Detroit mayoral candidates faced off Tuesday night in debate

(WXYZ) - Detroit's mayoral candidates faced off in a debate Tuesday night at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.

The debate was held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with candidates discussing many of the problems that the city currently faces. 

It was a crowded stage with 13 contenders who have their eye on the job. They know only two will be left standing after the votes are counted in the August primary one week from tonight. 

Mike Duggan, Benny Napoleon, Lisa Howze, Krystal Crittendon, Tom Barrow and others were among the candidates present at the debate. 

When the mayoral debate started, some residents found the set up to be a bit peculiar.

"They should've had all of the candidates at one time, and they should've had it at a bigger place," said William Broyles Jr.

For the majority of the event, organizer WADL-TV 38 had candidates in groups of four at a time on stage, and paired them up according to who were the early front runners. 

"I've seen two of my people that I'm looking for," said Broyles.

Once the debate got under way, some Detroiters did leave satisfied with what they heard during the night. 

"They were talking about city corruption and they were talking about political corruption," said Tijuana Morris.

There were also residents who felt candidates failed to address certain topics.

"How the city officials will work to provide safety and security for seniors , children, and families," said James Scruggs.

"What about the ones that are homeless and the displaced workers and all of that," said Angela Holmes.

All of the candidates appeared on stage together at the beginning and at the end of the debate, all but one candidate.  Where was last minute write-in candidate Mike Dugeon?

A spokesperson from WADL-TV 38 tells 7 Action News they invited Dugeon to be at the debate but not to be a part of the debate.  The station said they wanted to talk to him before they invited him to debate and went to his barber shop and waited for him for four hours but could not get in touch with him.

Dugeon tells 7 Action News he was not invited to the debate and event organizers never came to his place.  He also said he knew about the debate two days ago but since he was not invited did not think he was allowed to be there since he is a write-in candidate.

The primary is August 6.

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