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Detroit mayor-elect says he resents focus on race

COREY WILLIAMS, Associated Press
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Mayor-elect Mike Duggan speaks at his election night celebration in Detroit Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Mayor-elect Mike Duggan speaks at his election night celebration in Detroit Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit’s mayor-elect says he resents so much being made of his skin color during his campaign to lead the city.

Voters chose Mike Duggan Tuesday as the first white mayor in four decades in Detroit, which is more than 80 percent black. Unofficial returns showed the former medical center chief defeating Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon 55 percent to 45 percent. Napoleon is black.

Voter Paulette Warren, who is black, says she voted for Duggan because he believes he’s best qualified to tackle Detroit’s crime problem.

Detroit’s finances are currently controlled by a state-appointed emergency manager. By the time Duggan takes office in January, a judge may already have ruled the city bankrupt.

 

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