To achieve these initial successes, Mayor Duggan has done as he always has: First listen to workers and residents, who best understand the problems and partner with unions, employees, community organizations, business leaders and others to develop sustainable solutions. At the center of these solutions is a culture of accountability that begins with the Mayor and his leadership team and extend throughout all levels of city government.
As city finances stabilize and services continue to improve, the Mayor is now focusing his energies on economic growth in the city and creating pathways to opportunity for Detroit residents. His ultimate goal is to reverse the 60-year population decline that began around the time he was born.
As a young boy, Mayor Duggan lived on Stansbury near Fenkell and Schaefer on the city’s west side and attended Catholic Central High School when it was still in the city on W. Outer Drive. While most of his friends were leaving Michigan to attend college in places like New York and Chicago, Duggan was committed to staying in the Detroit area, and attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for his undergraduate studies and law school.
Mayor Duggan is humbled to have the opportunity to help restore the city of his childhood to new greatness.
Duggan ran his 2013 mayoral campaign on a platform that “every neighborhood has a future.” During the campaign he spoke directly with nearly 20,000 Detroiters at the 250 gatherings he attended in living rooms, coffee shops, barbershops and salons, as well as church halls. It was out of these intimate meetings that Duggan’s vision for the city crystallized.
Duggan says that as Mayor, he will continue to be accessible and will host frequent community conversation to help him keep in touch with Detroit residents, their needs and their evaluation of the city’s progress.
Duggan and his wife, Lori, are the proud parents of four adult children, Mary, Eddie, Carolyn and Patrick.