Will Detroit Have Its 1st White Mayor in 4 Decades?

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Detroit - The polls have opened in Detroit and it’s game on as mayoral candidate’s Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon battle it out in one of the most hotly contested mayoral races in the nation.

The history-making election follows a string of political fails in Detroit, including; the conviction of former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit bankruptcy and appointment of emergency manager, Kevyn Orr….

The front-runner, Mike Duggan, took the Detroit Medical Center from near-insolvency and the threat of mass layoffs to reinvestment and profitability. If elected, he would be the city’s first white mayor in four decades. Duggan, the front-runner is credited with taking the Detroit Medical Center from near-insolvency and the threat of mass layoffs to reinvestment and profitability.

His opponent Benny Napoleon, currently heading the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, and a former City of Detroit police chief under the Dennis Archer administration is best equipped according to many to address the city’s standout issue – public safety. He was a tough cop who understood how to tackle crime. Napoleon, widely regarded as the people’s candidate is a son of the city and promises to be sensitive the needs of those who have been disenfranchised by local government….

While both of these very accomplished candidates have played down the race issue, there has been no shortage of racial commentary surrounding both campaigns for the obvious reasons, Detroit has been a majority black city for decades now and has not had a white mayor in four decades….

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