Detroit Mayoral Race Loses a Front-Runner
June 13, 2013 10:22 AM Subscribe
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The race for one of the worst jobs in America took a sharp turn this week as Mike Duggan
was removed from the ballot for the Detroit mayoral election
Duggan, who resigned as CEO of the Detroit Medical Center and moved his residence into Detroit on April 16th, 2012, to launch his campaign, was in a virtual tie in the polls
with Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon
(with 13 other contenders fighting to rise above 3 percent) before his ability to run was challenged in court. The judge's ruling is based on the Detroit City Charter (154-page PDF)
, which states "A person seeking elective office must be a citizen of the United States, a resident and a qualified and registered voter of the City of Detroit for one (1) year at the time of filing for office..." -- Duggan filed for the race on April 2nd of this year, which was two weeks shy of a year after registering to vote in Detroit, but was one month ahead of the May 14th filing deadline. He said on his campaign Facebook page
that "Yesterday’s court ruling makes me the first candidate in history to be kept off a ballot for filing too early."
Duggan plans to appeal
, but the deadline for printing absentee ballots is June 22nd.
Duggan and Napoleon are running to replace Dave Bing, the popular but currently virtually powerless mayor of the city after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed an emergency financial manager
to rescue the city from mounting debts and looming insolvency.
In 1973, Coleman Young faced a similar legal challenge before becoming the first African-American mayor of Detroit, which Duggan was not shy to point out. If elected, Duggan would be the first non-African-American mayor of the city since Young was elected.