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November 6: Special Edition; Chamber Looks Forward to Working with Mike Duggan, New City Council

Chamber Looks Forward to Working with Newly Elected Mike Duggan

Detroit voters strongly embraced former Chamber board member Mike Duggan on Tuesday night, as a he was elected as the city’s new mayor. With a proven record as a turn-around specialist, Duggan received 55 percent (unofficial) of the vote to win the election over Wayne County Sheriff, Benny Napoleon. The Chamber is excited to work with the Duggan administration and rally the business community to accelerate Detroit’s comeback.

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) was an early supporter of the Duggan campaign, making a formal endorsement at the beginning of his historic write-in candidacy in the primary election.

The Chamber commends Benny Napoleon for his candidacy and Mayor Dave Bing for his public service.

Chamber-Endorsed Candidates Anchor New City Council

Six of the eight PAC-endorsed Detroit city council candidates were victorious last night, a resounding success for the continued renaissance of Detroit’s business climate. Winning on Tuesday night were: James Tate (Incumbent – District 1), Scott Benson (District 3), Andre Spivey (Incumbent – District 4), Raquel Castaneda-Lopez (District 6), Gabe Leland (District 7) and Saunteel Jenkins (Incumbent – At-large). The Chamber looks forward to working with the newly elected council.

The Chamber would also like to thank Rick Bowers Jr. (District 2) and Adam Hollier (District 5) for their candidacy efforts and commitment to Detroit.

Chamber PAC Focused on Key 2014 Races Less Than 12 Months Away

Picking up on the success in yesterday’s city elections, the Chamber’s Political Action Committee is ratcheting up efforts in key statewide elections for 2014, including the Michigan Senate and gubernatorial races. As one of the most respected advocacy teams, the PAC will again support candidates committed to pro-growth policy to ensure the region and state continue to thrive.

The PAC’s success would not be possible without critical support from the business community. To learn more about the PAC, click here.

Key City Issues to Take Center Stage at 2014 Detroit Policy Conference

Just weeks after the newly elected mayor and city council take office, the Chamber’s 2014 Detroit Policy Conference – scheduled for Thursday, February 27 at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit – will focus on the city’s economic progress and emphasize that Detroit is “open for business.” The Conference provides an energetic atmosphere in which small business owners, corporate executives and community leaders drive a dynamic dialogue on the key issues impacting the Detroit region. For more information and to register, click here.