Bankruptcy clouds Detroit mayoral primary election

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Associated Press

Posted on August 5, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 5 at 6:06 PM

DETROIT (AP) — More than a dozen candidates are running for Detroit mayor — an office guaranteeing no power for the immediate future because most operations are being run by an emergency manager seeking to take the city into bankruptcy.

The leading candidates in Tuesday's primary include a former Police Chief Benny Napoleon, accountant Tom Barrow and ex-medical center chief Mike Duggan.

Duggan was kicked off the ballot over a residency issue, but is now a write-in candidate. Barber Mike Dugeon also has filed as a write-in. The name similarities could create voter confusion and lengthy delays in tallying results.

The top two vote-getters will face off in the November general election.

Emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy last month, making Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek Chapter 9 protection.

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