Coleman Young II to Face Duggan in General Election

Sascha Raiyn

Coleman Young II took second place in Tuesday’s mayoral primary. 

Young told his supporters to get in “fighting shape” as they work toward the November general election. He said his vision for the city will address the concerns of the majority of its residents – the poor.

For every single person who is out there now that is living in abject poverty, and no one has decided to come up with a plan to help them — that’s who we’re doing this for.”

Young will challenge Mayor Mike Duggan. Young and Duggan beat six official and several write-in candidates to make it to the November ballot.

Young says now that the field for the next mayor has narrowed to two, Mayor Mike Duggan should face him in a debate.

I’ll debate him in the outhouse,” Young said at a his primary victory celebration at the Round Bar. “I’ll debate him in the penthouse. I’ll debate him in the courthouse. I’ll debate him in the poorhouse. I’ll debate him in the Manoogian. I’ll debate him in his own damn house.”

Young secured 26 percent of the vote.

Young is the son of Detroit’s first black mayor Coleman A Young who served from 1974 until 1994.

 Campaign staffer Brenda Hill says Young’s supporters got to the polls despite low voter turnout.

This is actually a referendum on Duggan – the lower voter turnout,’ Hill said. “He should be embarrassed, ashamed. He should pack his bags and go, because people are saying that they don’t care and that only is a reflection of the leader and he does not care about the people.”

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Sascha Raiyn

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Native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.   Follow @raiyn

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