DETROIT -

There's a new hat in the ring for the Detroit mayoral race.

Detroit Medical Center CEO and former Wayne County prosecutor Mike Duggan filed paper work Wednesday to create an exploratory committee to run in 2013 for mayor of Detroit.

"People across the city have been wonderful in their encouragement," Duggan said. "This is the final step in evaluating whether to make the commitment and formally launch a campaign for Mayor of Detroit."

Candidates need to form a committee before they start collecting campaign money.

"I've never seen things this bad," Duggan said. "This month we had 32 murders in 15 days, the city's plan to replace streetlights collapsed in Lansing, and the city just ran up another $40 million deficit in the last quarter despite the consent agreement. Over the next 90 days, we're going to see if our team can develop a plan that can be successful in turning the city around and whether we have a campaign plan that can succeed in winning this election. Then we'll make a decision."

Candidates need to form a committee before they start collecting campaign money.

Local 4 crews were there as a representative for Duggan filed the paper work at the Wayne County Elections division inside the Coleman A. Young building.

About Duggan

Duggan was Wayne County prosecutor from 2001 to 2003 and deputy Wayne County executive. In 2004, he joined the Detroit Medical Center as CEO.

Duggan holds a doctorate of jurisprudence and a bachelor’s degree, both from the University of Michigan. He was born in Detroit.