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Duggan, Napoleon Squaring Off In November Election

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Mike Duggan speaking to supporters gathered during the primary election evening.(WWJ/Beth Fisher)

Mike Duggan speaking to supporters gathered during the primary election evening.(WWJ/Beth Fisher)

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Mike Duggan says he’s one step closer to helping rebuild the city of Detroit.

Duggan, after topping the list of vote getters in the Detroit mayoral primary says he’s ready to take over in leading the city out of financial ruin once Emergency Manger Kevin Orr’s contract expires.

“No plan means anything, unless there is a very clear plan, to transition the governance of the city from the emergency manager back to the elected officials,” Duggan told the supporters gathered.

Duggan called into WWJ Newsradio 950 on Wednesday morning to discuss his next steps. Click HERE to listen to the complete interview.

Early returns in Detroit’s mayoral primary show that with write-ins counted for 44 precincts, 2,033 of the ballots have “Mike Duggan” on them – far more than any other name written on ballots.

Elections Director Daniel Baxter says counting the write-ins is a much slower process than regular ballot tabulations. But even then, write-ins had more than 50 percent of the total vote with 167 of 614 precincts reporting.

Former medical center chief Mike Duggan waged a strong write-in campaign after his name was kicked off the ballot over a residency issue.

Some other write-in spellings include “Duggen,” “Duggon,” “Droggan,” “Doggan,” and “Diggeu.”

Benny Napoleon. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

Benny Napoleon. (WWJ/Jon Hewett)

County Sheriff Benny Napoleon was second to the write-ins in percentage of votes.

He said he didn’t win anything Tuesday night …  adding a lot of work needs to be done before the general election in a few months.

“November is the election, it wasn’t today. But this is not a campaign, this is a movement,” said Napoleon. “This is a struggle, this is a commitment and this is a fight and I’m a fighter.”

Napoleon called into WWJ Newsradio 950 on Wednesday morning to discuss his next steps. Click HERE to listen to the complete interview.

Tuesday wasn’t all about Detroit though, as several other communities held elections.

Get complete details on the Primary Election results – HERE. 

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