Detroit elects its first white mayor in 40 years-Mike Duggan

Detroit’s first white mayor in 40 years-Mike Duggan

Mike Duggan

Associated Press

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

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.

Detroit’s mayor cannot remove Orr. Under state law, that only can be done by the governor or an act of the state Legislature. However, once Orr’s 18-month contract ends, a supermajority vote by the City Council and mayor can choose not to renew it.

Bing did not seek re-election. He has always been opposed to Detroit having an emergency manager and has been frustrated by the relationship he has with Orr, saying that Orr hasn’t communicated well with the mayor’s office.

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