Duggan: I resent the whole 'white mayor' term - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Duggan: I resent the whole 'white mayor' term

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Mike Duggan beat Wayne County Sheriff benny napoleon by 10 percentage points. Several national headlines are quick to point out that Duggan will be this predominantly-black city's first white mayor in 40 years.

It's a topic Duggan says he has little time for.

"I resent it; I resent the whole white mayor term," Duggan says. "People in Detroit see me as a Detroiter who they think can make the quality of life better. People on the national scene are writing some superficial articles and hopefully they'll get past this relatively soon."

In the meantime Duggan is getting to work. He'll meet with Mayor Dave Bing, Governor Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. The big question: what role will the emergency manager allow Detroit's next mayor play, and what kind of team will he be allowed to build?

"Will I expect to have input? Will I make arguments? Absolutely. What exactly that role is, we're going to have to work out, but the relationship is going to be professional and it's going to be respectful," Duggan says..

He adds he'll work to build good relationships with leaders in City Hall and in Lansing, and that he doesn't intend to let Detroit down. "I'm going to go into city hall and take on that bureaucracy, and deliver services to the people that are a lot better than they're getting today."

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Jimmy Buffett returns to Comerica Park on July 26

    Jimmy Buffett returns to Comerica Park on July 26

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:23 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:23:48 GMT
    Jimmy Buffett will take the stage once again this summer at Detroit's Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will play one night only on Saturday, July 26 with special guest John Fogerty.
    Jimmy Buffett will take the stage once again this summer at Detroit's Comerica Park. Olympia Entertainment announced Thursday that Buffett and his Coral Reefer Band will play one night only on Saturday, July 26 with special guest John Fogerty.
  • Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    Body found in Lake Erie, crews look for 3 missing

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:15 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:15:54 GMT
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
    The U.S. Coast Guard says the body of a missing boater has been found in Lake Erie and they're continuing to search for three others off the Ohio shoreline.
  • Police: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

    Police: Break-in suspect shot, dies after crash

    Thursday, April 17 2014 10:54 AM EDT2014-04-17 14:54:57 GMT
    Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home on the city's west side.
    Detroit police say a break-in suspect who was shot by homeowner has died after crashing a getaway vehicle into a nearby home on the city's west side.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices