DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Mayor Mike Duggan wants to continue leading the city of Detroit.
Duggan on Saturday announced his run for a second four-year term as Detroit’s mayor during a news conference at the Samaritan Center.
“The difference in this room isn’t just the size of the crowd, it’s the feeling in the city of Detroit. Doesn’t it feel different,” Duggan said to the cheering audience. “You remember what it was like with the mayor fighting with the council, the mayor fighting with the unions, the mayor fighting with Lansing. And even as we slid toward emergency management and bankruptcy, the bickering didn’t stop.”
Duggan said the changes Detroit residents see today is the result of a true partnership with other leaders, businesses and community organizations — something he promises to continue if he’s reelected.
The nonpartisan mayoral primary is in August. The top two vote-getters move on to the November general election.
Duggan was elected in 2013 and took office in 2014, succeeding Mayor Dave Bing, who chose not to seek re-election.
Duggan vowed to clean up neighborhoods. He pushed a program that has led to the demolition of more than 10,000 vacant houses.
Billions in debt, Detroit filed for bankruptcy in 2013 under a state-appointed emergency manager. The city exited bankruptcy at the end of 2014. The city has continued to meet financial and budgetary requirements set out in the bankruptcy.
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