The big election race of 2013 is for the position of Federal Reserve chairman.
The United States is not an economy democracy, however. So there will be no actual vote on who will make the most critical decisions on jobs, investments, interest rates and a host of other definitional issues in for working families, communities, states and the nation.
But there is a campaign going on. In order to influence the selection of a new chair by President Obama: Contenders are positioning. Camps and caucuses are organizing. Endorsements are being made. Issues are being placed on the table.
So let's invite the American people into the process.
Let's tell them how powerful the Fed is, and what it could do to address poverty, unemployment and the economic challenges faced by cities like Detroit.
One member of Congress, Michigan Democrat Dan Kildee, is already inviting us to imagine the possibilities.
In response to the threat of bankruptcy that looms for Detroit and other cities, Kildee has argued that the Fed should be actively engaged in developing solutions for cities that are in economic turmoil after decades of deindustrialization and federal and state neglect. "While Detroit's problems may be extreme, they are certainly not unique," says Kildee. "Municipalities in Michigan and across the country are increasingly facing insolvency that requires us to rethink the way we support our cities..."