DETROIT — Incumbents in Detroit proved their favorability among residents.
Mayor Mike Duggan received 67 percent (43,488 votes) of the total votes cast, while State Sen. Coleman Young II received 27 percent (17,155 votes). The two will compete in the November 7 general election.
“Thank you, Detroit,” Duggan said at his election party, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I saw the numbers come in, and it was overwhelming. This is a hard job, and every place I go in the city, I’m greeted with warmth and kindness; but you don’t know how people feel until those votes come in.”
He added that there’s still more work to do and coming in first place in this election is not the end.
“We’re not taking anything for granted,” Duggan said. “We’re going after every single vote. This fall I’m going to talk to the people of Detroit.”
He also said voters wouldn’t hear him attack Young.
Young also thanked his supporters at his campaign gathering.
“We are standing on the shoulders of our ancestors, of our grandparents, our parents,” he said “… As we take this city back for the people, no more will we have billions of dollars flowing through downtown and our children don’t have recreation centers.”
Almost all Detroit City Council incumbents advanced to the November election.
In the city clerk election, incumbent Janice Winfrey will face off against activist Garlin Gilchrist.