Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, left, and Mike Duggan )
Southfield — Former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon squared off Tuesday in a final televised debate.
The two candidates discussed plans to deal with top city issues such as crime and blight that plague Detroit while making their final push to residents before next week’s election in the WXYZ-TV Channel 7 debate.
Voters will decide between the two candidates in the Nov. 5 general election.
At stake is who leads Detroit as the city’s state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr tries to shed $18.5 billion in debt in bankruptcy court. In July, Orr filed the country’s largest municipal bankruptcy case after taking over the reins in late March, a year after a consent agreement between the city and state failed.
Whoever is elected will still watch Orr make most major decisions amid uncertainty over what their role will be. Mayor Dave Bing has voiced criticism he and Orr rarely speak and his inner circle has a diminishing role in running city government.