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Detroit Mayoral Candidates Duggan, Napoleon Cast Ballots

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Detroit mayoral candidates Mike Duggan (L) and Benny Napoleon (R) cast their ballots on Nov. 5. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit mayoral candidates Mike Duggan (L) and Benny Napoleon (R) cast their ballots on Nov. 5. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - Both of Detroit’s mayoral candidates have officially cast their ballots.

Mike Duggan, the former head of the Detroit Medical Center, voted shortly after polls opened Tuesday at the 12th Police Precinct on 7 Mile Road. The former write-in candidate for the primary noted that he “Didn’t even have to write-in this time.”

Duggan, who would be the first white mayor in the black-majority city in 40 years, told reporters after voting that his first order of business Wednesday if elected will be calling the city’s police chief and working to improve police response time.

Meantime, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon filled out his ballot at Drew Transition Center. Napoleon joked afterward about voting for himself and predicted a victory, despite recent polls showing his challenger ahead, saying “This is not personal. It’s politics.”

Both candidates have Election Day stops to attempt to sway voters in the final hours of the campaign. They’re competing for a job whose powers are limited by a state-appointed emergency manager.

Despite being kicked off the August primary ballot due to a residency issue, Duggan received about 48,700 write-in votes. Napoleon, the sheriff and a former Detroit police chief, was on the ballot and received about 28,300 votes. Current mayor and ex-NBA star Dave Bing did not seek re-election.

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