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New Challengers Emerge for 2021 Detroit Mayoral Race

Matthew Donnellon

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2020 saw a drawn out, tumultuous election and now Detroit residents are gearing up for another, most likely less contentious trip to the voting booth.

The race became real for Mayor Duggan who will be seeking re-election this fall as 13 potential candidates decided to throw their hat into the ring.

The best known challenger would be 5 time mayoral candidate Tom Barrow. Barrow is an activist as well as a former certified public accountant, and this would mark his second attempt against the current mayor. On why he wanted to run Barrow told The Detroit News:

"I'm competent, I'm capable. I'm a Detroiter through-and-through," Barrow told The Detroit News Tuesday, adding he stepped up because he didn't feel other challengers emerging in the race could "bring the energy."

"Detroit is in my DNA," he added. "People know that I care, that I will look out for them and will protect them and not allow them to be misused."

This would be an interesting race should Barrow emerge as the eventual contender as votes will remember that last time Barrow ran against Duggan he challenged whether Duggan fit the residency qualification, forcing Duggan to run as a write-in candidate, eventually the highest office in the city.

Anthony Adams, Kwame Kilpatrick’s deputy mayor, is also running, and is likely the second most recognized name. So far, Adams has indicated that he would focus on police reform, crime reduction, and structural racism.

The Detroit News also listed the other candidates “City elections records showed past mayoral hopefuls Curtis Greene, Articia Bomer, Danetta Simpson and Myya Jones also had filed petitions by the 4 p.m. deadline. Other candidates include Cheryl Webb, Jasahn Larsosa, Charleta McInnis, Arthur Tyus, Emanuel Shaw, Kiawana Brown and Dallias Wilcoxon.”

Duggan will be a hard candidate to beat as he won his last election with 70% of the vote and has enjoyed high approval ratings since gaining office.

So far it’s looking to be an exciting run up to the election.

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Matthew Donnellon is a writer, artist, and sit down comedian. He is the author of The Curious Case of Emma Lee and Other Stories

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