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Detroit Regional Chamber says it’s ‘excited’ about Duggan’s energy

MLive: November 5, 2013

By David Muller

DETROIT, MI – With about 80 percent of precincts reporting in Detroit’s mayoral election Tuesday night, and several media organizations calling the race for Mike Duggan, the Detroit Regional Chamber issued a statement saying it was excited about the energy Duggan could bring to the office.

It also thanked his opponent, Benny Napolean, for his service to Detroit, and acknowledged the contributions of outgoing mayor Dave Bing.

Here is the Chamber’s full statement:

“The Detroit Regional Chamber would like to acknowledge three key elements of this result. First, we are excited about Mike’s energy, vision and most importantly, the turnaround expertise he brings to City Hall. Mike’s leadership and proven success will serve Detroit well. We look forward to assisting the Duggan administration in any possible way in working to move the city forward.
Second, we would also like to thank Benny Napoleon for his public service and candidacy in this critical election.

And third, it is important as we turn the page in the city’s electoral history that we recognize the contributions of Mayor Bing. His commitment to the city and his unwavering integrity have made the city’s bright future possible.”

The Chamber threw its support behind Duggan in the race. It was among donors to Turnaround Detroit, a SuperPAC helping to underwrite Duggan’s bid for the mayor’s office. That SuperPAC reported raising $2.8 million between January 1 and October 20, making it the largest committee so far this election cycle, according to MLive’s Jonathan Oosting.

Turnaround Detroit also reported large contributions from the prominent Detroit businesses such as Vanguard Health, PVS Chemicals, DTE Energy and Caidan Management Company.