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Mike Duggan will not challenge court ruling, ends Detroit mayoral bid

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

Mike Duggan's campaign for mayor of Detroit is over. He has decided not to fight the court rulings that threw him off the ballot.

Duggan's campaign was tripped up by the residency requirements set by the Detroit City Charter.

"We'll always wish that the voters of Detroit could've made the decision for themselves and not have it be made by judges," Duggan said Wednesday.

"The damage that has been caused by these court rulings saying that I wasn't on the ballot in the first place I just think is too much to overcome."

Mayoral candidate Tom Barrow and labor activist Robert Davis filed a lawsuit claiming Duggan violated the City Charter by filing two weeks prior to reaching his one year anniversary as a Detroit resident.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I think you could be knocked off a ballot for filing petitions too soon," Duggan said.

"The law says you file early. This is the supreme irony. The law asks you to file early," said Butch Hollowell, Duggan's attorney.

But regardless of any interpretation or perceived intent of the charter, two separate courts ruled strictly on the language of it.

"I only blame myself," Duggan said. "I should've held the petitions two weeks longer and not given them a chance."

"It's a sad day for Detroit because it didn't have to happen," said political consultant Steve Hood.

"One of the voices who had points of view has now be silenced," said former Detroit City Council Member Sheila Cockrel.

So what does this mean for the mayor's race?

"The real winner in all of this would be Benny Napoleon. It's a much less expensive race," Hood said.

How has this affected Tom Barrow's chances?

"Still the same. He's still loud, jumping in the wind. He's had his 15 minutes of fame," Hood said. "If he can get off of the negative, negative, negative and go positive, he may have a chance at coming through and facing Mr. Napoleon."

"Tom Barrow's ambition in life is to be mayor of Detroit, and letting the voters make the decision hasn't really worked out for him," Duggan said.

Bottom line, Detroiters have an important choice to make, and Mike Duggan will not be an option.

"The big loser in this is we're never going to hear Mike Duggan's plan. I understand that thing was hot, and it really was counter to what Mr. Orr is doing, all this slashing and burning," Hood said.

The Duggan campaign will hold a volunteer appreciation event at its headquarters on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

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