Incumbent in Detroit mayor race defeats Coleman Young II
DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Mike Duggan will serve a second term as Detroit’s mayor after defeating state Sen. Coleman Young II in Tuesday’s election. Young, the son of Detroit’s first black mayor Coleman A. Young, conceded the race as Duggan held a commanding lead with nearly all of the precincts reporting. The victory allows Duggan to continue efforts to remove blight and bring improvements to city neighborhoods. In the nonpartisan August primary, Duggan got more than 67 percent of the vote to Coleman Young II’s nearly 27 percent. Duggan received endorsements from prominent labor groups and clergy, and even the influential Black Slate that helped get Young’s father get elected in 1973. Coleman A. Young, who first took office in 1974, served 20 years as mayor. He decided not to seek re-election after 1993. He died in 1997. Duggan was elected the first white mayor in the city since 1973. Detroit is more than 80 percent black. “I hope that this is the year where we put ‘us versus them politics’ behind us forever, because we believe in one Detroit for all of us,” Duggan told his supporters Tuesday night. His supporters then began to chant: “One Detroit. One Detroit.” Duggan initially took office months after a state-appointed manager in 2013 filed for Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Duggan had limited power over city finances and other operations in his first year in office, but he and the City Council eventually regained control after Detroit’s December 2014 bankruptcy exit.