Mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, who has led the effort to remove the former Wayne County prosecutor, filed a request this morning to move the case to the top court and bypass the appellate court.
“Detroiters need a quick and definitive resolution to this historic case, so that we can continue the campaign process unobstructed by legal maneuvers which delay and confuse voters with legalese and interminable appeals to shop for a favorable verdict,” Barrow said today.
A Wayne County Circuit judge removed Duggan from mayoral race Thursday over residency requirements, saying he was not a registered voter for the required year before filing for candidacy. That ruling overturned an earlier decision by the Detroit Elections Commission to keep Duggan on the ballot.
Barrow, a perennial candidate for mayor, also leveled harsh criticism against Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey and other city officials.
“In trying to reverse the decision and reinterpret the provision, the city’s Corporation Counsel is rejecting their own work, their own wording, and their approvals in order to buttress Winfrey’s error in judgment in allowing Duggan to submit his petitions without first vetting his voter registration requirements,” said Barrow. “Had Winfrey done her job with professionalism all of these legal proceedings would never have occurred so Mr. Duggan needs to lay the blame for his dilemma squarely on his friend Janice Winfrey.”
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.