Dugeon vs. Duggan: Did LeDuff encourage write-in candidate with confusing name to run for mayor?

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Mike Dugeon, the newest write-in candidate in Detroit's mayoral primary election, says a TV reporter joked with him about entering the race against a candidate with a similar name. The reporter then went with him to the clerk's office to make it official.

"It blew my mind to see Charlie LeDuff on my steps at 9 o'clock in the morning," said Dugeon whose name is similar to that of candidate Mike Duggan.

"Initially, I thought it was something I did wrong," Dugeon told 7 Action News about the visit from a Fox 2 reporter.

"He was like, 'Well wouldn't it be funny to see who would split the votes?' or something like that," Dugeon recalled.

Dugeon, a barber from Detroit's west side who has never voted in a city election, registered today as a write-in candidate in the August 6 Primary Election according to Daniel Baxter of the Detroit Elections office.

The newest candidate insists he was not pressured into his run for office, but he's not ready to discuss a political platform.

Dugeon lists "safety" as his number one priority for the city.

When asked what his barber shop clients would do if he were to become Detroit's mayor, he answered, "They'll have to find another barber."

Dugeon's name is - of course - very similar to that of former hospital CEO Mike Duggan. The businessman was forced off the primary's printed ballot following a lawsuit brought on by candidate Tom Barrow.

After losing the court battle, Duggan became a write-in candidate and has been running a campaign based around a message of how to write his name on the ballot.

With Mike Dugeon's entry into the race, Mike Duggan will face Mike Dugeon in the battle for write-in votes.

"It's official, I'm running for mayor," wrote Michael Thadeus Dugeon on his  Facebook page  just before 11:00 a.m.

The city's election officials say he first registered as a voter on July 12, 2012.

A write-in challenger with a similar name could introduce certain confusion into the process of counting votes on election night.

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