Write-In Leads Detroit Mayor’s Race

Matthew Dolan, Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2013

The race for Detroit’s next mayor is shaping up as a battle between big business and big labor as the cash-poor city scrambles to emerge from bankruptcy.

Mike Duggan, a former hospital executive who staged a write-in campaign with the support of prominent corporate leaders, appears to have won the most votes in a primary contest Tuesday, according to preliminary results. He beat Benny Napoleon, a well-known county sheriff who had the backing of labor unions.

Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan

County officials still need to confirm the results, which could be complicated by Mr. Duggan’s write-in candidacy. But if the results stand, Mr. Duggan and Mr. Napoleon will face off in a November general election.

Mr. Duggan, a former prosecutor who later led a turnaround at one of Detroit’s largest hospitals, staged a well-funded write-in effort after he was knocked off the ballot for a technical problem connected to his recent move to the city from a suburb. More than half of all voters—52.6%—wrote in their choice for mayor, and almost all of them picked Mr. Duggan. Mr. Napoleon received 29.6% of the votes cast. About 18% of registered voters turned out for the nonpartisan primary.


Mr. Napoleon, 57 years old, is sheriff of Wayne County, which includes Detroit, and previously served as head of the Detroit Police Department. Among his largest supporters are unions, including auto workers. A spokeswoman for the United Auto Workers didn’t return a request for comment.

Benny Napoleon

Benny Napoleon

Detroit’s next mayor will wield little real power at first. The city of about 700,000 was taken over in March by an emergency manager appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. {snip}


If Mr. Duggan wins in November, he would be Detroit’s first white mayor in almost 40 years. More than 82% of city residents are African-American.

“It does not matter if you are black, brown or white,” Mr. Duggan said in a speech after Tuesday’s election. “All of us are sharing a dream to rebuild this city together.”


Mr. Duggan, who was born in Detroit but moved back into the city from the suburbs only last year, promised that if elected, he would try to persuade Mr. Snyder to remove Mr. Orr and let the mayor steer the city back into solvency.


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  • My prediction, Napoleon wins in a landslide.

    • Luca

      Based only on the photographic evidence.

      • BonusGift

        Given that most of the voters will be illiterate, or at best functionally illiterate, as well as have a tendency to vote for anyone they view as black and offering the most gibsmedat, I think you two seem to have some insight into the Detroit kneegrow thought process (or, as it were, lack thereof).

    • Nathanwartooth

      Uh, yeah. The only reason why Duggan won the primary is because Blacks don’t vote in the primary. But don’t worry, they will stuff the ballet box if they have to, to keep a White from being mayor of Detroit.

    • 48224

      You are probably right but…..as a white man from Detroit and often finding myself going in and out of empty buildings as part of my job, I have found that blacks living next to the empty buildings almost never question me. I think that is because I am a white man and they know that I am not there to steal the plumbing or otherwise strip the building. So maybe….just maybe blacks have had enough of stupid stealing blacks as leaders and they may actually trust a white man in charge than one of their own. Just a theory.

  • In theory since there was only 18% turn out, he could have won if all registered whites voted. I think having a white in charge is the only thing that is going to get rid of the emergency manager ever. Snyder knows Orr’s dishing out the dollars to the firm that employs him. And with a white in charge the Institute of Art might not be gutted by the incumbent.

  • IstvanIN

    This is too funny. A white mayor? Save Detroit? LOL

    • me

      John Frum flies in with his magic airplane, with presents for all of the good little Bantus….

  • Puggg

    Seriously, who would want to be Mayor of Detroit now?

    • Oil Can Harry

      I’d rather be captain of the Titanic.

  • Romulus

    After 40 yrs of Congo rule in Motown, it will be interesting to see, esp. After the arrest of their council not long ago. The blacks have 82% of the pop. The new black Django is coming into town in his low rider Cadillac toset things right .

    • sbuffalonative

      After 40 years, one can only imagine the Gordian knot of politically connected patronage and bureaucratic incompetence that permeates every department in the city.

      Trying to dismantling it would mean stepping on a lot of toes. Most city workers wouldn’t stand for the cuts in money and personel it would take to get things in order if that’s even possible. It would take a massive outside intervention. And all the usual suspects would be kicking and screaming all the way.

      • Romulus

        The brothas are too ignorant to know that they are.

  • MekongDelta69

    “It does not matter if you are black, brown or white,” Mr. Duggan said in a speech after Tuesday’s election. “All of us are sharing a dream to rebuild this city together.”

    As I said a few weeks ago, I always encourage AmRen to post at least one article a week where I can laugh my butt off.

    • me

      And that’s why Duggan called it ‘sharing a dream’, instead of saying that it would take a dose of hard reality to save Detroit from its Bantu stranglehold.

      • Frans

        Yea, it makes you wonder what Duggan is up to—you’d have to be either crazy to want to try to deal with that hellhole or have a hidden agenda.

  • Spartacus

    “Benny Napoleon”


    Why the hell can’t these “people” have normal names ?

    • Puggg

      By black standards, that’s a normal name.

    • me

      Because the Bantu is not normal….

    • Rhialto

      I attended public schools with Blacks in the 1950’s; most Blacks had normal Christian names. The oddest names were Galvanus, Darius, and Agaroot, and these guys came from the South.

      To the best of my knowledge,in the eastcoast cities the weird black naming started in the 1960’s .

      • Frans


    • ShermanTMcCoy

      And why do those hideous Groidinas take name like “Queen?” Queens of what? Welfare?

  • Truthseeker

    This man Mr. Duggan is courageous. Not only living in Detroit but running for mayor? The question though, is whether there’s truly anything he can do to turn the city around. If the population remains unwilling and/or unable to produce anything, nothing’s going to change.

    • shmo123

      Courageous is not the first word that comes to mind: try delusional, crazy, hopelessly naive, or insanely altruistic. What can a white guy hope to accomplish in a city with a population that’s 82% black, mostly illiterate and ghetto, with no resources, tax base, or industry? This must be some game, some type of “extreme politics” whereby one fool runs for office in an all but hopeless place to see how far he can get.

  • Dave4088

    I’m sure Mike Duggan means well, but you can’t rebuild a city that has a black population of 82%.

    • BonusGift

      Personally, I say unleash the Detroit population on Hiroshima so that the before and after pictures comparing Hiroshima after the bomb and Detroit today don’t look so bad. Also, it might be a good shakedown strategy to try to extract some gibsmedat from those ‘racisssss’ Japanese. Come to think of it I wouldn’t want that on my worst enemies, never mind.

  • Rusty Shackelford

    Might as well make RoboCop mayor.

    • Magician

      Yes, he was a member of Detroit Police Department

  • [Guest]

    >>>If Mr. Duggan wins in November, he would be Detroit’s first white mayor in almost 40 years.

    Maybe they’ll elect him and then, when Detroit sinks even further, they’ll have an evil white man to blame.

    “Duggan done it! Duggan done it!”

  • Bud Smith

    Detroit is like a big nursing home. Without money coming in from the outside, the residents would starve. Detroit would have collapsed 30 years ago without money from the outside.

    • me

      Detroit should be a morality tale, used as an example of what a large group of Bantus can do to a White-built utopia, for generations to come. But now, the Head Bantu in Charge and his ‘progressive’ cronies want to turn all of the United States into Detroit–using HUD as its ‘diversity’ cudgel.

  • exLibtard

    Putting a White man in charge will change nothing. You can’t do much when you have an 83% black population. Garbage in, garbage out.

    • Ed_NY

      And if they do elect a White mayor, he will be blamed for all of Detroit’s woes, past, present and future.

      • Reverend Bacon

        Yes, my thoughts exactly. They want him because they need a “whipping boy.”

  • me

    Even if Benny Napoleon is elected, it will still be ‘Whitey’s Fault’.

  • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

    There are several clips of Detroit city council meetings on YouTube. After watching them it’s obvious to me that having a White mayor will make no difference to Detroit’s fate, regardless of how honest or idealistic he is.

  • Creepy ass crackers!

    I think NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg should run. With all of his billions he could fix that city and be a hero to his liberal constituency.

  • WR_the_realist

    It takes a brave (or naive) man to run for mayor in Detroit. The city cannot be fixed, no matter who is mayor.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    Detroit might as well be ploughed over and given back to the deer and wolves. Everyone would likely be better off, and the wolves can eat the dregs who refuse to leave because Detroit is now a looter’s paradise.

    • Bud Smith

      The city has become a preserve for blacks. It would be cheaper and more satisfying to convert it into a wildlife preserve. Endangered animals of North America could be allowed to roam. It is likely too cold to include African animals.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    I mean, are you kidding? The place looks like old ruins you might find in a game like Skyrim, in which I can spend hours crawling along depressing corridors in depressingly long crypts with lots of depressing skeletons, mummies, and walking undead, not to mention all the worthless, depressing, and mildly disturbing embalming tools and linen wrap laying about. I loot the hell out of those places, because the looting cheers me up. It’s about all you can get out of such a dead, depressing place.

  • FourFooted_Messiah

    Well, I need to do something more than crab on public fora, perhaps fiction would be a good outlet.

    But I don’t expect to ever get paid for writing ever again. That can only happen once, and already happened (Book of the Weaver, thank you, USA co., you paid me well for basically ranting, and giving me the opportunity to write a modern myth. I worked in a factory as scab Manpower labour at the time, if that helps those who seek this work out. And yes, I have an unresolved love/hate relationship with the supernal entity called here “The Weaver”.

    • Irishgirl

      Don’t stop crabbing here. I’m loving it!

  • din_do_nuffins

    Blacks know that Whites will spread the spoils around, but that black “leaders” create their own tribal kingdoms and just keep the best for themselves. Blacks know blacks, but unfortunately, they know Whites just as well.