The candidates running for Detroit mayor have cited their past jobs as reasons why voters should elect them.
Ex-Detroit Medical Center chief Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon restated their platforms Wednesday during an economic club luncheon.
Napoleon says his years as a Detroit police officer and as chief give him insight into tackling the city's violent crime rate.
Duggan says his turnaround of the then-financially struggling hospital system shows he has what it takes to fix Detroit. In fact, he says the governor's office asked him two years ago if he was interested in working to help the city.
"I told them flat out, "No." I did not think the governor had any right to pick the leader of the city of Detroit," Duggan said.
Duggan and Napoleon received the most votes in the August primary and will face off in the Nov. 5 general election. Current Mayor Dave Bing chose not to seek re-election.
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The winner eventually could find himself the elected leader of a bankrupt Detroit.
A federal judge is holding hearings this week on Detroit's eligibility for bankruptcy protection.
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State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr filed for bankruptcy in July. He says Detroit's debt is at least $18 billion.
Napoleon called Orr's position an attack on democracy.
"This is a dictatorship. Here is a person who can spend money without challenge, who can hire people without challenge," he said.