Non-Detroiters believe Duggan right man for job

One day after Detroit's historic election and not much as changed. How could it? Mike Duggan wont take office for another two months, so he has yet to put any of his ideas his in place.

But there is at least one thing that may be a little different than it was yesterday; the people we spoke to seem to believe Detroit's future is suddenly brighter.

"I'm just glad we have a great mayor and a new future. No Kwame. I've got to go!"

Detroiters and Metro-Detroiters are always on the go, but we caught up with people working downtown to get their opinion of Detroit's new mayor.

One thing seemed apparent, there seems to be a bit of relief mixed with the autumn chill in the air and you don't have to live south of 8 Mile to feel it.

"It's on it's way!"

Lisa Justusson lives in Keego Harbor, but she works, plays and even prays in Detroit. She, like so many in the metro area have a vested interest in what goes on in the D. Her optimism is shared by other suburbanites.

"I'm always hopeful for Detroit, because it affects everything in the region and we've got to have a good city."

Most everyone realizes it's going to take a lot of work to turn things around. The city has real problems but it also has real promise. That's something many believe is evident simply based on the results of last nights election.

"The first non-black mayor in 40 years. I think it's good for the city to go in a different direction. "

Kevin Evans is from Oak Park and says he's optimistic and not because Mike Duggan is white and not because he isn't black. He says it's because, all things considered, Detroiters realized Duggan was the best candidate and his race wasn't a factor. 

Attorney Allen Counard said, "They picked the best man for the job based on his proven record."

Of course everyone may not feel that way, but the majority of Detroiters did and now that  Mike Duggan has been elected mayor, people in Detroit and all over the county are rooting for him to succeed.

"I'm hoping you're able to turn that around. I've seen a lot of changes in the city in the past 30 years since I've been coming here. I'm sure you're headed in the right direction. "

Let's hope so for everyone's sake.

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