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Detroit Picks Two Candidates In Pointless Mayoral Primary

| On 07, Aug 2013

Detroit mayor Benny Napoleon Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan, left, and Benny Napoleon will face off to become Detroit’s next mayor in November (Photo via

The city of Detroit may have filed bankruptcy recently. But, the move hasn’t stopped the city’s progress toward electing a new mayor in November.

On Tuesday, the city whittled through a host of candidates to choose former Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon and former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan to vie for the top spot in November. Napoleon, who is black, was seen as the top contender until Duggan, who is white, gained major traction from overwhelming write-in support. Both candidates are running on the fact that they can change business-as-usual in Detroit.

One problem stands, though. The candidate that will be elected in the fall will be a figurehead. The city of Detroit is currently under the leadership of Kevyn Orr, an emergency manager appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. That means the current mayor, Dave Bing, is completely powerless to conduct city business. All of the heavy-lifting is done by Orr, who was appointed in March. The mayoral candidates are running on the idea that they want to push back against some of the changes Orr, Snyder, and the bankruptcy judge may have in store for the city. But, can they really do anything useful?

Either candidate who is elected mayor lives in the wake of the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in history. The city filed for financial protection on July 18.

Orr, the emergency manager, is not expected to finish his duty until sometime in 2014.



What do you think the mayoral candidates can do for Detroit while its under state takeover?

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