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Mayor Mike Duggan, Coleman Young II agree to Detroit mayoral debate at Local 4 studios

WDIV hosts 2017 Detroit Mayoral Debate with candidates

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and mayoral candidate Coleman Young II agreed to a debate at the Local 4 studios before the November election. (WDIV)
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and mayoral candidate Coleman Young II agreed to a debate at the Local 4 studios before the November election. (WDIV)

DETROIT – WDIV-Local 4, The Detroit News and Detroit Public Television will host Decision 2017: Detroit Mayoral Debate with candidates for mayor of Detroit at 8 p.m. on Oct. 25.

The debate will originate from the WDIV-Local 4 studios in downtown Detroit. Incumbent Mayor Mike Duggan and challenger state Sen. Coleman Young II will participate. Both candidates will discuss their visions and strategies for the future of Detroit. The debate will last one hour with no commercial breaks. Moderator and panelists are to be announced.

The live event will air on WDIV-Local 4 and Detroit Public Television and streamed live on ClickOnDetroit.com, detnews.com and dptv.org.

Duggan, Detroit's current mayor, and Young, the son of former Mayor Coleman A. Young, will face off in the fall general election to determine who will lead the city for the next four years.

During the August primary, Duggan finished with 43,535 votes, good for 69 percent of the vote. Young finished with 17,180 votes, or 27 percent of the vote.

The next-highest vote-getter on the ballot was first-time candidate Donna Marie Pitts at nearly 1 percent.
 
Duggan was elected mayor in 2013. He won the primary that year as a write-in candidate.

Coleman A. Young was elected in 1973 as Detroit's first black mayor. He decided not to seek re-election in 1993 and died in 1997.