Detroit Mayoral Race: CEO, Sheriff Appear Headed for November Showdown

In an uphill battle fought partly in court and partly in the neighborhoods of Detroit, former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan appears to be headed for a showdown in November with Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon as both seasoned political figures vie to become the next mayor of Detroit.
August 7, 2013

In an uphill battle fought partly in court and partly in the neighborhoods of Detroit, former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan appears to be headed for a showdown in November with Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon as both seasoned political figures vie to become the next mayor of Detroit.

“There was one message tonight: Detroiters wanted change,” said Duggan to about 1,000 supporters who cheered him Tuesday night at the Antheneum Hotel in Greektown.

“My opponent went out and aired negative ads,” Duggan said. “Then, out of the city’s 500,000 registered voters, they found Mike Dugeon.”

With 100% of the precincts reporting, Napoleon had 28,352 votes or 30% of the total votes cast, to 50,328 votes or 53% for write-in candidates, with Duggan presumably garnering the vast majority of those. Duggan said about 97% of write-ins were correctly spelled for Duggan. The Mike Dugeon he referenced is a 31-year old barber who was added as a write-in candidate one day before the deadline.

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