2013 Detroit mayor's race

Politics & Government
12:47 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Duggan makes history with winning write-in campaign; Napoleon rallies supporters

Benny Napoleon finished second in Tuesday's Detroit mayoral primary
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

 Write-in candidates claimed over half the vote in Detroit’s mayoral primary Tuesday.

And that means Mike Duggan’s write-in campaign has made Detroit history.

The former Detroit Medical Center CEO’s campaign was well-organized and well-funded. There was just one problem: a court challenge got him kicked off the ballot.

But apparently that wasn’t a big problem.

Though official results may take some time, Duggan appears to have defeated his next-closest rival, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, by 20 points.

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Stateside
5:35 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Low voter turnout is expected in Detroit today

Voters cast their ballots in Michigan
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

An interview with Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

It's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November.

But so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today. Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.

They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager Kevyn Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.

So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.

We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?

Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
5:33 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Spelling counts for the Detroit mayor write-in candidates

Mike Duggan

An interview with Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.

There are 14 names on the ballot for Detroit mayor, but one of the widely-seen front-runners doesn't even have his name on it. That would be former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan. Duggan is running a write-in campaign.

But, in the final weeks of the campaign, another man, a barber in Detroit, decided he too would run a write-in campaign for Mayor. His name is Mike Dugeon.

So, this is an election where spelling counts.

Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, joined us today to talk about these write-in candidates.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
5:08 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Federal health data show that where you live may determine whether you will get cancer and what type.

On today’s show, we explored Michigan's cancer profile.

And, we traveled to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City, one of only 10 designated sky parks in the entire world.

Also, we spoke with Rick Pluta about the write-in candidates in Detroit’s primary election.

First on the show, it's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November, but so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today.

Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.

They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager Kevyn Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.

So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.

We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?

Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.

Election 2013
4:44 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Follow these links for Michigan's August 6th election results

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Are you going to vote today? Statistics indicate that you likely will not.

The Michigan Secretary of State doesn't even list primary voter turnout statistics for non-presidential or non-gubernatorial election years.

But many of you did vote, and your votes will help determine our political future here in Michigan.

Below you can find links to the major primary election results around the state:

We'll post election results tonight as they come in.

A strong write-in campaign from Detroit Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan could complicate things in that race.

A high tally for "total write-in votes" in that race will mean we likely won't know results right away (the top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in November).

Are there other election results you're following? Let us know below.

Politics & Government
12:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

You voting? Navigating tomorrow's elections in Michigan

Voters file in to the ballots.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

On Tuesday, polls across Michigan will open for statewide local elections.

Voters in 56 of Michigan’s 83 counties will cast ballots.
Given the city’s recent bankruptcy declaration, all eyes will likely be on Detroit’s mayoral race results.

But as Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reported, counties across the states will face the usual suspects in the poll booths: school and library millages, ward elections, and filling city council seats.
How can you find out if there’s an election in your county? What’s on the ballot? And are you positive you're registered to vote?

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Politics & Government
7:24 am
Mon August 5, 2013

In this morning's news: Animal abuse prevention, Michigan left turn, local primary elections

Morning News Roundup for Monday, August 5, 2013
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Legislators working to prevent animal abuse in Michigan

A bid to make Michigan the first state with an animal abuser registry has been dropped by lawmakers over concerns about cost and other issues. Instead, the state could soon require that criminal background checks be done on every would-be pet adopter at Michigan animal shelters. The $10 fee for each check could be waived for shelters. Cracking down on animal abuse has broad support, though some dog breeders question doing tens of thousands of background checks to flag a small number of abusers.

Michigan left turn could enter other states

The median U-turn is common on Michigan roadways; they allow drivers to avoid accident-generating left turns at intersections. But Wayne State University engineers say they aren't common in other states yet, in part because the design isn't included in standard manuals and software used by highway designers. The university received a $78,000 grant from Scientific Applications with which they plan to develop equations, text and software to include the Michigan left turn in the Highway Capacity Manual.

Looking forward to local primaries tomorrow

Local primaries will be taking place across Michigan tomorrow. The most interesting might be the Detroit mayoral primary. There are 14 names on the ballot, but the race is widely seen as a duel between former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan, and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. But Duggan isn't even on the ballot, he's running a write-in campaign. Only the top two candidates will advance to the November general election.

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Politics & Government
9:53 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Detroit elections officials preparing for a long, complicated primary night

Detroit elections officials are preparing for a long night after next week’s primary-- likely to be one of the more interesting primaries in Detroit history.

One of the front-running mayoral candidates, Mike Duggan, is only running as a write-in.

He faces another write-in candidate , Mike Dugeon, whose name is pronounced the same—and spelled virtually the same way.

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Politics & Government
11:24 am
Wed July 31, 2013

In Detroit, mayoral candidates slug it out to the finish

Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan, right.
Sarah Cwiek Michigan Radio

Detroit has an emergency manager—but more than a dozen people are still vying to be the city’s next mayor.

And most of them were on hand for a debate just a week before the city’s primary election last night.

A dozen candidates took to the stage—in groups—to share why they wanted to be mayor of the bankrupt city. There were so many candidates that there few opportunities for substantive debate.

Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is considered one of the frontrunners—even though he’s not on the ballot. He’s waging a write-in campaign.

Duggan faced questions about “cronyism” dating back to his days as part of former Wayne County Executive Ed McNamara’s political machine.

He also responded to persistent questions about why he’s running for mayor—when he’s lived in Detroit for barely a year.

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Politics & Government
9:11 am
Wed July 31, 2013

This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid expansion, wolf hunt delay, Detroit mayoral race

Capitol Building, Lansing, MI
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Week in Michigan politics interview for 7/31/2013

This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss a Senate panel’s vote on a plan for Medicaid expansion, licensing delays for wolf hunting, and what to expect from Detroit’s mayoral election.

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Politics & Government
7:53 am
Fri July 26, 2013

In this morning's news: Flint schools, insider trading, and a surprise mayoral candidate

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Flint schools develop deficit plan

The Flint school district has a deficit elimination plan for the coming year.  School leaders approved the plan last night.  Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports that the plan calls for job cuts and the closure of two elementary schools.

Former U of M doctor to testify in insider trading case

A former University of Michigan neurologist could serve as a key witness in an insider trading case.  SAC Capital Advisors has been charged with wire fraud and securities fraud.  According to Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody, “one of the hedge fund portfolio managers indicted for securities fraud allegedly obtained information about a new Alzheimer’s drug from a University of Michigan neurologist in 2008.”  Dr. Sidney Gilman advised the company that the experimental drug was not going to be successful.

New candidate enters Detroit mayoral race

Mike Dugeon, a barber from Detroit, has announced his intent to run for mayor.  The hopeful write-in candidate announced his plan to run yesterday.  Alana Holland reports “Whoever is behind the campaign for the new entry Dugeon could potentially hurt Duggan's chances in the Aug. 6 primary.”

Politics & Government
8:44 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Mike Dugeon to run against... Mike Duggan

Barber Mike Dugeon
Credit Mike Dugeon's Facebook Page / Facebook

A new candidate has announced his candidacy as a write-in for the Detroit mayoral race.

His name? Mike Dugeon.   

Yes, that's a direct aim at a certain other write-in candidate, Mike Duggan. 

Mike Duggan, former Detroit Medical Center CEO, has been gaining quite a bit of support for his write-in campaign for the office. But instead of just filling in the circle next to his name, voters will have to do a couple extra things in the ballot box:

Write in the name, fill in the circle, and make sure there are two Gs.

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Politics & Government
12:15 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Judge clears way for Duggan write-in campaign in Detroit

Mike Duggan will run as a write-in candidate for Detroit mayor
http://dugganfordetroit.com

DETROIT (AP) - A Wayne County judge has cleared the way for ex-health care executive Mike Duggan to be a write-in candidate for Detroit mayor.

Judge Lita Popke on Monday dismissed a lawsuit filed by mayoral candidate Tom Barrow and others. Popke earlier knocked Duggan off the Aug. 6 primary ballot after a challenge by Barrow because Duggan hadn't lived in Detroit long enough before filing to run.

Popke said Duggan meets all requirements to run as a write-in candidate. The state's election director last week also said Duggan met all City Charter requirements for a write-in campaign.

Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon have been seen as leading candidates for mayor. Duggan would need to finish at least second in the primary to appear on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Upcoming Detroit election: A historic opportunity for write-in candidates?

Write-in candidates are usually considered long shots for winning political office.

But it’s possible this upcoming Detroit election could turn conventional wisdom on its head.

Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is running a write-in campaign for Detroit mayor.

The Lansing-based newsletter Inside Michigan Politics recently commissioned a poll asking Detroit voters whether they’d write in a candidate for mayor.

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Opinion
8:35 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Will Duggan's write-in campagin work in Detroit?

Lessenberry commentary for 7/1/2013

For the last year, former Detroit Medical System czar and long-time Wayne County political fixer Mike Duggan has been gearing up to run for mayor of Detroit.

The 55-year-old candidate was seen by many movers and shakers, both black and white, as perhaps the one politician who could actually run the city, once it emerges from control by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

But Duggan’s candidacy was derailed when a circuit judge ruled him off the August primary ballot because of an odd technicality.

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Politics & Government
7:57 am
Fri June 28, 2013

In this morning's news: ACLU suit proceeds, Duggan considers write-in campaign, and Pugh disappears

Morning News Roundup, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011
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“Right-to-read” suit continues

A Wayne County judge is allowing a suit against the Highland Park school district to proceed.  “The suite says the district failed to comply with a state law that requires remedial assistance for students not reading at grade level in the fourth and seventh grades,” reports Michigan Radio’s Lindsay Hall.  The “right-to-read” suit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union last year.

Duggan supporters consider write-in campaign

Mike Duggan will announce his next steps today in the Detroit Mayoral race.  Michigan Radio’s Sara Cwiek reports that Duggan’s supporters are preparing a write-in campaign for him.  Duggan was ousted from the race last week when courts decided he was ineligible after filing his paperwork outside of the approved dates.    

Detroit City Council President ousted

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has been relieved of duty.  Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr stripped him of his salary and authority after he failed to turn up for a final deadline Wednesday evening.  Michigan Radio's Julia Field reports that Pugh is also under scrutiny after allegations surfaced of an inappropriate relationship with a high school student.

Politics & Government
6:52 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Will Duggan launch a write-in campaign? We'll know on Friday

Will Mike Duggan launch a write-in campaign for Detroit mayor?

Some of his supporters want him to do just that.

Two courts decided that Duggan couldn’t run for mayor because of a technical residency requirement in the city charter.

Duggan decided not to appeal the issue to the Michigan Supreme Court. And when he announced that last week, Duggan said he wasn’t interested in running a write-in campaign, either.

But some of his supporters, like Peggy Noble, didn’t want to let Duggan’s mayoral campaign die.

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Politics & Government
6:25 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

In Detroit, a front-runner for mayor self-destructs

Mike Duggan is beloved by business leaders, but a minor screw-up is ending his bid
Mike Duggan

Hear the full story above.

Mike Duggan has dropped out of the race for Detroit mayor, a day after the Michigan Court of Appeals removed him from the ballot.

A stocky white guy from Livonia, Duggan moved his family to Detroit last year so he  could run.

But now, he'll likely be remembered as the guy who couldn't wait just two weeks.

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Politics & Government
10:57 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Mike Duggan bows out of Detroit mayoral race

Mike Duggan, left.
Kate Wells Michigan Radio

At a press conference early this morning, Mike Duggan announced he is officially withdrawing from Detroit’s mayoral race.

Duggan, the former CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, was kicked off the mayoral ballot last week after the Third Circuit Court ruled that he did not meet the residency requirement in Detroit’s electoral law. The Michigan Court of Appeals upheld that decision. Duggan declined to appeal that ruling.

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Politics & Government
8:37 am
Wed June 19, 2013

This week in Michigan politics: Medicaid in the Senate, Snyder in Israel, Mike Duggan off the ballot

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Week in Michigan politics interview for 6/19/2013

This week in Michigan politics, Jack Lessenberry and Emily Fox discuss the state of Medicaid expansion in the Michigan Senate, Governor Snyder's trade mission to Israel, and the political future of Mike Duggan in Detroit.

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