Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press
Anthony Adams, a former deputy mayor of Detroit in the administration of former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, announced Tuesday on Facebook that he plans to challenge incumbent Mike Duggan for the city’s top job.
Adams, a lawyer, said in a news release that “there is a dramatic need for mayoral change in the city of Detroit.” The release went on to say that Adams would “create a city that works for all Detroiters, and return transparency to the mayoral office.”
Adams is a former Detroit school board president. He is the first candidate this year to state an intention to challenge Duggan, who last month announced that he would run this year for a third term.
Besides working under Kilpatrick, who was released last week from a federal prison in Louisiana through a clemency order by former President Donald Trump, Adams also once worked for former Mayor Coleman Young as an executive assistant. Adams would face Duggan in the primary scheduled for August.
At least two other likely candidates have reportedly formed candidate committees — Myya Jones, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 2017; and Cheryl Webb, a home health care worker.
Before last fall’s election, Adams was an outspoken opponent of Duggan’s financing plan for demolishing blighted houses in Detroit. The plan, labeled Proposal N on ballots, passed easily in the November election.
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