A new poll shows former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan is ahead in the Detroit mayoral race with 35 percent of the potential vote.

The race is turning into a tug-of-war between the front-runners. Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon trails in second with 27 percent.

Mayor Dave Bing sits in third with 11 percent. At this point, Bing has yet to officially announce if he will run for reelection.

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The candidates answered questions Wednesday night in the first Detroit mayoral forum. The Warren-Connor Development Coalition hosted the event.

"When I came out of law school my friends were going to Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta. I said I only want to be one place. I want to be in Detroit ... and I think everybody here knows Detroit is either in your blood or it's not. And if it's in your blood you know it, and if it's not you can't explain it to anybody," said Duggan.

The forum focused on issues such as vacant land and development, public safety and the city's fiscal condition. The candidates were ready to campaign.

"I also know this community from Belle Isle to 8 Mile, from Alter Road to Five Points, and ladies and gentlemen, I don't need a map," Napoleon said.