Reports are in that Wayne County Circuit Judge Lita M. Popke sided with mayoral contender Tom Barrow, who along with Robert Davis challenged Mike Duggan’s eligibility to run for Detroit Mayor. According to the Detroit City Charter, a mayoral candidate must be a resident of the Detroit at least one year prior to running for Mayor. Duggan’s office has not disputed the date he moved, but the city’s filing deadline (May 14th) for candidates to make the August ballot.
In a prepared statement, Duggan had this to say:
This ruling is contrary to the opinion of every election lawyer who has looked at the case.
We’re reviewing our legal options with our lawyers and will make a decision shortly on how we’ll proceed.