Napoleon, a former Detroit Police chief, is considered a frontrunner who could match the fundraising prowess of Mike Duggan, the Detroit Medical Center chief who is dominating media attention, even though he hasn’t announced whether he’s going to run. Also in the race are state Rep. Lisa Howze, who has done a lot of campaigning, and Rep. Fred Durhal. Mayor Dave Bing has not yet announced whether he will run for reelection.
Napoleon was on the Mildred Gaddis radio talk show on WCHB-1200 AM this morning, saying the city needs fresh ideas and strong management.
The Detroit native is the son of a Baptist minister and a 1973 graduate of Cass Tech High School.
Napoleon is politically savvy, charming and widely considered an effective leader.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.