The August 8 mayoral primary election is just around the corner, and momentum continues to grow behind Mayor Mike Duggan’s re-election.
The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News both endorsed Mayor Duggan for re-election – check out excerpts from their endorsements below, and click each link to read the full endorsement:
Mike Duggan has done a solid job under very challenging circumstances, and should be rewarded by voters with the chance to compete for a second term in November. The top two finishers will advance to the fall runoff, regardless if the primary winner tops 50 percent of the vote.
Under Duggan’s watch, the city has resolved some of its most nagging problems. All of the street lights have been replaced, and for the first time in decades neighborhoods are consistently well-lit.
Likewise, garbage is now picked up on a predictable schedule. And buses are a lot closer to running on time.
These may seem like small things, but they go a long way toward making a city liveable.
On bigger challenges, Duggan has also had success. He’s kept the city’s books in balance, so Detroit no longer faces the annual budget-cutting crisis.
He’s made improving the workforce a top priority, initiating a series of training programs.
Property tax assessments are being rationalized, and as they come closer to reflecting true market value, tax collections are rising.
Duggan has supported the private sector’s efforts to redevelop the downtown footprint, lending the city’s support to a number of key projects.
He’s put in place a more sensible blight policy, trying first to save homes and put them back on the tax rolls rather than tearing them down. But the city is moving at an aggressive pace to remove dangerous and unsalvageable structures.
The Duggan administration created the city’s Department of Neighborhoods, which pairs a district manager and deputy with each City Council district, and has become a point of contact for citizens who need service issues resolved. District managers also help coordinate development decisions and projects with City Council members, and have helped inspire citizen organization in neighborhoods that had been without a cohesive, consistent voice.
Duggan has also attracted A-grade talent from around the country to work on Detroit’s most vexing problems — people like Beth Niblock, the chief technology officer who has set about modernizing computer systems that were so outdated only a handful of people even knew how to operate them, and Maurice Cox, the planning director who is bringing ideas from places like New Orleans and Florence, Italy, to Detroit’s land use and community organizing efforts.
Duggan has also aggressively addressed the profound opportunity gaps that exist in the city. His Grow Detroit’s Young Talent program puts 8,000 Detroit teens to work each summer, and his recent partnerships with trade unions to expand their enrollment of Detroiters should pay off with jobs in the near future.