group of students for the privilege of stopping by to read one of my favorite childhood books to the class.


Henry Ford College Distinguished Alumni Award


Next month, I am honored to be receiving the Henry Ford College Distinguished Alumni Award at the May 4 commencement ceremony. I have always been a believer that every possibility in life begins with a great education, and I am humbled to acknowledge that I owe much of my success in life to my time at Henry Ford. As I contemplate my time at Henry Ford College, I am reminded that success is a journey, not a destination. I look forward to sharing this honor with my friends and family, and I look forward to taking a few minutes to share my story with this year’s incredible graduating class.




Tyrone Carter
State Representative, House District 6