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Detroit Candidate for Mayor and City Resident Tom Barrow turning
in petition signatures for office in April 2013
"Duggan is free to appeal to the state courts, the US Supreme Court, the World Court at The Hague and even Capt. Kirk's United Federation of Planets, the result will be the same because the decision is rooted in the case law and state statutes," Mayoral Candidate Barrow said.
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Former candidate, Mike Duggan, held
press conference on June 13, 2013, announcing appeal
“We’re confident that we will get this reversed,” Duggan said. “This is the nature of the business. If you’re not willing to fight through adversity, you have no business running for mayor of Detroit.”
"So many in Detroit believe that the legal system is "flexible" and accommodates the wealthy and powerful, while working people must accept their fate at the mercy of the courts," Barrow stated. Yesterday's decision balanced the scales in many Detroiters minds, restoring a modicum of confidence necessary for governing".
Barrow referenced former Detroit ballot candidate Mike Duggan time as Wayne County Prosecutor from 2001-2003, indicating Duggan should be inclined to respect the rule of law and provisions in Detroit's City Charter on residency requirements.
"For Duggan to continue this futile legal fight is a waste of resources, and is in fact divisive for the city, where the decision restored confidence in the judicial system, his attempt to appeal continues to create an atmosphere of privilege where money trumps the law," he explained.
Duggan previously lived in Livonia, Michigan until moving to Detroit with the specific intent of running Mayor on April 16, 2012. As a former named ballot candidate in the City Mayoral race, Duggan filed his petitions for candidacy on April 2, 2013. Section 3-111 of the City Charter states the following:
"Duggan needs to heed the advice he has offered so many times as a Prosecutor and that is to accept the decision and move on with his life and allow Detroiters to seek out the leadership they deserve to move the city forward," Barrow stated.
"Sec. 3-111. Residency Requirement for Elective Officers.
1. Elected Officials Generally.
All candidates for elective office and elected officials shall be bona fide residents of the City of Detroit and must maintain their principal residence in the City of Detroit for one (1) year at the time of filing for office or appointment to office, and throughout their tenure in office."Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Lita Masini Popke decision ruled Duggan was 14 days shy of one year of residency, required by any candidate seeking an elected office position in the City of Detroit.
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