The final debate between Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

The final debate between Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan

Posted: Updated:
Mike Duggan (left) and Sheriff Benny Napoleon (right) Mike Duggan (left) and Sheriff Benny Napoleon (right)
(WJBK) -

The two candidates after the Detroit mayor's job took part their final debate before next week's local elections around Michigan.

The debate began at 7 p.m. Tuesday at WXYZ-TV's offices in Southfield.

Sheriff Benny Napoleon's strategy went on the attack.

"While Mike was sleeping in Livonia, I put on a bullet-proof vest, a 40-caliber glock and I patrolled the streets of this city. While Mike was sleeping in Livonia I was taking care of seniors; I was saving babies and I was protecting the weak while Mike was sleeping in Livonia," Sheriff Benny Napoleon said during his final comments.

Despite taking some jabs Mike Duggan appeared relaxed as he touted his success as a turnaround expert. He believes that's the reason why Detroiters fought to get him back on the ballot.

"When I stumbled I was lifted by the people of Detroit, first with your prayers then with your votes - the 48,000 people who wrote in my name and filled in the circle," Mike Duggan said.

Things started to heat up midway through the debate when the panel asked about the role of emergency manager Kevyn Orr, whom both candidates have shared a public disapproval of his placement to run the city.

"I'm expecting that the community and the business leaders who are supporting me will go with me to the governor and say, 'Okay, you appointed an emergency manager because you said the city couldn't manage its finances. Well now we've elected a mayor with a strong turnaround history," Duggan said. He continues, "I don't know whether we can get Kevyn Orr out before September, but I'm going to work every day on a positive, constructive way to shorten that stay."

The sheriff said: "I've maintained from day one that I believe Kevyn Orr is here illegally. It is very clear that there was a conspiracy, and it's becoming even clearer ... there was never, ever any intention of doing anything but sending Kevyn Orr in working with the governor, working with Andy Dillon, working with Kevyn Orr, and quite frankly, my opponent was a big part of that."

The candidates were asked a hypothetical question: What if there was no emergency manager?  How would they turn the city around?

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear more from the candidates, voter response

The final count showed Duggan with more than 48,700 votes compared to about 28,300 for Napoleon.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 5.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Federal sting ends in gunfire in Highland Park

    Federal sting ends in gunfire in Highland Park

    Saturday, August 2 2014 12:03 AM EDT2014-08-02 04:03:37 GMT
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
    In what started as a traffic stop, resulted in a shootout between federal agents and a pair of men known to have illegal assault rifles in Highland Park.Police say a task force of ATF and FBI agents who had previously set up a meet with two men, known to have AK-47s and AR-15s in their Chevrolet Cavalier, began to move in. The traffic stop was made near Oakland and Victor about 7:30 p.m. Friday. The car rammed the federal agents vehicle and the driver opened fire with a handgun. The agents re...
  • Officer hit by drunk driver on Detroit's east side

    Officer hit by drunk driver on Detroit's east side

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:15 PM EDT2014-08-02 03:15:06 GMT
    An officer was hit by a driver believed to be drunk Friday at 8 mile and Alcoy on Detroit's east side.Police say officers were investigating at the scene of a traffic accident when the driver ran through the barricade and hit the woman.She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the drunk driver was arrested. Police had been conducting an investigation of the original accident in which one of the drivers died. Eight mile is closed in east bound lane by Alcoy.
    An officer was hit by a driver believed to be drunk Friday at 8 mile and Alcoy on Detroit's east side.Police say officers were investigating at the scene of a traffic accident when the driver ran through the barricade and hit the woman.She was transported to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the drunk driver was arrested. Police had been conducting an investigation of the original accident in which one of the drivers died. Eight mile is closed in east bound lane by Alcoy.
  • Man arrested after trying to wrestle gun from officer in Detroit

    Man arrested after trying to wrestle gun from officer in Detroit

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:32 PM EDT2014-08-02 01:32:44 GMT
    A man was arrested after he went for an officer's gun trying to wrestle it away from Detroit Police, causing the weapon to fire.SkyFOX was over the scene on Manning Street in Detroit, where the incident occurred Friday,The bullet didn't hit anyone and police took a 27-year-old man from Roseville into custody.Police say the home was a known drug den, and when officers drove by the property -- four people ran from the home.The officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for non life threaten...
    A man was arrested after he went for an officer's gun trying to wrestle it away from Detroit Police, causing the weapon to fire.SkyFOX was over the scene on Manning Street in Detroit, where the incident occurred Friday,The bullet didn't hit anyone and police took a 27-year-old man from Roseville into custody.Police say the home was a known drug den, and when officers drove by the property -- four people ran from the home.The officer and suspect were treated at a hospital for non life threaten...
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices