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Mike Duggan is back, plans to mount difficult write-in campaign in Detroit

mike duggan shaking a woman's hand

He was bounced out of the race on a technicality.

At his announcement last week that he would drop out of the Detroit mayoral race, a press event that normally would be somber, Duggan drew some laughs.

"I am the first candidate I've ever heard of to be knocked off the ballot for filing petitions too early."

A week later, Duggan says he's back in. He's going to run as a write-in candidate.

From The Detroit News:

Duggan walked into a round of applause slightly before making his announcement. Duggan said he went on vacation and turned off his phone. When he turned on his phone Monday, he said he received hundreds of messages saying they wanted to write in him on the ballot. “The last place I thought I would be one week ago is back here,” said Duggan, who made his announcement at his campaign headquarters on Jefferson Avenue. “Today was the day we were going to turn the keys into the landlord. I still don’t know how to describe the power of what happened. I did not expect this kind of reaction.” Last week, Duggan said a write-in effort for the primary election would be “extremely difficult.”


Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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