Mike Duggan

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Mike Duggan
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75th Mayor of Detroit
Assumed office
January 1, 2014
Preceded by Dave Bing
CEO of the Detroit Medical Center
In office
January 2004 – December 2012
Wayne County Prosecutor
In office
Preceded by John O'Hair
Succeeded by Kym Worthy
Deputy County Executive of Wayne County, Michigan
In office
Personal details
Born Michael Edward Duggan
(1958-07-15) July 15, 1958 (age 58)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.[1]
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) (Mary) Lori Maher
Children Mary
(Michael) Eddie
Parents Patrick Duggan
Education University of Michigan
University of Michigan Law School
Occupation politician
Religion Roman Catholic
Website www.dugganfordetroit.com

Michael Edward "Mike" Duggan (born July 15, 1958) is an American attorney, prosecutor, and businessman, currently serving as mayor of Detroit, Michigan. He was elected mayor in 2013,[2] receiving national attention in part because he is the first white mayor of the majority-black city since Roman Gribbs' tenure in the early 1970s, when Detroit was not yet a majority African-American city.[3] He received 52% of the primary vote as a write-in candidate,[4] then 55% of the vote in the mayoral run-off in November 2013.

Duggan 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. 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.[5]

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.[6]

He resigned his position at the DMC in 2012 and moved from the suburb of Livonia to the city of Detroit, to run for the office of mayor.[7] However, he failed to qualify for the ballot because in turning in his petition ahead of the filing deadline, it became a filing less than a year after establishing residency in the city; if he had waited two more weeks to file, which was still in time for the filing deadline, he would have qualified.[8] He mounted a write-in campaign, receiving enough votes in the August primary election for his name to be placed on the ballot for the general election in November, along with second-place finisher Benny Napoleon.[9]

Detroit mayoral victory[edit]

Duggan is the first white mayor of the majority-black city of Detroit since Roman Gribbs, who served from 1970 to 1974.[3] Duggan received 52% of the primary vote as a write-in candidate,[4] then 55% of the vote in the mayoral run-off in November 2013. He ran with the campaign slogan, "Every neighborhood has a future," and on a platform of financial turnaround, crime reduction and economic development.[10]

Personal life[edit]

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

See also[edit]


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