Primary election day looms as Detroit bankruptcy filing moves ahead

Detroit's Primary Election Day is Aug. 6; could be 'most critical' election ever while city goes through bankruptcy

By Mara MacDonald - Reporter

DETROIT - As a federal bankruptcy judge puts challenges to Detroit's Chapter 9 filing on ice -- allowing the process to move ahead -- Detroit voters will be heading to the polls, shortly.

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Primary Election Day is August 6. It's a dynamic like nothing Detroit voters have ever seen: a city under the management of an emergency manager but with the hope of a speedy bankruptcy process.

Whomever voters elect in the November general election will have to lead the city out of the bankruptcy process.

"Every election year people say it's the most critical election of our time. This is the most critical election of our time," said Jamaine Dickens, a long-time Detroit political operative who is working for Benny Napoleon.

The next two weeks are all about the ground game of these campaigns, but this go-round is different. This time you have a strong write-in candidate.

Write-ins tend to slow the vote tallying process down. Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey has been prepping her people.

"You train, you train, you train," she said.

Winfrey says voters can expect final results to take longer on August 6.

"A write-in process is a very manual process," she said.

Buzzing in the background of Detroit political circles is the belief that another write-in candidate for mayor will file by Friday. Top Democratic political sources tell us the filing is imminent and the candidate will have a name similar to one of the already declared candidates.

We'll see how this plays out over the next 48 hours.

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