Mike Duggan Elected 1st White Mayor Of Detroit In 40 Years

Source: AP / NewsOne.com

A former medical center chief has defeated a county sheriff to become the next mayor of financially troubled Detroit.

Unofficial returns showed Mike Duggan leading Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55 percent to 45 percent with 99 percent of precincts reporting. Napoleon conceded defeat late Tuesday in a race where he was outspent by Duggan by about 3-to-1 heading into Tuesday’s election.

Both candidates had campaigned that a state-appointed emergency manager should leave the city and allow the new mayor to fix Detroit’s finances when he takes office in January.

But the reality is that Duggan will have little power under emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who filed in July to take Detroit into bankruptcy.

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