(11/06/13) - After a close race for city council, political newcomer Wantwaz Davis will take over the 5th ward seat from incumbent Bernard Lawler.
This is Davis' first taste of politics, and in many ways, the beginning of a new life.
"I knocked on every door, I talked to everybody from the east side, from the west side, from the south side and north side and people love to have a face to a name and I gave it to them," he said.
That name, however, comes with a criminal background.
In 1991, at age 17, Davis committed murder. He admitted killing the person he says raped his mom.
Wantwaz says it wasn't the first time she had been sexually assaulted.
"This happened a year after my mother gave a courageous confession to me and told me that I was the product of a rape. My mother had me when she was 14 years old, so when this happened to my mother again, it took my mother back 17 years of healing," he said.
Shortly after the killing, Wantwaz turned himself in. He plead guilty to second degree murder and spent nearly 19 years in prison.
He went behind bars with a seventh grade education, but he launched an effort to improve himself.
"I got to college, I graduate next year in communications and then I'm going to go to U of M next year for Political Science and then I aspire to go to law school," he said.
Wantwaz hopes his story will help change Flint's story. He has a long list of ideas to help reform a city that has long been one of the most violent in the country.
"This is how we solve problems. When you send somebody who actually knows what goes on, who understands the constitution of the way they think with the intentions of changing it because when they see that your life came from one point and is now in a better point, it gives hope and inspiration," he said.
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