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CITY OF DETROIT -  
Gary Roquemore ran for Wayne County commissioner, district 7 -  but it didn't go well.

Despite suffering defeat Tuesday. the pastor and politician says he is still about the people, and still wants to go to work for the residents of Wayne County.

"Let's get something done, make a change, make sure things look better," Roquemore said.

Roquemore's next door neighbor, Iesha Oliver says, he sounds ridiculous - and she has her reasons why.

"The things that we have going on in Detroit right now, how's he going to clean up that, if he can't clean up his own stuff," Oliver said.
"I know you've seen these shows called 'Hoarders' it's worse. He's messy. Every morning, you can catch him bringing in boxes, just junk and smelly stuff."
"If you come out here at night, you can see rats running."

Oliver said that it's terrible, that in the past  nine years. all of the cars on Roquemore's property have been there.

Fox 2 went  to Roquemore to find out if this was just some rubbish or a bigger issue.

"You can see the properties, grass is cut, things are being taken care of," he said.

Roquemore added that the two properties on Orangelawn Street are owned by St. Johns Church on Oakman where he is one of the acting pastors.

"I don't live here, I live someplace else," Roquemore said.

According to the city of Detroit, the truth is that this house has violations dating back about eight years ago.

"These cars are all registered," he said.

The building safety, engineering and environmental department  said that many of them are not.
 
"The city has  been out, talked to me a year ago," Roquemore said.  "Basically they didn't say anything, because I wasn't in any type of violation."

He told Fox 2 to come back in a few days and would straightened things up and the improvements were massive -  but maybe he did not work fast enough.

The city put the pastor, the politician on notice, for multiple violations including unregistered vehicles, a mountain of maintenance issues and  no proof of rental property paperwork, high grass, weeds, trash and debris.

"I haven't received a notice," Roquemore said.

A spokesperson with the mayor's office said that a letter was posted on the properties and was also mailed to Roquemore.

He tells Fox 2 that he is prepared to solve the problem to prove to the people he is a leader, who is not all about lip service.

"You can never properly maintain anything," Roquemore said. "When I say properly, you can always do better."

Roquemore now has 30 days to correct the situation.



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