Detroit Voters Elect Duggan Mayor of Broke City

NPR, November 5, 2013

A former medical center chief defeated a county sheriff to become the next mayor of financially troubled Detroit, though the job holds little power while the city is being run by a state-appointed emergency manager.

Unofficial returns showed Mike Duggan defeating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55 percent to 45 percent. Napoleon conceded defeat late Tuesday in a race where Duggan outspent him by about 3-to-1 heading into Tuesday’s election.


Duggan, an ex-county prosecutor and former chief of the Detroit Medical Center, had said he wanted to convince Orr’s boss, Gov. Rick Snyder, to allow him to develop a team and a plan to resuscitate the city’s fiscal condition if elected mayor.

Both Duggan and Napoleon campaigned on fixing Detroit’s deteriorating neighborhoods and reducing the high crime rate in a city that struggles to respond to 911 calls on time. {snip}

But anything the new mayor wants done that requires money must first get Orr’s approval.


Duggan becomes Detroit’s first white mayor since the early 1970s. The city is more than 80 percent black.


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