DETROIT — On Tuesday, Nov. 7, incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan retained his seat, defeating State Sen. Coleman A. Young II in a landslide victory, with 72 percent of the vote.
“It’s been a year-long campaign and though all of the different kinds of attacks, I’ve been treated with nothing but warmth and kindness from Detroiters… I am just so appreciative,” Duggan said in his victory speech at the Detroit Marriott, where his supporters gathered in celebration.
Duggan said his campaign had to decide whether or not to “trash” Young or focus on the mayor’s vision for the next four years.
“‘If you have to divide people in order to get elected, you’ll never be able to govern,'” he said, quoting former President Obama.
Duggan said he didn’t care to respond to the “us-versus-them attacks” and is proud that his campaign didn’t spend any money on media or mail attacks on his opponent.
“I hope that this is the year where we put us-versus-them politics behind us forever because we believe in a one Detroit for all of us,” he said. His supporters followed with a “One Detroit” chant.
Duggan addressed the 9,000 people working for Detroit with a special thank you message. He said “75 percent” of Detroit believes in the city’s direction and that’s because of the hard work the employees put in.
“City government is going to stay in the hands of a strong financial management team,” he said. “And, to those 9,000 employees, you can enjoy this holiday. Nobody’s going to be talking about cutting your pay, cutting your health [and] cutting your pensions.”
Young conceded his loss with a positive message to the city and his campaigners.
“This one’s for you, Detroit, we love you, we appreciate you,” he said. “I thank God for you, Detroit. Even though you didn’t choose me, I know we can do great things together. Remember why we got in this race in the first place: So people who would never have had a voice would have one.”
He said his campaigners are the voice and hope for those who don’t have any.
“We use our power to serve the powerless,” he said, adding that the fight isn’t over and that they are leading the way for the next generation.
Duggan won his first four-year term when he beat Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon in the general election in 2013. He is the first White mayor of Detroit in 40 years.
Duggan won 72,450 votes, while Young received 28,164.
In the race for city clerk, incumbent Janice Winfrey was reelected with 50 percent of the vote, compared to 49 percent earned by her opponent, Garlin Gilchrist. According to ClickonDetroit.com, less than 1,500 votes separated the two totals.
In the City Council race, incumbent Councilman James Tate won 71 percent of the vote in District 1, while Tamara smith earned 28 percent; in District 2, retired Detroit police officer Roy McCalister earned 61 percent of the vote, while former State Sen. Virgil Smith won 38 percent; in District 3, incumbent Scott Benson won 63 percent of the vote, while Russ Bellant earned 36 percent; in District 4, Councilman Andre Spivey retained his seat with 57 percent of the vote, while Latisha Johnson earned 42 percent; in District 5, incumbent Mary Sheffield won 63 percent of the vote, while Wayne County Commissioner Jewel Ware earned 36 percent; in District 6, Councilwoman Raquel Castañeda-López retained her seat with 52 percent of the vote, while Tyrone Carter earned 47 percent and in District 7, Councilman Gabe Leland won 56 percent, while Regina Ross won 43 percent.
Council President Brenda Jones and Councilwoman Janeé Ayers, who hold the two at-large seats, retained their seats, earning 42 percent and 28 percent of the vote, respectively. Former State Rep. Mary Waters earned 19 percent and Beverly Kindle-Walker earned 8 percent.
Detroit voters also approved two proposals that ease medical marijuana restrictions.
In Westland, Mayor Bill Wild defeated Kevin Coleman, a six-year City Councilman, with 58 percent of the vote.
Wild was elected to the City Council in 2001. In January, 2007, he was chosen to replace former Mayor Sandra Cicirelli when she became an 18th District Court judge. He was then elected to a full term in his own right that November. He subsequently ran unopposed in 2009 and 2013.
Wild garnered 7,345 votes Tuesday, while Coleman received 5,336 votes. Coleman will not have a seat on Council next year, since he gave up reelection when he ran for mayor.