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Politics & Government

Mike Dugeon to run against... Mike Duggan

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A new candidate has announced his candidacy as a write-in for the Detroit mayoral race.

His name? Mike Dugeon.   

Yes, that's a direct aim at a certain other write-in candidate, Mike Duggan. 

Mike Duggan, former Detroit Medical Center CEO, has been gaining quite a bit of support for his write-in campaign for the office. But instead of just filling in the circle next to his name, voters will have to do a couple extra things in the ballot box:

Write in the name, fill in the circle, and make sure there are two Gs.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the new Dugeon is a barber with no political background and has never voted. His Facebook page, DugeonForDetroit, already has over 3,000 "likes." 

Adding this new Dugeon certainly complicates things for Duggan supporters. 

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Cindy Pasky

Cindy Pasky is CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions, and the person behind the original idea for Duggan to run as a write in. At a press conference today, she referenced the confusion. 

"Duggan is the right for Detroit," she said, "I already wrote Mike Duggan, with 2 Gs, on the ballot. I filled in my circle, and I voted for the next mayor of Detroit."

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At a press conference, Duggan made no public comment about the new Dugeon.

Even Dugeon's slogan is a stab at Duggan's campaign. "Every citizen has a future." Duggan's slogan? "Every neighborhood has a future." 

Whoever is behind the campaign for the new entry Dugeon could potentially hurt Duggan's chances in the Aug. 6 primary. 

-Alana Holland, Michigan Radio Newsroom

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story said voters must spell the names of write-in candidates correctly for the vote to count. That was incorrect. A vote counts if the Board of Canvassers can determine the intent of the voter.