Duggan Elected Detroit Mayor Under Shadow OF Bankruptcy

November 6, 2013

In Detroit voters have elected the city’s first new mayor since it was taken over by the state and filed for bankruptcy protection. But as WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter reports…race also became an issue in the election. Mike Duggan is the first white mayor to represent Detroit’s majority black population in four decades. Duggan says his experience turning-around troubled companies resonated across racial lines in a city on the verge of bankruptcy. Shortly after declaring victory Duggan said, “The vast majority of people in this city want the politics of us versus them divisiveness behind us. And now we’re gonna rebuild the city with the talents of everyone.” Duggan says he hopes to convince Michigan’s governor that the city can move from under the shadow of bankruptcy without the continued presence of a state-appointed emergency manager.