Mike Duggan

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Mike Duggan
Mike Duggan 2013.jpg
75th Mayor of Detroit
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by Dave Bing
Prosecutor of Wayne County
In office
January 1, 2001 – January 6, 2004
Preceded by John O'Hair
Succeeded by Kym Worthy
Personal details
Born Michael Edward Duggan
(1958-07-15) July 15, 1958 (age 59)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lori Maher
Children 4
Relatives Patrick Duggan (Father)
Education University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (BA, JD)
Website Campaign website

Michael Edward Duggan (born July 15, 1958) is an American politician and businessman. He was elected the 75th mayor of Detroit, Michigan in 2013,[1] receiving national attention in part for being the first white mayor of the majority-black city since the early 1970s, when Detroit's population still had a white majority.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Duggan was born in Detroit on July 15, 1958, to Patrick J. Duggan and Joan Colosimo.[3] He graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School. He then received a bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1980, followed by a J.D. degree from its law school in 1983.

Career[edit]

As a Democrat, Duggan was an appointed and elected official in Wayne County, Michigan, beginning in 1986 as Wayne County's assistant corporation counsel. He was deputy County Executive from 1987 to 2001 under Edward H. McNamara, and was elected prosecutor in 2000.[4]

Beginning in 2004, Duggan was president and CEO of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC). He was in this position when the formerly nonprofit DMC was sold to publicly traded Vanguard Health Systems in 2010.[5]

Mayor of Detroit[edit]

In 2012 he resigned his position at the DMC and moved from the suburb of Livonia to the city of Detroit, intending to run for the office of mayor the following year.[6] However, he failed to qualify for the ballot because he filed less than a year after establishing residency in the city; if he had waited two more weeks to file – which still would have met for the filing deadline – he would have qualified.[7]

Instead he mounted a write-in campaign, and received 52% of the August primary vote,[8] placing his name on the ballot for the general election, along with second-place finisher Benny Napoleon.[9] He ran with the campaign slogan, "Every neighborhood has a future", on a platform of financial turnaround, crime reduction, and economic development.[10] He received 55% of the vote in the general election in November, becoming the first white mayor of the now-majority-black city since Roman Gribbs, who served from 1970 to 1974.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Duggan is married to Lori Maher, and they have four adult children.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Poll: Mike Duggan Leads Race For Detroit Mayor". Huffington Post. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Smith, Jay Scott (5 March 2013). "Mike Duggan: A White Candidate For (Gasp!) Detroit". Newsweek. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  3. ^ Fletcher, Michael A. (4 November 2013). "Mike Duggan: The new face of Detroit's City Hall?". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Kosmetatos, Sofia (27 July 2007). "Tough medicine: DMC's comeback is latest success for Duggan". The Detroit News. 
  5. ^ "Vanguard Set to Acquire Detroit Hospitals". The Wall Street Journal. 31 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Helms, Matt (8 November 2012). "Mike Duggan to step down as DMC chief in pursuit of Detroit mayoral bid". Detroit Free Press. 
  7. ^ Staff (28 June 2013). "Mike Duggan will run for Detroit mayor as write-in candidate". WJBK-TV Fox 2. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  8. ^ ASSOCIATED PRESS (7 August 2013). "Write-ins dominate Detroit voting". Politico. Retrieved 21 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "How underdog story propelled Mike Duggan to top vote-getter in Detroit primary". Detroit Free Press. 7 August 2013. Retrieved 29 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Detroit elects first white mayor in more than 4 decades". CNN. 7 November 2013. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dave Bing
Mayor of Detroit
2014–present
Incumbent