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Court: Duggan Eligible As Write-In Candidate For Mayor’s Race

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C) Mike Duggan shakes hands with supporter. (WWJ File)

C) Mike Duggan shakes hands with supporter. (WWJ File)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A Wayne County judge has ruled that Mike Duggan does the meet the legal requirements to be a “write-in candidate.”

For the time being, Mike Duggan has been declared eligible to run for mayor.

Duggan and opponent Tom Barrow went before a Wayne County judge, who said Duggan does meet the legal requirements to be a “write-in candidate.”

John Pirich is the attorney for Duggan: “I can’t speak for Mr. Barrow’s motivation but I can speak to denying people the right to vote and that’s pretty sad that a candidate would try to deny people’s right to vote in today’s day.”

Barrow had filed a lawsuit asking for a restraining order to stop Duggan from distributing campaign materials about his write-in candidacy.

“I look at it, it seems to me that it seems to be okay, my deepest question is ‘how did Mr. Duggan get a hold to an official ballot’ before the rest of the world even knew the ballots were even printed,” said Barrow. “But I believe the judge’s reasoning was correct, I am comfortable with it.”

“As far as I’m concerned – I don’t have any intention to do anything further than this – unless I see something else that is an … impropriety – I do believe I’ve got to say to you there is something going over in the clerk’s office … and we are going to ask the FBI and some other folks to get involved here… something is definitely wrong over there,” said Barrow.

Duggan announced his write-in campaign in late June after another court removed him from the ballot, based on residency rules.

READ RELATED STORIES:

Mike Duggan Ordered Off Detroit Primary Ballot (June 11, 2013)
Mike Duggan Relaunches Detroit Mayoral Campaign (June 28, 2013)

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