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Duggan answers tough questions at 'house party' event

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Mike Duggan fields questions at a house party event.  (Credit: Fox 2 News) Mike Duggan fields questions at a house party event. (Credit: Fox 2 News)
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Mike Duggan threw a house party in Detroit, but it was more than a social event.  It was an opportunity for Detroiters to get to known a man who wants to be their next mayor.

A big part of Duggan's strategy is face to face question and answer sessions he and his team call house parties.  Monday night was at his 74th.

"When you go from some of the poorest neighborhoods in this community to some of the mansions of Indian Village to some of the areas in southwest Detroit that are largely industrial, you learn a lot about all the corners of the city," said Duggan.

He also gives Detroiters an opportunity to judge him not just based on what they see, but what he claims he can bring -- a record of turning around tough economic situations and delivering results in Wayne County and inside the DMC.

"With all the economic and political turmoil, DMC has made money seven years in a row," Duggan said at the event.

A crowd of Detroiters at Evangel Ministries on Detroit's west side threw him the tough questions.

"You didn't answer my question about reducing the property taxes?" asked resident Dorothy Moore.

"Reducing property taxes, so I don't know how to be any way accept honest.  If you are looking for a mayor to cut your taxes, you have to find somebody smarter than me.  The city is still facing a significant deficit, and I don't see cutting taxes as a realistic promise.  What I am going to do is for the taxes you're paying, I'm going to get the police to show up, I'm going to get the streetlights on," Duggan answered.

"Are you in favor of a city managed bankruptcy or an EM or none," another resident asked.

"I believe an emergency manager is going to fail," Duggan responded.

Duggan said he believes the governor will appoint an emergency manager.  Why run for mayor if he believes an emergency manager is on the way?

"If I'm elected in November, I believe I can put together a turnaround team from this community that looks like this community that is going to be so compelling we can persuade the governor to turn the city back to the people," he said.

But in a city with a deep history of racial division, will Duggan's record and ideas be enough to get him elected in a race already crowded with candidates, candidates that look like the majority of the people they would be representing if elected?

"I'm not looking for a white man or a black man.  I'm looking for someone who can breathe hope back into the city," said resident Colleen Turrell.

The election is still months away, but Duggan believes Detroiters will give him a shot.

"We're open to anybody that can make a change," said Dorothy Moore.

We have been told that Duggan will make an announcement about his candidacy on Tuesday.  Of course, we all know that announcement is going to be that he is running for mayor, and you can expect to see a lot more events like this in the months to come.

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