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Mike Duggan

Mayor, City of Detroit

Mike Duggan was elected Mayor of Detroit in 2013. During his career he has taken on challenges that impact the quality of life of Detroiters, including access to health care, public transportation, crime, blight, expanding recreational opportunities in the city, job creation, and more. His immediate priority as Mayor has been to implement a coordinated strategy to address blight, public lighting, transportation, and public safety.

The Mayor is now focusing on economic growth in the city and creating pathways to opportunity for Detroit residents. His ultimate goal is to reverse the 60-year population decline.

After his first job out of college at a Detroit law firm in downtown Detroit, Duggan worked in the Wayne County law department before serving as Deputy Wayne County Executive under Ed McNamara from 1987-2000.

During his tenure Duggan oversaw 14 straight balanced budgets and a fully funded pension system, led the effort to bring the Detroit Lions back downtown, co-chaired the construction of Comerica Park and Ford Field, and negotiated the deal with the Clinton Administration that led to the construction Metro Airport’s midfield terminal.

During this time he also ran the SMART bus system, which was facing the threat of shutting down. In three years, he turned around the organization’s finances and partnered with unions to improve reliability, expand service in Detroit, and increase ridership. As Wayne County Prosecutor from 2001-2003, Duggan led efforts to reduce gun crime to address the problem of vacant homes across Detroit. Before running for Mayor, Duggan led the Detroit Medical Center out of near bankruptcy and back to profitability in his first year.

Duggan attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate studies and law school.