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Barrow questions Duggan's eligibility for Detroit mayoral race

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Mike Duggan's eligibility for the Detroit mayoral race is being questioned. Mike Duggan's eligibility for the Detroit mayoral race is being questioned.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Did Mike Duggan live in the City of Detroit long enough to legally run for mayor? At least one challenger in the race says no.

The real issue isn't how long Duggan has lived in Detroit. It's all about when he filed his paperwork because if he had waited just two weeks, this would be a non-issue. But if you ask Tom Barrow, this is something that's not just a technicality, it's a big problem.

"Mr. Duggan will not be on the ballot. There's no question in my mind," Barrow said.

To Barrow, the Detroit City Charter is pretty clear.

"You have to be a registered voter in the City of Detroit for one full year before you file to run for office," he said.

Duggan, who moved back to Detroit from Livonia, filed his petitions on April 2, two weeks before that one year mark.

"They've already kicked off several people, and if they make a way for this person, who clearly has violated the rules and who really isn't even a longtime Detroit resident, he's been here eleven, twelve months if he's been that long living, then this is wrong," Barrow said.

He's not the only one challenging Duggan's eligibility. Activist Robert Davis is asking the secretary of state to weigh in based on a case he won in 2011.

Attorney Butch Hollowell filed the Duggan campaign's response Wednesday afternoon. Hollowed said Barrow's argument is ridiculous.

"The filing deadline is really the key thing under the City Charter," he remarked.

That was May 14.

"Mr. Duggan was here far in advance of the filing deadline. He actually did the right thing and filed the petitions early, which is part of the recommendations that the state makes," Hollowell said.

Duggan isn't the only one Barrow is questioning. He's asking the Detroit Election Commission to recuse itself from deciding this case because he said members are too closely connected to either Duggan or Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon.

"All these incestuous and bad relationships that are sucking us down, we've got to end that. We've got to bring that to a halt," Barrow said.

"Mr. Duggan is looking forward to taking this case to the voters right after the Election Commission hearing," Hollowell said.

Late Wednesday afternoon, Lisa Howze released a statement. She said both Duggan and Barrow should be disqualified.

Howze said Barrow should be disqualified because he circulated petitions before he was legally supposed to.

Barrow fired right back. He said petitions are good for 180 days and "Bless her heart. At best, she can be a member of my staff."

The Election Commission meets Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

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