Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Banks: Past is the past

by Brad Lindberg Staff Writer

November 15, 2012

THE GROSSE POINTES — One of the Pointes’ new state representatives assures constituents his past is the past, not a prologue.

“My failures are clear. However, my future is clearer,” said Brian Banks, elected to speak for District 1 in Lansing.

Banks, a Democrat from Detroit, has been convicted nearly 10 times for credit fraud. Problems extend to nonpayment of rent and car payments.

He considers double victories in this year’s primary and Nov. 6 general election as vindication of his reformation.

“It feels as though there are people who believe in rehabilitation and second chances,” Banks said. “I look forward to serving members of my community.”

He beat Republican Dan Schulte, of Grosse Pointe Shores, in the general election.

It was both candidates’ first race for state office.

It also was the first general election since Republican lawmakers split the five Grosse Pointes into two separate House districts. Reapportionment reflects population changes revealed by the 2000 Census.

District 1 consists of the Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Harper Woods and part of Detroit.

Banks won overall 27,808 to 11,459, or roughly 71 percent to 29 percent.

The ratio flips in far less populous Pointe precincts.

Schulte won the Pointes 8,434 to 3,136, or 73 to 27 percent.

“Some residents in the Pointes are not in favor of the district being split,” Banks said. “However, to move forward, we all have to work together and ensure the needs and issues that affect our district are dealt with.”

Schulte is a Shores councilman. He didn’t agree to interview requests.

“I received your call. Sorry, I don’t have any comment to add at this time,” he responded in an e-mail.

Banks intends “my reformation, glitter’ing o’er my fault,” to shine bright against the dull foil of his failures.

But, District 1 isn’t a production of “Henry IV, Part 1.” Critics deride him more as a Falstaff than a Prince Hal.

“Oh jeez, (Frank) Beckmann has Brian Banks on WJR right now! What in the world will happen there?” Jenny Nolan, president of the Eastside Republican Club, wrote in an e-mail three days after the election.