Duggan Survives Ballot Challenge

May 23, 2013

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“If you really read the charter literally, it would mean that everyone except for Mike—for example—would be excluded from the ballot because it also says you have to be a resident for one year. Now, it didn’t say for ‘at least one year’…and so that would imply that everybody who was a resident for MORE than one year would be excluded from the ballot. So, in these kinds of incidents you look to other sources to get it clear. You look at what state laws say and what federal laws say.”—Melvin “Butch” Hollowell

Detroit's election commission ruled Thursday afternoon that mayoral candidate Mike Duggan did not violate the city charter by submitting his nominating petitions too early. Another candidate, Tom Barrow, challenged Duggan's eligibility, saying the charter requires candidates to live in the city for one year before filing to run for elective office. Duggan filed two weeks before he would have reached his one-year residency anniversary. But the commission voted 2-1 to keep Duggan on the August primary ballot. City Clerk Janice Winfrey and acting Corporation Counsel Edward Keelean voted in favor, with City Council President Charles Pugh dissenting. Before the vote, WDET's Pat Batcheller spoke with Duggan campaign legal adviser Butch Hollowell about the controversy. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Photo Credit | Regina H. Boone - Detroit Free Press