Duggan rules out run for Michigan governor in 2018

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is growing tired of being asked whether he wants to run for governor in 2018.

The Democrat was asked again Wednesday evening by journalist Carol Cain during a question-and-answer session at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Mackinac Policy Conference.


"I will be very clear — and let me tell you I'm just tired of listening to it — I will not be a candidate for governor in 2018," Duggan said. "And I said to you and members of the media. Leave me out of your stories, leave me out of your polls, leave me out of your speculation. I never would have left DMC to run for governor. It does not look like a fun job."

Duggan added: "I am going to stay mayor of Detroit if the people of the city want me. I will not be a candidate for governor. Please don't ask me again."

The audience applauded the mayor's lengthy response.

Duggan said after he took office in 2013 that he didn't plan to run for another elected office besides mayor.

Gov. Rick Snyder is term-limited from running for re-election in 2018.