Coleman A. Young Jr., the 23-year-old son of Detroit's first black mayor, on Thursday announced plans to run for a state House seat from Detroit.
Young, whose father was Detroit's mayor from 1974 to 1994 and died in 1997, is running for the seat currently occupied by state Rep. Mary Waters, D-Detroit, who cannot run again because of term limits.
"I understand with my legacy comes a great deal of responsibility," Young told reporters as he stood in front of a portrait of his father at Detroit's Atheneum Hotel. "So, I have to produce, and if I don't, I should be held accountable."
Young is a sophomore at Wayne State University majoring in communications. He also works for the Detroit City Council's research and analysis division. He is running as a Democrat.
Maureen Stapleton, director of staff development for Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, also has declared her candidacy for Waters' seat.
Young was born Joel Loving and changed his name around the time of his father's death.
He was six when his mother, Annivory Calvert, a former city official, filed a paternity suit against then-Mayor Young. After tests confirmed paternity, the mayor began paying child support and set up a trust fund for his son.