State OKs Mike Duggan as write-in candidate in Detroit mayoral race

LANSING, (WXYZ) - The Michigan elections director has OKed Mike Duggan's campaign to run as a write-in candidate for mayor of Detroit.

Duggan announced he will run as a write-in candidate in late June after an appeals court removed his name from the ballot. The court ruled Duggan filed his petitions for candidacy too soon as he had not yet lived in the city of Detroit for an entire year.

Fellow candidate Tom Barrow and activist Robert Davis filed a lawsuit Monday with the Wayne County Circuit Court asking for a temporary restraining order to stop Duggan from distributing education materials related to his write-in candidacy effort. They also filed a request with State Elections Director Chris Thomas to have Duggan ruled as ineligible to run.

Wednesday Thomas denied the request saying, "A review of the Detroit City Charter finds no provision relating to the qualifications of write-in candidates." He continued "...In sum, this office has no authority to disqualify a person who timely files the declaration of intent for city office."

You can read the full letter from Thomas to Davis below.

A ruling could come as early as Monday on the Wayne County Circuit Court restraining order.

The primary election will take place Tuesday August 6.

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