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Detroit mayoral candidates respond to Snyder's announcement on financial crisis

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Krystal Crittendon Releases Statement on Emergency Manager Announcement

"As Detroiters hold vigil, waiting for Governor Snyder to announce his plans regarding the appointment of an Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit, I urge the Governor to consider the many flaws and inaccuracies contained in the Financial Review Team's report.

"The validity of the EFM and EM laws notwithstanding, I am glad to know now that we have been joined by other civic leaders who agree with our assessment, that if the City were to collect the money it is owed by private corporations and by the State of Michigan, there would be no economic crisis.

"We continue to ask for transparency in the resolution of this fiscal matter. We need to have a full review of everything which is owed to the City, as well as everything that the City must pay.

"This truly is an important epoch in the history of our City and our State. Detroit's citizens, and public workers as well as those around the State who voted against the Emergency Manager ballot initiative, are watching closely as the events of today unfold. I would urge everyone concerned to rise above the political fray and unite to retain the sovereignty of the City and to work together to resolve its issues.

"I call on all around the State who believe in Democracy to join us."

Sheriff Benny N. Napoleon made the following statement regarding Governor Snyder's announcement of an emergency manager in Detroit.

"The concept of an emergency manager is antithetical to democracy, home rule, and everything I believe in, which is why I campaigned aggressively to repeal Public Act 4," said Sheriff Napoleon. "Detroit, just as any community, has a constitutional right to self governance.

"I also have serious questions about the veracity of the state review team's report that appears to have overstated the city's long-term debt, a question the Governor failed addressed in his news conference.

"And while I question whether Detroit is in a state of fiscal emergency, I certainly believe that it is in a state of fiscal urgency. The only way to build the Detroit that we all aspire to be is to deal with the fiscal challenges that we do know to exist, place a priority on making the city safe, and provide services that are core to our city. That is the only way to move our city forward."

Mike Duggan's Reaction to Governor's Announcement


It's clear from the Governor's statement today that he has made the decision to appoint an Emergency Manager for the City of Detroit and will move forward in 10 days. This didn't have to happen. There were many opportunities for the Mayor and Council to head off an EM and there were other paths the Governor could have taken.

But today, as Detroiters, we have to face the reality that the decision has been made and change is coming.

It's okay to be angry at the Governor, Mayor or Council over the fact Detroit is getting an EM and, at the same time, still be supportive of the person who has to fill this very difficult EM job.
If the new EM will listen to the community and work at fixing broken city services as well as restructuring the finances, we should be supportive of those efforts. We don't want Detroit to linger under EM rule for years on end as we've seen in Benton Harbor or Ecorse. We want the EM to succeed and move on.

This is going to be a difficult and uncertain time. My approach will be to try to find constructive ways to engage with the EM to protect essential city services and improve the quality of life for our residents.

As far as the mayoral campaign, it will now become about which candidate can put forward the most credible turnaround plan and the strongest turnaround team in order to speed the return of city government back to the hands of those elected by Detroit's voters.


I believe deeply in the principle of self-determination. I know our nearly 2,000 campaign volunteers are going to work very hard this year in a united effort to elect the team that has the best chance to restore that principle back to the government of the City of Detroit.

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