DETROIT (WWJ) – Calling it “the worst kept secret in Detroit”, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon Tuesday night announced his candidacy for Mayor of Detroit — saying the Motor City has “lost it’s way.”
“I announce my candidacy for mayor of the great city of Detroit,” Napoleon bellowed.
“Basic city services are inadequate, crime has placed our families on edge,” said Napoleon. “And just yesterday, a state appointed emergency manager moved into city hall – to assume control of a city government reportedly on the brink of collapse.”
Napoleon told the crowd that Detroit is living through the worst of times:
“Like every Detroiter I’ve had abandoned houses next door to me – no street lights – slow police response – these are not things a campaign staff have to explain to me. Detroit is not my hobby – it is my home.”
The Wayne County Sherrif said it’s important to “prioritize the fight against crime” in the city.
During his announcement Napoleon was flanked on stage by over one hundred community, religious and labor leaders — all pledging their support.
At the announcement, Napoleon also called the appointment of an emergency financial manager “unacceptable.”
He joins a handful of names running for Detroit mayor, including former DMC CEO Mike Duggan and State Representative Fred Durhal Jr. running in the November election.