Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will announce candidacy for mayor next week

Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon is set to announce his candidacy for mayor next week in what likely will be an expensive, brutal contest in November as the city slides closer to bankruptcy.

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

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.

  • Geoffrey L. Garfield

    WHAT campaigning has Howze been doing? Please inform us since none of us know. As for Benny, he just promised Wayne County to be Sheriff for the next four years, now he’s running for mayor. Is crime down so much that he can now take his eye off of the ball?