DETROIT (WWJ) The election of a new mayor comes at a crucial time for Detroit — the city that just filed the largest case in municipal bankruptcy history.

So, who will lead the city through these tumultuous times? The candidates square off on the biggest issues facing the city — leadership, city services, crime, budgets, priorities — during their first debate in the race.

WWJ morning drive co-anchor Tom Jordan is moderating the debate 8-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 30. The debate and a successive one at the end of October are happening at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

All major candidates including Mike Duggan, Benny Napoleon, Krystal Crittendon, Lisa Howze and Tom Barrow have been invited to participate in the first debate, with the two finalists squaring off in the second debate.

With Jordan moderating, the panel will consist of Detroit News Editorial Page Editor Nolan Finley, Detroit Free Press Editorial Page Editor Stephen Henderson, and Debbie Dingell, president of d2 Strategies.

Finley said: “This will be one of the more unusual and important mayoral elections in recent Detroit history, and I am happy to be a part of helping Detroiters make an informed choice.”

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