MT Endorses Mike Duggan for Mayor of the City of Detroit
Only one candidate can make it happen and Duggan is that guy.
Published: October 9, 2013
With great affection and deep ties to the city, including those of his mother — who has lived in the same house since 1960 — there is no question that Benny Napoleon is committed to a Detroit renaissance. As a cop, the thought is if you reduce crime, then everything else will fall into place. There was probably a point in history where that philosophy would have worked. Unfortunately, given Detroit’s complicated current set of circumstances, reducing crime is but one of many issues facing the next mayor. As for his plans to have ombudsmen for each square mile, while it sounds good, don’t we all already know what the city’s main problems are?
And whether or not you agree with the appointment of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr by Gov. Rick Snyder, it seems unlikely that a court will come in and remove him by judicial fiat. Orr is here, and the best we can hope for is that he will get Detroit’s books in order as quickly as possible and ready a transition for the next mayor’s administration to inherit control.
However, with at least a year of the EM’s tenure still ahead of us, the next mayor will be forced to use his power of persuasion to implement campaign promises that so many voters are hoping come to fruition. Napoleon has made no secret that he holds the EM in contempt. While the position is laudable, its lack of pragmatism is likely a hindrance more than a help. If passion and commitment to neighborhoods were enough, Napoleon would be much further ahead in the polls. Unfortunately, wings and prayers don’t win elections, and they won’t turn Detroit around.
FOR ALL THE REASONS above, as well as the tens of thousands of citizens of Detroit praying that their time is now, we endorse Mike Duggan for mayor and hope his plans for Detroit’s future come to pass quickly.
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