DETROIT (WWJ) - Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is the first of several Detroit mayoral candidates to turn in his petition signatures to place his name on the November ballot.
Duggan was all smiles as he delivered 1,000 signatures to the Detroit Elections Office Tuesday afternoon.
His demeanor turned serious, however, when WWJ Newsradio 950′s Marie Osborne — in light of the appointment of an emergency manager in the city — was this the day he thought it would be?
“This campaign continues to take unexpected twists, but that’s the nature of politics,” said Duggan.
Duggan said he has 100 people working on a plan to turn the city around, get it out from under the control of emergency manager Kevyn Orr, and “return democracy to Detroit.”
“‘The voters should elect the person who’s most likely to push the emergency manager out at the earliest possible date. And I think, in this election, the only person who’s ever turned anything financially in their life is me,” Duggan said.
“We are where we are, and there’s no point in complaining about it,” he said. “What we’re gonna do now in this campaign is tell the voters, here’s how we go from an emergency manager back to an elected mayor.”
Duggan said he has not met with Orr.
Incumbent Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has not yet announced whether or not he will run for reelection.